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Master Geek

#33899 13-May-2009 19:05
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Hi is anyone using this at the moment ?
does the broadband speed drop at all like normal wireless does?

any feedback on this product would be cool :)

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Ultimate Geek


  #214687 13-May-2009 19:20
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I run a set here as my phone lines are all downstairs and my server / office upstairs. Have my ADSL router down, plugged in the device, upstairs I have the other end plugged into my server / firewall. Speed wise its alot more consistant than wireless and around the same speed overall. I dont notice any extra lag or anything playing games online. I used to use it to stream my dvd's over my network as wireless was way too unstable.

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Master Geek

  #214702 13-May-2009 19:52
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if i use the turbo plug what sort of speeds will expect then? will i get normal ethernet speeds or does it drop like wireless does?


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Ultimate Geek


  #214765 14-May-2009 08:15
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The true speeds of ethernet over power is around the same as wireless, just more stable. It definately wont give you full normal ethernet speed. Far from it.

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Master Geek

  #214794 14-May-2009 10:24
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thanks for the feedback


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Uber Geek


  #214933 14-May-2009 23:17
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Some more information for you...

1: Regular Ethernet over cat5 network cable is 100Mbit/s full duplex, that means it can send and receive at the same time so theoretically you could be sending at 100Mbit/s and receiving at 100Mbit/s so it has a net bit rate of 200Mbit/s. Think of a 2 lane highway, one lane going north and one lane going south.

2: Wireless is half duplex meaning it has to alternate between sending and receiving. Think ping pong where the ball gets hit back and forth from side to side.

3: Most cheap wireless is 802.11b which has a net bit rate of 11Mbit/s, because it's half duplex that means 5.5Mbit/s max throughput. The 2.4 Ghz wireless band can be crowded with microwaves, cordless phones, other nearby wireless access points causing interference resulting in lower performance.

4: 802.11g has a net bit rate of 54 Mbit/s and a throughput of ~22Mbit/s, it uses the 2.4 Ghz band so the same caveats as 802.11b apply for possible interference.

5: 802.11a has a net bit rate of 54 Mbit/s and a throughput of ~27Mbit/s, it uses the 5 Ghz band for less interference.


Homeplug's claim to be 85Mbit not sure whether they are half or full duplex probably half, but in most reviews they seems have a real world throughput of around 10Mbit/s.

I think the homeplug will be better than 802.11b but probably worse than 802.11g or a unless you have a interference problems.

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