Actiontec MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-Pack
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- Contains two HomePlug ethernet adapters
- Perfect for gaming - use with any gaming console
- Very easy to use, simply plug in and go
- Meets HomePlug 1.0 specifications - 85Mbps Turbo Powerline Adapter
- Secure 56-bit DES data encryption
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Actiontec’s new MegaPlug™ 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-pack ups the ante for ease of use and network expandability. Just plug a MegaPlug Ethernet Adapter in any 2- or 3-prong electrical outlet in one room of your house, and another MegaPlug Adapter to your main computer or gateway, and you’ve got instant network access across your power lines. What could be easier? If you need a simple way to extend your home network, the MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter is the quickest and most economical way to do it. Networking Made Easy- Nothing could be easier than creating a network connection with a pair of MegaPlug Ethernet Adapters. Instead of stringing unsightly Ethernet cables all over your house, the Adapters use your home’s already installed and hidden power lines to transfer data at up to 85 Mbps, making every available electrical outlet a potential network connection. Your networking possibilities are suddenly endless! Broad Compatibility and More- Use the MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter to link your computers together, install a networked printer, or connect another device (scanner, networkable hard drive, etc.) to your network.
From the Manufacturer
How does it work?
It's simple. The 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-Pack uses your home electrical lines to create up to a high speed network throughout your home, giving devices like Blu-Ray players, TiVO or DVRs, gaming consoles, and computers access to the Internet.
Why better than wireless
"Why don't I just use wireless networking instead? I'm more familiar with it."
Because there are some great advantages to powerline technology.
- Powerline products have more consistent transmissions. You won't see the kind of fadeouts and connection drops as you do in wireless.
- Powerline works in places where wireless can't. Powerline will give you a strong connection throughout your electrical system, whether connecting into a concrete basement or throughout a large home.
The 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-Pack contains everything you need to create your Powerline home network, and it's very easy to install.
What's in the box?
The Actiontec MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Kit contains the following:
- Two Ethernet adapters
- Two Ethernet cables
- CD - including an installation guide and user manual
- Quick Start guide
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I read the first few pages of reviews before purchasing this item. Some said they just plugged it in and it worked, some said using the CD was a necessity. I plugged in the device, followed the instructions and installed the software, but no device was recognized. It was just starting to get frustrating, I uninstalled the software, then it just started to work. I was confused, but now when I unplug the device and move it to another outlet it works, quite quickly. I guess your experience could be a combination of what everyone else is saying.
The connection speed is just about the same as using 54g wireless and standing close to the router. The ping is about 10ms higher than using CAT 5e directly into the router using sites like [...] and [...]. Download speeds do not seem to suffer much vs plugged in to router directly.
There have been two instances in the last week since it was hooked up where the device lost connection. I tried to unplug the device and plug it back in and it did not work. I believe this was caused by some sort of interference, but I have not been able to track the source yet. It happened after 11pm both times, so I just went to sleep and in the morning it worked again. I will update if I find the exact cause.
Overall, when it works it is very satisfying to have a strong network connection without running cables and without having to rely on a wireless signal that sometimes does not work. I have taken off one star because of so many different experiences in getting it to work and it dropped the connection late at night when everyone else is sleeping and pretty much everything else is turned off, but works while laundry dryer is on, powered electric screw drivers and Vornado fans.
Setup was not complicated, although my adapters didn't communicate with each other right out of the box. I had to install the software and change the encryption key on both devices to get them up and running. This took about 10 minutes, so no problems. It should be stated that encryption is standard on these devices, you can't actually turn it off. However, by default they come from the factory with the encryption key set to "HomePlug." Changing the encryption key or password to something of your choosing is just common sense anyway.
For those of you worried about not being on the same circuit etc, I think it's all unfounded. I tried various arrangements and found the link quality to be excellent no matter the circuit. I have a 10-year old two story home of roughly 2,000 square feet. As for the Playstation 3 stuff, I have mixed feelings. Music streaming is rock stable now, and I have no packet loss and no dropped music. Online gameplay is another story. I still get some lag sometimes, and my score hasn't really improved. The game in question is Call of Duty 4, and from what I gather many people experience lag that is attributed to the game servers themselves, not our PS3 connection per se. Then there is the other possibility that I suck at online war gaming.
At any rate, this product is a good buy. Would be a little better value if it was around $50, so only 4 stars. I was very pleased that this product does not interfere with my extensive X10 automation. For those of you that might not know X10 is an automation technology that also uses the powerlines in your house for signal communication. No problems - they co-exist peacefully with no interference.
Excellent product for a good price.