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    Homeplugs --- what it all about?

    i've read up on this homeplugs thingy, but Im still confused - How can they act like a Wireless Adapater for the XBox?

    Is this true and how many do I need? The situation is this:

    XBox / Router / TV all within 2 metres of each other... BUT TV / Xbox is being moved upstairs, leaving the Router where it is downstairs. Now, I could buy a Wireless Adapator for £47.00, but is this Homeplug idea a better solution?

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    I've used homeplugs for years now, can't fault them.

    You plug one in by your router, and connect it using an ethernet cable.
    Then you plug the other one in wherever you want the connection (in my case, my router is upstairs and my AppleTV and Xbox 360 are downstairs), so I plugged the second one in downstairs and connected it to a 5 port switch, which then hooks into the AppleTV and 360.

    Works a treat :thumbsup:

    Avoid wireless as much as possible, it's fine for internet surfing on your laptop, but not if you want to stream movies or play on your console online.

    You will need 2, one for the plug next to the router and one in the location of the x-box.

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    chester123;7186501

    You will need 2, one for the plug next to the router and one in the … You will need 2, one for the plug next to the router and one in the location of the x-box.



    there is/was a deal on here from Play for £37 for two, but when I add it it comes up £39 each?

    Disco;7186528

    there is/was a deal on here from Play for £37 for two, but when I add it … there is/was a deal on here from Play for £37 for two, but when I add it it comes up £39 each?



    dcx_badass;7186535

    Damn not an extra £2. :roll:



    £37 for two, or £39 each (£78 for two) :thumbsup:

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    Babbabooey;7186543

    £37 for two, or £39 each (£78 for two) :thumbsup:



    exactly!! do you know of anywhere cheaper, as you really need 2 anyway, but they only sold individually ;-)

    Moving kit to upstairs and using a wireless adaptor will only work if you've got a wireless router to start with - which I presume you have. ( if you haven't, and are with virgimmedia, you can get one off them free).

    There can be problems using wireless adaptors, not just with the xbox, but also with any wireless unit. Signal strength is affected by distance, density of building, interference from other electrical sources.

    The homeplugs provide a cheap(ish) way of allowing wired internet access elsewhere in the building with out the need to run cables. One unit connects to your router, and the other unit pugs into a mains socket (not an extension) beside where the devices are located. A network cable then connects from the homeplug to your device.

    you need one homeplug at our router, and one homeplug at each location you want to have internet access.

    I dont have an xbox connected in this way, but I presume it'll work fine. No doubt someone will soon shout up if it won't!!

    hope this helps.

    dcx_badass;7186489

    Because it's wired, wireless is dreadful.



    wireless is awesome, you must be one of them Xbox COD virgins, who crys if he gets anything more then 000000.02 seconds lag.



    id go with wireless op, i got it, its really good, plus were not in the 90s now were we use wires.

    I would buy Homeplugs/powerline adapters if they weren't so ridiculously expensive.

    It's a sad state of affairs when buying the Xbox wireless adapter is the cheap option. :?

    Disco;7186558

    exactly!! do you know of anywhere cheaper, as you really need 2 anyway, … exactly!! do you know of anywhere cheaper, as you really need 2 anyway, but they only sold individually ;-)



    I use this one - kikatek.com/pro…gle
    It's quite expensive compared to others, but it's been faultless.

    Original Poster

    bogsdollocks;7186569

    Moving kit to upstairs and using a wireless adaptor will only work if … Moving kit to upstairs and using a wireless adaptor will only work if you've got a wireless router to start with - which I presume you have. ( if you haven't, and are with virgimmedia, you can get one off them free).



    we are on 02 BB but the missus just banished me upstairs to the spare room as she as just bought bought the John Lewis 32" TV Deal, so I have the old 32" TV and Xbox in the "games room" lol

    so one of these near attached the router, and one near the xbox will work?

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    Ungreat;7186597

    I would buy Homeplugs/powerline adapters if they weren't so ridiculously … I would buy Homeplugs/powerline adapters if they weren't so ridiculously expensive.It's a sad state of affairs when buying the Xbox wireless adapter is the cheap option. :?



    but its not? Play have a pair of homeplugs for £40?

    dcx_badass;7186578

    Well they can get … Well they can get this:http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/551553/netgear-xeb1004-85mbps-powerline-ethttp://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5968407/Netgear-XEB1004-85Mbps-Powerline-Ethernet-Switch-Kit-Homeplug/Product.html?source=9593&P36=HXZZHW2 for £40.



    That looks like a good deal.

    Anyone seen the 200Mb/s ones at a decent price?

    dcx_badass;7186658

    I don't even play consoles, go back to playing with your little friends. … I don't even play consoles, go back to playing with your little friends. If you knew anything about what you were talking about you'd know wireless sucks.



    I use wireless and its great, its only rubbish if you dont know how to set it up correctly, guess you don't.

    dcx_badass;7186734

    Ahahaha ok, try download something wireless and wired, you'll see the … Ahahaha ok, try download something wireless and wired, you'll see the difference, especially for home networking and moving files around,



    That's why I'm keen on the 200Mb/s powerline devices.

    At the moment 85Mb would probably be Ok, but at some point I'll likely need to move big h.264 files from a video server to some kind of IP STB or media player, and then wireless won't be up to the job.

    Ideally I'd run cat5 through the house and get a proper switch fitted, but that's just way too much work.

    Don't the plugs have to be on the same ring?

    Obviously the upstairs sockets maybe on a seperate ring to the downstairs sockets, will they still work if one is plugged into the upstairs and one into the downstairs?

    Babbabooey;7186497

    You plug one in by your router, and connect it using an ethernet … You plug one in by your router, and connect it using an ethernet cable.Then you plug the other one in wherever you want the connection (in my case, my router is upstairs and my AppleTV and Xbox 360 are downstairs), so I plugged the second one in downstairs and connected it to a 5 port switch, which then hooks into the AppleTV and 360.



    You need to plug the devices at both ends into the homeplugs using an ethernet cable.
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