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Excellent download speeds but flaky connection
on 11 October 2016
I have yet to find any type of remote internet connection (my PC is not in the same room as the router so cannot be connected directly via ethernet) that works 100% fault free at all times and these are not it.
They are simple to set up, just connect them to the same double outlet, or plug one into a socket and plug the other one into the first one, press the button on each one 5 times so the middle LED flashes and when they stop flashing they are ready to be unplugged and plugged in where you need them (one next to my router and the other one upstairs in my office). The problem is they don't stay paired for long and you have to repeat this every couple of months or so. They also drop the connection randomly, I suspect this may be partly due to interference in the mains but it means you have to disconnect your internet in Network Manager (or whichever program you use), wait 20 seconds and re-connect, this happens at least once a day but sometimes this happens up to ten times in one hour ! At those times it is quicker to re-pair them again to stop this. It does not make any difference which OS you are using, they are not dependent on software.
Don't get me wrong, when they are working good they are really good and download speeds are excellent, the connection never drops when I am downloading large files or streaming movies, it has only ever dropped the connection when watching YouTube vids or browsing the internet which makes troubleshooting the problem difficult (it may even be my ISP !). They are more reliable than most Wi-Fi adapters and far quicker too, sometimes they can go for days without dropping the connection and sometimes they will re-connect automatically if I wait but I don't like to wait.