HomePlugs Wireless & Up To 200Mbps

Making up for the mess also known as 802.11n

Continuing last month’s refreshingly practical trend set by Lexar’s JumpDrive Mercury and Moixa’s USBCELL batteries is Solwise.

The company has expanded its very sensible HomePlug range (the PL-85PE of which Spodey reviewed and gave a TR Recommended award to last month) to include the PL-85PEW and PL-200PE.

The former is possibly the most straightforward product I have ever had to explain since it simply adds a 54Mbps Access Point into the existing spec of the PL-85PE (I’m taking a wild and crazy guess that the added ‘W’ stands for ”wireless”). This means that not only do you have the existing LAN-through-your-power-sockets functionality of the PL-85PE but also that you can boost the wireless range by plugging one into an area of the home/office where the signal is low.

56 DES encryption is onboard to keep the network secure and there is built in QOS making it ideal for multimedia use. At £69.18 each the 85PEW is more pricey than the 85PE at £39.19 but I can think of many a WiFi installation that has been crying out for a product like this.

When I said the 85PEW was the most straightforward product I’d ever had to explain I had clearly forgotten about the PL-200PE. This is a blazingly quick 200Mbps version of the 85PE (obviously taking into account that real world performance should be about half this).

Like the 85PE it can use your power sockets as a bridge from your router to extend your wired network while it comes with 128bit AES encryption. Pick it up from late October for £74.99.

Incidentally, that soft weeping sound you hear is coming from your Swiss Cheese drilled walls as they read this…

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