To some, devices claiming they can improve your Wi-Fi, might bring out our dubious side. Perhaps it’s the use of words like “powerline” or “ dLAN” that turns some off and makes the whole experience sound far too complicated to even bother trying. Putting it simply power line means it uses your home’s power lines to transmit data. Plug it into a power socket near your router and connect via an Ethernet cable. Plug the adapters into plug sockets where you want the Wi-Fi to increase its strength and voilà, that’s pretty much as complicated as it gets. But does it do what it says on the tin? In short, yes. And credit to Devolo for their marketing – they keep it simple and cut out the waffle.
The item tested, the Devolo dLAN 500 Wi-Fi Network Kit, should in theory produce 500Mbps. But that’s in theory. There are many factors that will result in a slightly lower performance – walls, other electrical items like microwaves, etc so the chances of getting the full whack are slim. That said, the signal provided dramatically improved throughout the premises, and it was tested in an old building with thick walls. Newer builds would probably speed it up even more.
In particular the Devolo dLAN 500 Wi-Fi gave a good strength in the farthest room where previously Wi-Fi signal had been pretty much non-existent. The real test was to see if we could stream live footage on a tablet, and I’m happy to say the Devolo dLan 500 pulled it off. So in terms of performance, all boxes ticked.
In terms of setting it up, the same has got be said again. Quite simply open the box, enter the WPA password (found on the back of the device) plug it in and you’re pretty much ready to go. You can even monitor and control it via an online programme.
The Devolo dLAN 500 Wi-Fi Network Kit is retailing on Ebuyer for only £149.50. When you consider that the alternative is paying increased rates over an extended period of time to a supplier for a higher-spec broadband package, there are certainly long term savings to be had by investing in the Devolo dLAN 500.
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