CNET First Look
The Linksys PLEK500 powerline kit is impressively fast.CNET editor Dong Ngo manages to blow everybody away by the performance of the Linksys PLEK500 HomePlug AV2 powerline adapter kit.
Hey, guys. Dong Ngo here and today, I intend to blow your way. Stand there. No, not like that but with these, the all-new Linksys powerline home plug AV2 1-Port Gigabit Ethernet adapter kit. Well, it's a kit because there are two adapters. In this case, two identical adapters right here. Now, if you notice, the adapter here comes with one network port. The idea is that instead of having to run a very long network cable from one room to another, you will use two of these and two shorter cables which also come with a box right here to create a wire connection between the two rooms. Smart isn't it? That's right. Powerline networking means that you use the Powerline, the line that carries power to different outlet in different rooms as network cable and saving you from having to actually run the cable itself. So, what's so special about this kit? Well, it's very fast. It's the first kit that supports the new home plug AV2 design to offer Gigabit class performance. The kit set does not support Gigabit yet only 500 MB per second but in my testing, it's also by far the fastest sustained real world performance. About three times that of a regular Ethernet connection. That is really impressive. Now, the adapter comes in the usual snap-on design but note it has a 3 prong connector, which is different from other adapter which come only with 2 prong. On this side there's a secured button that help create secure connection between units. Now, that's very important feature for those living apartment building because otherwise, those living in different household from yours can tap with your network by using their own adapter. I'm talking that there are 3 usual LED Status lights and one thing very interesting, that is the Cisco logo. Interesting because Linksys is no longer a Cisco company. It was bought by Belkin back in March. So, we've seen there's some love lost between these companies. Love or not, it's money that's important and the question is how much that is cost? Well, it's not exactly cheap but it's not expensive either costing $120 for the kit. For this performance though, I do believe that is totally worth it. The kit is also very easy to use. It took me just less than a minute to set it up. So, for you, you probably use at most 15 minutes. For more information on this kit, check out the full review at cnet.com and then do not forget to tell me how impress you are via Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus. Follow me anyway even if you're not impressed at all because eventually I will impress you a bit soon. That's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look, first look not the full review of the Linksys Home Plug AV2 powerline adapter kit.