Devolo dLAN 1200+ ac

Thought it was the end of the line for Home­Plugs? Think again

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Devolo, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dual Band, 2x Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports Near flaw­less per­for­mance Range-ex­tend­ing Wi-Fi Su­per sim­ple setup Wi-Fi unit is quite bulky

If you’ve ever had trou­ble get­ting your de­vices wired up to your router or have Wi-Fi deadspots in cer­tain rooms, you’ll know all about pow­er­line so­lu­tions.

The tech­nol­ogy has ma­tured to de­liver the­o­ret­i­cal 1,200Mbps speeds and this two-plug kit from Devolo goes fur­ther by adding Wi-Fi. This broad­casts a sec­ond Wi-Fi net­work (with a de­fault Devolo SSID), but uses the router’s DHCP so your de­vices re­tain their IP ad­dresses. First time sync be­tween the Home­Plugs is sim­ple with Devolo’s push but­ton ap­proach, and even when you move the sec­ond plug to a dif­fer­ent room it syncs up, although not as fast as some prod­ucts. Our tests de­liv­ered speeds around 700Mbps (dLAN 650s de­liv­ered around 500Mbps).

It’s a wel­come speed boost, but what re­ally makes th­ese Home­Plugs worth the steep price is the ad­di­tion of Wire­less AC and the clever Wi-Fi Move fea­ture. The lat­ter en­ables fur­ther net­work ex­ten­sion and con­nects your de­vices to the strong­est avail­able sig­nal. It’s a joy to use with the Devolo Cock­pit app for Mac or iOS and it plays nicely with your ex­ist­ing Wi-Fi setup.

We have two mi­nor gripes. The Wi-Fi plug is bulky and can ob­scure the switch on dou­ble sock­ets. While the oth­er­wise wel­come pow­er­sav­ing mode has a con­tin­u­ously flash­ing red light. Chris­tian Hall

The Devolo dLAN 1200+ ac is a great so­lu­tion to home net­work­ing woes, both wired and wire­less.

Th­ese plugs solve Wi-Fi is­sues and ex­tend your net­work at the touch of a but­ton.

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