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    News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Remember the Powerline HD Starter Kit claiming speeds of up to 1,000Mbps? Well, It's now finally available in Europe.
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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    I wonder what the true speeds are?
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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Unfortunately external factors can take effect on the speed of these.

    I use a pair of 85mb's at home. Far from perfect but streams media to the ps3 and the internet to the pc's upstairs just fine. A set of the same at my mothers house refuse to work, because the wiring in her house is just simply that bad.

    These are amazingly useful devices. If your home wiring isn't crap

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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    I wonder what the true speeds are?
    Didn't Hexus do a review on these a while back?

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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Not on these, but i'm very tempted to try them, but at £120 for a pair, still quite pricy.
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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    These plugs are getting bad reviews stateside , anymore than a few plug sockets away and they perform no better than 200mbs plugs.

    In this link by one of the top networking review sites he got better results with Netgear 200mbs plugs and could not get the Belkin plugs to work anybetter even after a Belkin Engineer turned up to look at the Belkins poor throughput.

    A Work In Progress: Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit Reviewed - Tim Higgins - August 04, 2009

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30888/51/


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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    I use the netgear ones, they are ok but the big drill is going to be making CAT5e size holes in the wall some time this month. I can then use the Powerline adapters to put my Cisco SIP phone in the correct place in the living room.

    When I think about it my house is a bit nuts

    IP CCTV
    IP TV to the bedrooms
    IP Telephony
    Load Balanced WAN
    Full Gigabit networking on the top floor
    IP Video on Demand
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    Full wake from sleep server setup (PC's wake the Media Server when MediaCenter is opened or when MediaPlayer is opened)
    Automated nightly backups (wakes all pcs to back them up then sleeps them again)
    Automated Server backups to external 1TB drive (if I lost my Pics I would be rather upset)

    the list goes on.....
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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    I've got 3 homeplugs at the moment, 200mbps from Scan, the cheapy ones, and get about 7.5 meg a second transfer rate. This is fine for streaming DVD image files (well, video_ts folders) over the network.

    However, hoping to move house soon. The one we looked at has "old lady" decor, so hopefully wife will allow me to CAT5 the walls before re-decoration begins.

    Question: Do I put network connections in the kids rooms, or let them rely on wifi? They're both less than 3 at the moment, so clearly it's not an issue at the moment, but once they hit... what... 10? 11? (I have no idea when kids want computers nowadays) they're going to need SOME connectivity.

    I assume Cat5 style network connections are relatively future proof, so, cost dependant, presumably there's no harm in getting their room wired up, in anticipation.

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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Full wake from sleep server setup (PC's wake the Media Server when MediaCenter is opened or when MediaPlayer is opened)
    Interesting... what do you use for that? Assuming you have Windows Home Server running on your server? I use LightsOut, and it doesn't seem to be as advanced as that: just resumes from stand by when a client is turned on.

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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    if your wiring, wire it EVERYWHERE.

    use double face plates, and put 4 runs to each socket.

    you can buy cheap-o ebay HDMI convertertors to CAT5e etc, its all useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    if your wiring, wire it EVERYWHERE.

    use double face plates, and put 4 runs to each socket.

    you can buy cheap-o ebay HDMI convertertors to CAT5e etc, its all useful.


    Ah, now THAT is interesting: tell me, how about CAT5 to VGA?

    Oh, yeah, right, google. Cool. I'll look it up. While I'm waiting though, why FOUR runs if only DOUBLE face plates? And by double face plates, you mean 2 network connections right? So is that 2 wires per connection?

    Edit: OMG, OMG, OMG: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-37571-.../dp/B000M53I70
    I had no idea such things existed. Pricey, though, and running a media PC to a 32 inch flat screen, it would have to be pretty short wiring.... hmmmm....

    Edit 2: The problem then becomes: If I have the PC in one room... and the telly in another... how do I control the PC without having to leave the room, or set up a system of mirrors for the remote control?

    Edit 3: I steered clear of HDMI as my Samsung telly and my HTPC had REAL handshake issues.
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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Yes but VGA is pooey.

    HDMI is less likely to come out crap.

    The reason 4 runs but only 2 sockets is just future proofing, plenty of the HDMI adapters require two cat5e runs to work.
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    DVI to Cat5 better than VGA?
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    infinately.
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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Posted a while ago by me but worth repeating here.

    "This review likes it, says speeds are 560Mbps (read speed).

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2350634,00.asp

    Was $150 for one for them so the price is likely to be £100+ each"

    A little more than I envisaged - UK getting the screw again.

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    Re: News - Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD adapters now available in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by joel_spencer View Post
    Posted a while ago by me but worth repeating here.

    "This review likes it, says speeds are 560Mbps (read speed).

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2350634,00.asp

    Was $150 for one for them so the price is likely to be £100+ each"

    A little more than I envisaged - UK getting the screw again.
    A thats what I was talking about. I'm sure Hexus did a little piece of that article citing it as it's source. Either way, thats the review I read of them and they quite liked it!

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