Review – Netgear Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAV5001)
I’ve been a fan of powerline adapters for some time. Ever since moving into my house I’ve had a PC in the garage, but sadly my attempts to run an ethernet cable there failed (despite the presence of trunking for the power cable). Initially I had a WiFi link out there, but it was always slow and never reliable. Homeplug fixed that for me.
A little while ago I saw a review for new 500Mbps adapters, which got me wondering how much I could speed things up? On launch though the kits seemed a little too expensive. That’s now changed – I picked up the Netgear kit on sale from Maplin for £82.99, and they presently have a similar kit from Netricity for £69.99.
The kit worked straight out the box, and I saw an improvement in throughput from 40Mbps to a little over 100Mbps – not bad. The line quality indicator was however showing amber, indicating that I could improve things by moving the plugs. I moved the plug in the garage from the snakes wedding of adaptors and power strips near the PC to the main socket where power comes into the garage. This meant I had to run an ethernet cable around the rafters, but speed picked up to better than 200Mbs.
I didn’t really expect any better than this, so I’m happy with the new setup. The only shame is that I couldn’t get a triple pack of adapters (and singles seem to be hard to come by and comparatively expensive) – so for the time being the kids’ playroom is hanging off a WiFi link. They don’t seem to have noticed.
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