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- Review Price: £71.84
What’s more, despite the extra functionality that those eight Ethernet ports add, the WD Livewire isn’t particularly expensive. In fact, at a little over £70, it’s significantly cheaper than the Netgear XAVB1004 kit, which only has a single four-way Ethernet adaptor.
We particularly like the design of the WD Livewire adaptors. Rather than plugging directly into a socket, the adaptors are powered over two standard figure of eight cables. As such, and unlike many so many single-port adaptors, the WD Livewire doesn’t encroach into the space of adjacent sockets. We found it curious that the adapters have their own power switches, seeing as it’s as easy to just turn off the wall socket. Moreover, the switches are pretty fiddly to use, but as you don’t actually have to do so, we can’t complain too much.
Otherwise, the design is entirely unremarkable, in a way only matt black plastic can be. We’d be more annoyed that the ‘sync’ button gives next to no indication whether it’s been pressed or not, were it not that it will only be used once. Once synced, data transferred between adaptors is 128-bit encrypted, so you can remain confident that no-one is snooping, if you’re the paranoid type that really does believe MI6 is desperately interested in your holiday snaps.
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