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Devolo dLAN 500 AVplus review

The easy way to create a wired network

Our Verdict

For

  • Very fast speeds
  • Easy to set up
  • Very reliable

Against

  • Misleading instructions

The Devolo dLAN 500 AVplus is great for creating a wired network without trailing cables across the house. Just connect your router to a nearby plug socket using one of the supplied homeplugs, and use the other with your Mac.

Data passes between the plugs over your electrical cables, giving you a wired router connection anywhere in the house.

These new plugs are capable of transfer speeds of up to 500Mbps, which is over twice as fast as the older dLAN 200Mbps apapters. Setup is easy, as long as you ignore the incorrect instructions and out-of-date wizard on the bundled CD: download the free Cockpit network manager from Devolo's website instead.

The plug connected to your local computer is automatically detected, and others are added to the network by entering a unique security code printed on each homeplug. If you need extra plugs you can add them later, and the new dLAN 500 plugs are compatible with dLAN 200 units, albeit at 200Mbps transfer speeds.

In our tests, the new dLAN 500 standard proved its worth, achieving speeds of 450Mbps and higher on our home network. Devolo's older dLAN 200 plugs managed around 155Mbps.

Streaming a 1080p movie proved difficult, with stuttering and pixellation evident, but two 720p videos streamed simultaneously without problems (it struggled with three). It's great to see more powerful homeplugs aren't much more expensive than the older ones too.

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Tech Specs

Product TypePowerline Network Adapter
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Brand Namedevolo
Maximum Distance Supported300 m
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Powerline Transmission StandardHomePlug AV
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Manufacturerdevolo AG
Product Model1659
Product NamedLAN 1659 AVmini Starter Kit
Manufacturer Part Number1659
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.devolo.co.uk
Marketing InformationHD entertainment and fast home network in one: with speeds of 500 Mbps, the devolo dLAN 500 AV mini is powerful enough to transmit even 3D movies to every room of your home. Without routing cables or WLAN picture stutter - simply over the electrical wiring. Connect computers, laptops, game consoles as well as Internet TVs and hard drive recorders to each other and to the Internet. The first powerline adapter of the latest generation is fully compatible with all 200 AV adapters, is extremely energy saving and, thanks to its flat, inconspicuous design, can be positioned anywhere.
Packaged Quantity2
Package Contents
  • dLAN 1659 AVmini Starter Kit
  • 2 x Network Cable
  • CD Containing Software and Documentation
  • Installation Guide
Limited Warranty3 Year