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This review is from: Actiontec MegaPlug A/V 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit (White) (Personal Computers)
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We tried the Powerline Network Adapter Kit because we wanted to extend our home network to the garage and pool area. Previously, we were using wireless, but that was only good enough for some streaming music, and we wanted to be able to stream HD video to this area. We considered running a wired connection through an existing conduit, but this seemed as though it would be difficult and time-consuming. Thanks to the Actiontec kit, we didn't have to bother with a "new" wired connection.
The setup was very straightforward. Had we been connecting the device to a modem on one end and a computer on the other, it would have literally taken seconds to minutes at most. Our setup was a little bit more complex, as we used the devices to bridge the connection between two routers. We plugged both devices into a router, then plugged them into the outlets. The "link" light came on, and we did some testing. We were unable to access the Internet from the new connection in the garage, so we decided to power-cycle all of my networking equipment. This included resetting the powerline adapters with a paperclip. After everything was reset and plugged back in, it worked like a charm!
The instructions say to install both adapters on the same circuit. We could not do this, because our house and garage are obviously connected to different circuit breakers in the service panel. As a matter of fact, there is even a subpanel in the garage, and it works just fine through our existing electrical setup.
We tested streaming video from a computer in our house, and it played flawlessly. One speed test we tried was to copy a 1.4GB file. It took approximately 8 minutes. It would have taken MUCH longer over the wireless connection!
The product follows through on the manufacturer's claims and then some. The speed blows wireless away, and the adapters are truly plug-and-play when connecting two computers or a router/modem and computer together. We are very impressed, and the product easily exceeded expectations.