http://www.gadgetspeak.com/review/Devolo_Magic_2-887241.html

Devolo Magic 2 

Image of author
It would be nice if we could all sit right beside our modem as that is the point where - however good or bad our signal is – it is at the maximum we will get. If you use Wi-Fi then any distance will mean a drop in signal strength. One choice that will work – even in far flung areas where Wi-Fi is poor or non-existent – is power through mains plugs.

click image to enlarge

Devolo have such a product called Magic 2. In the UK your electrics are on a ring main and providing both the master socket and any subsidiary Devolo plugs are on the same ring main you can live in any shape of building with solid concrete walls – normally very bad for Wi-Fi – the signal should not be reduced.

The main (starter kit) unit and a LAN triple come in the same box and then should you need it you can buy extra LAN triples.

The main unit is 13x6x5cm and – those of us with skirting board sockets a big cheer – as the plug part is at the base of the unit. On the top of the unit is the single LAN port which goes via supplied Ethernet lead to your router or modem/router. The face of the unit has a plug face so whatever was in the electricity socket can now be connected into the face of the Devolo unit. You should not put the Devolo unit onto a gang socket and certainly not a surge strip.

The triple has as the name states three Ethernet ports so not only your PC but a NAS and a printer can all be connected. The socket is slightly bigger at 14.5x7x5cm with like the master unit the plug at the base with another item connection on the front.

There is a 14x9.5cm booklet to describe everything in pictures and setup should be straightforward.

If you purchase extra LAN triples they also have three Ethernet ports on the top and an Ethernet lead.

While Wi-Fi is convenient as you can walk around while connected it is always a little less secure than an Ethernet connection. These units support up to 2400mbps.

In a large household – or even a small office – then certain things like a NAS need Ethernet. Other peripherals such as printers/scanners/copiers also normally work better via a Ethernet connection especially if shared by several PC’s.

While this unit has been around for a year what is new this year is that you get three Ethernet ports on top of the triple unit where as it was only two.

These units can also integrate items into a ‘Smart Home’.

At the time of publication the Devolo Magic 2 Triple Starter Kit is available from Amazon for £153.99.

Follow us on Twitter!!

add to del.icio.us Digg this review
StumbleUpon
Reddit

Reviews by related category

Have your say!

What's your experience of this product? Agree or disagree, or just have a question? Use the box below and let everyone know.

No comments on this article. Why don't you be the first?


Add Comment

Only GadgetSpeak™ members may comment. If you're not a member then you can register here.

Login to comment
Rating for article:

Are you human?

Access code : 0194

 

Smiley Rating

Features1
Performance1
Value1
Ease of use1
Design1
OverallDevolo Magic 2 rated 88 out of 100

If you like this article then why not link to it from your site!

Use a text link, or download an image

 

Our current Free Prizedraw!!

Why join GadgetSpeak?

Well - there are lots of reasons to join, depending on you and your interests :

  • Member prize-draws
  • Real reviews - by real people
  • Membership is free
  • Email summary of the weeks reviews
  • Share your product feedback with others
  • Keep in touch with all that's new in gadgets
  • Full of great ideas as the Christmas deadline looms!

Convinced? Come along and join in the fun!

close

Invite friends and family to GadgetSpeak

Why not invite friends or family to join in the fun?

Help us make GadgetSpeak the place to come for free and impartial reviews of the latest gadgets!

Start inviting your friends along!