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Solwise NET-PL-200AV-3PE review

Barry de la Rosa
18 Dec 2010
Solwise NET-PL-200AV-3PE
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
44
inc VAT

If you need extra ports for multiple devices in a distant room, the NET-PL-200AV-3PE is an excellent addition to a HomePlug AV network.

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If having just one Ethernet port isn't enough for your HomePlug AV network, the catchily named NET-PL-200AV-3PE is for you. It's almost identical to the Solwise PL-200AV-PIGGY_MK2 adaptor except that it has three Ethernet ports on its underside in place of the Piggy Mk.2's single port. This means you can have a Piggy Mk.2 connected to your router, and a NET-PL-200AV-3PE in a distant room connected to up to three devices.

Installing a pair of such adaptors is simplicity itself: you plug them in, press the Simple Connect button on one adaptor and then the other, and your network is created.It's ideal for old houses, where a wireless signal can't penetrate thick walls, or to ensure consistently fast speeds for gaming or video streaming.

Solwise NET-PL-200AV-3PE

There's a simple Windows utility on the included CD which lets you change the name of the network, which is handy if you plan on having more than one HomePlug network in the same house. It also lets you set QoS, which can be configured to favour either games, multimedia data streaming, or voice traffic.

Speeds over the network are essentially the same as the Piggy Mk.2, and at 59Mbit/s it's faster than many rivals. If you're short on power sockets, the Solwise PL-200AV-PIGGY_MK2 adaptor may be more convenient. It too has three Ethernet ports, plus six plug sockets – which are filtered so devices don't interfere with the HomePlug AV network – but it's £16 more expensive. The NET-PL-200AV-3PE is a useful product, but it doesn't have a power socket pass-through, so it just misses out on an award.

Details

Rating****
Powerline networking standardHomePlug AV
Homeplug stated speed200Mbit/s
Number of adaptors in box1

Security

Push-button securityyes

Physical

Size115x42x76mm
Ethernet ports3
Number of power sockets0

Buying Information

Price£44
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.solwise.co.uk
Detailswww.solwise.co.uk

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