My blog is turning into a shopping list! Next on the agenda is a HomePlug networking kit. The walls in the new house are much too thick for effective wireless connections, especially the run to the garage if I decide to stick my server out there to begin with. Homeplug allows me to network machines over the domestic electrical wiring.
At the moment the best prices are from broadbandbuyer.co.uk and the leading product appears to be made by Devolo. The price for a starter kit containing two links is £101.31. As with the Microwave, I’ll give it another week and see where the prices go. I’m also hopeful that future releases of this product range will improve on the current 85Mb/s. This sounds like a lot, but it’s the total bandwidth within the circuit, not just between any two devices. If I plug 4 PC’s into the mains, they will share that bandwidth.
Devolo also produce a wireless Homeplug adaptor. This plugs into the mains and acts as a Wireless Access Point. At the moment this option doesn’t seem to be available in the UK. Not a major issue for me, I have a couple of wireless routers that I can plug into the standard wired Homeplug devices.