Features & Interoperability of Homeplugs
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Which home plug family/speed do I need?
In selecting any networking product the trick is to be sure that the new device will not be the bottle-neck in the resulting system. For instance if you have an Internet connection which delivers 5Mbps and you need a home plug solution purely to carry this service around the house, there would be no benefit in limiting your choice of products to the fastest home plug standards. home plug is a fairly low-cost technology and generally the latest, fastest technology is not a great deal more expensive than the mainstream standard. That said, there tends to be less choice of formats in the cutting-edge speeds, for instance WiFi, Multi-Port and Mains-Pass-Through variants tend to appear later in the standards cycle.
The following table indicates which home plug families should be considered for a variety of common application
|Data Rate||14 Mbps||85 Mbps||200 Mbps||500 Mbps||600 Mbps||1 Gbps||1.2 Gbps|
|1-10 Mbps Internet sharing around the home|
|10-20 Mbps Internet sharing around the home|
|20-50 Mbps Internet sharing around the home|
|Sharing super-fast fibre internet services around the home|
|Get your Internet ready TV online, iPlayer, 4OD etc.|
|Cover wireless deadspots with home plug-WiFi|
|Get your games console online|
|Get your internet radio online|
|Transfer of small/medium sized files between computers|
|Transfer of large files between computers|
|Sharing multimedia within the home|
What works with what?
As power-line networking continues to evolve, both inside and out of the home plug standard, we need to consider ‘What works with what?’. Can I add one or more Homeplug devices from the latest, fastest families to my existing home plug network?
The table below details the situation.
|Data rate||14 Mbps||85 Mbps||200 Mbps||500 Mbps||600 Mbps||1 Gbps||1.2Gbps|
|Availability||Obsolete||See range||See range||See range||Obsolete||Obsolete||See range|
: Interoperable *
: Will Co-Exist
† Not recommended.
Whist the 600SMT adapters ‘should’ interoperate with other Homeplug adapters we have found that, on occasion, they cause problems when added to an existing network of 200AV or 500AV plugs. We would suggest that 600SMT adapters are used by themselves wherever possible.
Generally, all home plug devices will co-exist in harmony on shared electrical wiring but only certain combinations will pass data between them. For instance, a pair of 85Mbps devices can pass data between them at the same time as a pair of 200Mbps devices do the same, however the 85Mbps units will not be able to share data with the 200Mbps ones. Remember that all devices built to the home plug standards should be compatible, regardless of the manufacturer, so you can add one of the more obscure variants from the Solwise range to an existing system of another brand.