Zyxel PLA4201 500Mbps Powerline Adapter Twin Pack just £29.94 @ Dabs eBay Outlet
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Zyxel PLA4201 500Mbps Powerline Adapter Twin Pack just £29.94 @ Dabs eBay Outlet

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Found 16th Sep 2012
Great price for 2 brand new 500mbps powerline adapters from Dabs. Well reviewed and free delivery, possibly a few pence from Quidco too.

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ordered ta

thanks very much heat added

No North of Ireland delivery! Absolute joke, its the exact same cost!

Strange that they don't deliver to Northern Ireland.

belfast324

No North of Ireland delivery! Absolute joke, its the exact same cost!



It is via Royal Mail. But private couriers which many retailers use can, and will, charge through the nose. The same goes for the Highlands and Islands, and Channel Islands. Not fair at all.

GeoffAngela

It is via Royal Mail. But private couriers which many retailers use can, … It is via Royal Mail. But private couriers which many retailers use can, and will, charge through the nose. The same goes for the Highlands and Islands, and Channel Islands. Not fair at all.



And this is why Royal Mail have been losing money for years with their 'one price for all' philosophy', with the best will in the world it costs more to send goods over water than it does on the mainland, private couriers know that, Royal Mail know that, its very very unfair but its eceonomics, NI customers need to concentrate on bargains shipped by RM unfortunately or contact the sellers and ask if they're prepared to ship by RM.

Sorry for being thick but could someone please explain exactly what these will do, I realise its some sort of network adapter, do they work stand-alone or how do I use them?

maggiemaddog

Sorry for being thick but could someone please explain exactly what these … Sorry for being thick but could someone please explain exactly what these will do, I realise its some sort of network adapter, do they work stand-alone or how do I use them?



You simply connect one of them to your modem/router via a short network cable, plug it into a wall socket, then plug the other one into a wall socket anywhere else in the building and connect that one to the PC with another network cable. That's all. The PC will then 'see' the modem as if was connected directly. No settings, no fuss - the house power circuit is used to transmit the data. Only issue is if you live in flats or large buldings with more than one 'ring'.

They create a network connection between two mains sockets in your house, provided your house has standard wiring.

In other words, instead of using an ethernet cable (inconvenient) or wireless (slow) to connect devices in different rooms, you can stick one of these in one room and one in the other and connect stuff through the mains.

For example, I use a pair to connect the 360 in the living room to the router in the bedroom. No ugly wires trailing and faster than wireless.

Brill oO thanks everyone for help

sorry if this sounds silly,im fairly new to this, if i baught 2 sets,so 4 adapters can i use it on the same line,ie one to router in bedroom,and 3 outwith that room? or are they couples only sort of thing? thanks

dufc1983

sorry if this sounds silly,im fairly new to this, if i baught 2 sets,so 4 … sorry if this sounds silly,im fairly new to this, if i baught 2 sets,so 4 adapters can i use it on the same line,ie one to router in bedroom,and 3 outwith that room? or are they couples only sort of thing? thanks



Correct. You make a network based on electric line within house. 2 sets = router and 3 additional rooms

I think Amazon is better deal slightly more but 3 years warranty (my opinion) Amazon

Edited by: "madjid" 16th Sep 2012

thanks for the quick response i'll grab some

madjid

I think Amazon is better deal slightly more but 3 years warranty (my … I think Amazon is better deal slightly more but 3 years warranty (my opinion) Amazon



Amazon refer you onto the manufacturer after a while has passed (2 or 3 months I think) so the Amazon deal is actually £3 worse off.

Thanks ..just ordered,

Only two things make me persist with the pain that is running network cable through walls and under floors.

First the waste of electricity - unless you can be bothered to switch all adapters off between uses.
Second, the reports of interference with digital radio reception from some models. Ironic, given the name of the retailer...
Don't know how common that is in practice.

Donkeywalloper

Correct. You make a network based on electric line within house. 2 sets = … Correct. You make a network based on electric line within house. 2 sets = router and 3 additional rooms



Just to let you know I have 2 sets of Zyxel 200mbs powerline adapters and although you can set-up all four to work at the same time it can not be done by just pressing the connect buttons. I had to use their software to set all four up and it was very frustrating and cumbersome.

However, once set-up they have been reliable - I have had them for over 18 months and never needed to reset them or anything - they just work.

These or the Gigabit ones?

Just a couple of points for the uninitiated...

Ideally plug these directly into a wall socket, gives a better connection.
Surge protected sockets (ie a lot of mains socket extension leads sold currently) and homeplug/powerline don't work - the surge protection circuit blocks the frequency used by the homeplug: dig out that old extension board if you have to use one, just make sure it's safe to use.
You can mix different manufacturers/brands, if the following applies:
Same chipset (some earlier BT homeplugs from Comtrend used DS2 chipsets, as did some Phillips and Netgear, plugs these do not fully support the homeplug standards)
14 & 85 mbps plugs are ok to mix
200 & up are ok to mix, but if you need to use the supplied software with each plug then no guarantees that they will.

I've used/use Devolo, TP-link, Solwise, no brand ebuyer specials, Netgear, Dlink, Trendnet, loads!!
Best service has been Solwise, whether through reseller or direct, excellent service.

@ belfast324, Savo & gazw
Buy these through shop.bt.com/cat…301 and delivery to Mainland, Northern Ireland, Highlands etc is from £1.99 for 1-3 days service (BT own Dabs)

Hope this helps...

*Edit no. 2 - Quidco gets you 3% from BT shop for non BT branded kit, Dabs is 2%

Edited by: "hapless" 17th Sep 2012

GodVilla

These or the Gigabit ones?


If your main use is networking between computers on your premises then I suggest gigabit ones. If it is for internet use then these will be more than enough. You won't notice much of a difference when browsing the net only with both 500 or Gig adapters as it depends more on your Internet Service Provider's actual speeds.

Thalagyrt

Amazon refer you onto the manufacturer after a while has passed (2 or 3 … Amazon refer you onto the manufacturer after a while has passed (2 or 3 months I think) so the Amazon deal is actually £3 worse off.




Amazon have always dealt directly with my issues and I've never been referred to any manufacturer. My last experience was a broken clip on a Sansa Clip+ that I broken two days before the first anniversary of purchase. I had a new one from them two days later with a request to return the broken one with a month. Awseome customer service.

I had some of the net gear ones long a go... Works but not Gigabit so Cat6 ethernet still better

hapless

Just a couple of points for the uninitiated...Ideally plug these directly … Just a couple of points for the uninitiated...Ideally plug these directly into a wall socket, gives a better connection.Surge protected sockets (ie a lot of mains socket extension leads sold currently) and homeplug/powerline don't work - the surge protection circuit blocks the frequency used by the homeplug: dig out that old extension board if you have to use one, just make sure it's safe to use.You can mix different manufacturers/brands, if the following applies: Same chipset (some earlier BT homeplugs from Comtrend used DS2 chipsets, as did some Phillips and Netgear, plugs these do not fully support the homeplug standards)14 & 85 mbps plugs are ok to mix200 & up are ok to mix, but if you need to use the supplied software with each plug then no guarantees that they will.I've used/use Devolo, TP-link, Solwise, no brand ebuyer specials, Netgear, Dlink, Trendnet, loads!!Best service has been Solwise, whether through reseller or direct, excellent service.@ belfast324, Savo & gazwBuy these through http://www.shop.bt.com/category/networking,network-devices,homeplug/11301 and delivery to Mainland, Northern Ireland, Highlands etc is from £1.99 for 1-3 days service (BT own Dabs)Hope this helps...*Edit no. 2 - Quidco gets you 3% from BT shop for non BT branded kit, Dabs is 2%



Thanks for all of this, especially the Northern Ireland delivery bit!

What are the "true speeds" of these devices? Could you network stream 1080p/720p films? Download/file transfer speeds? For the 500Mb and 1Gb options?

abulkasam

What are the "true speeds" of these devices? Could you network stream … What are the "true speeds" of these devices? Could you network stream 1080p/720p films? Download/file transfer speeds? For the 500Mb and 1Gb options?



Google is a mans best friend - bit-tech.net/har…w/1

I didnt see you cant use these in surge protectors. This is going to be a pain in the ass!

I only have a surge protected device where my router is..... no direct power.

abulkasam

What are the "true speeds" of these devices? Could you network stream … What are the "true speeds" of these devices? Could you network stream 1080p/720p films? Download/file transfer speeds? For the 500Mb and 1Gb options?



I can network stream 1080p films no problem on my 200mbps so no problem there.


Can these be used in conjunction with TP-Link does anyone know?

Banned

These 500mbps ding dongs are what the 200mbps should be - theoretically, practically and financially. Bought a pair of these and they [or one of them] went Dodo within 30 days. Seemingly the hallmark of ZyXel HomePlugs having had 3-off 200mbps and 1-off 500 mbps starter packs expiring before their warranty expiry date with the loss in convenience and delivery charges being for real. When working, these 500mbps are rock steady, much better than their 200mbps siblings, and being cool during use, [overheating being the 200mbps Achilles Heel] is both the key to its fame and infamy. Infamy because of the over-application of its "green", auto-idle feature. As per the norm, when it comes to being green, it is damned if you do and dammed if you don't - especially when the greeness is about being a greeny-loony and little else.

Apologies if this is a retarded question, but for the study I only have one power point so need a multi plug for the PC and its peripherals. The signal in the study is very weak, but is there any way to use the multi plug and the Zyxel adaptor, or is it one or the other? I cant use the computer at all without the multi socket....
Edited by: "Feeble" 17th Sep 2012

hapless is not quite correct powerline does work on surge protected sockets but the frequencies are greatly reduced

one qk question please. security over the mains. hr there any chance someone could easily sniff out data packets from a neighbours house if they share your line of the three phase? been tempted to install a Nas in the detached garage and use these. any issues?

Another technical question if anyone can help...my router is far from my ipad and the wifi wont travel (the walls might even have lead in them!)...if i connect these, can i get another gizmo to turn the signal back into wifi at the other end so my ipad can pick it up.

Hope that makes sense...the standard wifi extenders dont really work so just wondered if i could rebroadcast the signal at the other end of the house?

thank

Original Poster

captainboons

Another technical question if anyone can help...my router is far from my … Another technical question if anyone can help...my router is far from my ipad and the wifi wont travel (the walls might even have lead in them!)...if i connect these, can i get another gizmo to turn the signal back into wifi at the other end so my ipad can pick it up.Hope that makes sense...the standard wifi extenders dont really work so just wondered if i could rebroadcast the signal at the other end of the house?thank


You can connect another router at the other powerline adapter and give it the same credentials as your main router (same network name, security type, password etc) to extend the wireless - that's what I'm going to have to do. You just need to make sure the second router can be configured as an access point.

Is it going to be much of an issue using these while living in a flat? Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

Original Poster

nonsense

Is it going to be much of an issue using these while living in a flat? … Is it going to be much of an issue using these while living in a flat? Any help is much appreciated, thanks.


Yeah should work perfectly, no issues here in a 6-person house with extensions and stuff. Finally got round to installing mine this past week, paired up with an old Netgear router we finally have wireless across the entire house.

Thanks for the reply yargman.
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