Works well, not 500 Mbps
4/28/2013 8:05:23 AM
Chris from St. Albert writes:
- - Extremely easy to set up
- Fast enough connection speed (my lowest is around 20 Mbps (bits per second)
- The speed is fast enough to stream HD video (1080 x264)
- The speed doesn't seem to fluctuate
- You can password protect the devices
- - No where near 500 Mbps
- The units are quite large, they take up a lot of a power bar
- I bought 2 of these sets so that I could run a media server in my basement and have it connected to my router and to two WD TV Live players. The connection speeds are fast enough to stream the 1080 (HD) video.
NOTE: You might encounter significant slowdown to bedrooms due to the use of AFCI (afc-fault circuit interrupters) in the breaker panel. You might consider swapping them out for more home-plug friendly breakers, for just non-AFCI ones.
1/6/2013 7:53:24 PM
Brent from Calgary writes:
- Great throughput, super easy setup, stable.
- Takes up one wall outlet, but not a big deal.
- I was skeptical at first, but this has turned out to be a great solution for my media center. Buy this if you dont have time to try and squeeze bandwidth out of wireless solution... I tried a dual band wireless solution at first and didnt get nearly the same results as the PowerLine. Awesome!!!
12/24/2012 11:49:01 AM
Michael from NW Calgary writes:
-Understated looks, with good quality feel.
- -Very poor performance depending on home electrical wiring. Must be certain connection is on same circuit for true potential.
- Getting the most out of this product will largely depend on your needed application. In my case I wanted two workstation PC's to have wired connectivity and performance for extensive file sharing. They are on different floors but on the same wall in my house. Unfortunately, both internet download speed and actual file transfer speed with the Powerline 500 adapters are between 10 and 12 MB/S. That's likely because of my home electrical circuitry, but these low speeds make it not worth keeping.
2/22/2012 11:53:12 PM
Mike from Calgary writes:
- Originally was streaming wirelessly to my Boxee Box, but found that since it only had 2.4GHz 802.11n (130Mbps tops, 45-65Mbps realistically) it had a hard time streaming HD video.
Moved to these, set them up in 5min, simple and work great.
- Can't plug into surge protector or power bar if you want max speed, but still only takes one power plug, not the entire outlet like people mentioned.
- In the right situation where you can't get a data drop to a location, and need a consistently fast/stable network connection this is the way to go.
2/12/2012 8:30:55 AM
Clay from Calgary writes:
Easy to set up.
Can stream 80GB MKV 1080p movies with ease.
- I had a 200 Mbps powerline network, and upgraded to these 500's. Instantly, my 1080p HD streaming is perfect. Flawless. Just plug in and they work like a charm.
So much better than wireless any day. If you can't hard-wire your house, this is the way to go.
Great little product
2/7/2012 7:23:46 PM
Shane from Airdrie writes:
- Works just like it says
Plug and play
This unit works just fine when the instructions are followed. Great speeds.
- Takes whole outlet
For best results you should have the unit pluged into its own outlet, I currently do not have it setup this way and it still transmits data fast enough to stream a HD 6 Gig Movie with no delays
- I wanted a solution to have my WDTV live box upstairs.
I tired the wireless WDTV live, with little success, just was not strong enough to transmit a HD MKV file. Bought this and I have not had an issue yet, other than MY PC is not powerful enough to run my WD box downstairs, up stairs and have the PC being used at the same time.
Even with the unit being plugged in with the TV, WD box I am getting speeds of 120 MBPS. It is on red light, but I know how to fix it, PLUG IT IN ITS OWN OUTLET.
It just works
2/7/2012 1:23:08 PM
Wireton Willie from Calgary writes:
- an idiot could set these up.
Streams vids and muzax great.
Pretty white color
- Its always about price
Also, pretty boring device. Nothing to set up. Plug one in, walk around the house for a few minutes, plug the other in and bam, stuff works.
- Exceeds my wireless in speed and reliability. So easy a moron could figure it out.
If you find your speeds too low, perhaps it is time to swap the tube and post wiring in your home.
Speed will rely on you electrical. put these on the same run and you will near advertised speeds
Put them on different runs and you will find, depending on how many taps and things you got plugged in will affect speed.
Works as expected for a D-Link
2/7/2012 9:38:48 AM
Rob from Calgary writes:
- - Never drops connection, even though it doesn't always show up in the software
- You can add additional adapters with ease
- - The software that comes with the device looks like a weekend project
- Could only get max 209 Mbps (which I imagine is better than 200 Mbps max devices)
- The cables that come in the box are useless. Since you have to use an outlet all on its own, unless it's right next to your computer or router you'll have to buy another, longer cable. My wife was not happy that I had to spend even more money on setting this up.
- It does what it's supposed to. Please not that it needs to have it's own outlet. Do not flip it upside down and plug something underneath. Initially I was only getting 29 Mbps but when I moved it to it's own wall (requiring that I buy another cable) I was getting 209 Mbps. If you are not trying to span a long distance go with a long range wireless N router as you'll get faster speeds.
not sure yet
1/27/2012 11:10:05 PM
daz from calgary writes:
- easy set up, plugged in found other end & connected didn't even use software with it. wanted it for a downstairs samsung TV to upstairs PC that I didn't think ahead & put CAT 5 in before I finished basement
- network speed really low won't support really anything video, only the little low power apps that come with the TV and the Netflix menu. this may be Telus though wired connection has been bad also. getting a connection but a red one
comment on taking up entire plug is true, no need to have made the houseing cover both outlets. Note if you install one powerline adapter upside down you have to install the other upside down also (polarity)
- inconclusive yet.
The PowerLine AV 500 kit is Fantastic!
1/12/2012 7:08:37 PM
Cory from Calgary writes:
- - Set-up took less than 5 minutes
- Works just as advertised
- Easy on the eyes
- Great for when you want a connection faster than wireless
- Streams 1080p video over connection flawlessly
- - The only one that i can think of is that it uses the entire electrical outlet that you plug it into
- - John has no idea how what he is talking about, or how to use this product.
- With effortless plug and go set-up the connection detects it's self.
- My speeds have never dropped below a steady stable 90% (The Powerline symbol is lit up with a green led)
- I have no idea what John is talking about with the Connection Utility software as it finds every Powerline adapter I have and displays their individual transfer speeds.