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HomePlug 85Mbps WiFi and Ethernet Adapter

  • Single Ethernet Port
  • Built in 54Mbps Access Point
  • WPA/WPA2/WEP for security
  • 1.8metre network cable included


Single Pack


The Solwise PL-85PEW_MK2  is a HomePlug 85Mbps Ethernet Adapter with a built in 54Mbps Access Point. Based on the Intellon 85Mbps Turbo chipset this adapter is compatible with the rest of the Solwise Home Plug 1.0 range. 

The PL-85PEW_MK2 is ideal for anyone who wants to extend their wireless signal coverage for Internet access or  to make an internal network. Built-in HomePlug Quality of Service (QOS)  optimises bandwidth for multimedia payloads including  Broadband TV (IPTV), broadband sharing, Online-Gaming, VoIP telephone Calls and much more.   

Easy to install and use, the PL-85PEW_MK2 plugs straight in to an existing wall electrical socket. 56 bit DES encryption keeps the Homeplug connection safe from eavesdroppers and hackers, even on a shared electrical supply. AutoMDI/MDIX means you can plug directly in to any 10/100 Ethernet device for a simple, hassle free installation. A 1.8metre network cable included.

The WiFi feature on the PL-85PEW_MK2 has WPA/WPA2/WEP for security and an adjustable antenna. WiFi Configuration is done through a browser interface such as Internet Explorer or FireFox.

Remember, you will need at least two HomePlug devices to form a HomePlug connection. More HomePlug 1.0 devices can be added to further share your network.



HomePlug 1.0 specification, IEEE 802.3 10/100 Ethernet (100Mbps) and IEEE 802.3u Fast Ethernet Compliant

10/100 Mbps AutoMDI/MDIx Support

85Mbps HomePlug 1.0 compatible

Modulation Support OFDM 256/64/16, DQPSK, DBPSK and ROBO Modulation Scheme
Frequency Band 4.3 Mhz to 20.9 Mhz band
Quality of Service

Forward Error Correction (FEC) support

Channel Adaptation ensures that signal integrity is maintained even under harsh noise environment

CSMA/CA with prioritization and ARQ for reliable delivery of Ethernet packets via Packet Encapsulation

Four Level prioritized random access method

Segment bursting and contention-free access ensures high throughput while maintaining low latency response and jitter performance

Security Support 56 bit DES Encryption with key management for secure powerline communications (Utilise Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, Win7 to enable encryption)

Intellon INT5500 Integrated Single-chip Powerline Network Transceiver

Intellon INT1200 Analog Front End IC

Platform Support

OS Independent with TCP/IP protocol installed. (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix... Anything!)

Encryption passwords are set using a supplied utility which is only available for Windows. Encryption is normally required only on installations with a shared mains supply.

Power Supply

Input Voltage : 100Vac - 240Vac

Input Current : 0.06A max

Frequency : 50/60Hz

LED Indicators

1 x Power LED (PWR)

1 x Powerline Link/ACT Status LED (PL-LKACT)

3 x Ethernet Link/ACT Status LED (ETH-LKACT)


Operating : 0° to 40° C
32° to 113° F

Non-Operating :-25° to 70° C
-13° to 158° F


Operating : 30% to 90% Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing)

Non-Operating : 30% to 95% Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing)


Integrated Rx/Tx antenna switch, power detector

Integrated MIPS 4000 processor 180 MHz processor frequency

IEEE 802.11b/g Access Point

OFDM and CCK modulatioin schemes supported

Data rates of 1,2,5.5,6,9,11,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps

IEEE 802.3 Ethernet MAC supporting 10/100 Mbps, full and half duplex,and MII interface to
external Ethernet PHY.

Frequency Band:2.4GHz

Data Transfer Rates 11b/g: 54/48/36/24/18/12/11/9/6/5.5/2/1M

Transmission Distance Indoor up to 100m, outdoor up to 300m

Antenna: 2dBi


Useful video which shows you how to change the IP address of your windows PC

Typically you might have to do this when you are trying to get into the GUI (Graphical User Interface) of a new product which has an IP address in a different range than typically used by your PC. e.g. you existing router and PC might be on the address range 192.168.0.x (where x is in the range 1-254) but you are trying to get into the GUI of a 85-PEW which is on the address which is the range 192.168.1.x. So you will need to temporarily change the address on your PC to an address in the 192.168.1.x range in order to get into the GUI of the PEW. Once you are into the GUI you can then change the address used by the PEW to one in your normal 192.168.0.x range. Then, with the address on the PEW changed you can then reset the address on your PC and you are now able to access the PEW with your normal network address settings.

Power Pack Utility - for setting passwords if required. Covers all Windows operating systems only. Also shows connected HomePlug and the link quality Download here 05.12.11
User Manual Download here 07.10.10
Declaration of Conformity Download here 27.07.11
Home Plug Alliance Technical White Paper for Home Plug 1.0 Download  

Press Reviews


Solwise Video

Setting up the Solwise PL-85PEW

Setting up the Solwise PL-85PEW - how to change the IP address on the PEW and the Wireless Security. (This video does not cover the PL-200AVPEW-N)

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Get your Internet Ready TV online

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Get the internet throughout your home

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Get the Internet to your wireless dead spots


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Networking over the Mains Product Video

Introduction to the Solwise Networking via the Mains product range

Solwise Video

Introduction to HomePlug

HomePlug, an introduction