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Power Ethernet Socket T1000 - Performance and Verdict

By Benny Har-Even



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In our test room, streaming iPlayer HD content to a PS3 via a wireless connection had always proven to be a frustrating experience, forcing us to switch to Ethernet. However, after running out of ports on the router we were forced to choose which devices to hook up.

Power Ethernet Socket T1000 2

With the Power Ethernet sockets in place we now had effectively two more sockets to play with, which was most useful.

Our first test was iPlayer HD streaming, and happily the Power Ethernet Sockets did the job admirably, with no buffering issues.

To get an actual benchmark figure we hooked up a laptop to the secondary socket and saw a 1.02GB file from a NAS box in three minutes 28 seconds, equating to a Douglas Adams-like 42.42Mbps. Clearly this is nowhere near the maximum quoted figure of 200Mbps and in fact was slower than the same test over Wi-Fi by a few seconds. Repeating the same test on the socket next to the router achieved a healthier 93.86Mbps. For comparison we switched to Gigabit Ethernet and copied the same file in 19 seconds.

Power Ethernet Socket T1000


Clearly speed is not a strong suite for the Power Ethernet sockets being neither particularly fast, nor consistent. However, it is up to the essential tasks of HD video streaming and file transfer. Our biggest concern therefore was not speed, but price. Considering you can pick up a HomePlug for less than £40, at £111 per socket, it’s hard to make a case for it on value terms, especially if you have to add the cost of an electrician paying a visit.

If you have Wi-Fi issues and can’t run CAT5 cable round a property the Power Ethernet sockets are certainly the most elegant and discreet way of dealing with the problem, especially as you get multiple Ethernet ports per socket. However, it’s much more pricey option than conventional HomePlug adaptors and lacks any raw speed, or enticing features such as USB charging points (that would be handy), to soften the blow.


The Power Ethernet Socket T1000 is a great idea integrating power and Ethernet into a double-plug sized socket, enabling a property to be networked up quickly and elegantly. However as well as losing a power socket per plug, performance is relatively limp and the cost compared to using regular plug-in HomePlug adaptors is high. That said, if appearance and convenience is paramount over cost considerations, the Power Ethernet sockets are an attractive option.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 6
  • Value 6


June 16, 2012, 4:08 am

Hi Trusted Reviews guys,

Just to note, someone did think of this before, in fact it's been around for about a decade - it's called Homeplug and my house has had it set up for a few years now.

You also dont need to rip out a hole in the wall and fit a new plug, you can buy a pass-through homeplug like the Dlink one I got and it just goes into the wall and has another plug plus the ethernet port on the other side.

A note to people wanting to do this - check that your house's electical system isn't really old, my old house was and we used to get about 0.5 to 1% packet loss, which meant stuttering in online games and issues streaming if it gets caught at the wrong time.

So yeah, get with the times Trusted Reviews :P


June 16, 2012, 4:32 am

Er, get with the reading the actual review. ;) Conventional home plugs are mentioned right from the start. We've reviewed countless of them.


June 16, 2012, 12:40 pm

You don't mention the main bugbear with mains power networking, the interference created for surrounding radio users. Is this addressed with the new device?


June 18, 2012, 1:59 am

Good point, didn't really read it just saw "Can't believe nobody thought of this before" bit and thought, "I got summink to say about that!!!"

But yeah seems a little unnecessary ripping out chunks of the wall and spending much more than necessary when hoomeplug does the job just fine!


June 18, 2012, 4:32 pm

@Biggles 1

Nobody cares if a some bearded ham radio type has problems. Homeplugs are a great bit of kit, though the reviewed product is very expensive for what it is. You can buy a 500mbps 4 port regular homeplug for £50 on ebay, so you'd be a fool to pay twice the price for a slower solution.


June 18, 2012, 7:01 pm

@Biggles 1

Breaker breaker 1-9...Don't worry about the interference issue. Ham / CB radio will rule supreme when the apocalypse arrives and all power is cut from the grid. Any self respecting ham enthusiast will have their own generator and the airwaves will be as clear as empty sky :)

But you have a point. Just like the light polluted skies for astronomers, noise polluted radio frequencies are unnecessary and manufacturers should be held to much more stringent standards.


June 18, 2012, 8:31 pm

I didn't know CB radio still existed; I understood some of these devices could cause interference on FM & AM bands.


June 18, 2012, 9:40 pm

CB still exists - it just that the airwaves are now mostly populated by morons and people that you wouldn't want to spend time tapped in a lift with!

They are very useful when is less urban areas in Europe, especially when you've boosted the output. These plugs basically turn your entire wiring network into a giant RF antennae. Not great.


July 9, 2012, 9:06 pm

@Calcifer whats with the ripping out walls comment? It's designed to not have to rip walls out etc.

You simply remove an existing socket faceplate, rewire (3 wires) the PE Socket to the points and do the same for the second one elsewhere!

Have a look here at some really good videos of how they are installed and work


Andrew Aitchison

February 26, 2013, 11:15 pm

Having just installed 7 of the PE sockets found that they weren't as easy as the video/information may suggest. As we were rewiring the property and the customer requested the PE sockets we installed 35mm back boxes where these were to go, we would normally install 25mm back boxes. When we came to connect the sockets several problems were found. Firstly the right hand side of the socket is about 35mm deep and anything in the way will prevent the socket from going back including earth terminals. Secondly, due to the depth, if the cables have been installed in the right half of the back box the cables will again prevent the socket from going back. Thirdly if installed in plaster fix back boxes the lugs have to be modified, the depth of which will also have to be 47mm.

Anybody thinking of installing these should install back boxes deeper than 35mm and make the cable entries to the left hand side.

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