ZyXEL PLA401 200Mbps Powerline Integrated Homeplug Adapter - £29.99 (+ delivery) @ Ebuyer.com - HotUKDeals
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For a 200Mbps adapter this seems to be a very good price. Remember - unless you've already got one you do need to buy at least 2 to make it work.

The PowerLine HomePlug AV Adapters 200Mbps allows your home to be completely networked using your existing plug sockets. Ideal for streaming high definition video content, audio streaming, gaming and Internet connectivity.

Benefits
Perfect for bandwidth hungry applications like HDTV streaming and gaming
No power leads integrated plug enables you to connect straight into your plug socket
Create a hassle free home network through your plug sockets with no need for additional wiring
Alternative to wireless, no dead spots, no interference, no performance issues
Please note- You will need at least two of these to connect you device.
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banned#1
I really wanted the Solwise piggy back's (allows you to plug anything into it - so you don't lose a socket) but at £90 for 2, this deal makes much more sense.

Does anyone know if you can mix and match so would one Solwise work with one of these?
1 Like #2
Lyrrad
I really wanted the Solwise piggy back's (allows you to plug anything into it - so you don't lose a socket) but at £90 for 2, this deal makes much more sense.

Does anyone know if you can mix and match so would one Solwise work with one of these?


Yes :thumbsup:

Be aware that these adapters do tend to get quite hot and can limit what you can plug into an adjacent socket because of their size. However, from a performance perspective they're excellent IMHO.
#3
also note thats its £30 for 1 of these not 2 so its £60 for a set which is the usual price for these i think
#4
What sort of speed can you get out of these? My wireless does 5MB, but I have a 20MB connection that I am no using to it's full potential
#5
Excellent, already have 2 so another 1 won't go amiss. Cheers OP, H+R given.
#6
Do this have to be used on the same ringmain or do they work through the earthing? Can you put one upstairs and one down? TIA.
#7
stphnstevey
What sort of speed can you get out of these? My wireless does 5MB, but I have a 20MB connection that I am no using to it's full potential


These are 200mbit, your wireless is probably 54mbit, but wireless rarely achieves its full rating so you're probably getting 11mbit or 22mbit, so if these actually achieve their rated speeds you won't have a problem. Use these if you can't stream movies to your PS3/360 over wireless from your PC upstairs and you don't want to wire in a wired network.
#8
gunark
Do this have to be used on the same ringmain or do they work through the earthing? Can you put one upstairs and one down? TIA.


Yes, I use 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs, so they can happily operate on different circuits.
1 Like #9
Great price for 200mb plugs. Hot.

I really wanted the Solwise piggy back's (allows you to plug anything into it - so you don't lose a socket) but at £90 for 2, this deal makes much more sense.

Does anyone know if you can mix and match so would one Solwise work with one of these?


I have a couple of 200mb solwise piggies and to be honest they are poor IMO, one of them has broken in little over a year. Also they are Huge ! Can you use diferent manufactured devices together, well that is an interesting question, it depends on the standard they use, they might talk together, you need to get on the solwise forum and ask the question, it offers very good support you will get a quick answer off one of their techs and they will know if they will work together.

I have 3 of the older solwise 200mb plugs. much much better. In general Solwise kit is excellent but stay clear of the piggies they dont have a good reputation in you have a read of the solwise forum.

Anyway these are great at this price. Anyone going from a wireless connection to these will not believe how good a proper hardwired connection is in comparison.

What sort of speed can you get out of these? My wireless does 5MB, but I have a 20MB connection that I am no using to it's full potential

BEst case senario with wifi is around 4 - 5mb sustained but its usually a fair bit lower than this when you are shifting large amounts of data due to packet loss. The lowest speed I have ever had out of 200mb homeplugs is around 40mb - twice the speed of you connection and that was in an old house with ancient wiring. More importantly no packet loss.

Do this have to be used on the same ringmain or do they work through the earthing? Can you put one upstairs and one down? TIA.


These 200mb plugs put out a powerful signal they should work over different circuits even different connected consumer units via the same mains board (in my experience) I have some 200mb solwise plugs and they work on all 4 floors of our house over different ring main circuits and like I said even span 2 completely seperate consumer units which is incredible. Therefore I would be very suprised if these plugs did not work over seperate ring mains circuits.
#10
for those that have old wiring in their house, dont expect anywhere near 200mbps, I got quite old wiring and i get 2-5megabytes(not megabits) a sec. bear that in mind- bar that they are cool to have
#11
So how exactly does this work?

Can i plug this straight into the telly? and stream from the laptop

thanks
#12
It doesnt work like that, this is a network extending device that is a replacement for wifi or a hardwired connection.

for those that have old wiring in their house, dont expect anywhere near 200mbps, I got quite old wiring and i get 2-5megabytes(not megabits) a sec. bear that in mind- bar that they are cool to have


You are thinking of the gen one plugs thats around the speed you got out of the 14mb plugs that were released around 5 years or more ago live2giveuk. I would be pretty certain you are not using 200mb plugs or you have really serious problems with your mains power.

You will never get 200mb over powerline at the moment or even 100mb. Realistically the highest speeds in the "real world" are aorund 60 - 70mb.

Like I said even on old **** wiring in a victorian house I was getting 40mb out of 200mb plugs. Compared to wifi this is on a completely different planet. You will never get more than 4 - 5mb out of 54g wifi about 1 /8th of the worst case performance of these plus you have the huge over heads of wifi / lag, security issues etc associated.
#13
Very hot deal - I've got 3 of these and paid £47 for 1 not long ago from Amazon.

Much faster than wireless, definitely recommend if your wireless speed is naff and/or you have large distances to cover.
#14
Total technophobe so be kind! - so clarification please:

we have broadband and have an extended room which has lots of difficulty in connecting and maintaining the signal (apparently it's because there is steel in the extended room). So we just need 2 of these plugged in and the room will pick up signals? Thanks
#15
I bought a BT Vision box for £30 last month - no contract, no extras and got 2 adapters for FREE

:thumbsup:

So if I was to vote it would be cold....
#16
Total technophobe so be kind! - so clarification please:

we have broadband and have an extended room which has lots of difficulty in connecting and maintaining the signal (apparently it's because there is steel in the extended room). So we just need 2 of these plugged in and the room will pick up signals? Thanks


You connect one to a spare ethernet port on your router wherever that is in the house, then you plug one in the room you want bb / network connection and plug whatever in you want 360, pc whatever. Job done. The network signal is transmitted over your ring main. No setup they are plug and play. Clever ****
#17
alera
You connect one to a spare ethernet port on your router wherever that is in the house, then you plug one in the room you want bb / network connection and plug whatever in you want 360, pc whatever. Job done. The network signal is transmitted over your ring main. No setup they are plug and play. Clever ****


Fantastic! Thanks very much for the quick reply.
#18
alera
It doesnt work like that, this is a network extending device that is a replacement for wifi or a hardwired connection.



You are thinking of the gen one plugs thats around the speed you got out of the 14mb plugs that were released around 5 years or more ago live2giveuk. I would be pretty certain you are not using 200mb plugs or you have really serious problems with your mains power.

You will never get 200mb over powerline at the moment or even 100mb. Realistically the highest speeds in the "real world" are aorund 60 - 70mb.

Like I said even on old **** wiring in a victorian house I was getting 40mb out of 200mb plugs. Compared to wifi this is on a completely different planet. You will never get more than 4 - 5mb out of 54g wifi about 1 /8th of the worst case performance of these plus you have the huge over heads of wifi / lag, security issues etc associated.


Well, he did say he got 2-5MB/sec (and made it clear he meant MB, not Mbit) - which is 16-40Mbits/sec, the same as your quoted figure!
#19
What's the point of a 200Mbps connection if the thing connects to your router at 100Mbps?!!
#20
If there are any hobby radio people reading who are interested in getting these it is worth knowing that broadband over powerline adapters can cause serious interference to shortwave listening, ham radio reception and CB reception as well as some broadcast stations. Even someone else in your street having them could end your hobby.
#21
cardy
What's the point of a 200Mbps connection if the thing connects to your router at 100Mbps?!!


What you do is connect a gigabit switch to your router - then connect this to that instead of the router to make use of the full 200mbits (or whatever your mains allows). This way the router is not used for LAN to LAN connections they talk directly to each other via the switch not the router.
#22
If there are any hobby radio people reading who are interested in getting these it is worth knowing that broadband over powerline adapters can cause serious interference to shortwave listening, ham radio reception and CB reception as well as some broadcast stations. Even someone else in your street having them could end your hobby.


Mmmmm :roll: I cant even give that a responce.... You cant get 200mb out of powerline or even 100mb not in real world enviroment. However these are as good and as fast as you can get after a hardwired connection.
#23
Yes - plug one into your broadband router and the mains, and the other into the mains and your remote computer and that's it.
#24
Hot price.

Forget about 200 Mbps it's just a gimmick though they are very reliable / fast due to the fact that it's wired.

You can't really compare these to WiFi unless you're looking to connect a stationary unit to your router i.e games console or HTPC etc.
#25
Remember, you need at least two to make it work

You can get these 200mbs from Amazon - a pair for £60 inc. delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-200Mbps-Home-Double/dp/B001AIKBB4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1225827595&sr=1-1

However, for most uses, these are perfectly good at £40 the pair delivered:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-Mbps-Home-Double/dp/B000TV7FJ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1225827560&sr=1-2

They work much better than wireless and I wish I had gone down this route ages ago instead of wasting hours sorting out various wireless problems over the years:thumbsup:
#26
I have the zyXel 85Mbps version of these power-line things, bought them in a two pack from ebuyer a while back. (£39.99 for 2, was an absolute bargain, a hot deal one might say :thumbsup:)

Anyway the point my 85Mbps set achieves 30Mpbs consistently, this is on a house built in the 1960s (no idea when/if it has been rewired since then, certainly no requiring in the last 15 years.)

Can't say I have had a problem with them, so much more reliable than wireless.

EDIT: just realised mine weren't 100Mpbs they are actually 85Mpbs
#27
I get 56mbps actual speed using these 200mbps plugs - 'rubbish' you may say.

But considering I use them to stream 1080P Movies along with a DTS 6 channel soundtrack with no problems at all, then you'll see that these seemingly low figures are actually fine in the real world.

Get a couple, you won't regret it.
banned#28
toonarmani
I bought a BT Vision box for £30 last month - no contract, no extras and got 2 adapters for FREE

:thumbsup:

So if I was to vote it would be cold....


Where and are you already on some kind of a broadband package with BT etc.
#29
Please be aware that Ofcom may potentially revoke the licence for this type of device in the future due to what they call "Spectrum Abuse".

The mains wiring in your home was never designed to carry RF (it is unshielded), so your house ends up radiating data noise across the entire HF Radio spectrum (0-30MHz) for up to 200m in any direction.

This blocks reception of Shortwave Radio (yes, people do still listen to it and broadcasters are now transmitting digital radio over the Shortwave frequencies) and it also has the potential to block out signals that licensed Radio Amateurs (HAMs) need to receive so they can enjoy their hobby.

WiFi is a much better option imho and the speed shouldn't be an issue if you get a "Draft N" spec router and card.

These devices are a massive pain in the bum for anyone with an interest in radio.

Anyway, radio geek rant over... Thanks!
#30
Got 2 x 85MBPS adapters off ebay for about £45 delivered for the pair and set them up in seconds. Absolutely brilliant and not too big in the wall socket.

:santa:
#31
thanks.
#32
abomination
Hot price.

Forget about 200 Mbps it's just a gimmick though they are very reliable / fast due to the fact that it's wired.

You can't really compare these to WiFi unless you're looking to connect a stationary unit to your router i.e games console or HTPC etc.


You could plug a wireless access point in to one to extend the reach of wifi in a house. :thumbsup:
#33
Wicked Lester
You could plug a wireless access point in to one to extend the reach of wifi in a house. :thumbsup:


That's exactly what I did because I had issues with my wireless reaching corners of my house. I've actually got 3 powerlines adapters in my house - two wireless routers. It works flawlessly.

Brad
#34
hey guys,

I live in a small house outiside the main house.

The router is in the main house.

I have an xbox, 360, PC & Laptop all connected wirelessly, but its **** signal.

how many of these do i have to buy for this to work??

PLease advise,

Cheers
#35
Nine Tails
we have broadband and have an extended room which has lots of difficulty in connecting and maintaining the signal (apparently it's because there is steel in the extended room). So we just need 2 of these plugged in and the room will pick up signals? Thanks


Yes, they really are plug and play. Plug one end at your router to the nearest mains socket, the other end into the device you want to link. It's that simple. Absolutely no configuration required (in my experience anyway).
#36
I appear to have been pretty lucky. My house was rewired prior to becoming mine, and I don't know how much that helps, but using the Devolo 85Mb adapters, I always see at least 80Mb real speed. Will probably stick with Devolo when I upgrade cos they've impressed me, but this is hot because of a good price and a good review on Pocket Lint http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/reviews/review.phtml/2707/3731/zyxel-powerline-homeplug-av-adapter.phtml
#37
alera
It doesnt work like that, this is a network extending device that is a replacement for wifi or a hardwired connection.



You are thinking of the gen one plugs thats around the speed you got out of the 14mb plugs that were released around 5 years or more ago live2giveuk. I would be pretty certain you are not using 200mb plugs or you have really serious problems with your mains power.

You will never get 200mb over powerline at the moment or even 100mb. Realistically the highest speeds in the "real world" are aorund 60 - 70mb.

Like I said even on old **** wiring in a victorian house I was getting 40mb out of 200mb plugs. Compared to wifi this is on a completely different planet. You will never get more than 4 - 5mb out of 54g wifi about 1 /8th of the worst case performance of these plus you have the huge over heads of wifi / lag, security issues etc associated.


Erm, I hope you meant to write mbit not mb?!

With regards to networking, the mbit measurement is used.
With regards to storage, the mb measurement is used, and this latter measurement is the one we're much more accustomed to.

Why they use a different unit of measurement for networking is beyond me, frankly (everyone assumes it's a marketing ploy, and it probably is, but they've been doing it since as long as I can remember).

Anyway, it's quite an important distinction to make, as there's 8mbit's to every 1mb.
#38
Yes I was just abriviating.....
#39
I've got a pair of 200Mb Netgears and they work great. The data rate varies throughout the house though. I'm currently getting a sustained 140Mb connection from my PC room upstairs to my HTPC downstairs - more than adequate for streaming HD plus it's pretty quick to copy large files across the network ...

I might look at investing in a another one or two of these Zyxel ones - I get a few dropouts from my Sonos unit in my kitchen, so a wired connection might be a better solution ...

Anyway, voted hot. Particularly since I paid £100 for my 2x Netgear ones not so long ago :)
#40
Lyrrad
Where and are you already on some kind of a broadband package with BT etc.


I've got the same, yer you need BT Broadband (the bt vision boxes will not power up unless you have bt broadband of at least 2M) - you can pay-per-view but I suspect most people go for a package (its just under £15 month for misc+kids+sports+setanta1+bbc/ch4/ch5 replay). although no contract needed for the best deals you might now need to agree to a minimum of 12 months. have had it for a year and its great: no adverts, built in PVR, reasonable selection of programs etc. music channel has latest music but you cant just leave it playing, have to choose one track at a time, so like a lot of people have dropped with that one

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