Powerline networking might be the future if the WIFI does not get any faster within a reasonable time period. Because of this manufacturers are pushing their powerline network adapter kits now at various speeds to compete with WIFI. We got a new kit from Icy Box that should perform up to 500Mbits /s , but as we know the speed varies depending on how new the electrical wiring is. Lets find out how this kit can perform!
About Icy Box:
Read more about Icy Box on their website, http://www.raidsonic.de/en/company.php
Brand: ICY BOX
Adapter quantity: 2
Power outlet with noise filter: No
LEDs: Power, PLC Link, Ethernet Link
Temperatur: Operating: 0-40° C; Storage: -20-60° C
Relative Humidity: Operating: 10-85% Non-Condensing , Storage: 5-90% Non-Condensing
Distance: AC Wire: up to 300 meters
Max. adapter in a network group: 64
LAN Standards: 10BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 1000BASE-T
AES 128 Bit encryption: Yes
Power consumption in standby mode: < 1 Watt
Power consumption full load: 3,8–4,3 Watt (220-240 V)
Transfer speed: Up to 500 Mbit/s *
Operating system: OS independent
Packing content: 2x IB-PL500, 2x network cable, 1x quick installation guide
This product comes packed in a similar box like most Icy Box products but it has a different color scheme this time. Inside you will find two boxes that each hold one adapter and a LAN cable.
Installation is a piece of cake but if you can’t figure it out a small manual is included. Basically one goes in the power outlet by the router and you hook up the LAN cable between the router and the adapter. The second goes by the computer and the cable goes between the adapter and computer.
Looking at the adapter my first thought is that they could have put a nicer, more attractive color such as stainless steel, black or something similar to that. Now it’s a beige color that reminds me of the 90’s and on the front of it they have placed three LED’s to show activity.
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