Devolo dLAN 200 AVeasy powerline adapter review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/21/2010 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
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Here we have the Devolo Homeplug dLAN 200 AVEasy kit. The kit comes with two dLAN adapters, two CAT5 cables, a manual (well, pictorial) and a driver CD, which by the way is not really needed or a requirement unless you want to add a layer of security.
These are the two Homeplug dLAN 200 AVEasy adapters. Plug them in, connect them to your PCs or switch, or router and you have created an Ethernet connection. It's that simple.
The little button next to the Ethernet connector is in fact a security switch. If you power up the adapter and click on the button on all devices within two minutes then they will be configured in a 128-bit AES encryption. And there's no big loss in performance.
It's nice, not really needed though. It's not like your neighbor can tap into your connection. It all ends at the fuse box. However would you like some more security, you can make your own password protected workgroup with included software where you bind all devices into one group.
On the backside we see a MAC address and a security ID, the last one is to be used if you like to bind all adapters in a secure group.
In this article I wanted to take a look at Ethernet over your power line. This technology has been here for years and is as simple as it can be, you utilize the power sockets in your house to transport a data signal carrying a network signal. All you need are two or more homeplug adapters, also known as Powerline Ethernet adapters. Devolo is the one company that caught my attention. They offer 200 Mbit/sec adapters. You plug them in, connect one to your PC and another one to say your internet router and you are good to go.