Yeah I was looking at the 'extra value' ones they had on amazon which were around £40 (that was only 100Mbps though).
Re your choice though, I think they had the 200Mbps set on Amazon for £80 and Ebuyer probably do them cheapish as well? Mind you the Extra Value 200Mbps link you posted does sound tempting given the 24 5 star review. I take it you've read the reviews given what you said... those reviews on Ebuyer are often really really useful for getting your head around how it works even before you've glanced at the user manual.
Another thing though, I think the 200Mbps will be dependent on you actually having network adapters in your devices that actually support 200Mbps and even more importantly on your router actually supporting 200Mbps throughput. But still... if you upgrade all your kit at some point then at least you should get the 200Mbps then anyway, futureproofing!
The router I have is a Netgear DG834GT and I can see in the spec (pdf) it says the wireless is supposedly capable of 108Mbps but I don't know about the speed going through it other than that. As you say, the worst that can happen is that I get something that realises more of it's potential later down the line if I upgrade the other areas of the chain but it'll likely be a vast improvement for now anyway.
Originally Posted by munk
The Extra Value ones... it's in the forums where some guy is on a mission to say they mess with frequencies and Ofcom could knock on your door or something! He could obviously just be an amateur radio enthusiast protecting his frequencies from the evil Extra Value as the review, as you say, have been good. Although I'm pretty sure yesterday the price was £50.99 and now they're £59.99 on Ebuyer unless I'm imagining it. They have been sub £50 delivered as well looking on google at some old deals.
The 2nd link Butty put up looks a possibility being a twin pack and also having their own plug through sockets which could be a handy feature... and not much more expensive than the Extra Value anyway (£72 delivered).
Anyway some sort of order will be put in this week and then I'll hopefully have no problems... will let you know what I get and how they work
I used to use one of those 834s and they were OK as it goes, quite liked them. I wouldn't worry about the maximum speed really, to be honest I think some of the network cards in my network are only 10Mbps and the only time I notice it is if I'm transferring very large files say over 4Gb, can take a while then. Is quite nuts though because my broadband speed is about 15Mbps, so I can actually saturate my local network with my broadband speed!
Originally Posted by musicbox
For streaming movies (ie watching iplayer) I'm fairly sure it should be fine even in HD with what you've got.
I reckon I would go for that one (although I haven't read the reviews but generally I tend to go for anything with a high 4-5star rating there as long as the reviews sound OK). Like you say it's probably some radio ham complaining!
The Extra Value ones... it's in the forums
where some guy is on a mission to say they mess with frequencies and Ofcom could knock on your door or something! He could obviously just be an amateur radio enthusiast protecting his frequencies from the evil Extra Value as the review, as you say, have been good. Although I'm pretty sure yesterday the price was £50.99 and now they're £59.99 on Ebuyer unless I'm imagining it. They have been sub £50 delivered as well looking on google at some old deals.
So zenmaster - you got any idea what kind of speeds you get transferring files on the LAN with the 200Mbps setup? You must have to run it through your modem/cable router right? What speed is your router, does that reduce the speed you can get for your LAN? What speed are all the adapters? Do you care?(!!) hehe... no worries if you cba or w/e, just quite interested.
As long as the speed is> 100mbps, i would be happy with that.
Your net at max would only run at say 24/50mbps(adsl/cable), and depending on your router/pc at the other end, will limit their throughput to 1000/100mbit anyway...
I have a Netgear DG834G wireless v3 router. The router is in my office with about 3 meters of phone cable running from the hall through a wall to the router. If i remember right the router supports 100mbs all the network cards in PC's are the same.
Originally Posted by munk
I have the slower 85mbps ebuyer powerline adapters but frankly unless you are streaming video or huge files you shouldn't notice the difference in speed.
The router and the power line plug are plugged into a small extension to one socket of a double wall socket in my office now in theory you should be plugging the adapter into the wall socket directly. Its then a case of a short length of network cable from router to the adapter. My PC connects to the router directly via network cable.
Upstairs in our bedroom my OH's PC and the other adapter is also plugged into an extension via another double wall socket, and a small length of network cable from adapter to her PC. There is some software you can use to connect to the adapters and set them up and this tells you the sync speed between them both worst ive seen despite using extension leads is 55mbps but its normally in the 70's so not bad at all.
Bottom line no dropouts and it does the job where wireless failed (3 solid walls between office and bedroom) and OH can happily play her online games.
Cheers buddy, very useful info to know. Yes does sound like a decent solution if you have poor wifi for whatever reason in your house.
@musicbox - Another option perhaps is to look at the newer wifi protocols? I think it's the 801.1 'n' standard(?) and there might even be another option as well. But then again that's quite a bit to shell out to upgrade to something that might not actually work whereas this power lan solution sounds like it should definitely work.
Yeah I had a think about that but as you say it might not be much better (it's a Victorian house with thick walls and I'm literally a long way away from the router) and the other thing that came to me as to why I wanted to go through the mains is that when you see your lil one running about admiring hiis lovely lil head, even if it's a bit OTT, you do think about all those wireless waves coming out of that router!
Originally Posted by munk
As I said, the ones Butty put up (2nd option) impress me because not only can you plug through to save a socket which is a handy feature, they also plug upards (ie no downward overhang) which is good for low mains sockets. I might try a triple pack just to eliminate all wireless in the home and improve the speed all round at the same time.
Er... I think I meant 802.11n for that wifi protocol... you knew what I meant anyway
801.1n is a rocket though you have to admit! Tbh, I only noticed the n and associate it with b > g > n kinda thing as in increasingly better.
Thank you to the OP for starting this thread and to everyone for all their contributions as I finally got off my ass and downloaded reminderfox and am kicking myself I haven't done it before; I can see how useful it can be. I am also going to check out keypass as I have saw it mentioned a few times on here.
And before I go a tip - try not to log into this site too much - you start to enjoy the friendly online community vibe and before you know it you spend more time on here than you do match btting, either reading threads or chatting away in that chatbox!
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