Microlink dLan High Speed Electrical Networking



Hi - I am having significant problems with connecting to the net via Orange Wireless, and a techie has suggested moving from wireless to a MicroLink dLan whereby the internet is transmitted through your homes' standard electrical cabling. More pricey than "hardwiring" but seems a lot more flexible.

Has anyone any experience of this (I am looking at the Develo / Microlink dLan High Speed Starter Kit from Maplins at £99) ?

Also, has anyone any idea how I check if I have (hopefully) only one ring main, as it obviously cannot transmit across ringmains. Can I tell by looking at the main fuse box (if so, what should I be looking for ?)

Many thanks for any help you can give.


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What you are describing is an implementation of HomePlug. For general purpose use I'd recommend using the 85 Mb/s types. You can buy them significantly cheaper than £100 for a pair. A seller on a well known auction site current has them for about half that. (Be careful about VAT for this kind of stuff. At least one of the cheeky B*****s puts VAT on after you have bid.)

Why won't they 'obviously' not work across ring mains? I'd better go and tell the two that I have doing just that to to stop it at once. :)

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