This is a very nice product, but the "Start Here" guide and the ...
17 November 2014
Summary: This is a very nice product, but the "Start Here" guide and the "User Guide" describe unnecessarily complicated installation procedures. Here is a simple no-bells-and-whistles procedure that works very well. If your wireless router has good security, the following undocumented procedure will preserve it. 1. Plug in the PLE400 unit into a wall outlet near your router and connect one of the blue Ethernet cables between the PLE400 and an Ethernet port on your router. 2.
Summary: This product has vastly improved my internet connection... somewhat. Previously I had a high-latency, wireless solution which was suitable for low-bandwidth browsing. Replacing it with powerline networking miraculously improved my connection... for a few days. Recently the PLW400 has been dropping connection very frequently when video chatting or streaming or playing online video games.
Summary: These are really amazing little devices. Our wireless router is in the office and there are areas in the house where we just didn't get a wireless signal. We also had a handful of devices we wanted to hardwire (to quickly download movies or other files). We plugged these in, pressed a few buttons, and they worked. Now we have a significantly better wireless connection in the living room and bedroom.
These devices work well but the information you get about them is really confusing
9 March 2014
Summary: First - Linksys or Cisco have three products with very similar names. I think these are the three versions: 1/ Box containing two different devices - one plugs into the wall AC and your router. The other plugs into the wall somewhere more remote in your house and then you wire it to your computer Amazon have this kit as the PLEK 400 2/ Box containing two different devices - one plugs into the wall and into your router - the other plugs into the wall AC in some more...
Meets my needs exceedingly well; installation/configuration process a bit nebulous
ABnATL "ABnATL", Amazon
5 March 2014
Summary: My situation: Our primary Wireless router was on the main floor. Signal strength worked tremendously well for the main floor and basement, however the signal strength in some upstairs areas is poor making it impossible to surf the web, stream videos, etc. Tired this product and once I got it set up and configured, it works perfectly for our needs. Strong signal strength so now we effectively have whole house coverage.
Excerpt: After a change of modem/router by Comcast, my WiFi was super poor. I was advised by a Comcast installer about Linksys PLWK400. This item is GREAT. I now have a "hard wire" in my basement and great WiFi in the whole house. Only negative comment is I had to look online for directions to install.
Summary: First I bought the Linksys RE1000 range extender. We had connectivity issues with iPad's, iPhone's, laptops, Blackberry's, etc. Basically anything that moves around the house while on WiFi. The RE1000 works as a proxy so your devices get a fake MAC address when connecting to it. No problem for TV's and such that don't move between the AP's. For mobile devices though, after a few days the DHCP table would fill up and we'd run out of IP's.
Excerpt: The product is great, performs as advertised. The installation doc was a little misleading in the area of 'wall outlet' usage and here is what you need to know, the device uses the 'common' side of your home's electrical wiring so you can use any outlet in your home that is wired to the same service panel, the outlet does not have to be on the same circuit breaker. I got this info from 'live chat' on the website. Hope this helps.
Summary: I ordered this item upon advice from a customer support person at Cisco. I followed the directions and found that the signal from the PLW was too weak to be any use. The customer service told me that all of the adapters need to be on the same electrical circuit for it to work efficiently. Most houses have many separate electrical circuits for rooms, overheads, wall outlets, 220V for dryers, electrical ranges etc. Don't waste your money on this item.
Excerpt: I hoped to extend my Wi-Fi range to a diffeent building on our lot. The device worked OK in the house, but could not reach the second building. The problem was apparently too many circuit breaker boxes to traverse. Other reviews had warned about this issue, but I tried it anyway. It's probably a good product, but it did not do the job for me, apparently beause of the circuit breakers and the range. So I was disappointed to have to return it.