Netricity 4 Port 85Mbps Ethernet Over Powerline Router / Switch  £29.99 Instore
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Netricity 4 Port 85Mbps Ethernet Over Powerline Router / Switch £29.99 Instore

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Found 22nd Jan 2008Made hot 22nd Jan 2008
MAPLINS IN STORE DEAL - AVALABLE AT ALL STORES

+++ THIS IS AN INSTORE DEAL ONLY +++ THE LINK RIGHT TAKES YOU TO AN ONLINE STOCK CHECKER YOU CAN USE TO CHECK STOCK AT YOUR LOCAL STORE USING PRODUCT CODE A68HB

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This is a router that allows you to share your internet around the house by using standard plug sockets rather than cable or wireless connection

You normally have 1 router and then a plug for each computer (The Router has a 85Mbps plug in it), The plugs cost £49.99 each

BUT THE GOOD PART IS YOU CAN USE THESE REDUCED ROUTERS INSTEAD OF THE £49.99 PLUG - And you get the bonus of it being a 4 Port Swtich, so you can have up to 4 items in the room plugged into it!

The Routers have been reduced from £79.99 to £29.99 INSTORE ONLY, and the good bit is you can use the router as a plug

we are using 4. 1 as a Router and then 3 routers in seperate rooms as plugs to connect to computers, its really fast, and knocks spots off a wireless connection


Poweline 85Mbps 4-Port Router
Use the mains wires to send networking signals
Converts Ethernet to a signal that transmits through the power circuit
1 WAN socket for broadband and 4-port 10/100 switch combined with powerline technology
Share the internet with 4 machines with the router and multiple machines through the powerline
Extend your network to areas wireless signals cannot reach
Up to a 200m transmission distance
No need to lay Ethernet cables throughout the house
Single unit to go alongside other powerline products, purchase single Powerline plug to connect to multiple computers

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g8 find!

Do you have the product code?

Original Poster

On the Receipt I have the maplins product code is A68HB

They took them off the website last night as they were still at the higher price but all the stores have them reduced if you phone up and ask they will tell you what stock they have

If you type A68HB in the search box and scoll down to the the search box on the item page select the A68HB in the window and enter your post code it will do a stock check at your local store

Good price...added some heat

great idea, i use homeplugs myself (200mbps) but i have to plug them into routers seperately, this is a much better idea. the speed is good but 200 would be better.

great deal but just wondering whats stopping the router from sending signals to your next door neighbour as I am sure the powerlines all connect up eventually ?

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Agree, it would have been nice if it was 200Mbps

Using the checker software that comes with them I have been averaging 76.5Mbps and have had no problem streaming HD Movies without any stutter or glitches and streaming DVD ISOs from a NAS to XBox Media Centre

So on the whole they seem to cope well, the other thing is most media stuff still only has 10/100 Ethernet in it so the 200Mbps ones are a bit of a waste unless all your network is upgraded to Gigabit.

so can i confirm that you would need 2 of these to be able to connect 2 computers?

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"great deal but just wondering whats stopping the router from sending signals to your next door neighbour as I am sure the powerlines all connect up eventually ?"

It is protected with a 56bit DES encryption, you type in your own password on the web interface and it locks down all your units to your own network

The software supplied is NOT Vista Compatible - But you can download the Netgear Control Software for the Netgear XE104 from the Netgear website and that is Vista Compatible and works with the Netricity units as they are all HomePlug 1 Compliant

Also your direct neighbours will be on a seperate phase so there would not be aproblem, and the chance of the signal making to a house on the same phoase is minimal. and the Password + Encryption sorts that one

none really but he would have to buy one of the homeplugs to receive it, and depending where your circuits start or finish

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donnydude;1488824

so can i confirm that you would need 2 of these to be able to connect 2 … so can i confirm that you would need 2 of these to be able to connect 2 computers?




Yep. Minimum of 2 (1 to act as a router, and then 1 to act as a switch in each area you want service)

Apparently discontinued now at this price...:S

flashyphotos;1488827

"great deal but just wondering whats stopping the router from sending … "great deal but just wondering whats stopping the router from sending signals to your next door neighbour as I am sure the powerlines all connect up eventually ?"It is protected with a 56bit DES encryption, you type in your own password on the web interface and it locks down all your units to your own networkThe software supplied is NOT Vista Compatible - But you can download the Netgear Control Software for the Netgear XE104 from the Netgear website and that is Vista Compatible and works with the Netricity units as they are all HomePlug 1 CompliantAlso your direct neighbours will be on a seperate phase so there would not be aproblem, and the chance of the signal making to a house on the same phoase is minimal. and the Password + Encryption sorts that one



Thanks, I'm a security professional myself hence was interested what implications sharing your data over a power supply would have.

56bit DES can easily be broken now - its pretty much deprecated in terms of protection. 3DES with 112bit keys would be the minimum for protection ... for now. So, this items not very good in terms of security.

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united4eva;1488881

Apparently discontinued now at this price...:S




Read The Description Properly! These are only available INSTORE not Online you need to use the store checker to check stock in your local store

Original Poster

Thanks, I'm a security professional myself hence was interested what … Thanks, I'm a security professional myself hence was interested what implications sharing your data over a power supply would have.56bit DES can easily be broken now - its pretty much deprecated in terms of protection. 3DES with 112bit keys would be the minimum for protection ... for now. So, this items not very good in terms of security.



Would agree with you 100% on wireless, but bearing in mind this signal is not going off your phase and will be confied to your property , I can't see a problem, (If someone is on your network in your property, I think you would know they were there!!!)

so whats the difference between this and the buffalo

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jasonrat;1488973

so whats the difference between this and the buffalo



This is a Powerline Router and a Buffalo is a Big Smelly animal?.

No really what Buffalo are you talking about,

If you mean Buffalo Routers, they are just standard Wired / Wireless Routers and Not Powerline transmission

Google homeplug 85mbps for more info on how these work

17 in stock at my closest store, WAHEY!

Heat added.

ok so how many of thes do i need?

so i guess u need one of these per room then u use wired technology?

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jasonrat;1489064

ok so how many of thes do i need?



1 to work as a router, and then 1 for each PC etc you want to add to the network

These are compaible with ANY other Homeplug 85 units from other companies so if you find deals on any other "plugs" or "routers" you can use them to expand your network in the future

I am using 4 of these

1 as a router to connect to my cable modem

1 connected to my main PC

1 in bedroom connected to XBox Media Center

1 in kids room for kids PC

All get much much better speeds than the old Wireless network

You need one homeplug per PC, not necessarily one of these routers per room

just to confirm, this is a router/modem? (ie I can connect into my ADSL line?)

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HankMcSpank;1489103

just to confirm, this is a router/modem? (ie I can connect into my ADSL … just to confirm, this is a router/modem? (ie I can connect into my ADSL line?)



This is a Router / WAN You need to have an ASDL or Cable Modem, Mines connected to my NTL Modem.

would these work with other homeplugs? i've got 2 netgear ones too

can i set up an NAS with this without going online?

flashyphotos;1489114

This is a Router / WAN You need to have an ASDL or Cable Modem, Mines … This is a Router / WAN You need to have an ASDL or Cable Modem, Mines connected to my NTL Modem.



Ok, tks. It might be a good deal, but not exactly a neat solution - we're talking box stacking here! (never a good thing!)

I might actually just push the boat out & buy the WIFI ADSL Router (it's showing up as £49.99 whereas this link suggests it was £99.99 eleinmec.com/sho…ing) + one of the extra plugs which now seem to be £39.99 as opposed to the OP's quoted £49.99).

BUT THE GOOD PART IS YOU CAN USE THESE REDUCED ROUTERS INSTEAD OF THE £49.99 PLUG - And you get the bonus of it being a 4 Port Swtich, so you can have up to 4 items in the room plugged into it!


Surely that means you could have 1 acting as the router supplying 4 PC/Consoles/Printers in one room and another as just a 4port switch supplying up to 4 PCs/Consoles/Printers in another room talking to the one acting as the router?

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robe24;1489126

would these work with other homeplugs? i've got 2 netgear ones too




This will work with any other Homeplug 1 units either 14Mbps or 85Mbps

stunno;1489099

You need one homeplug per PC, not necessarily one of these routers per … You need one homeplug per PC, not necessarily one of these routers per room



Why? There is a 4 port switch built in to the router so that means 4 devices per router, so if 4 PCs in same room then only 1 router required. As long as ethernet from each PC connected to router and dhcp running

EDIT: Or manual/static IP set up for each machine

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Njay;1489148

BUT THE GOOD PART IS YOU CAN USE THESE REDUCED ROUTERS INSTEAD OF THE … BUT THE GOOD PART IS YOU CAN USE THESE REDUCED ROUTERS INSTEAD OF THE £49.99 PLUG - And you get the bonus of it being a 4 Port Swtich, so you can have up to 4 items in the room plugged into it!Surely that means you could have 1 acting as the router supplying 4 PC/Consoles/Printers in one room and another as just a 4port switch supplying up to 4 PCs/Consoles/Printers in another room talking to the one acting as the router?



Exactly

I have my 2 NAS Drives attached to one

Njay;1489148

BUT THE GOOD PART IS YOU CAN USE THESE REDUCED ROUTERS INSTEAD OF THE … BUT THE GOOD PART IS YOU CAN USE THESE REDUCED ROUTERS INSTEAD OF THE £49.99 PLUG - And you get the bonus of it being a 4 Port Swtich, so you can have up to 4 items in the room plugged into it!Surely that means you could have 1 acting as the router supplying 4 PC/Consoles/Printers in one room and another as just a 4port switch supplying up to 4 PCs/Consoles/Printers in another room talking to the one acting as the router?



Agreed, but two points (if you don't need the multiple connectivty option in each room)....

1. It's yet *another* box to hide (as opposed to the unit directly plugging neatly into a mains socket)
2. The price of the wall socket is showing £39.99 *not* £49.99.

Doesn't this only work if the plug sockets are on the same ring main? I was told the signal isn't transferred from one ring to another; ie if your upstairs sockets are on a different fuse to your downstairs ones it doesnt work. Correct?

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2. The price of the wall socket is showing £39.99 *not* £49.99.



But thats still £10 more than this box, and this way you get future upgradability built in if you add futher devices in the same room,

Horses for courses really, if you are sure that you will only need the single point then thr £39.99 PLUG is a good deal as well

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kingy58;1489193

Doesn't this only work if the plug sockets are on the same ring main? I … Doesn't this only work if the plug sockets are on the same ring main? I was told the signal isn't transferred from one ring to another; ie if your upstairs sockets are on a different fuse to your downstairs ones it doesnt work. Correct?



No as long as they are thru the same fuse box they work,

It just will not transfer across Phase, so it will not go to a house next door

so the other parts of the house are wired not wireless .... i.e. they have to have ethernet capability not wifi ?

no good for me sadly as I want to roam my nokia n800 and need to pick up a wireless signal -- so I need a wireless extender.

anybody know of any good deals on the wireless homeplugs?

Ferret;1489263

so the other parts of the house are wired not wireless .... i.e. they … so the other parts of the house are wired not wireless .... i.e. they have to have ethernet capability not wifi ?no good for me sadly as I want to roam my nokia n800 and need to pick up a wireless signal -- so I need a wireless extender.anybody know of any good deals on the wireless homeplugs?



They have a wireless version (homeplug + wireless) on Maplins for £49.99 or buy a WAP or gaming adapter to plug into the router for wireless

Hmmm

two of these = £60 - then add a WAP ... or one of these + the wireless router = £80

Netgear WGXB102 is only around £70 for fully wireless solution in two plugs. Price alone (coz I don;t know nowt about performance) would suggest WGXB102 would be better for those that need wireless.

or am I talking rubbish ?

Ferret;1489342

Netgear WGXB102 is only around £70 for fully wireless solution in two … Netgear WGXB102 is only around £70 for fully wireless solution in two plugs. Price alone (coz I don;t know nowt about performance) would suggest WGXB102 would be better for those that need wireless.



Yeah if you only had 2 pc's but remember no DHCP (Assigned IPs) No constant sharing of Internet (Unless you leave on PC connected to modem), unless you have a router already.

You would have to have either a 2nd network card if modem is Cable, or if USB(ADSL) then back to the having the PC connected to the Modem constantly on.

So for £10 more i reckon the Homeplug Wifi router + homeplug router is the way to go.

This gives you 7 wired connections and up to 246 wireless

Great price just picked up one to replace my linksys router. Only one left @ 6pm closing in Stoke Maplins if anyone was thinking of trying there!

/Edit forgot to add that the price is wrong - £29.98 in Stoke Maplins! a whole 1p cheaper!

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