Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD Livewire WDBABY0000NBK
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14 October 2010
Conclusion: I'm sure many people will find this product interesting. It makes it so easy to add a connection between different rooms and floors in the building and in some cases even outside (a garage, workshop etc.). Even if you have an existing ethernet cable drawn between the rooms, you might still want to give the WD Livewire a chance as it offer four ethernet ports for your devices on both ends.
Pros: Silent, Four ports per adapter, Low power consumption, Easy to install, Power switch
Excerpt: Western Digital WD Livewire doesn't look like other network powerline adaptors such as the Devolo dLAN 500 AVplus . For a start, it doesn't plug directly into a wall power socket. Instead, it's a small box that connects to the power socket via a cable. It's not as elegant a solution as other powerline adaptors, especially ones that have integrated follow-through sockets - which means you don't have to sacrifice a socket when installing them.
Pros: Easy to set up and use, Flexible, Decent speeds, Cheap
Cons: Not the fastest powerline adaptor, Design might not be for everyone
Excerpt: Most Powerline kits are very similar, but Western Digital’s LiveWire stands out from the crowd in a number of ways. The first thing you’ll notice is that the two adaptors in the kit don’t simply look like fat electrical plugs, as all their rivals do. Instead, each adaptor is housed in a little rectangular black box – a bit like a small hard disk – and comes with a separate extension cable for plugging it into the mains.
Pros: Can connect eight devices to the internet; movable design; good price
Cons: Speed limited to 200Mbps; no mains passthrough