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A Work In Progress: Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit Reviewed - Performance - Locations

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Performance - Locations

Thought I'd never get to this, eh? Let's start with the best case, which is with no AFCI breakers on either end of the connection in all locations. To make these runs, I moved the "Local" adapter from an outlet in my office, right next to the door, to an outlet in the hallway, just outside my office, which is not on an AFCI breaker. Each plotted result is the average of a one minute IxChariot run.

Figure 12 shows that the Belkin pair yield almost 3 times the throughput of the NETGEAR HomePlug AV pair when plugged into the same outlet. But in all other test locations, the NETGEAR HomePlug AV adapters produce 9 - 10 Mbps higher throughput.

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, No AFCI

Figure 12: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, No AFCI

Figure 13 shows receive results. Note that the Belkin adapters fall to a little below 12 Mbps. The Belkin pair also beat the NETGEARs in Location B as well as Location A.

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, No AFCI

Figure 13: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, No AFCI

Figures 14 and 15 show performance when the "Local" adapter was plugged into the outlet next to the door in my office (and behind an AFCI breaker). In this data set, the Location B outlet is also behind an AFCI breaker.

You can see in Figure 14 that the NETGEAR HomePlug pair manages to maintain at least 10 Mbps of throughput in all locations. But the Belkin pair is severely impacted and would not even reliably connect in test Locations E and F!

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, Local & Loc B AFCI

Figure 14: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, Local & Loc B AFCI

Figure 15 shows receive results, where the Belkin pair also don't connect from Location D.

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, Local & Loc B AFCI

Figure 15: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, Local & Loc B AFCI

The one other data point is I have to quantify the effect of an AFCI breaker is a test run with the "Local" adapter not behind an AFCI breaker, but the Location B adapter behind an AFCI breaker. For transmit, throughput was reduced from 39.7 to 18.2 Mbps and for receive, speeds dropped to 14.6 Mbps from 52.8 Mbps!




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Waste of money

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Reviewed by don
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very slow connection: speed test as much as 6Mb on download for a 28Mb signal at source: very hard to pair with others(trendnet); NO SUPPORT in diagnosing!

 

link fails after a few months

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Reviewed by daandcc
September 09, 2012
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40 feet from router, with four units installed in the home the unit start to have link failures and finally don't link at all (link light remains amber). Nothing new added to home that could create noise or interference and other units are (for the moment) still linking. Disappointing.

 

He's right

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September 09, 2012
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I absolutely agree with the above poster. I wish I had read his post before buying this thing, I would have gone with a different device. Unfortunately I only found his response when searching for a fix. This is not a settings error either. I have been building home/office networks for over 10 years and on top of that have tried temporarily running long cat5 cable to the second router and the wireless AP works fine, with no settings changes. But as soon as you bring the Belkin powerline into play all things wirelessly connected to the AP cannot communicate with anything but the AP itself.
In fairness, it does seem to work well for the things wired into the second router and for them gets more stable connection and speed than the wireless repeating system it was meant to replace. So if you are buying it to connect one computer or a small few things that are all hardlined, you will probably enjoy it...But most of my devices are wireless (as I imagine are most people's). Very disappointing.

If anybody finds a fix or workaround please post it.

PS. I just had to walk back into the other room to send this review, because I no longer have enough wifi signal for my iPad in my bedroom... SO disappointing

 

DOES NOT WORK with an Access Point

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January 18, 2012
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This powerline won't work in case some one would like to use it for connecting 2 routers!!!
If one of the routers is an Access Point (WiFi) all the wirelessly connected devices will be not able to send data over the powerline.
The issue has been forwarded to the Belkin and they have admitted there is something wrong with their device. However the technical support is really bad and no looks like no fix will be deliver.
REALLY DISAPPOINTING
DO NOT BUY IT