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Solwise PLA-PIGGY6 HomeplugAV 3-port Ethernet Switch W/ 6-Way Surge Protected Multiplug £64.30 @ Broadbandbuyer
Solwise PLA-PIGGY6 HomeplugAV 3-port Ethernet Switch W/ 6-Way Surge Protected Multiplug £64.30 @ Broadbandbuyer

Solwise PLA-PIGGY6 HomeplugAV 3-port Ethernet Switch W/ 6-Way Surge Protected Multiplug £64.30 @ Broadbandbuyer

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I have just ordered one of these, fantastic if you have HomePlug Networking in your Home, and this is a perfect solution for behind my TV.

The Piggy6 for those that dont know about it, is a HomePlug AV Network Adaptor, used to transport network signals via your home powerline rather than relying on Wireless.
You connect one Homeplug adaptor (costs about £20-30) to your boradband router, and plug the other adaptor (i.e. this device) into a plug socket whereever you require your network access.
This adaptor is special as it provides 3 network connections as well as 6 surge protected power sockets.


"The PIGGY6 power outlets are surge-protected and include safety shutters"

The Solwise PLA-PIGGY6 HomePlug Mains Power Strip with 3 Ethernet Ports operates on the HomePlug Powerline AV Specification standard, providing up to 200Mbps bandwidth over home AC wiring. Since the home power lines are the most pervasive medium in households with multiple outlets in every room, the PIGGY6 HomePlug Power Strip allows multiple home gaming consoles, AV devices, desktops computers, and notebooks to be networked, to share Internet, printers, files, and play games without any additional wiring. The six filtered power ports allow multiple devices to plug in for power and filter them so they do not affect the performance of the built in HomePlug AV 3-Port Ethernet Bridge.

Key Features

* No New Wires Approach
* Up to 200mbps PHY Data Rate on Powerline
* Co-exists with 14/85mbps Home Plug V1.01
* Six Full-3-line surge protector (3MOV) with filtered power outlets and children safety shutters
* Security push button for software free configuration

For security, the HomePlug devices are equipped with 128-bit AES encryption. The private home power grid plus encryption makes HomePlug significantly more secure than competing technologies. The Solwise PIGGY6 HomePlug Power Strip is the best solution for No-New-Wires entertainment center networking. With easy Plug and Play installation, there is no need for new wires. These units are sold as singles, you will require at least two HomePlug AV devices to create your network. All versions of the AV products will talk to each other so long as they are on version 2 firmware or newer.

Excellent review by The Register: reghardware.co.uk/200…_6/

18 Comments

I've been thinking about he homeplug for a mate of mine who's having trouble with his wireless network due to staying in a large, old brickwalled house.

Does anyone know if you would need one of these at the router end?

What I mean is, if say a PS3 & 360 were connected to that device, would the 2 need to be split again before going into the router at the other end of the circuit?

AyrHoopy;7530543

I've been thinking about he homeplug for a mate of mine who's having … I've been thinking about he homeplug for a mate of mine who's having trouble with his wireless network due to staying in a large, old brickwalled house.Does anyone know if you would need one of these at the router end? What I mean is, if say a PS3 & 360 were connected to that device, would the 2 need to be split again before going into the router at the other end of the circuit?



no.

Single cable from a homeplug into the router at the router end.

You would need a homeplug as well obviously !

A bit of a monstrosity - and with power cables coming off in all directions it will take up a lot of space. Is there any reason why you couldn't attach a multi-port switch to your homeplug AV adaptor? They're a lot cheaper.

Decentbloke;7530765

A bit of a monstrosity - and with power cables coming off in all … A bit of a monstrosity - and with power cables coming off in all directions it will take up a lot of space. Is there any reason why you couldn't attach a multi-port switch to your homeplug AV adaptor? They're a lot cheaper.



Yeah, they interfere with the signal, particularly ones with surge protection. :thumbsup:

All in one unit is convenient, but you can do it a lot cheaper with a pair of Contrend 200mbs units and a 6 way surge proptector plugged into the front of one of them!

Unfortunately the recent BT Shops offer has gone now, so it's back to EBay for cheapest prices! :-(

megalomaniac;7530822

Yeah, they interfere with the signal, particularly ones with surge … Yeah, they interfere with the signal, particularly ones with surge protection. :thumbsup:



I mean a network switch/router, not a multi-gang socket. So you'd run your ethernet cable from homeplug to router, then plug multiple devices (PC, printer, media steamer, whatever) into the router.

Decentbloke;7530958

I mean a network switch/router, not a multi-gang socket. So you'd run … I mean a network switch/router, not a multi-gang socket. So you'd run your ethernet cable from homeplug to router, then plug multiple devices (PC, printer, media steamer, whatever) into the router.



Yes, I have mine like that

nihcaj;7530976

Yes, I have mine like that



Glad to see we're on the same frequency

Decentbloke;7531042

Glad to see we're on the same frequency



Yeah, 50Hz ;-)

Original Poster

Guys, you cannot plug Homeplug sockets into surgeprotected extensions as it interferes with the signal. Also plugging into normal extension leads is also supposed to cause issues. The benefit of this device is that rather than being a monstrosity it can allow a simple elegant solution behind the TV where all devices can be plugged directly into it. It also means those people who only have 1 power outlet behind the telly can increase the number of power sockets aswell as provide Homeplug networking to multiple devices e.g ps3, popcorn hour, tv, nintendo wii etc...

ManiZ;7532672

Guys, you cannot plug Homeplug sockets into surgeprotected extensions as … Guys, you cannot plug Homeplug sockets into surgeprotected extensions as it interferes with the signal. Also plugging into normal extension leads is also supposed to cause issues. The benefit of this device is that rather than being a monstrosity it can allow a simple elegant solution behind the TV where all devices can be plugged directly into it. It also means those people who only have 1 power outlet behind the telly can increase the number of power sockets aswell as provide Homeplug networking to multiple devices e.g ps3, popcorn hour, tv, nintendo wii etc...



No... you plug the surge protected socket INTO the Homeplug device's pass-through mains socket, not all have them, but many do. Such as these: http://www.shop.bt.com/images/product/uni2/4z/4z2j_large.jpg&size=18&dhm=9ea8c71d&hl=en

Original Poster

Hi nihcaj,

IF you have a pass through HomePlug adapter then yes you cna use that, but its a much more messy solution because to replicate the features of the solwise you would need:

1. A Passthrough HomePlug adapter - approx. £30 - BB Buyer.
2. A Network Switch - approx. £12 - BB Buyer
3. A Surge Protected Socket - £14 - Maplin

All in all about £56.

Plus you have to plug the extension into the pass through, then power the switch on one of the extension power sockets, plus all the mess and cables. Agree its cheaper but the Solwise is far more practical and less wires, and also no need to power a seperate Switch.

I know at £73 which is the usual price the Solwise PIGGY6 is possibly too expensive, but at £64, just a tenner difference I think it is more than worth it, and the reviews and awards speak for themselves.

ManiZ;7537587

Hi nihcaj,IF you have a pass through HomePlug adapter then yes you cna … Hi nihcaj,IF you have a pass through HomePlug adapter then yes you cna use that, but its a much more messy solution because to replicate the features of the solwise you would need:1. A Passthrough HomePlug adapter - approx. £30 - BB Buyer.2. A Network Switch - approx. £12 - BB Buyer 3. A Surge Protected Socket - £14 - MaplinAll in all about £56.Plus you have to plug the extension into the pass through, then power the switch on one of the extension power sockets, plus all the mess and cables. Agree its cheaper but the Solwise is far more practical and less wires, and also no need to power a seperate Switch.I know at £73 which is the usual price the Solwise PIGGY6 is possibly too expensive, but at £64, just a tenner difference I think it is more than worth it, and the reviews and awards speak for themselves.



That would indeed be valid argument if

1. The figures were right, and being a regular user of this site, they are not even near what I have paid, but even at the moment cheaper stuff is available eg. I can pop into a local supplier today and buy an 8 port switch for £8.17 eclipsecomputers.com/pro…100 (as it happens I already had one I was using on an earlier set-up.
The same place also sells surge protected sockets... eg eclipsecomputers.com/sea…rge so I could pick up something appropriate there while I was hypothetically buying the switch! Although of course they are often cheaper elsewhere.
The Homeplugs... I had older 85mbs units to start with, but just last week bought mine at 36 quid a pair delivered on a deal on here. You might have to wait and hunt around for them at that price again though, or go to eBay!

2. I (or others) didn't already have some of the gear to start with that would then become redundant. Who doesn't already have surge protected sockets on their gear by now? They have been cheap enough for years, and regularly have appeared as deals on here - hotukdeals.com/sea…rge

It wouldn't look pretty, but still more flexible than that monster, and a lot easier to get out of the way too!

I don't have any problem powering my stuff on, because it is not as big and bulky, I have got it tucked well out of the way (and because I am disabled!), I use remote control sockets... another deal on here, 3 for about 5 quid at Asda the last batch was, although from another deal on here, I could be using the surge protected remote control trailing socket I got from British Gas for free, but I use that for something else! That apart, I still don't see how this gadget would be any different from the separate components, they all need turning on at the mains somehow, and both arrangements could be done from one switch manually too!

nihcaj;7539062

That would indeed be valid argument if1. The figures were right, and … That would indeed be valid argument if1. The figures were right, and being a regular user of this site, they are not even near what I have paid, but even at the moment cheaper stuff is available eg. I can pop into a local supplier today and buy an 8 port switch for £8.17 http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=NH-08100 (as it happens I already had one I was using on an earlier set-up.The same place also sells surge protected sockets... eg http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/search.aspx?search=surge so I could pick up something appropriate there while I was hypothetically buying the switch! Although of course they are often cheaper elsewhere.The Homeplugs... I had older 85mbs units to start with, but just last week bought mine at 36 quid a pair delivered on a deal on here. You might have to wait and hunt around for them at that price again though, or go to eBay!2. I (or others) didn't already have some of the gear to start with that would then become redundant. Who doesn't already have surge protected sockets on their gear by now? They have been cheap enough for years, and regularly have appeared as deals on here - http://www.hotukdeals.com/search?action=search&keywords=surgeIt wouldn't look pretty, but still more flexible than that monster, and a lot easier to get out of the way too!I don't have any problem powering my stuff on, because it is not as big and bulky, I have got it tucked well out of the way (and because I am disabled!), I use remote control sockets... another deal on here, 3 for about 5 quid at Asda the last batch was, although from another deal on here, I could be using the surge protected remote control trailing socket I got from British Gas for free, but I use that for something else! That apart, I still don't see how this gadget would be any different from the separate components, they all need turning on at the mains somehow, and both arrangements could be done from one switch manually too!




Your points are fair enough, but for me this is a very interesting product.

Around summer sometime (if the builders get started now) I will be moving into my new house. This is the sort of thing I will be wanting in the sitting room behind the tv, meaning I can have everything plugged into the one socket and not have any extra wires/gadgets to hid away (I have the tv on a glass stand so things can been seen).

So rather than having to buy a homeplug just for that room and a switch (which would mean another device needing to be plugged in) I simply replace the current surge protected multiplug - which I will just use somewhere else. Simples :thumbsup:

Oh and I know what you mean about remote controlled sockets, I have everything on these (except for the V+ box), even floor lights :whistling:

binned-it;7540238

Around summer sometime (if the builders get started now) I will be moving … Around summer sometime (if the builders get started now) I will be moving into my new house. This is the sort of thing I will be wanting in the sitting room behind the tv:



erm, if it's mid-build, why not throw in some cat5e or cat6 rather than mess around? Granted not always easy/practical in an existing building, but if there's cabling/wiring going in anyway...

PR1;7545827

erm, if it's mid-build, why not throw in some cat5e or cat6 rather than … erm, if it's mid-build, why not throw in some cat5e or cat6 rather than mess around? Granted not always easy/practical in an existing building, but if there's cabling/wiring going in anyway...



DEAD right.

Homeplugs are good, but you can't beat having it hard wired.

Hope I can resurrect this old thread about the Piggy6. I have one and it has been working fine but my Solwise power line went faulty so I purchased a TP Link kit of an adapter plus 2 wifi extenders .These are all working fine paired and cloned to router. However I now find my Piggy6 (serving my tv Human PS4 etc) isn't connecting to the new power line network. The Piggy6 is supposed to be plug and play but it doesn't seem to want to play ball. Help please.
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