Linksys PLK200-UK Wall Socket PowerLine AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (Twin Pack) £44.09 @ Lambda-tek - HotUKDeals
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The PowerLine AV Ethernet Adapter lets you turn the existing powerlines in your home or office into a high-speed network. Now you don't have to drill through the walls and climb through the attic or cellar to install network cables -- just use the wires that already run through the building!

The PowerLine AV Adapter interfaces Ethernet devices to the HomePlug AV PowerLine network standard. Just plug the PowerLine AV Adapter into the wall, and connect your Ethernet-equipped device to the Adapter using the included network cable, and you've turned your whole house into network infrastructure! Attach more computers to the network by simply plugging them into the wall anywhere in the house, using more PowerLine AV Adapters.

Once your computers are connected to the network, they can share resources like printers and storage space, and all kinds of files -- music, digital pictures, and documents. With up to 100Mbps data rates, you can play lag-free head-to-head network computer games, and run media-centric applications like streaming video and Voice over IP telephony. And if you use a PowerLine AV Ethernet Adapter to interface one of the famous Linksys Broadband Routers from your cable or DSL Internet connection to your PowerLine AV network, you'll be able to get to the Internet from any computer in the house.

The Linksys PowerLine AV Ethernet Adapter is the perfect solution for high-speed, "no new wires", home or office networking.

- Use your home or office's existing powerlines to network your computers.
- Bridges 10/100 Ethernet and powerline networking.
- Data rates up to 100Mbps 128-bit encryption keeps your data secure.
- Share files, printers, network storage, and gaming throughout your home connect it to a router to share your cable or DSL Internet connection.
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What is the best deal out there? could swear i had seen cheaper.......
Dont be fooled by the prefix PLK200, Data rates are only upto 100Mbps 128-bit encryption keeps your data secure. (not saying that that was the posters intention of course) :thumbsup:

Misco and AMazon had the better 401`s for around 50gbp and they are 200mbps
Dont be fooled by the prefix PLK200, Data rates are only upto 100Mbps 128-bit encryption keeps your data secure. (not saying that that was the posters intention of course) :thumbsup:

Misco and AMazon had the better 401`s for around 50gbp and they are 200mbps

What makes you think the PL-401s are better? I prefer Zyxel as a brand compared to Linksys, but the 401's aren't going to be be twice as fast.

They both use the same chipset and wil have broadly similar performance. Don't be fooled by the '200Mbps' that is basically marketing BS. It is the theoretical maximum RAW transmission speed between two units, you will never actually transmit data between two Homeplug AV units at even 100Mbps. It is like 54G wireless which can not transfer data at 54Mbps.

Because of this I don't think that the manufacturers bother to fit Gigabit Ethernet ports on the units, I suspect that they are on 10/100, which will comfortably handle the actual acheiveable throughput.

So it looks to me that Linksys are actually being more honest by including the 100Mbps in their docs.

Quote from a cnet review. "The PLK200 is the faster of the two HomePlug A/V-based adapters we've reviewed, the other being the Zyxel PLA-400"

The PLA-400 being the alternatively housed 401.
are zyxel genuinely better than cisco ?
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are zyxel genuinely better than cisco ?

Good question.

Cisco - Manufacturer of very high end equipment, much of the Intenet infrastructure uses it. They acquired Linksys.

Linksys - Formerly supplying just consumer equipment, some good some bad. Some of their products were notorious for poor firmware. They have produced some good hardware which really only performed to its true capability once the hackers put third party fiirmware on it. However many of their more recent devices have not been Linux based and they have closed the door to third parties. Although they have also marketed models specifically for hackers.

I have used a few bits of Linksys kit and it has been OK, nothing special.

Zyxel - Their core business has always been commercial level equipment, there move to supplying consumer devices is relatively recent. Their background shows in the stability and features incorporated in their equipment. I have deployed over 50 of their consumer routers in a commercial environment and am very pleased with them.

I would always look to Zyxel as first choice for networking equipment if they have a suitable product.

Regarding the powerline units, I would not expect a great deal of difference between the Zyxel and Linksys units. They are using the same chipset and probably the same reference design, firmware and software. In my previous post I referred to a review which gave the Linksys the edge over the PL-400, but I have also seen an excellent review for the PL401. The purpose of my previous post was to clarify that the nominal performance of the units will be similar.

The reference to 200 in the product name is not a 'con'. Neither unit can acheive 200Mbps real world speed, the both have 100Mbps ethernet ports so 100Mbps wire speed is the highest that either can acheive.

I am currently committed to 85Mbps units (from 3 ifferent suppliers) , otherwise I would be happy to use the Linksys AV if I couldn't find a cheaper deal.
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