Recommended Home Plugs?

Dr Force

Distinguished Member
Hi Guys

Just had infinity installed, now got 69mbps 20mbps upload, really fast and very pleased.

I want to extend the network from my lounge to the home cinema room using homeplugs, but i could do with recommendations as to what is the best to buy, budget £100.



Prominent Member
From reading here, don't expect great speeds. Can't recommend any make, but I would look for ones with 3 ports, gigabitlan (you might upgrade later) also, passthrough.


Prominent Member
Hi there,

I use Solwise, see They're more reliable than wireless. I'm pleased with them.


Prominent Member
As you can see from the SmallNetBuilder Charts, there's not much to choose in performance between the different makes of 500 Mbps units, almost all use the same basic chipset. The two exceptions are the latest Zyxel and Netgear units which use a newer chipset. It's probably worth spending the extra on passthrough units, as they can usually be plugged directly into a wall socket without adding an extension cable (which causes a performance hit).

One thing to look out for is where your wall sockets are located. I once had a problem with some that were mounted low down on the skirting board. This meant that units that had the main plug at the top and ethernet cable exit at the bottom (like these TP-Link ones) wouldn't fit, but I was able to get some Netgear ones with the mains plug at the bottom and cable exit at the top that did fit.

As bubblegum57 says, don't expect anything close to the rated link rates in terms of actual data transfer rates. The SmallNetBuilder reviews give a reasonable idea of what you might expect in a typical installation, but look at the difference in performance with location of the homeplugs - it drops significantly the further apart they are.

Personally I use a pair of D-Link 500Mbps units (now replaced by a newer model), but I've put in TP-Link, Netgear and Devolo units for family/friends and from my (admittedly small) experience there isn't any real difference in build quality and reliability between the brands.

Dave Lewis

Novice Member
Remember the state of your home wiring and using extension leads etc can have a huge impact on the speed you are likely to get. Friend of mine has some 500mbs adapters put he struggles to stream a HD movie as there is so much interference from power blocks and his extension leads.

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