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MSI Mega ePower85 Duo Kit Homeplug £35.18 Delivered @ Scan (£28.19 Pickup)

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MSI Mega ePower 85 Duo Kit is ideal for in-home or SOHO networking, game consoles & home appliances connection. It extends your wired or wireless network. Simply Plug&Play. Your network can be set-up …
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MSI Mega ePower 85 Duo Kit is ideal for in-home or SOHO networking, game consoles & home appliances connection. It extends your wired or wireless network. Simply Plug&Play. Your network can be set-up in nearly no time.

This offer is on the Today Only page and will last until about midday tomorrow.
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#1
Better off adding a little extra cash and buying these Zyxel 200mb ones from Amazon IMO.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerline-Interference-Resistant-integrated-encryption/dp/B0012NRYY4
#2
For your 100mbps router? :whistling: :)


Although saying that I've just looked at the page and I found the price to be £32 odd not the £28.19 stated? (inc vat)
#3
Please note that you must buy from the Today Only page, as per the link. This is common with Scan.
#4
It does make sense to use 200Mbps ones with 100Mbps router. Strictly speaking, AV 200 is not 200Mbps. The "200" applies only to physical layer, so, according to Homeplug it will be 150Mbps at data link layer. This number is for ideal conditions, which doesn't exist outside of certification lab. Also, this number is only achievable for full duplex communication. In reality you should expect speeds around 80Mbps depending (obviously) on quality of your power lines.
If your router/switch is capable (and it should be) of full duplex communication then it is not a bottleneck for AV 200.
#5
Poolius
For your 100mbps router? :whistling: :)


As stated by Kommunist (thank you) 200Mbps ones don't in reality transfer at 200Mbps - the same as the 85Mbps ones don't achieve anywhere near 85. You are therefore much better off getting the 200Mbps spec as you will get a far better connection speed. The 85Mbps versions are not quick enough to reliably stream media, certainly not high def format media.

Also worth noting for anyone considering using Homeplugs (any) that you shouldn't run them through a surge protector as that dramatically affects the throughput.
#6
Thanks for thanks :)

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The 85Mbps versions are not quick enough to reliably stream media, certainly not high def format media.

It depends, really. The 85Mbps version should give you about 40Mbps actual speed, which is certainly more than enough to stream Divx/DVDs over it. Bear in mind that DVD standard defines maximum DVD stream bitrate at (roughly) 10Mbps (that's megabit), and these days hardly any DVDs are near this maximum anyway. So it is possible to stream DVD reliably over Homeplug 85. For Divx the story is even better, as typically it doesn't exceed 2Mbps, so even Homeplug 14 (with its real throughput at 5-6Mbps) should be sufficient.

For BluRay the story is different. The latest format revision states that the maximum butrate should be around 50Mbps (it was 25Mbps before), however why exactly anyone would stream this kind of video over network is beyond me. HD rips are normally around 10-15Mbps, so it should be perfectly fine to stream these too.

And I do stream video over my Homeplug 85 network. It perfectly copes with 3 simultaneous Divx streams (I converted all my DVDs to Divx because of space limitations) and DVB-S streams from my sat receivers at the same time.
banned#7
http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/#2 is a slightly easier link to use :)
#8
How well do these actually work?
and can you add as many as you want to the "network"?

would they be suitable for gaming, xbox 360 etc etc with no drop in performance?
do you get spikes if someone switches on a hair dryer :P
#9
It works well in my setup, but it depends on actual state of wires in your house.
You can add as many as you want but on two conditions:
1. You must have at least 2 of them.
2. Homeplugs must be of the same standard (i.e. don't mix AV200 and Turbos, or even worse - Homeplugs and BPLs). Some of these standards can co-exist (although it'll affect its performance) but not interoperate.

As to games - no idea, sorry. I am only using it to stream video/audio.

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