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Technomate TM-600 HP 600 Mbps HomePlug AV2 Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (Pack of 2) - white

Brand - Technomate

Average rating 4.16

30 Reviews | 0 Votes

£29.99
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High-speed transfer rates up to 600Mbps, ideal for 4K & 1080p HD Streaming Plug 'n' Play - no configuration required, works with any broadband and AV2 power line adapters Up to 300m range over household power line, up to 10 units can be used in same system Extremely small...smaller than a credit card! Secure 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) & Home Plug AV2 Compliant

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I rarely leave reviews... but given that I have now managed to get this infuriating product working, I felt that it was only fair that I explain how I managed it!

My situation: needed to set up a home office due to working from home for a long period of time unexpectedly (thank you coronavirus). We have very fast broadband but the home office room seems to be in a black spot within the house and wifi is intermittent. Hence the purchase of the Technomate devices.

Included in the box are two socket devices, two (small) ethernet cables, and a literal scrap of paper with a single diagram showing you that you need to plug each one into a power socket and connect via the cables to your router and your PC respectively. That's it for explanations.

So I plugged everything in and it didn't work. Fair enough, time to do some troubleshooting -- but that was made very difficult because there is no explanation for what the little lights mean, and I could find no way to access any kind of online control panel.

The lights seem to be, in order: 1) power 2) ethernet linked up 3) devices linked together. It is #3 that is the difficult one to get working, of course. #3 is also sometimes red and sometimes green depending on what you do -- but again, no clue what red might mean (I thought it meant bad but it turns out that that isn't the case). I realised after a while that the two units are only 'talking' to each other when the #3 lights are lit up on both devices (even if red). Frustratingly they would sometimes go on for a few seconds and then go off again. I tried pressing the recessed Reset buttons and the 'refresh' buttons under the units, and that didn't seem to do anything (again - zero documentation on what these buttons do).

Eventually after a lot of trial and error, and reading other reviews, I took the following steps which got this setup working:

1) One reviewer wrote on here that the Technomate devices are fixed to the IP address of the router itself and that creates a conflict. So using my router's own webpage, I changed my router's IP address from xxx.xxx.xxx.1 to xxx.xxx.xxx.2 -- and I should explain that I have NO UNDERSTANDING of routers, networks, IPs etc so this was a fingers-crossed move. It seems to have been fine but I now have to remember that the address is permanently different should I need to access the router webpage in the future.

2) Following some googling I learnt that the homeplug devices don't work if they are on an extension cable. You need to put them as directly into the power supply of the house as possible. The problem there is that my router is located in a box at the end of a long power extension. So I plugged the Technomate directly into the wall a few metres from the router, and connected them via a long messy ethernet cable (as mentioned, the ones in the box are short so I needed to use my own).

3) At this point, the devices were connecting together - hallelujah - as both of them were showing a RED light. I now connected the other homeplug to my PC via ethernet and voila, the PC showed it was getting internet over the cable.

This setup works and has improved considerably my ability to work in the home office.

However, the devices are not exactly performing as I would have hoped. In getting this all working I found that I got very different speeds depending on which plug socket they were put into. If I understand it correctly, they are sensitive to electronic interference from large electrical equipment -- eg printers and basically exactly the kind of machines that tend to sit near your PC and near your router! So you don't necessarily have much choice over where to plug these things in.

We get about 150 Mbps in the same room as the router, which is really fast. In the home office, WITH the devices all set up, it's about 20 Mbps. That still 'feels' perfectly fast, so I'm content with that, but clearly there's a heavy loss of speed (despite me paying for the high-end 1200 Mbps product). Additionally, the #3 light on the devices remains stuck on red -- which I guess isn't a problem?!

I imagine that this company sells mainly to professional network engineer types, but also puts its stuff on Amazon for a few extra £. Regardless, it's outrageous that they are shipping these devices without any kind of instructions for everyday consumers.

tl;dr -- change the router IP address and experiment with different sockets and you MAY be able to get a good result.

Mar 11, 2020

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Amazon Customer Review

These units seem to get incredibly hot, after a while they will flash red and the connection will be lost. Recently threw them in the bin and fitted ethernet throughout the house and used a network switch instead.

Sep 21, 2019

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Amazon Customer Review

I built a man cave at the bottom of my garden, and thought a WiFi extender would cut the biscuit for online gaming and streaming. Simply put it didn't! I already had the technomate 200 so I can view my cctv system from my phone, I decided to get the 600 got the man cave and it's great. I only get 60mbps from it though, despite me having 350 internet, but it does the job great, not sure how it would fair with slower internet though.

May 10, 2019

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After my wife mistakenly decided that a bit of wire she declared was in her way was "unimportant" and cut it, I had to rewire my home network to compensate (it was in fact utterly essential and crippled our internet for two days).

These things work very well - occasionally they fall out of sync, and you can either spend forty minutes running back and forth pressing the sync buttons or spend 10 seconds unplugging one and then plugging it back in - and I haven't noticed any particular slowdown using them. Much easier than running your own network cable.

Apr 23, 2019

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Amazon Customer Review

False advertising when it comes to speed. I only get 100 - 150Mbps. I get over 400mbps on my WiFi.
On the positive side, The connection is stable and easy to pair them up. I am using it for my printer.

Dec 31, 2018

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Amazon Customer Review

Installed these to carry signal from an IP camera to a network access point and they work flawlessly. I even accidentally sent 12v via a Poe port into the device for well over a minute, smelled an awful burning smell but it's still performing as good as the day I got it with absolutely zero maintenance required. Wish I could say the same for the damn cameras!

Dec 14, 2018

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