Reviews and Problems with Western Digital LiveWire Powerline AV Network Kit
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Use an external switch
11 July 2011
Summary: This product would be a lot better if the switch it comes with would have been a little bit better. I hooked the units up, they connected almost immediately but the latency from a computer connected to the slave system's switch port was really bad (over 400ms). I was almost going to put everything back in the box and return it but I decided to try using an external switch (only on the slave end for now). That changed things dramatically.
Summary: I purchased this kit because I want to place my network drive (MediaShare) in a different place from my office. I expected to get a file transfer rate above 15MBs (mega bytes per second) or roughly 120Mbps with the HomePlug network. Aren't they saying the data rate would reach 200Mbps? I am disappointed to find out that these devices can only give me 8MBps.
Easy set up and works as advertised except the speed
Paul Q, Amazon
9 June 2011
Summary: Surprisingly easy setup - it took me about 3 minutes to get the whole thing up and running. I needed to connect my router to my Netflix enabled Blu-Ray player on the other end of the house. It worked but I didn't get 200 Mbps. I only got a max of 52 Mbps which wasn't enough to produce HD images. However, just being able to use Netflix was good enough for me. I think the speed you get is highly dependent on the type and design of the wiring of your house.
Summary: First let's get one thing straight, there is no snowball chance in h*ll you're going to get 200Mbps from this or any other device of this type. What you will get (and I tested it thoroughly) is real world speed of about 60Mbps. Don't bother installing the software that came with this device, and if you do please don't look at the reported speed, it's a bogus number.
Summary: Super easy to install. The installation instructions say no, but it will work with multi-outlet extension cords; I have them on both ends. I suspect Western Digital is referring to multi-outlets with built-in surge suppression circuitry. I did not try using it with one of those. ONE PROBLEM: I have (had) two table lamps that used touch control.. The WD Livewire caused them to turn on and off randomly. I had to replace the touch control with hard wired switches.
Summary: I needed internet access to my bed room where I have my PS3, PC, and Media Streamer. The problem was that my wireless modem was very far away in the living room which resulted in a very weak and unreliable wireless signal in my room. I was looking around for solutions. One of which was to get a wireless range extender (signal booster). But, the problem was that I don't see WiFi convenient for the type of application.
Better than WiFi, but not as good as a LAN connection
Matthew M. Finnesgard, Amazon
4 December 2010
Summary: When you open the box, you don't find a lot. The two devices, two power cables, and two short CAT 5 cables. The set up is pretty easy, but the instruction are Ikea-ish--using pictures instead of words. Once I figured out the instructions, I plugged the devices in. My first choice of outlets did not communicate well, so I had to try a couple different outlets to use, which wasn't that easy since my router is in a utility closet.
Summary: This is a terrific product. It does what it says that it will do. You will get much faster speeds than wireless without all the dropouts. Each box comes with two units. These units are identical. The one that you plug into your router becomes the "home" unit. The second box becomes the "remote" unit. If you're only planning on using these two boxes then you're fine. The problem becomes adding additional units (which is the beauty of purchasing this system.