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Actiontec HLE200AV0-01GK MegaPlug 200 Mbps Powerline HomePlug A/V Gaming Adapter Kit (White)
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- Perfect for high bandwidth gaming applications
- Creates up to a 200 Mbps gaming network using your home power outlets
- Reduces latency and improves ping times
- Compatible with all routers and gateways
- Very easy to install, simply plug n' play!
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Actiontec's MegaPlug Powerline 200 Mbps HomePlug A/V Gaming Kit creates the online gaming network you crave! Using the existing power outlets in your home, you can enjoy up to 200 Mbps speeds with less than 3 milliseconds of latency! In addition to your gaming needs, your 200 Mbps Gaming Kit will transfer movies, songs or any other large files faster than you've ever seen. It's easy to set up, universally compatible and provides high security. HomePlug AV Certified.
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Is your online gaming experience fast, powerful, and hassle-free? Or are you struggling with wireless dead spots and frozen graphics, or tripping over the Ethernet cable running from your living room to bedroom? The latest Powerline technology solves these headaches, by combining the flexibility of wireless home networking with the stability and speeds of a wired connection. And best of all, it's a very simple way of creating a home network that uses the electrical wiring already in your home.
Turn any plug in your house into a gaming network connection with the Actiontec MegaPlug AV Powerline Gaming Kit. Perfect for PC, Xbox, Playstation and Wii gamers, it features a very fast up to 200 Mbps speed, very low ping rates under 3-milliseconds, and instantly connects the gaming console to your Internet connection. To use with the Wii, an USB to Ethernet adapter is required.
HomePlug is faster than 54G Wireless
While the 802.11g standard supports a maximum bandwidth of 54 Mbps, most users are lucky to get 20 Mbps. In contrast, HomePlug AV can deliver a theoretical maximum speed of 200 Mbps, and most users can enjoy speeds of 85 Mbps -- many times faster than their broadband connection. In addition, HomePlug networks have very low latency (less than three milliseconds, depending on gaming configuration).
HomePlug is more reliable than wireless networking
Wireless networks are prone to dead zones, weak signals, and fluctuating speeds. And they're subject to interference from common elements in any household -- walls, cordless phones, microwaves, other wireless devices, and more. The HomePlug Powerline technology offers a stable connection wherever there's an electrical outlet, including the basement and corner room on the second floor.
HomePlug is easy to setup
Literally plug in and go! While a wireless network can be difficult to setup (especially when dealing with lengthy WEP Keys), Powerline networking offers a simple alternative. All you need to do is plug a HomePlug-to-Ethernet adapter into an outlet and attach it to a router via an Ethernet cable, and then connect another adapter to your gaming console or computer. HomePlug uses the existing electrical wiring, so there's no need to run Ethernet cables or drill. And considering most homes have more than 44 outlets, chances are you can find an outlet exactly where you want to game.
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I hesitated to buy this, afraid it would be another gimmicky piece of junk. I'm really glad now that I took a chance and bought it. No more miles of ethernet cables strung all over the house!! It does exactly what it's supposed to do, and installation literally consists of plugging it in.
I do wish it was a little cheaper, but for me it's still worth buying.
Just for information sake, my internet connect is DSL "lite" and the wiring in my house was done around 10 years ago.
UPDATE: We've been using this for almost five years and it still works great. We went from DSL to broadband, results are still the same. I'm still very pleased with this product.
SETUP: Here are the steps - plug in one adapter and connect via the included ethernet cable to (in my case) PlayStation 3. Plug in the other adapter and connect to router with the other included ethernet cable. DONE. That was it.
SPEED: I have not done extensive testing or hardcore gameplay over this, but as a quick test I downloaded an HD movie trailer to the PS3. It took about 3 minutes to download a 117MB file. Pretty quick. It's important to note that the box itself says the 200Mbps touted are "Theoretical data throughput numbers...Actual data throughput of up to 90 Mpps seen in laboratory testing". Also, your broadband speed and power line "noise" can impact speed. I think it was as fast as when I had it wired directly.
CONVENIENCE: I borrowed a friends wireless router to make sure everything worked before investing in wireless. It worked, but I wasn't impressed enough with the speed to "invest" so I bought a very long ethernet cable and drilled and fished in my walls. Not fun. This kit would have been welcome sooner! The plugs are sort of bulky, but easily disguised behind my TV stand. I guess if you have wireless dead spots you can overcome them by just finding the nearest plug.
SECURITY: I am not that familiar with wireless security concerns, but this claims to be more secure.
VALUE: If you have a PC or laptop with built in wireless, it would be cheaper to go with a wireless router. I would guess there are speed and security concessions that you would have to manage so the extra $$ for this setup might be worth it.
I docked this one star based on the price. With the ethernet cable I had to pay in terms of convenience - but the 25ft ethernet cable only cost $4! But with the A/V Adapter I can move to another room or TV in seconds if I ever need to.
Bottom line: it works and it's extremely convenient so it's probably worth the premium.
Although I connected my non-wireless XBox to my router with this Actiontec device, I'd also like to have additional adapters to connect the computers in my home because my wireless signal is not always strong. I did test my normally-wireless laptop with this Actiontec adapter and it was easy to set up and start using. I simply plugged the ethernet cable from one of the outlet adapters into my laptop's ethernet connection, then went to my computer's Network Connections settings and disabled its wireless connection and enabled its ethernet (LAN) connection.
These adapters encrypt your network transmissions based on a default encryption key built into the adapters. You can change that key using software provided on a CD in this product. There's no reason to do that unless you suspect someone will bring their own adapter into your home for the purpose of capturing and analyzing your network traffic.
Actiontec is the maker of my wireless gateway/router that I got from Qwest with my DSL service, so they aren't an unknown company to me and they've been around for a few years. That routers been running for 5 years without a problem. Other than that, I can't speak for Actiontec's quality reputation.
Naming this adapter kit a "Gaming" kit is deceptively limiting of its real usefulness. This product is equally valuable for providing a fast and reliable hard-wired network to your home computers. Internet responsiveness and speed is much improved on my computer that's located the farthest from my wireless router and where the wireless signal is weak.
If your router or game/computer is farther than 6' away from an outlet, you can buy longer ethernet cables online or at a local electronics/computer store, or you can plug the Actiontec adapter into an extension cord. I didnt' try this, but see no reason why it wouldn't work. You can't plug the adapter into a power strip or surge protector, though.
I'm surprised by the (high) price of this 2-adapter set. I didn't shop around, so I'm not sure how much other makes and models sell for. It seems like something that should sell for about a third of the current 3-figure price, but maybe there's more to it than it appears. If they cost less, I'd certainly buy another 2-adapter kit right away for my computers.
This is a simple and easy-to-use device that does its job well. So I rate it 5 stars for usefulness and apparent quality. I'd look to see if the price is competitive before purchasing.
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