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I got a cheapo deal on some RCA powerline 200 adapters and was wondering what performance I should be expecting out of them. I just finished downloading a game from Stream at 3.4 Mbs. Is that reasonable?
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Do the adapters have a PC app that reports performance? I have some TP-Link 500Mb adapters, and another TP-Link 200Mb Homeplug wifi extender. The 500Mb devices report a connection speed of between 100-150Mb/s, but surprisingly, the 200Mb adapter often shows about 170Mb/s! Work that one out.

The download speed from Steam does not reflect the true performance of the adapter. You'd need to run some network performance tests to another device on your LAN, or even try copying a large file in Windows. It won't be totally accurate, but it will give you an idea.
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With my 500Mbps adapters (mixed Gigabit and none-Gigabit - doesn't seem to make any difference), I get actual 35 Mbps between floors (different circuits?), not enough for streaming blu-ray; and 60 Mbps on the same floor (have not tried streaming).
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Do the adapters have a PC app that reports performance? I have some TP-Link 500Mb adapters, and another TP-Link 200Mb Homeplug wifi extender. The 500Mb devices report a connection speed of between 100-150Mb/s, but surprisingly, the 200Mb adapter often shows about 170Mb/s! Work that one out.

My adapters didn't come with software. Can you suggest some?
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Best test is to copy between devices on your LAN. Downloading from the internet will likely be limited by your ISP speed, and not the adapter speed.
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My adapters didn't come with software. Can you suggest some?
I suggest no adapters at all. Moca is faster and 100% reliable. DECA is just as good but far cheaper. Details here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1473583/deca-the-cheap-alternative-to-moca-for-htpcs-and-extenders
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Best test is to copy between devices on your LAN. Downloading from the internet will likely be limited by your ISP speed, and not the adapter speed.

You can also use LAN speed test tool, the free version is all you need. Set the file size to a larger size, like 100 MB, so that you can monitor sustained speeds, not just burst.

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I suggest no adapters at all. Moca is faster and 100% reliable. DECA is just as good but far cheaper. Details here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1473583/deca-the-cheap-alternative-to-moca-for-htpcs-and-extenders

I bought these for $10 a pair. figured it wouldn't hurt to try it

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You can also use LAN speed test tool, the free version is all you need. Set the file size to a larger size, like 100 MB, so that you can monitor sustained speeds, not just burst.

I'll try it.

Does alternating the polarity(plugging one in upside down) effect the speed?
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