Well, that was easy

My new Devolo Homeplug AV adapters arrived in the post today and very quickly everything was up and running.

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There were some minor problems, such as realising there was no CD of software AFTER I had swapped out the existing network for the new plugs. As it turned out, the only advantage of downloading the Cockpit software from the Internet was that I could then watch everything working seamlessly anyway.

The only tasks I had were both optional – choose names for the plugs (so I knew which was which) and provide a password for the administering these devices.

After that I decided to put the 4th adapter in the library for an extra Wi-Fi access point. This one didn’t automatically appear, the other minor problem I hinted at, so I had to type in the 16-character Security ID off its reverse into the Cockpit software.

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Once Cockpit located the adapter, I could name it.

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Next, I  decided to update the new member’s firmware just like I had the other three earlier. The Cockpit software goes off to the Internet, locates the update and downloads it.

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It knows which ones are already up to date and shows progress for the adapter in the library.

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Piece of cake.

The speeds are not as high as I had hoped for but it is an improvement and there a LOT of cheap extension blocks degrading the overall ability of the copper to transmit a signal. The home server is in the study (on the right in the diagram) and I have a range of speeds to the other locations.

  • Study to the master bedroom directly above it – 166 Mbit/sec
  • Study to the living room on the other side of the house – 60 Mbit/sec
  • Study to the library on the other side and upstairs –  80 Mbit/sec

which shows I may need to move some adapters around to get better speeds.

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