devolo dLAN 1200 triple+
I was sent a single box that contains two Powerline Adapters it is called a starter kit and this contains all you need to get that out of Wi-Fi spot back into use.
The kit has two adapters the one to connect to your router is slightly larger at 14x7x6cm and this has three Ethernet Gigabit ports on the top, the other smaller unit is 13x6.5x5cm and has one Ethernet port on the top. I has emphasized top as some units used to put the Ethernet ports on the base which for the more modern premises with waist level sockets is fine but for those with skirting board sockets made those products unusable without an extension lead.
Another ‘no no’ are surge strips although unpowered gang sockets should work but as both the Powerline adapters have 13amp plug points on their face whatever was plugged into that socket can be again once the Powerline adapter is plugged in.
Also in the box is an Installation Booklet that has the first eight sides totally as illustrations. There are also two Ethernet leads.
Setting up requires you to plug the larger unit into a socket close to your router and connect one of the Ethernet leads to it. Then repeat the process at the remote end with the other (smaller) socket the Ethernet lead here goes between the socket and your notebook or PC at that site.
Now the ‘fitness’ bit you have two minutes to get between the two units to link them together so if you are less nimble then enlist someone else to press the button on the other unit.
While gang sockets may work they are not encouraged and as stated definitely not surge strips. Once linked then the remote site should be able to connect not only to the other items locally but also the WWW.
While the diagrams are clear they were done showing non UK plugs – not that important – and with leads going from under the unit as well as the button on the face rather than the side of the unit which may well confuse some. While illustrations are cheaper than words as they do not need to be repeated in numerous languages they should be accurate to avoid unnecessary technical support calls or even returns.
The 1200 in the name refers to 1200 Mbps transfer rate. The dLAN Powerline adapters are stated to work with all conventional routers and other devolo adapters. They come with a three year warranty.
The strap line on the box says ‘Ready to use: Simply unpack it, plug it in and you’re done’ which might be a little simplistic but it is not far from the truth.
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