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devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+ 

The new standard in Power Line transmission seems to 500, not so long ago 200 was nirvana. Here a Starter kit that allows you to connect up to three devices from a single plug socket in that area that Wi-Fi just does not reach.

devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless homeplug
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As with all these devices you need two units, the first will connect to a plug somewhere near your router or modem/router. The second can be anywhere on the same ring main and unless your property has been substantially changed most will only have one.

The first ‘master’ socket is 12.5x6.5x4.5cm and the only thing to remember is not to plug it into a surge strip or sometimes a gang socket – dependant on what else is plugged into the same gang socket. However the beauty of these modern units is that the face of the unit has another plug so the surge strip or gang socket can be plugged into the face of the unit.

The only other connection is a single Ethernet port. The plug is towards the base of the unit so almost all sockets should accommodate it even those at skirting board level, there is a single 1.8metre Ethernet lead provided in the kit so just make sure the power socket is less than 1.8metres from the router.

The other plug ‘slave’ is somewhat larger at 14.5x7.5x4.5cm; again the plug is towards the bottom of the unit so most plugs will accept it. On top are three Ethernet ports so up to three devices can be connected remotely and these do not have to all be notebooks or PC’s one could be say an Ethernet Multi-Function Unit and indeed this could print for devices in both locations if space in any one area is limited.

There are three touch buttons on the top of the unit above the extra power socket, these are marked as on/off, WPS and dLan. The Wi-Fi connection key for these pair of units is on the back of the slave unit.

Setting them up is very simple and the whole thing is covered by a folded double sided double A4 sheet with eight steps shown on one side and an illustration of a possible layout on the other. There is also a guided CD to help you work it out.

Some may think why you need a Wi-Fi key well apart from the three Ethernet ports you can also connect Wi-Fi items in the remote ‘slave’ area, the example shows a phone and a tablet. I tested this with both such Android devices but I have no doubt Apple devices would have worked in this way as well.

The one thing I do not have is the three floor layout shown in the illustration but with the proviso that everything is linked on a single ring main everything should work in the same way.

The devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+ Starter Kit is available from the link below for £108.30 with free delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A67I5EK?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

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