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Worked straight out of the box
on 28 July 2010
I have a VISTA PC in my office (all right, small bedroom!) and a WINDOWS 7 laptop in my kitchen/diner.
My broadband is AOL via BT and both computers have a wireless card but reception downstairs is VERY patchy. My preferred room is the kitchen/diner,which is as far away from the room the router is in as it could be but its only 1 floor of an ordinary 1930s semi with (as far as I know) walls and floors of average thickness.
But I always have problems getting and then maintaining a wireless connection in the kitchen/diner. Reception is much better in the lounge though that room is nearer to the router.
The laptop is only a few months old and works perfectly so I looked around for a solution. I considered buying a new router but wasn't sure how this would sit with AOL. Came across the solution of using existing electrical wiring, which seemed a good idea - and quite cheap.
Read up on the reviews and these seemed ideal.
Ordered on 25/7/10 and got them today, 28/7/10 - great service from PixelHeaven at a reasonable price too.
What you get is 2 units and 2 ethernet cables.
Plug 1 unit into a wall socket near your router and the cable into the unit and then the router.
Plug the second unit into a wall socket in the room you have your other computer (or whatever) and the cable into that second unit and computer.
Remember to switch on the wall sockets (if needed) and away you go!
I can now access the internet from anywhere in my kitchen/diner. Only had it for 1 day and only used for e-mail, You Tube, Facebook etc but no problems at all.
The software bundled with it allows you to set up your own security and installs easily and is easy to use.
Will follow up this review after a week or so of using it but so far very good and 100% recommended!
Update 13/8/10. One of the units simply stopped working after I'd had it for about 5 days. Don't know what the problem was. Replacement unit is working fine as is the other unit. Only had replacement 2 days though so watch this space!
Update 20/8/10. Replacement unit still working fine, so looks as though 1st faulty one wasn't typical.If either unit does develop a fault again I'll update here. Otherwise, assume both working.
Really useful and cheap solution. Would probably rate 5 starts but downlaods can be a bit slow - for example, my TESCO on line order form runs to 6 pages, with 20 ish pictures plus ads etc per page. Its noticeably slower using the adapter to connect. Not slow by any means just slower.
Latest update 31/8/10. Both units still working fine.
Latest update 4/10/10. Both units still working fine. Looks like my faulty one was a one off.
Latest and final update (unless it stops working!) 1/12/10. Both units still working fine.
Latest and very final update: 12/5/11. Both units working 100% fine! Great buy!
(Another!) Final update: 5/3/12. Both units working 100% OK.