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Works OKAY, Check compatibility first!,
This review is from: Belkin VideoLink 3 Powerline Internet Adapter (Electronics)
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Belkin model F5D4081 Powerline adapter is part of the HomePlug AV standards which offers a maximum Ethernet link speeds of 200Mbps using the existing home electrical wiring eliminating the need for running dedicated CAT5 cabling.
If you are planning on integrating these adapters to your existing powerline adapters please see this compatibility chart and some information below:
There are two standards for powerline: HomePlug 1.0, which has a maximum link speed of 85Mbps and HomePlug AV, which has a maximum link speed of 200Mbps.
You can use the two standards within the same building, but they are *not compatible* with each other.
HomePlug 1.0 - F5D4050, F5D4070. Powerline Turbo (F5D4071, F5D4073)
HomePlug AV - Powerline AV (F5D4072 + F5D4074 + F5D4077 + F5D4081). Powerline AV+ (F5D4075) and Powerline HD (F5D4076 + F5D4078)
As of date, F5D4081 reviewed here does not have any new firmware updates, but Belkin may release future firmware updates to resolve issues seen in their older models like stability with longer distance etc;
Having said, the model reviewed here on Amazon works as advertised and got stable links up-to 100Mbps in an average single family home.
There are some important points to note:
1.These powerline adapters *DO NOT* work well when you attempt to plug them into a power strip, or surge protectors. They work only when plugged directly into the wall which means you will have to dedicate a power outlet on each side only for this - This seems to be the biggest drawback of these adapters
2.These powerline adapters do get warm to too hot for prolonged usage.
Some strange behaviors was noted in my tests, I have couple of touch lamps in my living room that acted weird, they started to turn on and stepped thru its three stages of brightness , Usually if you touch these table side lamps it cycles thru' ON-DIM-BRIGHT-OFF but something is causing interference when used in conjunction with these Belkin's HomePlug AV adapters! - Go Figure!