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D-Link DHP-307AV Powerline Starter Kit review

D-Link upgrades its Powerline starter kit

Our Verdict

For

  • Good throughput
  • Great for Wi-Fi challenged houses
  • Compatible with future powerline kits

Against

  • Not compatible with older models

Hands-up, I am a bone fide, paid-up member of the Powerline fan club. As a resident of Bath, getting a solid, reliable Wi-Fi signal from one end of my thick, stonewalled flat to the other is an exercise in futility.

With a decent Powerline kit, though, I can plug my router directly into the wall and have a rock-solid connection from any electrical socket in any room. And I have a decent Powerline kit, and it's one of D-link's existing range of DHP-303 adaptors.

It took no setting up, no feckin' about with IP addresses and security, nothing. Just plug and play like you're jamming an Ethernet cable straight into your router.

So what's different with the D-Link DHP-307AV Powerline Starter kit then?

Well, it doesn't want to talk to any of the older kits. It is therefore a case of starting from scratch again… That's not necessarily a bad thing.

The early kits were based on D-link's own standard, but thanks to the increased take-up of similar products the networking bods have got together and created a cross-vendor standard.

So that means this kit isn't compatible with existing D-link adaptors but it will be compatible with its entire range going forward, and with other manufacturers' kits too. I would have preferred them to be pass-through adaptors so they didn't completely hog one full plug socket, but that aside it's a great kit.

Anyone who's had problems with Wi-Fi around their home should jump on the Powerline bus as soon as possible.

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Tech Specs

Product TypePowerline Network Adapter
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Brand NameD-Link
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Powerline Transmission StandardHomePlug AV
Minimum Operating Frequency2 MHz
Maximum Operating Frequency30 MHz
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Height34 mm
Width100 mm
Depth70 mm
ManufacturerD-Link Systems, Inc
Product ModelDHP-307AV
Product NameDHP-307AV Powerline Starter Kit
Manufacturer Part NumberDHP-307AV
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dlink.co.uk
Marketing Information

The D-Link DHP-307AV Powerline AV Starter Kit, compliant with the HomePlug AV standard, uses your home's existing electrical wiring to create a network or extend your existing network. It turns every power outlet into a possible network connection to access digital media devices, game consoles, print servers, computers, and network storage devices throughout your home.

Packaged Quantity2
Weight (Approximate)126 g