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No installation, just plug in and you’re connectedEverything you need to build a custom PowerLine network and give up to 4 of your favorite connected devices their own Gigabit Ethernet ports, 500 Mbps speed, and QoS prioritization. This gives you blazing-fast connectivity and multiple seamless HD streams anywhere in your home. This is ideal for connecting an entire entertainment system. Use your building’s existing electrical wiring to turn any power outlet into a fully functioning Ethernet port. Just connect your Internet source device (e.g. router) to the Adapter, plug the Switch into any power outlet, connect up-to 4 of your favorite Ethernet-enabled devices to the Switch and that’s it – D-Link’s simple connect button provides easy setup and security for your wall-to-wall network, instantly – no messy wiring, tools, or assembly required.
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Date First Available
September 24, 2011
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Firstly let me say I'm really happy with this product. For me in any home I've lived in wifi has always been patchy and repeaters are often complex to configure or simply don't work. Nothing beats a good old hard wired cable connection.
This allows you to use your home electrical wiring to connect the white plug into a wall socket in one room (near the router so you can plug in the Ethernet cable). The you simply take the black box and connect it to any other wall socket in your house. So for example in my apartment the wifi router is in the bedroom (I know, stupid building wiring). In my living room is a smart TV, Xbox, PC and AV Receiver. Each of these has a possibility to connect via Ethernet cable. So now instead of buying lots of power line kits or having some on patchy wifi of moving the cable when I needed to I have a great setup powering all of the devices.
The little back box is about the size of an Apple TV so not very obtrusive and has a couple of green lights on the from. If it's shows green the connection is +80mbs I think, then it goes orange for 50-80 and red for <50. This just helps you get an idea of how well the link is performing. It does say not to use an extension to connect it but if you really can't make the wires stretch then you can do that, but the connection speed for me dropped down from green to orange. Depending on your internet speed in general this most likely might not even be something you notice, but it's faster if you go into the wall socket directly.
Also just in case your weren't sure, there isn't any compatibility issue to consider. It'll just work with whatever router you have so long as you have a spare Ethernet port.
My Xbox One and PS4 are in my basement, but my internet router is on my main floor. The house is a bit older, so there are no network cables running through the house. I was using wireless with my consoles, but found I got sporadic connectivity issues.
I tested on both consoles and found I was getting very low upload and download speeds. This is what was causing my laggy experience in online games.
I heard about these powerline routers from a friends a year or two ago, then recently remembered he mentioned this. The D-Link DHP-541 is the exact model he had and recommended it. So I took the plunge.
And let me tell you - plunge into much higher speeds I did. My upload and download are now 4x times higher than with my wireless connection. This router technology did an amazing job for me.
Note that you really need to read the manual. I tried to rush the installation and found the speeds sucked. I tried again, following the directions, and that's when the speeds skyrocketed.
Also, just so everyone has fair expectations, I don't think these will every run at the full advertised speed. That's for the perfect scenario - one two outlets in your house, no other items plugged in the house, etc. And if you already have pretty fast wifi, this may not help. This is ideally used for connecting devices in areas that have poor wifi.
These do not re-link when disconnected which makes them sort of a pain after a power outage. I use them to communicate with a IP Camera outside in the shed. When we loose power, I have to go out and re-connect the link. This is due to the main unit being out in the shed to allow a laptop, IP Camera and a Sling Box to talk to the inside server. This does seem better than trying to use WiFi which the distance does make RF a problem.
I get a maximum of about 50mBit (1/10th the advertised speed). Even Wireless 802.11g is faster at 54mBit. With 802.11N routers easily capable of 300-600mBit speeds this device fails to perform as advertise.
I bought this device because I thought it would be an improvement over my wireless network, but it actually performs worse.
The only scenario this device can perform at its optimal speed is if both sending and receiving units are plugged into the same outlet, which completely defeats the purpose.
So, while this device technically functions, it's no where near as good as the advertising leads you to believe.
I would only purchase this device if I had absolutely no way of obtaining a wireless signal of at least 54mbit, and I would expect only 5-10% the advertised performance.
This device does not work well. It does connected and deliver data, but it most often is in the "red" or slow data mode. It has three modes noted by led color--Green is fast, Yellow is not-so-fast, and Red is slow. The led showing the link speed was almost always in red, sometimes in yellow and rarely in green. I speed tested it below 10 Mbs, pretty regularly. Do not buy this.
Only gave 3 stars because this unit only gets 500 Mbps when connected next to the router. Next time I will buy a faster rated unit. Here is how it went, plugged into power outlet 5 ft away from router and got 500 Mbps, outlet 20 ft away got 200 Mbps, outlet upstairs directly over router (25 ft) got 70 Mbps. I tried moving it to different outlets, but it still sucks. I am guessing that the outlets upstairs are on different circuit.
This works & is a great concept, In practive though needs some improvement.
D-Link States that Bandwidth is dependant on the wiring of the home. My house is 6 Yrs old & unless I have my units in the same room, I don't get anywhere near top Throughput. For that Proximity, I could just use a single Wired hub...
I think more reqirements on the household wiring should be published.