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3.0 out of 5 stars Convenient but not that fast, 9 July 2012
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This review is from: Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+ Starter Kit (Electronics)
The convenience of having what is effectively a switch built in is very helpful as I use it to feed two computers and a net connected TV in the same room. Previously I had just the one computer that was connected using an AVplus 200 homeplug set and I was therefore looking forward to an increase in speed with the 500 model.

In practice, the speed, as logged by Devolo's own dLan Cockpit software, is actually no better and perhaps just a tad slower. No obvious reason why this should be the case as it is running over exactly the same linked sockets as before. Upgrading to the latest firmware made a small difference but still no better than the AVplus 200 and less than I'd hoped for. I know how sensitive these homeplugs can be. Another mains socket in the same room produces a much poorer result but I'd not expected any degredation on the same pathway. Maybe the inbuilt switch itself adds some level of interference with three devices attached.

It is still a very convenient way to add three devices on one socket and probably no more expensive than three separate AVplus 200 plugs but don't expect any dramatic speed improvements.
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2012 14:24:37 GMT
Could your router/PC/laptop have a 100Mb network card/interface rather than gigabit? If ANY of the devices have 100Mb, then you will not get a speed increase. A gigabit network has to be the whole thing, with CAT6 cable not CAT5e which is rated at just 286Mb roughly. Check your kit and see what you have, 90% of routers out there are 100Mb.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 15:30:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2012 15:33:08 GMT
The router and the PC both have gigabit connections. I will check the cables are CAT6 as I'm not sure about that. I've also found that, using the 500 adapter at the router, I get occasional dropping of the connection that does not occur with the 200 adapter. The frequency of drop out is vary variable, from stable for days to several drop outs an hour, and restarting the network adapter at the computer corrects it if it doesn't correct itself. I have wondered whether there is a degree of mains interference on my domestic circuit that affects 500 transmission.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions and I'll keep experimenting.
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