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- 24-12-09, 09:57 PM #1
I want to purchase homeplugs but i'm slightly confused. First off, sorry if this is the wrong section, i dont know where to post!
Devolo 1437 dLAN Highspeed Devolo dLAN Highspeed Starter KIt 3 Pack - cheap Powerline Home Networking - Dixons.co.uk
I want to get that but i have a few questions:
Would they give me 3 plugs so that i can use it on 3 devices, and another 1 for the router? Or do i just get 2 for devices and 1 for router?
Secondly, if i connect with the test socket will these still work?
And will i see a great reduction in download speeds? These have a rate of 85mbps.
- 24-12-09, 11:46 PM #2
Hello! That looks to me like you get 3 plugs in the box, so 1 for the router and 2 for devices.
It should still work from the TS, your house's wiring is seperate from the telephone cabling. That's why your phone still works in a power cut. If you're not already connected to your TS though, be aware that while you've got the faceplate removed from the master socket none of the phone extension sockets in the house will work.
Your question about download speeds I cannot answer 100% certainty, but I'm about almost sure that your speeds won't be drastically affected.
The 85mbps referred to is the transfer rate between the router and devices through the homeplug system, which is way faster than your router is going to be downloading from the net.
- 24-12-09, 11:56 PM #3
As the plugs provide an ethernet connection you don't need to use 1 plug per device, if you have multiple devices in the same room you can just use a 5 or 8 port switch.
And a switch is something like £10 on Amazon, much chepaer than multiple homeplugs.
To be honest a 3 pack for £70 is very expensive, I use the max value ones sold on Amazon.co.uk.
Max Value 85 Mbps Home Plug Double Unit Pack: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
if you really need 3 you can add 1 more on for £20 but as I said before you only need 1 plug by the router and 1 in the room that you want to connect up.
As for speed 85 meg/sec is pefectly fine for internet use as that will still be much much faster than the speed of your connection, the only thing it may affect if you download a lot of big files on your home network.I'm a PC, and Windows 7 Backup saved my sanity when BitDefender imploded !!!
- 25-12-09, 01:44 AM #4
Re: Homeplugs?if you have multiple devices in the same room you can just use a 5 or 8 port switch.
Also, could it be from a high street retailer as i want to pick it up asap.
- 25-12-09, 08:41 AM #5
Here is the one I use
NEWLink 8 Port 10/100 Ethernet Switch,Black: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
if you go into a store you just need a 10/100 network switch, unfortunately going to the high street means you will pay well over the odds for one.I'm a PC, and Windows 7 Backup saved my sanity when BitDefender imploded !!!
- 25-12-09, 12:31 PM #6
You can also get a combined switch/homeplug, like this - 3Port adapter This is useful if you have more than one device to connect in the same room. The seller of this item has a wide range of plugs. If your devices are in different rooms, then you need one plug for each device. They will not increase your actual download speed, unless you have been using wireless.
- 25-12-09, 01:41 PM #7
Merry Christmas, take a look a Solwise's own site for prices they seem very competitive compared to retail outlets and Ebay. Good customer service from a smallish Uk operation.
- 25-12-09, 11:52 PM #8
Thanks alot for the help guys, really appreciated! I cannot use the 3port one as my devices are in different rooms. Can i set it up like this?
Room 1- Homeplug-Ethernet switch-Device 1 and 2
Room 2- Homeplug- Device 3
And obviously the first homeplug connected to the router?
- 26-12-09, 09:15 AM #9
Yup that should work.I'm a PC, and Windows 7 Backup saved my sanity when BitDefender imploded !!!
- 26-12-09, 05:15 PM #10
Ok, i purchased the homeplugs and everything, now im just awaiting activation because i moved houses. There is one slight problem. On my dlink 2740b router there is only 1 LAN light on even though i have multiple devices connected via the switch. This is a problem as i would like to configure ports for my ps3 and so on. So, even though 1 LAN light is on, will the router still distinguish the other devices, give them an individual ip and allow me to configure them individually?