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Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+ review

Fast powerline networking with three times the Ethernet connections

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast
  • Well built
  • Extra gigabit Ethernet ports

Against

  • Expensive
  • Only one adaptor comes with the extra ports

We're big fans of Devolo's powerline networking adaptors, so we had high hopes for the Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+. The Devolo dLAN 500 AVplus and the Devolo dLAN 200 AV Wireless N Starter Kit both received glowing reviews from us, and even the Devolo dLAN 200 AV USB Extender was well received.

All of those networking devices might have had their ups and downs, but there were certain things that remained consistent, namely their solid build quality, ease of use and handy software in the shape of Devolo's dLAN Cockpit, which makes it easy to set up and monitor a home powerline network.

In a lot of ways it's a similar kit to the Devolo dLAN 500 AVplus. Speeds between the two adaptors that come with the kit can reach a maximum of 500Mbps - far faster than the standard 200Mbps of a lot of its competitors, but slower than the blistering 1Gbps offered by the Netgear Powerline AV+ 500.

Streaming high definition content to one device was handled with aplomb, and with multiple devices connected and streaming, it hardly wavered.

The key difference between the Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+ and the Devolo dLAN 500 AVplus (along with a lot of its other competitors) is that one of the adaptors comes with three gigabit Ethernet ports, which turns it into a very speedy networking switch. It also allows you to connect three wired devices to the adaptor - rather than one - eliminating the need to buy extra adaptors.

Verdict

The Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+ comes at a high price, at over £100 in the UK or $160 in the US, so is certainly at the higher end of the powerline adaptor market in terms of cost. But if you're after a speedy network across your home and have a few devices that need to be connected, then it's going to be money well spent.

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) Ports3
Height143 mm
Width72 mm
Depth42 mm
Manufacturerdevolo AG
Product NamedLAN Powerline Network Adapter
Product LinedLAN
Manufacturer Part Number1715
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.devolo.co.uk
Marketing Information

Triple the networking perfmorance

Today, the Internet is everywhere: computers, game consoles and consumer electronics devices need a fast and stable Internet connection for work, information and entertainment. dLAN from devolo is the ideal solution: as fast and easy as a cable network, as fl exible as WLAN. The secure networking via the power line makes every power outlet an Internet access point. Now, you can connect even as many as three network-compatible devices to the dLAN 500 AVtriple+, making it ideal for the living room and home office. The integrated socket ensures that no electrical outlet goes to waste. Setting it up could not be easier - just plug it in, connect the devices, and you're done.

Packaged Quantity1
Package Contents
  • dLAN Powerline Network Adapter
  • Installation Guide
  • Ethernet Cable (RJ45-RJ45)
  • CD-ROM (PDF Manual, Configuration Software)
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)248 g