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Like the manuals for the Corinex Powerline router, the Wireless to Powerline access point's user guides could stand some editing. Networking newbies will likely be confused by the text-heavy setup descriptions and the missing words in the quick-start guide. More experienced users should soon discern that the physical setup simply entails plugging the device into an AC outlet and screwing in its antenna. To determine whether the AP is connected to your power-line network, install and run the Setup Tool from the included CD on a connected PC, then look for the AP's MAC address amid the other MAC addresses on your power-line network.
The Wireless to Powerline access point has a browser-based configuration tool that's similar to the tools of most wireless APs. The Corinex tool allows you to manage the AP's satisfying wireless security features, such as SSID, 64- and 128-bit encryption, up to four WEP keys, and WPA settings. The same tool lets you alter power-line network settings, including your NEK (network encryption key).
The Wireless to Powerline access point may have a similar software setup to that of other Wi-Fi APs, but its performance differs considerably. The device pushed data through our test suite at 5.1Mbps, which pales in comparison to the speeds shown by wireless access points such as the D-Link DWL-2100AP. On the other hand, 5.1Mbps is a fast score for a power-line network--only the 5.2Mbps score earned by the Netgear XE102 beats it.
As its benchmark, CNET Labs uses NetIQ's Chariot 4.3 software on a console system with clients running NetIQ's Performance End Points 4.4. Our throughput tests measure the transfer speed of a file that a user might send across the network. This is known as the payload throughput and does not include packet errors and other data that might be transferred over a network. Payload throughput can vary widely from the bandwidth speeds that vendors advertise, and it's a much better gauge of what you're likely to experience with a standard file transfer. For more details on how we test networking devices, see the CNET Labs site.
Corinex comes up extremely short in the service-and-support department. While many networking devices ship with two-year (or longer) warranties, the Wireless to Powerline access point's warranty lasts for one brief year. Tech-support calls must be made to the company's Canadian number, which is not toll-free. Your only other communication option is e-mailing tech support. Worse, the AP's online support consists of just five product-specific FAQs.
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