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Homeplug AV 500 vs Homeplug/Gigle Mediaxtream

edb49

Established Member
I've done some comparison testing on two platforms.

One uses the new IEEE 1901 standard, badged as Homeplug AV 500. Essentially this is the updated version of Homeplug AV and promises rates up to 500mbits.

The second tests were on the Gigle Mediaxtream standard. Backwards compatible with Homeplug AV, but also uses the 50-300mhz carrier as a proprietary signalling to allow up to 880mbits rates.

I'll call them AV500 and Gigle for the purpose of these tests.

The AV500 tests were using a pair of Devolo Homeplug AV dLAN 500 Mini.

The Gigle tests were using a pair of Solwise Gigabit Mediaxtream adaptors.

Test method was using two laptops connected to the adapters at either end. Both laptops have plenty of RAM and SSDs, and I would copy files over Windows File Sharing (aka Samba.) With a direct ethernet cable connetion, I achieved 850mbits with this method.

The house is a large-ish UK domestic house. There are two consumer units. Some of the wiring is recent (2004) and some is quite a bit older - 1970s. Here are the results:

(All number quoted are megabits/second)

Same double socket:
AV500: 170-180
Gigle: 200-270

Same ring, 2004 wiring:
AV500: 85-105
Gigle: 120-130

Spur off ring, 2004 wiring:
AV500: 50-60
Gigle: 17-33

Separate rings, same consumer unit, 1970 wiring:
AV500: 60-70
Gigle: 65-105

Separate rings, same consumer unit, 2004 wiring:
AV500: 80-95
Gigle: 24-36

Separate rings, spur off one ring, same consumer unit, 2004 wiring:
AV500: 65-70
Gigle: 26-36

Different consumer units (mix of 2004 and 1970 wiring):
Xbox to kitchen:
AV500: 37-39
Gigle: 13-20

PC to kitchen:
AV500: 32-35
Gigle: 14-19 (some complete drop outs)

PC to HTPC:
AV500: 4-21
Gigle: 14-18

Quite interesting results. I'm actually going to use a combination of the two units I think, linking together with some standard Cat5 to create the home network.
 

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