WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit 200Mbps - extend Internet to your HDTV
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- Expand your home network instantly
- Smoothly stream HD video to your TV
- Connect up to 8 network devices
- Encrypted for security
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Wd livewire powerline av network kit extends the internet to any room using your home’s electrical outlets. stream the highest quality hd video, play games, and transfer files within the home or over the internet using secure and reliable high-speed connections. get the performance of a wired network without running wires.
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Extend the Internet to your HDTV.
Instantly create high-speed, wired network connections to seamlessly stream your high-definition media to your connected home theater and gain fast, reliable access to the Internet.
Simply plug the adapters into your electrical outlets to create a high-speed network connection anywhere in your home. No tools needed. No holes in your walls.
Media-optimized HomePlug AV technology offers up to 200 Mbps* performance for smooth HD video streaming over your network.
A total of 8 ports means you can connect up to 7 devices and your router, all protected with 128-bit encryption.
WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit extends the Internet to any room using your home's electrical outlets. Stream the highest quality HD video, play games, and transfer files within the home or over the Internet using secure and reliable high-speed connections. Get the performance of a wired network without running wires.
Expand your home network instantly without running wires - Create high-speed Internet connections anywhere in your home without running wires between rooms. Just use your home's electrical wiring to create a network.
Set-up is as easy as plugging in a lamp - Plug one adapter into your router and an electrical outlet. Plug the other adapter into an electrical outlet in any room where you want a high-speed connection.
Faster and more reliable than wireless - With speed up to 200 megabits per second*, the WD Livewire Powerline AV network kit is fast enough for every computer in your home to share your broadband Internet connection and still have the velocity you need to smoothly stream 1080p full-HD video to your TV.
*200 Mb/s is the ideal physical data rate. Network traffic, interference, building materials, and other conditions lower actual data throughput rate.
More ports for more devices - The WD Livewire adapter kit offers 4 ports on both devices in the pair. This allows you to plug in your router and up to 7 Internet-connected devices such as computers, TVs, game consoles, media players, and network storage drives.
Encrypted for security - The data transfer between the WD Livewire adapters is protected with the same 128-bit encryption that you trust for your online banking and shopping. And because the encryption is automatic, there's no need to remember a password.
- Extending the Internet to any room in your home
- Smooth HD video streaming over your network
- Creating secure, reliable, high-speed wired connections for network devices without running wires between rooms
- HDTVs, network media players, game consoles, computers, and network storage drives
What's in the box
Two 4-port HomePlug AV adapters, two Ethernet cables, two power cables, Quick Install Guide, CD with utility software, warranty and support guide.
HomePlug AV certified
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u compliant
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The problem becomes adding additional units (which is the beauty of purchasing this system.) There are no decent instructions. Not on the WD website, not included in paper form, and not set out in any clear fashion the pdf "User Guide" on the included CD. If you want to add addtional units around your house, then you will have to install the utiliy on the CD. Next -- AND THIS IS CRITICAL -- your computer will have to be attached by an ethernet cable to your "HOME" Live Wire device. The setup won't work otherwise.
You will then:
1) Have to use the "ADD" button on the utility to add new devices.
2) You will have to locate the password for the additonal units, which is marked P/W on the bottom of the device.
3) You will have to enter the passcode and name the additional device.
4) Then hit the "add device" button on the computerized utility.
5) Once you've done this, all the devices should reboot, and the within 60 seconds, the utility should scan and locate all the devices on your system.
6) If the utility does not locate all the devices within 60 seconds, it means that the devices did not properly reboot. (This is what happened to me.) You will then have to unplug ALL the devices, and then replug them into the wall, and then close and reopen the utility. It should now work.
Whatever you do: Don't bother calling customer service. You'll get someone too dumb to work at a McDonalds who won't have the slightest clue what your problem is or why the devices don't work. You will spend 15 to 30 minutes on hold before they confess that they don't know anything about the product.
I almost gave up and returned these devices four or five times before I finally got them working. It's a shame Western Digital can't be bothered to provide instructions for one of the most basic functions associated with creating a powerline network. I guess they are selling to many of these units and don't want the supply to dry up because customers are adding third, fourth, and fifth boxes to their homes.
p.s. Thanks to all the many fine reviewers on Amazon who have taken the time to explain the ins and outs of setting up various electronics products.
I also ran DSL speed performance tests between the Wifi connection and the WD Livewire connection. There were no differences in performance between the two except that the Wifi connection shows a very slightly faster upload speed.
The only drawback is that this unit requires direct connection to the electrical outlet which takes up one slot of the outlet. I was able to circumvent this limitation by using a 6-Outlet In-Wall Adapter which also works fine with the unit.
I am quite happy with this product as it provides secure and reliable internet connections to the PCs which are far away from my WiFi router.
Update 10/18/10 : added a wireless router to the unit
I hooked up a Cisco - Linksys wireless router to the WD Livewire unit in the remote room. Now my house has one additional WiFi connection through this wireless router. The beauty is that we do not need to use a physical Ethernet cable to connect to the PCs / laptop in the remote location anymore. It is also great for laptops use around the house.
Update 10/08/10 : added more units
- Purchased another set for my other rooms. As the other poster has also shared, we would need to use the Livewire Utility software to add the new units with the given password at the bottom label of the units. The Livewire Utility also shows the signal strength of each connection which actually varies depending on the outlet and location of the room. All units are working great after these setup procedures.
More than a year later, I've gone ahead with a second pair, prompted by a new HD-TV (with only Ethernet connection) and a remotely located printer (its USB connected with a LAN interface from IOGear).
So configuration of the new Livewire boxes was my concern. I was having trouble with the setup program ADD command: the operation was either hanging up or giving an error message. This was with the boxes installed in their final intended locations throughout the house.
Finally, I took all four Livewires, reset them to factory state, and plugged all of them into the same multiple outlet box. Plugging the laptop LAN directly into one of them, it was then trivial to ADD the three others with their respective passwords, then click to create a customized private network for the four. I then installed each Livewire box into its final operational location.
All devices working great. Other appreciated features that are fairly unique to the Livewire are (1) four LAN ports per box, and (2) use a short power cord for attaching to the power outlet vs. direct plug-in. Overall, a wonderful product.