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Max Value 85 Mbps Home Plug Double Unit Pack £39.13 @ Amazon

£39.13 @ Amazon
alternative to wireless bridge "Bought this to run from my router with lan connection to a PC running Windows Vista Ultimate, to downstairs XBox 360, giving the latter both wired internet access an… Read More
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"Bought this to run from my router with lan connection to a PC running Windows Vista Ultimate, to downstairs XBox 360, giving the latter both wired internet access and also enabling use as a media centre extender. No need for the disc that came in the box, plugged in and and started running instantly. Fantastic alternative to LAN solutions. "
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#1
Good Price I paid a lot more about £70. They are good and reliable although the 200Mbps now are only £70 ish and better
#2
I bought these a while ago for £49. A great buy for this pice , they work really well much better than a lan connection for your PS£ etc. I
#3
What speed does the 360 need, would 85mpbs be enough or is it better to pay out the extra for the 200 ones. It will only be for the 360
#4
Decent price, but the 200's are down to £65 now.
#5
Can anyone tell me what brand these are? A reviewer on Amazon said solway? Does he mean solwise??
#6
Buy 2 second hand BT Home Hubs off eBay, they go for like a fiver. Then with a little bit of 'work' just entering settings and the like you can turn your Home Hub into a wireless dongle for the 360 and have a wireless connection, cheeeeeap as chips. It's what I've done and I think it's great!
#7
Felix 360
Buy 2 second hand BT Home Hubs off eBay, they go for like a fiver. Then with a little bit of 'work' just entering settings and the like you can turn your Home Hub into a wireless dongle for the 360 and have a wireless connection, cheeeeeap as chips. It's what I've done and I think it's great!


With some sort of a tutorial this suggestion might be a bit of belter!!!!

Soth :geek:
#8
I've just given up on my 85 Mbps Home Plugs and wen't back to Wifi.

In my house these units were much slower then even my oldest wifi adapter.
I couldn't get 100k let alone 85Mbps.

Even worse since I started using Vista media center it keeps losing the network, half way through watching my programs.

I'd be interrested to see if the 200Mbps ones are up to speed, but unless I could try before I buy, I'lll probably never find out.
#9
GreenGem that Vista problem could be similar to XP whereby it refreshes looking for new wireless networks every 3 minutes or something, so on games it will interrupt the connection while it does it, if you are streaming it could well end the programme! Have a google
#10
GreenGem
In my house these units were much slower then even my oldest wifi adapter.
I couldn't get 100k let alone 85Mbps.


I've got three of the BT Home Plugs (Comtrend Powerline brand) in the house and they can transmit the full speed of my internet connection, admittedly only 3Mbps. Do you have the Max value ones or the BT ones? The plugs themselves don't need drivers or software as they're purely a physical bridge so I don't see how Vista would make a difference. It could be one of three problems then, the plugs, the ethernet cable or the wiring in the house isn't up to sending the data..
#11
LordSoth
With some sort of a tutorial this suggestion might be a bit of belter!!!!

Soth :geek:


Try this link, worked a treat for me with a v1.0 and v1.5 homehub's (free if you get BT to send out free new hardware when you renew). Takes about 5 - 10 minutes to set up

http://www.jarviser.co.uk/jarviser/hubasdongle.html
#12
Brad
I bought these a while ago for £49. A great buy for this pice , they work really well much better than a lan connection for your PS£ etc. I


Eh - it is a LAN connection. I assume you meant wireless?
#13
ADZ1478
What speed does the 360 need, would 85mpbs be enough or is it better to pay out the extra for the 200 ones. It will only be for the 360


Bearing in mind there are no faster internet services than Virgin Media and their fastest service is 50Mb, the 80Mb powerline option will more than suffice for the gaming.
The only use for a faster service would be where your home network passes files backa dn forth between machines within your own network - or - you are gaming between machines on the same network..

Personally, I would not pay £40 for a pair of these. Just look on ebay and there are dozens of the BT branded Comtrend versions (eg: Item number: 380119813245). These are superb, they are 200Mb, they are secure and I have 4 working beautifully which is so much safer than wireless (from hackers).
#14
Just a reply to say how cheap and how brilliant these things are.

We have a few of these dotted around our 3 storey house (ex hotel) so you can see these work quite far via the mains.

Grab em while you can at that price:thumbsup:
#15
GreenGem
I've just given up on my 85 Mbps Home Plugs and wen't back to Wifi.

In my house these units were much slower then even my oldest wifi adapter.
I couldn't get 100k let alone 85Mbps.

Even worse since I started using Vista media center it keeps losing the network, half way through watching my programs.

I'd be interrested to see if the 200Mbps ones are up to speed, but unless I could try before I buy, I'lll probably never find out.


I've got 200Mbps system here.
They actually run at around 170Mbps - good enough to keep me happy :thumbsup:
#16
do these work well with vista?
#17
it has been this price for a long time. i bought a pair 5 months ago. they work very well.
#18
dca860
Bearing in mind there are no faster internet services than Virgin Media and their fastest service is 50Mb, the 80Mb powerline option will more than suffice for the gaming.
The only use for a faster service would be where your home network passes files backa dn forth between machines within your own network - or - you are gaming between machines on the same network..

Personally, I would not pay £40 for a pair of these. Just look on ebay and there are dozens of the BT branded Comtrend versions (eg: Item number: 380119813245). These are superb, they are 200Mb, they are secure and I have 4 working beautifully which is so much safer than wireless (from hackers).


Good advice with regards to getting ex BT comtrend adapters, however th 85mbps rated homeplugs will struggle to get more than 11mbps throughput. The 200mbps units only have a throughput of 85mbps.
#19
badgerman
Try this link, worked a treat for me with a v1.0 and v1.5 homehub's (free if you get BT to send out free new hardware when you renew). Takes about 5 - 10 minutes to set up

http://www.jarviser.co.uk/jarviser/hubasdongle.html


no WPA? no good. WEP is not secure enough i can't take my whole network back to WEP. nice idea though would have used some cheap wireless bridges..
#20
I have Advent 85Mbps ones used to connect Xbox360 to internet and PC. No problems when used for gaming and watching standard movie files from PC. However, anything above 720p gets stutter and freezing. Tested by playing the same file using these adapters first, and then with a v.long Cat5 network cable. Worked fine with the cable, failed with the adapters. Therefore if you're intending to watch very high def stuff would not recommend you use these. I have just coughed up £40 for a pair of 200Mbps adapters off ebay and am hoping this will cure my problem, will let you know
#21
I got these exact ones a couple of months ago for the same price. Work perfectly with Xbox360 and desktop PC. As mentioned already, Internet speeds are less than the speed of these anyway so I wouldnt bother paying double for the 200mbps ones when these are more than fast enough anyway.
#22
would like one for the 360 but it would have to go into a 5 way plug adaptor. Will it still work?
#23
Finlab
would like one for the 360 but it would have to go into a 5 way plug adaptor. Will it still work?


It should still work, yes.
I use one of the comtrend adapters through a 4-way power bar with the 360, and it works perfectly
#24
Finlab
would like one for the 360 but it would have to go into a 5 way plug adaptor. Will it still work?


I have used them in multiway strips without any problem. In my experience the perfomance tends to be affected by whether you have any electically noisy equipment plugged in. Some switched mode power supplies are atrocious. I have a connection from my lounge to my router in the hall. This normally works at around 65-70 Mbps, however I have some IcyBox external drives and if I plug any of them in anywhere in the house then the connection will normally drop to 1-3Mbps!
#25
stu83
I got these exact ones a couple of months ago for the same price. Work perfectly with Xbox360 and desktop PC. As mentioned already, Internet speeds are less than the speed of these anyway so I wouldnt bother paying double for the 200mbps ones when these are more than fast enough anyway.


A lot of people use this to stream video from their pc, to a media center or 360, alongside their TV. In which case the internet speed isn't a factor.

Since the ones I have, struggle to get even the 11Mbps speed, I have went back to the faster Wifi.
However, if gizmouk is correct and you can get 170Mbps on the faster version, then they would cerrtainly be worth paying the extra for.

Montblanc: My Wifi can produce speeds a lot faster than 3Mbps and manages to stream 720p video. I have no idea why Vista Media Center has dropped connections more than it XP equivalent but it does. :x
#26
playaz
do these work well with vista?


Yes - I have two of the 85's & they work great with Vista Ultimate!

Make it so!

Soth :geek:
#27
GreenGem
A lot of people use this to stream video from their pc, to a media center or 360, alongside their TV. In which case the internet speed isn't a factor.

Since the ones I have, struggle to get even the 11Mbps speed, I have went back to the faster Wifi.
However, if gizmouk is correct and you can get 170Mbps on the faster version, then they would cerrtainly be worth paying the extra for.

Montblanc: My Wifi can produce speeds a lot faster than 3Mbps and manages to stream 720p video. I have no idea why Vista Media Center has dropped connections more than it XP equivalent but it does. :x


The 200s only have a throughput of 85mbps max so connecting at 170 is gonna give throughput of 65ishmbps.

The 200mbps that is quoted relates the amount of raw data transferred between the units not the throughput. There is a v. large overhead set within the homeplug standard.
#28
Finlab
would like one for the 360 but it would have to go into a 5 way plug adaptor. Will it still work?


I use these through a cheap 4 way extention strip (Asda) and they work briliant
Just make sure that the extenson strip is not a anti surge one
#29
playaz
do these work well with vista?


No need to worry about Operating Systems, These just plug and play..

No Operating system needed (unless you need to monitor the speed etc)
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muppet_reborn
I have Advent 85Mbps ones used to connect Xbox360 to internet and PC. No problems when used for gaming and watching standard movie files from PC. However, anything above 720p gets stutter and freezing. Tested by playing the same file using these adapters first, and then with a v.long Cat5 network cable. Worked fine with the cable, failed with the adapters. Therefore if you're intending to watch very high def stuff would not recommend you use these. I have just coughed up £40 for a pair of 200Mbps adapters off ebay and am hoping this will cure my problem, will let you know


Update on my last post, whilst waiting for the 200Mbps ones to arrive decided to do some testing, comparing my 85Mbps ones to 54Mbps wireless, and to Cat5 direct cable connection.
My aim was to be able to play a 1080p high-def movie hosted on my PC via my Xbox360 onto my TV. With both wireless and powerline adapters I got major stuttering, no suprise that with direct cable connection it was OK. I ran the network tune tool on the Xbox360 and found that both my powerline and wireless connections were only just fast enough to run normal def TV, and nowhere near high enough to run high def. I gave up on the wireless as there wasn't really much I could do to improve that. I did play around with moving the powerline adapters to different sockets, with minimal improvement. I then decided to install a 5 port hub to see if it was problems with the Sky modem/router. I connected the Sky modem/router to the hub, then disconnected the powerline adpapter and my PC from the Sky modem/router and connected them to the hub instead. This basically meant that Sky modem/router was bypassed when communications between the PC and Xbox36 (via the powerline adapters) was going on. The network tune tool on the Xbox360 showed an almost doubling of the speed, with the 85Mbps adapters now showing as slightly under being capable of displaying HDTV, whereas before they were well below.
Received the 200Mbps version this morning and swapped the 85Mbps ones out. The network tune tool showed speed as being above capable of showing high def content. Played a 1080p high def movie and got almost perfect playback, the odd 1-second delay every few minutes, compared to being unplayable using the 85Mbps ones.

So my advice:
- If you are using these adapters for high def playback (1080p) the 200Mbps ones are a must
- For normal use (gaming/internet access/720p or less tv viewing) the 85Mbps ones will suffice
- If you have a Sky netgear modem/router (or one which doesn't have Quality of Service defiable rules) I would advise you to separate your broadband router from your PC/Xbox via a switch/hub.

I'm sure no one will be reading such an old thread but just wanted to share my experience and save some time for people who had similar requirements/problems to me...
#31
muppet_reborn
Update on my last post, whilst waiting for the 200Mbps ones to arrive decided to do some testing, comparing my 85Mbps ones to 54Mbps wireless, and to Cat5 direct cable connection.
My aim was to be able to play a 1080p high-def movie hosted on my PC via my Xbox360 onto my TV. With both wireless and powerline adapters I got major stuttering, no suprise that with direct cable connection it was OK. I ran the network tune tool on the Xbox360 and found that both my powerline and wireless connections were only just fast enough to run normal def TV, and nowhere near high enough to run high def. I gave up on the wireless as there wasn't really much I could do to improve that. I did play around with moving the powerline adapters to different sockets, with minimal improvement. I then decided to install a 5 port hub to see if it was problems with the Sky modem/router. I connected the Sky modem/router to the hub, then disconnected the powerline adpapter and my PC from the Sky modem/router and connected them to the hub instead. This basically meant that Sky modem/router was bypassed when communications between the PC and Xbox36 (via the powerline adapters) was going on. The network tune tool on the Xbox360 showed an almost doubling of the speed, with the 85Mbps adapters now showing as slightly under being capable of displaying HDTV, whereas before they were well below.
Received the 200Mbps version this morning and swapped the 85Mbps ones out. The network tune tool showed speed as being above capable of showing high def content. Played a 1080p high def movie and got almost perfect playback, the odd 1-second delay every few minutes, compared to being unplayable using the 85Mbps ones.

So my advice:
- If you are using these adapters for high def playback (1080p) the 200Mbps ones are a must
- For normal use (gaming/internet access/720p or less tv viewing) the 85Mbps ones will suffice
- If you have a Sky netgear modem/router (or one which doesn't have Quality of Service defiable rules) I would advise you to separate your broadband router from your PC/Xbox via a switch/hub.

I'm sure no one will be reading such an old thread but just wanted to share my experience and save some time for people who had similar requirements/problems to me...


Left you some rep there matey, good post.

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