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Power Ethernet Socket T1000 review

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Summary

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8

Key Features

  • Provides Ethernet over home electricity
  • Provides four Ethernet ports
  • Conforms to HomePlug AV standard
  • Up to 64 sockets supported
  • 128-bit AES security
  • Plug and play
  • Manufacturer: Power Ethernet
  • Review Price: £111.00

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.

Design

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.

Power Ethernet Socket T1000 4

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. Power Ethernet Socket T1000 1

Power Ethernet Socket T1000 3

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.

Calcifer

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

Ed

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.

David

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?

Calcifer

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!

Joey

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.

ElectricSheep

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.

David

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.

ElectricSheep

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.

MisterSix

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

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.u...

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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