Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender (PLWK400)
Noel A. Rivera, Amazon
16 September 2013
Summary: I works as described with a lower through-put than a wired connection. Wireless signal on longer a problem on the second floor of a two story home. All units immediately acquire a very strong signal including outside the house.
Works fine but such a hassle to install... tech supports is good
23 August 2013
Summary: I was excited to get this - we get a lot of rebuffering while streaming Netflix through one of our WiFi BluRay players due to poor signal strength, so, after reading the great reviews, I thought this would be the perfect solution. It solved the problem, but not without frustration. The device itself works fine and I have a great WiFi signal strength (5 out of 5 bars) on the Blu Ray player, where before I only had 1 or 2 bars.
Summary: Like many other reviewers my unit is up in minutes but by default the network is insecure. Trying to use the software from the CD is useless (it does not run on Windows 8) plus the "password" in the back of the unit does not work. Anyway, I fussed with it for an hour or so and here is the simple steps to make it secure without the CD (who needs another software on our PC that does nothing anyway): 1. Find the PLW400's IP address.
Summary: It solves a major headache. You can avoid running cables throughout your house just to get internet in a place that your router can't reach. It gives a great range and works fast. Pairing can be a hassle, but it usually works pretty quickly after you figure out what you have to do. There are manuals online, if necessary. But it drops the signal every once in a while.
Excerpt: I spent a lot of time with their tech support because at least when I purchased it, the software did not work with Windows 8. Also, it would be very nice if it supported 5 GHz. It has helped cover most of our condo with Wi-Fi.
Summary: As a Powerline device, this brand and model work fine. Setup and connection is very easy. However, the range of the wireless is quite disappointing. It seems to be designed to broadcast to the room it is in, and little, if any, more. Furthermore, the recommendation from Linksys is to plug the device directly into the wall. The problem is that the wireless signal is severely impeded if your wall plug is behind a solid piece of furniture.
Summary: I'm not very tech savvy and had to spend about twenty minutes with online chat support (it's not plug and play). However, once we set it up and restarted the computer... voila, we had wifi in the farthest reaches of our house. I was a little worried since tech support doesn't cover the AP on a different circuit than the router, but it didn't matter. I'm not sure how it works, but the bandwidth is faster at the new AP (30up/3down) than at the modem/router.
Summary: I needed something to help my new vizio co-star to establish a reliable connection. Before, youtube will stream but it kept downgrading the quality of the video. The play-on software couldn't even stream from my server because the wireless connection was too slow. Bought the wireless extender version since we have a few mobile devices that could also use the help.
Excerpt: Setup: this product was very easy to self install; Function: I've seen excellant performance from this product in the lines of standard Internet surfing and VPN connectivity; Connectivity: no problems with multi- device connections.