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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+ review

Top of the range powerline network adaptors

Our Verdict

For

  • Great network speeds
  • Easy to set up
  • Desktop and mobile software is good
  • Improved body design

Against

  • Expensive
  • Body is still bulky

Sometimes it just takes a little thing to make a big impact on a product. Devolo has been making quality powerline network adaptors for some time, such as the Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+, and the Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+ is the pinnacle of Devolo's premium line of adaptors.

In this starter kit there are two adaptors that come with mains pass through sockets, which means you don't lose a power socket when you plug in the adaptor. It's a welcome touch, and also helps clean out any interference from other electrical devices that are plugged in to the pass through socket, which can help improve data speeds.

The second adaptor includes three LAN ports, enabling wired connections, along with built-in Wi-Fi that turns the adaptor into a wireless hotspot.

This method of expanding your wireless network works better than a wireless booster due to the fact that it doesn't have to rely on a weakening existing Wi-Fi signal to boost - it creates a brand new network straight from the powerline, resulting in excellent Wi-Fi coverage. It supports both 2.4 and 5GHz bands, though not at the same time.

But what about that "little thing" we mentioned? We're talking about the slight alteration that makes the long body of the adaptors direct upwards above the power socket, rather than hanging down as with older models. This small change not only makes the LAN sockets easier to access, but also makes the adaptor easier to install, especially for those of us that have power sockets close to the floor.

Verdict

Overall this is a fantastic product, with excellent data transfer speeds and the dLAN Cockpit app provides the ability to monitor and configure the network from your mobile device. Devolo has once again made a brilliant powerline networking adaptor that's both future-proof and backwards compatible if you have older powerline devices.

Tech Specs

Product TypePowerline Network Adapter
Wireless LANNo
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Product FamilydLAN
Brand Namedevolo
Maximum Distance Supported300 m
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Powerline Transmission StandardHomePlug AV
Minimum Operating Frequency2 MHz
Maximum Operating Frequency68 MHz
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Height130 mm
Width66 mm
Depth42 mm
Manufacturerdevolo AG
Product Model500 AVplus
Product NamedLAN 500 AVplus Network Kit
Product LinedLAN
Manufacturer Part Number9045
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.devolo.co.uk
Marketing Information

Make use of the home network of the future today, and connect computers and consumer electronics via the household power line-with the dLAN 500 AVplus! All devices can be connected to each other and the Internet quickly, easily and securely. dLAN reaches speeds of up to 500 Mbps and features even higher performance than network cables or WLAN-and that without WLAN picture stutter or the need to route cables. And with its integrated electrical socket, no power outlet goes to waste.

Packaged Quantity3
Package Contents
  • dLAN 500 AVplus Network Kit
  • 3 x Network Cable
  • CD Containing Software and Documentation
  • Hard Copy of Installation Guide
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)240 g