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Netcomm NP504 500Mbps Powerline Adapters with AC Pass-through

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Pros: Plug'n'play, all cables supplied, easy to unstall

Cons: None so far

Is your wireless setup less than stunning? Suffering adaptor dropouts or poor signal? I did and was at a loss as to what to do. Then I found this great gadget.

The theory goes that you use your home electrical wiring as an Ethernet cable. You plug one unit into the wall socket, attached your modem / router via an Ethernet cable and plug your PC into the other unit and away you go.

These units self-discover so there is no configuration to worry about and it’s a five minute job.

This unit is rated to carry 500 Mbps, so there is plenty of room to move. On my setup, it reports a speed of 1Gbps which is not my actual internet speed but it's theoretical ceiling.

In reality, it is a tad faster than my old wireless setup (6.5 Mbps vs. 5.8 Mbps) but that was due to the limitations of N band wireless. That said, I wasn’t expecting an insane speed increase because my ISP is not that fantastic.

The main reason I got these units was to eliminate the vagaries and signal drop off of wireless. In this aspect its great and very solid. No issues to report on that front.

The only downside is that you cannot use these units on a surge protector or protected power board. It appears it either slows or corrupts the data transfer if it is used on these boards. Note to self - remove unit from wall in case of thunderstorms.

As a plug'n'play alternative to wireless or streaming to AV entertainment systems, it works straight out of the box and does the job as advertised.

Quality - Solid build. Cables supplied have metal fitted plugs, simple directions and a downloadable Quality of Service application from the website.

Please Note: I’m from Australia. YMMV if you are elsewhere in the world.

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Netcomm NP504 500Mbps Powerline Adapters with AC Pass-through
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MAIN CHIPSET • Powerline: Atheros AR7400 + AR1500 chipset STANDARDS • Powerline: IEEE 1901/HomePlug AV • Ethernet: IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 Mbps Auto MDI/MDIX • Compliant to EuP MODULATION SUPPORT • Powerline: OFDM 4096/1024/256/64/16/8 QAM, QPSK, BPSK and ROBO DATA TRANSFER RATE • Up to 500Mbps over Powerline1 RANGE • Up to 200m over Powerline1 SECURITY • 128-bit AES Encryption (enabled with Simple Connect button) EXTERNAL CONNECTORS • 1 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN port • 1 x Reset button • 1 x Simple Connect push button • 1 x Filtered AC pass-through socket LED Indicators: • 1 x Bicolour Power LED • 1 x Bicolour Powerline Link/Activity Status LED • 1 x Bicolour Ethernet Link/Activity Status LED POWERLINE FILTERING • Filtering at frequency band 2MHz to 68MHz • Filter characteristics: -25dB to -45dB POWER CONSUMPTION • 4.5 W POWER SUPPLY • AC 220-240V 50-60Hz ENVIRONMENTAL • Operating: 00C to 400C • Non-Operating: -250C to 700C • Operating: 30% to 80% Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing) • Non-Operating: 30% to 95% Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing) MEASUREMENTS • Dimensions 62 mm x 116 mm x 42 mm • Weight 200g Certifications • C-Tick • SAA111557EA

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