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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 pairs - heres how to create a larger network, 25 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Comtrend Powerline Ethernet Adapter with Filter (Electronics)
I am up to my third pair of commtrends not because they were faulty but because it's far easier and effective than wifi around the house; faster speeds, consistent connectivity plus they actually leave wi-fi available for when its needed rather than choking the bandwidth with many items connected to it.

An added advantage for xbox 360 users is that the lan speed is much faster than over wifi for gaming and watching videos/media center - plus you dont need the expensive xbox wireless adapter!

Admittedly getting onto my second pair of adapters was a problem due to a lack of manual but Google provided me with how to setup additional units and I have founded the latest version (in black) to have a far more complicated manual, but the process from the original bulkier units (in white) still applies.

Basically each pair of adapters is 'paired' to each other so they only talk within their own point to point network; adding another pair (to add more devices to the network) requires you to reformat the new devices and sync them to your existing network adapters.

This is done by locating the master network adapter (i.e. the one that your router/bt homehub leads to and then out through mains electricity to your other adapters) and performing the following (note its easier to put the master and the new adapter into a double wall socket together to save you running from point to point - dont worry about unplugging the device as it retains settings.)

1. On the new device perform a factory reboot by powering it up from the wall and holding the config/reset buttong for 15 seconds - the unit will now turn off and on.
2. On the master device hold the config/reset button for 4 seconds until the AP light flashes red (let go or it will eventually perfrm a factory reboot.)
3. On the new device hold the config/reset button for 4 seconds until that flashes
4. The new device will now share the security settings of the existing network

Being a BT Home hub customer I can tell you that the network doesnt work from device to device like it may sound; i.e. from 1 adapter to the other pair - you only need the bt home hub/router to have 1 connected adapter and then you can add lots of adapters around the house; so buying 2 pairs (2 masters and 2 slaves) means you can reformat one of the masters to give you 3 network points and from then on every new pair you buy is another 2 access points.

In terms of range I have the router downstairs and a number of pcs and xboxes throughout the house, I also have an external office in a garage conversion with an RCD connected from the house and the signal travels over to my electric points so a great solution when wifi drops off outside of the house and in the garden.

Definately a great product but the latest manual is very offputting and technical requiring you to hook computers up to the adapter, so use the above method and you should be fine.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2010 00:45:59 BDT
Caf says:
Thanks for these simple instructions! Worked perfectly!

Posted on 30 Oct 2010 16:34:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2010 16:35:09 BDT
Great instructions, with one addition - in step 2 it says to hold the config/reset button until the AP light flashes red. But on my BT-provided white Comtrend adapters, the AP light doesn't flash red. It flashes green and the Status light turns red.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2010 18:34:08 GMT
P. Heron says:
Great explanation of the product. I do have a related technical question though that I hope Jon might be able to answer. It appears you can't directly contact an Amazon reviewer. I have a mixed home network mainly wireless and mow with Powerline. BUT, since installing Powerline and connecting my home server to the End Point, I can no longer map a network drive to it from one of my wireless laptops. Stating the obviouls but my Access Point is plugged directly into my BT HomeHub. I expect this is something to do with sub-net addfressing but it's been a long time since I've dabbled to that degree. If Jon (or indeed anyone else who can answer), if you get this message my email address is peterheron@yahoo.com

Posted on 22 Oct 2011 13:05:55 BDT
Silence4 says:
Hello, thanks for the helpful comment. We currently have 2 of the white Comtrend DH-10PF, and wondered if you aware that these black ones are compatible, we have searched the internet and not had a huge amount of luck. All we found was the black ones are DS2 compatible but we are unsure of the older white version. Thanks in advance

Posted on 8 Jan 2012 16:45:21 GMT
AM Bridge says:
Thanks. Worked perfectly and I agree with comment 2 re colour of lights.
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