feralparakeet wrote:Apart from interference issues with cordless telephones that run on the 5.8GHz frequency, what exactly is the benefit of this kind of setup versus a standard wireless router? Is there some sort of distinct advantage, or is this for networking novices?
I live in a home where I've tried all kinds of wireless gear and I still cannot get a signal to the far end. So I decided to use powerline (the older PLK200). At the distance I am covering, much more reliable and far faster than what is possible at my site with wireless. I hang a wireless access point off the far end and that signal is far better than when I tried to do a 100% wireless extension across the same distance.
There is absolutely no reason to use these in a place where you get a nice strong wireless signal. If you want faster than wireless and you're that close, just run an Ethernet cable.
jeffiekins wrote:Is it Mac compatible?
According to this site, it IS Mac-compatible, provided you have (access to) a PC to configure it with. Once it's configured, you can use a Mac with it.
You do not need to configure the units. Only the security. If you didn't want to configure the security, you can simply plug and play the units and they will work with Macs or any other Ethernet device.
As a Mac user who has used PLK200 I want to pass on that I was not able to configure the security of my units using a Windows virtual machine under Mac OS X. The Linksys utility would not see the units through the Ethernet ports, even though the virtual machine has full connectivity all the way out to the Internet. I had to use an old actual PC laptop to configure the security. I did not try Boot Camp on the Mac. I do not know if the problem is fixed in the current Linksys utility or the PLK300s being sold here.
peach73 wrote:Anyone know the real range on this? Say for instance, would it work in a large business like a hotel with tons of power outlets or would there be a considerable drop/down grade in quality of the signal?
The real range is not predictable. It depends on the specific devices plugged in all along the circuits. In my case, I get great performance unless one specific fluorescent light fixture is turned on, then throughput drops to near zero. Also, throughput of my units depends on which electrical outlets they got plugged into, believe it or not, although I do think that is more of an indicator of how much my home wiring just suckks.
While some say these work in surge protectors and power strips, I'd say measure your throughput. While they're working, I'll bet your throughput is far slower than if you took the units off the surge protectors and plugged them directly into the wall.