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Oh, the luxury of the pass-through-plug!
on 26 February 2014
This pack of two powerline adapters arrived within a couple of days of ordering: very good. The units come well packaged, with a couple of Ethernet fly-leads and a brief but adequate instruction leaflet.
I found these units slightly more temperamental to set up than previous ones I have owned. In the end, rather than running backwards and forwards between the study (upstairs) and the lounge (downstairs), I did what it said in the instructions: I set up the two units side-by-side in a four-way extension lead, got them to see each other and pair themselves together, and then removed them to their end-locations. Hey presto: good network speeds from the router to the Sky HD box.
The objective was to establish a (reasonably) fast connection between the router and the Sky box for downloading TV programmes. The router and TV are too far apart for reliable wireless connectivity and through-the-mains seemed the perfect solution. I was tempted to go for the 500 megabit units but didn't: 200 megabits is enough, so why take the risk of the higher speed units?
And in summary: they work. Not only that, at under £25 (when I bought them) they represent excellent value for money.
An added bonus for me, with my wiring spaghetti, is the through-plug facility. I have been able to eliminate a trailing lead completely upstairs and bring back into play a downstairs socket that was previously reserved for the sole use of a predecessor powerline adapter. My recommendation is not to economise on the 'plain' powerlines: at this price, go for the pass-through capability.
I regard this purchase as really good value, especially when compared with high street prices. Take a bit of care with the set-up. Five stars.