The concept behind the Power Ethernet Socket T1000 is simple, so much so that it falls into the, "why did no one think of that before" category. Designed to replace a conventional double-plug power socket, the sockets offer a single power plug next to a four-port Ethernet socket and uses your property’s internal electric wiring to create a network. Simply add a second unit and as long as both are on the same wire ring, plug one of them into your router and you have an instant wired network, offering theoretical speeds of up to 200Mbps.
Plug in adaptors using either HomePlug or PowerLine technologies have been available for many years but the Power Ethernet sockets are a much more elegant solution. While on the downside you will lose one power socket to the Ethernet ports, they are neat and remove the possibility of anyone wrecking your network by unplugging them. Extension sockets are known to degrade the signal from HomePlugs and as the Power Ethernet sockets contain a mains filter we were hopeful performance would be appreciably superior.
If you’re able to install a conventional electricity socket yourself you’ll be able to cope with a Power Ethernet socket, otherwise an electrician will be required. As we’re more Jar Jar Binks that Bob the Builder we went for the latter option and 45 minutes later two sockets were duly in place.
The boxes are much deeper than regular power sockets and embedding them in the walls to make them look flush would be preferable. That said, if you could do that, you’d probably be in a position to run Ethernet round the house so you will probably have to live with them protruding from the wall. The socket is smart-looking at least, with a silver trim around the edge. However, the front fascia on one of our boxes was not fitted flush, which spoilt the look somewhat.
Four small lights indicate activity on the socket – green for an active connection and red for one in standby. When on your hols, you can place the sockets into hibernate mode by pressing down on a small button with a pencil, which will lower power consumption.