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Allows you to connect your devices to the internet via your home power sockets. Providing you with wired (i.e. quicker) home network.

Handy if you have an whole array of equipment connected to your TV for instance (Home theatre PC, consoles, media streamers, internet-enabled TVs and set top boxes, Blu-ray players etc)

the blurb...
"Instantly create high-speed, wired network connections to seamlessly stream your high-definition media to your connected home theatre and gain fast, reliable access to the Internet. WD Livewire powerline AV network kit extends the Internet to any room using your home’s electrical outlets. Stream the highest quality HD video, play games, and transfer files within the home or over the Internet using secure and reliable high-speed connections. Get the performance of a wired network without running wires.

Simply plug the adapters into your electrical outlets to create a high-speed network connection anywhere in your home. No tools needed. No holes in your walls. Media-optimized HomePlug AV technology offers up to 200 Mbps* performance for smooth HD video streaming over your network. A total of 8 ports means you can connect up to 7 devices and your router, all protected with 128-bit encryption."

The benefits over existing over-power Ethernet adaptors are having up to 4 ports (or three + the router, at the router's end) utilising an single socket per adaptor.

Again, it's new (or at least updated) technology - so please bare that in mind before voting, if you have had a negative experience with the tech or the supplier then please do share - thanks.

A review can be found here;
http://www.reghardware.com/2010/09/28/review_networking_powerline_wd_livewire/

the official Western Digital product page can be found here;
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=861
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Personally I'd go with http://www.solwise.co.uk/net-powerline-gig-pl-1000m.htm as you'll see the benefits with streaming hi-def material. You can easily add a small hub if needed at the other end. The Intellon 200mbps chipsets have been around for a while now, so this is the latest tech.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/33776/solwise-homeplugs-now-reach-gigabit

Edited By: jpearn on Sep 29, 2010 09:54: .
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Each of these plugs (at least two required) costs around £45 (or you can get a twin-pack from Solwise for £88 + p&p) and a small hub (which would cost maybe £15 + p&p)?
So that's an approximate total of around £110

This one gives you a total of seven ethernet ports (with one reserved for the router, which itself tends to have at least a couple going spare - my belkin DSL has 4 additional ports, so that would total 11 available ports) stright out of the box for around £20 less.

What other benefits do you get with the Solwise HomePlug over the WD Livewire?
I see that the Solwise has an gigabit data transfer rate (200mbps AV) - which is better than the WD (unless I've missed something in the spec).
But for AV, which (unless I'm mistaken) doesn't require anything near 1gbps (unless your transcoding and streaming a full 1080p HD movie on the fly - and even then...) and with the added factor of the number of ports gained (a single port per plug versus 4 per adaptor - and both adaptors supplied in the box) - I think the WD is better value for money.
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In real world stats you get no-where near 200Mbps hence only a 100Mpbs port / switch on the WD. Given it's backward compatibility and 4x speed, once you start adding other devices to the network, streaming to other rooms from one server for example, you'll be glad of the 1GB.
Broadbandbuyer.co.uk have the pair in for 79.99 plus 2.99 shipping.
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jpearn
In real world stats you get no-where near 200Mbps hence only a 100Mpbs port / switch on the WD. Given it's backward compatibility and 4x speed, once you start adding other devices to the network, streaming to other rooms from one server for example, you'll be glad of the 1GB.
Broadbandbuyer.co.uk have the pair in for 79.99 plus 2.99 shipping.


If you're someone who is looking to stream to several places at once then I take your point - The 1gbps Solwise is probably the better option.

But if you want to connect (for example) Wii, Blu-ray and WDTV in the living room and PC, XBox360 and and Laptop in a bedroom - then this is a viable and cheep solution which will do the job with the minimum of hardware required.

I guess it depends on your requirements and budget.

Edited By: Brotherpukka on Sep 29, 2010 15:57: Typo

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