Homeplug and Universal Powerline Association (UPA) are the 2 primary specifications for powerline ethernet. With both standards, you’d just plug in your first adapter in the wall plug, and the second adapter into the next outlet, and connect your network cable to each one of these adapters, and the network will undoubtedly be complete. Do remember that the standards are not cross compatible; you either have to utilize Homeplug, or UPA. Technical assistance is available if things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Sometimes, either electrical interference, or having the adapters on different circuits can create a problem. Powerline ethernet is preferred in cases when wireless cannot reach, or perhaps due to cost reasons. Almost certainly you’d demand a Wireless-N connection to match the speed of a good powerline ethernet link. What follows are a few adapters that are popular in the marketplace in 2010.
The D-Link DHP-303 PowerLine HD is a two hundred Mbps powerline kit, and includes 2 DHP-302 adapters. This setup is compatible the wireless ethernet bridges choosing tips Universal Powerline Association (UPA) standard, consequently only adapters supporting UPA can be put to the installation. Other popular adapters use Homeline AV, nevertheless because it is advised to stick to the same manufacturer, this limitation mightn’t be too concerning. Performance-wise, the adapter kit gives speeds of somewhere between seventy-five to ninety Mbps which surpasses Homeplug AV adapters.
A good feature is the powersave technology. In the case no data is being transferred, the powerline adapters can power down saving energy. The port, there is only 1, supports 10/100 ethernet. Both IEEE 802.3 and IEEE 802.3u are supported. The encryption available is Triple-DES. This is a robust mechanism, nevertheless it is a less efficient algorithm than AES. Triple-DES need to do encryption in 3 passes, while AES needs merely a single pass to encrypt data. The gear does feature a 1 year limited warranty.
Netgear Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (XAVB101) is a different 200 Mbps powerline kit. Data security is via 128-bit AES encrypted key, and the security management software can be obtained on Windows and Mac PCs as outlined by the Netgear product specification sheet. The adapters (the kit contains 2) have single port 10/100 ethernet jacks.
PC Magazine gave this unit an Editors Choice award, and also was pleased about the unit operating cool to the touch, saying that overheating is a problem which often results in poor life in powerline ethernet products. PC Magazine also tested this device at around 96 Mbps, and that is outstanding performance for a powerline product. The three LEDs on the device provide information regarding connection quality.