Pros Performance is best I have tested by far out of 7 different PLN adapaters.
Easy installation like all others
Plugs into the wall with a standard cord instead of the whole adpater being attached - saves room for a large plug to use the other socket.
Cons runs a little warm
Summary After trying mulitple products to transmit data over electrical lines, I found one that works. Several of the Netgear and Belkin products tried provided poor overall results. Although they were good enough to do basic websurfing and email, they were not able to stream HD video or transfer large files.
I tested many different adapters and tried connecting them to different outlets. I initially hooked both adapters to the same extension cord (results were 85% of incoming signal - 33Mbps) and moved the adapters to an electrical outlet farther away, each timing seeing a hit in performance. I continued to walk the adpater away from the router trying to get to the end destination were I want to hard wire a TV, BD player, and A/V receiver. By the time I hit the outlet with those items connected, performance was typically down to 5-12% of orignal signal (1.5 - 5 Mbps). This is not enough to stream HD movies.
Just when i though I was going to have to get in the attic and run Cat5 wire over cathedral ceilings, I found the WD mentioned on the CNET forum. I found the item in a local BBuy and decided I would give it one last go. I hooked it straight to the final destination right out of the box and tested it. BD player gets 17.1 Mbps, TV is getting 16.9 Mbps. More than enough to do what I need.
The WDLiveWire adapter, as CNET reviews stated, is the best adapter on the market today. My testing confirmed that.
Strange that a company not known for networking has created a better product than those companies that live in the networking realm.
Pros I can't honestly provide any good points about this product
Cons Slow and unreliable. Wireless is faster.
Summary I bought two sets of this product. I wanted to use it to provide internet to my media players and to a computer. One set failed out of the box and it took six weeks to get a replacement from WD. When the units work, they operate at a low 15-50 MPS. This provides a slow but adequate throughput for streaming video. It has occasional drop outs and buffer depletion. Then for no reason at all, it will stop working, for long periods of time (Days-Weeks). Then again for no reason it will start working again. It is so unreliable that I have had to give up and go back to wireless.
Pros Using a power cord doesn't block the other receptacle plug. Super easy to set-up. Four ports on each end.
Cons Not as fast as gigabit hubs when transferring files. Will not work for some older homes (Knobs and Tubes wiring).
Summary Get this if you need to connect to the internet without the hassle of wiring the whole house.
Pros I am low tech - plug units in, attach ethernet cables and it was ready to go after brief stumble configuring - solved a slow speed wireless n situation that seemed intractable - quite happy - we have three phase but haven't noticed any problems
Cons Print out / review documentation before installing, doc's aren't the best but helpful to someone like me - when configuring it is the "distant" component that needs to be set up on the new network, duh..
Summary After a few weeks of use I am very pleased - speeds much, much higher and no apparent / recurring issues - considering purchase of another unit for streaming to HDTV - think about where your "free", i.e. non surge protected, wall outlets are and how that factors into setup - otherwise, if I can do this then will be a snap to more savy users
Pros Simple to install, FAST-- much faster than my old Netgear 85 Mbps wall-plugged adapter, Instant access to four more ports, The form-factor is very convenient as it doesn't cover up the whole wall plug like the other wall-plugged Ethernet adapters.
Cons Avoid loading the software CD
Summary This humble looking product should be on a CNET top ten list for 2011.