The Good Easy setup; versatile design; automatic MDI and MDI-X switching.
The Bad Weak performance; limited range; short, one-year warranty; no full manual.
The Bottom Line Sony's converter makes it easy to add Ethernet-enabled devices to a home wireless network, but its performance was disappointing.
|Sony PCWA-DE30 wireless Ethernet converter||NetGear ME101 Wireless Ethernet bridge||Eero Home Wi-Fi System (2017)||Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite (RBS50Y)||Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router|
|Price||$170 MSRP||$170 MSRP||$295 Amazon.com||$170 MSRP||$227 Amazon.com|
Sony PCWA-DE30 wireless Ethernet converter
Sony's PCWA-DE30 wireless Ethernet converter connects anything with an Ethernet port--such as a print server, a video camera, or a gaming console--to your home's wireless network. Setup is easy; in fact, it's practically automatic if you already own Sony's PCWA-AR300 wireless router. The converter's two-part design gives you a lot of flexibility in locating and positioning the all-important antenna. Unfortunately, the converter's throughput was disappointing in our tests. If performance is as important to you as ease of use, we recommend the more capable.
The PCWA-DE30's unique two-part design consists of a square radio that's connected by a 10-foot Cat-5 cable to a power unit that has a 2-foot AC cord. This separation lets you set the power unit next to the device that you want to connect and place your radio and antenna up to 10 feet away, to optimize signal strength, reduce desk clutter, or satisfy aesthetics.
If you already have a Sony PCWA-AR300 router, setting up the PCWA-DE30 is nearly effortless. Connect the two with an Ethernet cable, press the Setup button on each device, and the PCWA-DE30 clones the settings. The PCWA-DE30 also conveniently senses and switches between MDI (straight-through) and MDI-X (crossover) cable modes; on other products, such as Linksys's WET54G, you have to flip a switch.
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