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Use your house/apartment electrics to share your internet connection around your home.

These are the cheapest I have seen and pefect for my xbox in the attic!

dont forget quidco at 3%

Delivery is £6 making it £44.95
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#1
Voted hot BUT the stupid red Arrow I clicked on voted it as cold, been doing this a lot lately for some reason?..
#2
i think this is more of a networking question really but i have my virgin wireless router in my living room. if i plugged one of these into it and then had the other one feeding another wireless router in the attic, would it work?
#3
I thought this was going to be ideal for me, but read more details on another site, and something I then realised, the extension I have the main computer in, is on a separate fuse box to the rest of the house, so will not work :x
#4
Voted hot BUT the stupid red Arrow I clicked on voted it as cold, been doing this a lot lately for some reason?..


You'll probably find that it's just other people voting cold between you opening the deal & pressing the red button.
#5
Delivery for this is £6.00, so the total price is £44.95 !
#6
preacher
i think this is more of a networking question really but i have my virgin wireless router in my living room. if i plugged one of these into it and then had the other one feeding another wireless router in the attic, would it work?


I've just put one of these setups in to connect router to 360 and it works very well from the limited testing I've been able to do. I belive that the two plugs I've got are on seperate circuits but the same fuse board and no problems at all with finding each other. However my understanding is that they must be connected to the same fuse board otherwise there's no direct link between them. Which is a really bad explanation, sorry.
#7
ok, forgive me if this sounds dumb, but im not the most technical person around!

i have a virgin media webstar modem.
how would i use this to hook up my xbox downstairs and still have internet upstairs on the pc?

seems a good deal if i can get it to work right
#8
Maplin had 4port switch versions of these for £19.99 each, some stores still have them at that all, though no longer on line when I looked a few days a go.

Handy alternative if you want to connect more than one device wired at each end and don't have a hub/switch allready.
#9
N_W2003
ok, forgive me if this sounds dumb, but im not the most technical person around!

i have a virgin media webstar modem.
how would i use this to hook up my xbox downstairs and still have internet upstairs on the pc?

seems a good deal if i can get it to work right


You would neet to get a cheap network switch, like this one http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=2639&ref=froogle&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=4788 plus one extra ethernet cable.

You would plug the network cable from your modem into one of the switch ethernet ports. You'd then run a network cable from another switch port to your PC. You would then run a network cable from a switch port to the homeplug, plugged into the mains.

On the Xbox you would run a network cable from the xbox ethernet port to another homeplug, plugged into the mains. Job done :thumbsup:
#10
preacher
i think this is more of a networking question really but i have my virgin wireless router in my living room. if i plugged one of these into it and then had the other one feeding another wireless router in the attic, would it work?


Yes.
#11
these things are brilliant, much better than wifi!
#12
Wicked Lester
You would neet to get a cheap network switch, like this one http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=2639&ref=froogle&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=4788 plus one extra ethernet cable.

You would plug the network cable from your modem into one of the switch ethernet ports. You'd then run a network cable from another switch port to your PC. You would then run a network cable from a switch port to the homeplug, plugged into the mains.

On the Xbox you would run a network cable from the xbox ethernet port to another homeplug, plugged into the mains. Job done :thumbsup:


This review from dabs might help explain a little clearer...

"

Rarely have expectations been exceeded by so much.

I live in an apartment and wanted to share my broadband connection in one room with a PC in the spare room. Our wireless router works well, but I wanted the increased speed + reliability of a wired network. Read about the concept of “Powerline” devices in PCW, but wasn't sure.

However, given the (very) low price of this device I thought it was worth a try. Boy was I right.

The box contains two Ethernet cables; two power cords; two very small black boxes (c. 10cm x 10cm); a CD.

My experience:

Plug power and Ethernet cable into one of the black boxes; plug power cable into wall; plug Ethernet cable into spare slot on broadband router.

Repeat procedure with other black box, plugging Ethernet cable into PC.

Stick CD in PC, install software. No config necessary.

In 5 minutes, a high speed wired network in my apartment. For less than £40.

Phenomenal.

"
#13
Good if your wireless signal strength is pants...

But bear in mind it's a 1 to 1 connection. It becomes uneconomical to connect multiple devices in this manner (unless of course if you have lead walls)...
#14
Can you use more than one "pair" of these in one house?

You get these things free with BT Vision, and i'm currently using it to go from my phone point / BT Home Hub to my room. In my room, i've got a 4 port switch on the end of the powerline adapter, and this works great - all my devices in my room have a good solid internet access.

But I wonder... what if I wanted to also share the internet to my living room? Can this be done? How?

Would I need a new PAIR of adapters - a second adapter at the Home Hub and another adapter in my living room?

Would I just need a third powerline adapter in my living room?

Or can you only do one "connection" in a household?

A note to anyone buying these - MAKE SURE YOU PLUG THEM DIRECTLY INTO THE WALL - using an extension cable took my downloads from 650kbps to 50kbps!
#15
k9plus1
Good if your wireless signal strength is pants...

But bear in mind it's a 1 to 1 connection. It becomes uneconomical to connect multiple devices in this manner (unless of course if you have lead walls)...


True, however, I have extened my network to the other side of the house these...the cable comes out of the extender plug and into a 'media centre' style hub. From there I have cables coming out into my Xbox360, PS3 & Wii...I only ever need one of them on at a time ('cos I only have 1 'stevie' :-) so this suits my needs perfectly.

Bosh, job done.
#17
ReflexReact;2194445
Can you use more than one "pair" of these in one house?

Yes. I've got 5 of them.
#18
N_W2003
ok, forgive me if this sounds dumb, but im not the most technical person around!

i have a virgin media webstar modem.
how would i use this to hook up my xbox downstairs and still have internet upstairs on the pc?

seems a good deal if i can get it to work right


Wicked Lester
You would neet to get a cheap network switch, like this one http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=2639&ref=froogle&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=4788 plus one extra ethernet cable.

You would plug the network cable from your modem into one of the switch ethernet ports. You'd then run a network cable from another switch port to your PC. You would then run a network cable from a switch port to the homeplug, plugged into the mains.

On the Xbox you would run a network cable from the xbox ethernet port to another homeplug, plugged into the mains. Job done :thumbsup:


Theres a simpler way to acheive this.
You would either use the USB connection of the VM modem to PC then share the connection via ICS, or install another ethernet card and share that via ICS: ethernet to PC NIC1 then PC NIC2 to homeplug upstairs to homeplug downstairs to xbox, so as you have two IP addresses and this will also allow the xbox internet access when the PC is switched on, for streaming to xbox from PC the first is the cheapest as you should have all the bits already but some folk dont recommend using the USB connection.
#19
Just one thing to note with these. You don't really get near the advertised speed and you might struggle if you fancy streaming HD video.

I use the 200Mbps version and stream 12Gb 1080p WMV VC1 movie length files fine.
#20
On good power connection it'll get enough to stream HD. Even BluRay's max bitrate is only 25Mbps.
#21
rampantscot
Theres a simpler way to acheive this.
You would either use the USB connection of the VM modem to PC then share the connection via ICS, or install another ethernet card and share that via ICS: ethernet to PC NIC1 then PC NIC2 to homeplug upstairs to homeplug downstairs to xbox, so as you have two IP addresses and this will also allow the xbox internet access when the PC is switched on, for streaming to xbox from PC the first is the cheapest as you should have all the bits already but some folk dont recommend using the USB connection.


The Xbox will have its own IP address and internet access using my method whether PC is on or off. Also, by paying a tenner for a network switch allows other items to be plugged in, for example an IP webcam. TBH if the OP who asked the question may be better buying a £20 router to make use of the routers firewall for a bit of extra protection for PCs on the network.
#22
A couple of things to note -

These things can get pretty hot, make sure they have plenty of ventilation.

They also rarely work worth surge protected multi plugs, so if you have one plugged in that way and it doesn't work, try it straight onto the wall socket.
#23
Voted Hot, don't need them, but a cracking deal none the less!!
#24
Kommunist
On good power connection it'll get enough to stream HD. Even BluRay's max bitrate is only 25Mbps.


Yep, true. :thumbsup:

I'm speaking from experience of the 85Mbps ones in my house. The 200Mbps give a bit more headroom when other devices are also using the network, as well as degradation from mains interference/surge protection devices.
#25
You are absolutely right, technically speaking Homeplug AV is much better choice. It's a bit more pricey though.
#26
I've been looking to get a couple of these homeplug/powerline adapters for a while and am pretty pleased that i've held off. The 85mbps ones are now pretty cheap like this offer, but then so are the 200mbps ones now like the Zyxel PLA-400 with AV that Scan are selling for £69.97. Which IMO for the decent brand and spec it's worth paying the extra.
#27
Wicked Lester
The Xbox will have its own IP address and internet access using my method whether PC is on or off. Also, by paying a tenner for a network switch allows other items to be plugged in, for example an IP webcam. TBH if the OP who asked the question may be better buying a £20 router to make use of the routers firewall for a bit of extra protection for PCs on the network.


I dont think a switch can deal with assigning IPs and i am unsure if adding a static address to the PC/XBox on the same network range as the ISP assigned one would work, a router would be needed to allow more than one IP address, i just dont want someone buying the equipement to find out it doesnt work, perhaps some others can shed some light on this.
#28
RedOnRed
I've been looking to get a couple of these homeplug/powerline adapters for a while and am pretty pleased that i've held off. The 85mbps ones are now pretty cheap like this offer, but then so are the 200mbps ones now like the Zyxel PLA-400 with AV that Scan are selling for £69.97. Which IMO for the decent brand and spec it's worth paying the extra.

Haven't looked for a while but that is much cheaper for two 200mbps ones than when I did look about 6 months ago. I thought I read about 400mbps ones on the way though. ;-)
#29
haha the irony!

seen this while i was in work and thought i would post it then buy some when i got home. now there out of stock, hey ho next time i will order them first, then post :roll:
#30
rampantscot
I dont think a switch can deal with assigning IPs and i am unsure if adding a static address to the PC/XBox on the same network range as the ISP assigned one would work, a router would be needed to allow more than one IP address, i just dont want someone buying the equipement to find out it doesnt work, perhaps some others can shed some light on this.


Actually, you are correct. As well spending 20 quid on a router for the PC. A switch can be used elsewhere on the network to add multiple devices if needed.
#31
ive got these and they're brilliant! Its so simple to setup and you can get wireless ones as well!
#32
Says due in more than 4 weeks.... So they are not in stock anymore?
#33
RedOnRed
I've been looking to get a couple of these homeplug/powerline adapters for a while and am pretty pleased that i've held off. The 85mbps ones are now pretty cheap like this offer, but then so are the 200mbps ones now like the Zyxel PLA-400 with AV that Scan are selling for £69.97. Which IMO for the decent brand and spec it's worth paying the extra.


I've got the Zyxel ones. They are superb.

I have one plugged in to the router downstairs. The other is plugged into the mains socket upstairs and feeds a netgear switch which goes to my desktop PC and feeds my work laptop when I'm working at home.

I can now play pre-encoded xvid/divx ripped HD content from the desktop PC to my XBMC enabled Xbox and then out via the component lead with optical digital output to my HD TV. It works a treat - no stalling at all and when the movies are encoded in 5.1 - the optical output from the Xbox goes to my decoder and enjoy full 5.1 sound - so much better than the way I used to to it via TVersity and an Xbox 360 over wireless.
#34
redbutcher
I've got the Zyxel ones. They are superb.

I have one plugged in to the router downstairs. The other is plugged into the mains socket upstairs and feeds a netgear switch which goes to my desktop PC and feeds my work laptop when I'm working at home.

I can now play HD content from the desktop PC to my XBMC enabled Xbox and then out via the component lead with optical digital output to my HD TV. It works a treat - no stalling at all and when the movies are encoded in 5.1 - the optical output from the Xbox goes to my decoder and enjoy full 5.1 sound - so much better than the way I used to to it via TVersity and an Xbox 360 over wireless.


What HD files do you stream please? i was under the impression the xbox processor couldnt handle hd decoding even tho xbmc supports hd output, jus curious what you encode the files with?
#35
The files are pre-encoded - I just download them if you get my drift :whistling:
#36
Are you sure they are hd files or just a divx of a hd rip?As i said thought the xbox wasnt powerful enough processor wise for hd files
#37
This item appears to still be for sale at Dabs so how come marked as expired?
#38
jukkie
A couple of things to note -
These things can get pretty hot, make sure they have plenty of ventilation.
They also rarely work worth surge protected multi plugs, so if you have one plugged in that way and it doesn't work, try it straight onto the wall socket.


To get the best performance they should be plugged directly into a wall socket. Surge protectors consider the signals that these homeplugs send along the wires as spikes, and therefore block them. If your homeplug works in a surge protector, then you're not well protected.
They WILL work if your Homeplugs are on different ring mains, as long as the ring mains are fed from the same fusebox. If they are fed from different fuseboxes, then it's not impossible, but it is highly unlikely that they will work. :thumbsup:
#39
i have a pair of comtrend 200mps BT ones and the speed is very poor in old houses with not so new wiring, i get about 1.2 megabyte(not bits) a sec, which will be fine for gaming but not for transferring files. so its something to think about when purchasing any of these powerline ethernet products.
#40
live2giveuk;2198381
i have a pair of comtrend 200mps BT ones and the speed is very poor in old houses with not so new wiring, i get about 1.2 megabyte(not bits) a sec, which will be fine for gaming but not for transferring files. so its something to think about when purchasing any of these powerline ethernet products.


When you say old houses how old is yours?

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