Powerline Adapters: Gigabit, 500mpbs, 200mpbs, 85mbps

  ilyibz100 18:06 03 Dec 2012

Hi there,

Thanks beforehand. I'm looking into buying a powerline adapter for my home. I was browsing and I often came across the speed variations of Gigabit, 500mpbs, 200mpbs, 85mbps. What I was wondering was that if my internet connection comes up as 30Mbps with 2Mbps upload speed on speedtest.net, would I need above 80Mbps?

On a certain powerline kit that I cannot recall the name of (may have been a Zyxel kit) you get a diagnostic tool which tells you your connection and in the reviews people were reporting over 450Mbps which is double what Virgin Media offer in the UK. From this I assume that it is some sort of different unit and I'm hoping someone could elaborate.

PS. Could someone recommend a twin powerline kit to me. I have a budget of £30 max.

  Picklefactory 19:48 03 Dec 2012

I have some Ebuyer branded ones, 85mbps. They have worked flawlessly for the past 3 years or so. I use them for connecting my TV to my PC to play movies etc and also for my sons xbox for online play. No speed problems with any of it. The only issue I had was when I changed my router to a Buffalo air station and it stopped them working, probably just a setting somewhere, but I then got upgraded by Virgin and the new super hub thing let them work again.

  Aitchbee 08:55 04 Dec 2012

Lidl have a starter kit on sale this thursday at £40.

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  spuds 14:11 04 Dec 2012

Ebuyer and 7dayshop have been offering some good and well reviewed devices, so I would base a purchase on the reviews being offered.

Using an higher mpbs device would be a better buy, because this would allow for future expansion, it will not exceed what you line or ISP allows,if that is what you are thinking.

Take note that some latest model will work straight out of the box, others may need adjustments, and reviews or a search might show this information.

  spuds 14:17 04 Dec 2012


The Lidl links you are providing might only apply to area postcodes, and if stocks are available there?.

Lidl Scotland and England have different offers, similar to Aldi marketing.

  Aitchbee 15:11 04 Dec 2012

Thanks spuds. I was unaware of that ... and appologies to ibz100.

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