- Item Weight: 984 g
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Item model number: HLE08500-01K
- ASIN: B000QGBC8C
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 25 2010
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,792 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
85 Mbps Eth Adapter Twin-Pack Powerline Adapters for Home/Soho
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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
Actiontec's Powerline products
Actiontec has a full line of powerline products, each slightly different depending on your needs
|Good Better Best||Best for ...|
|Actiontec Product||Kit||Includes 4-port Ethernet hub||Speed||Extending Wireless Network||Computers/ Gaming/ Blu-Ray/ VoIP||Video/ Home Theaters|
|85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter twin-pack||Yes||No|
|200 Mbps Ethernet Adapter & 4-port Switch||Yes||Yes|
|200 Mbps Ethernet Adapter twin-pack||Yes||No|
|85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter & 4-port hub||Yes||Yes|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I plugged one MegaPlug Adapter near my main router and plugged the other one upstairs, then moved my Linksys WRT54G upstairs (almost directly above the one in my basement) and connected it to the MegaPlug Adapter. The adapters recognized each other within seconds. I used Actiontec's utility to set the encryption password and confirm the connection. The WRT54G was now unobstructed and within 20 feet of my G-speed laptop. As expected, WiFi performance was much more stable.
Performance, however, was a different story. I tested performance by copying movie files. One example: with the MegaPlug, a 58MB music video file copy took 155 seconds compared to 26 seconds with the WRT54G alone and 2 seconds over a wired ethernet connection.
When I tried moving the MegaPlug elsewhere in my house, performance decreased. At some outlets, the two adapters could not communicate with each other. I even tried connecting my laptop's ethernet port directly to the MegaPlug, but performance did not improve.
Eventually, I decided that "85 Mbps Ethernet" was not achievable with my house's wiring and that I was better off with my existing WiFi setup.
A few other notes:
1. The ethernet cables that come with the adapters were too short (about 6 feet long) to be useful for me.
2. The Actiontec documentation is brief, since there really isn't a lot of configuration needed with these adapters. Where configuration is advised, however, the manual is just plain wrong. For example, page 17 of the manual references the adapter's "factory default IP address," although Actiontec support explained, "The ethernet adapters have no IP Address and no interface to log into."
3. The Actiontec utility used to set the encryption password omits useful information about adapter performance; you can get more information using Netgear's XE104 Software Utility since both Netgear and Actiontec use the same PowerPacket Utility supplied by Intellon, the maker of the HomePlug chipset used in each product.
In terms of cost compared with performance, in my experience ethernet over powerlines was a poor value compared to WiFi. I had high hopes for the MegaPlug adapters, but their cost vs. performance was abysmal compared to what I was already getting.
In conclusion, I decided to look into comparably-priced WiFi extender/repeater products. I returned the MegaPlugs.
Do yourself a favor before you buy it, plug in a lamp or something on the two outlets you want to use, go out and trip the circuit breaker you know controls one lamp; if both lamps go out, you can buy this product.