Originally Posted by uberginsu
How is it working for you, issue solved ?
i have similar situation :
first floor living room -router pc/dvr and WMC
second floor bedr oom - xbox extender
I bought PWR511K01 500 Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter Kit.
powerline adapter works great for netflix and other web based vidoe even in hd.
but it seems my PVR (WMC / hd homerun) records at 60 FPS and not 29.997 or 24 fps and craps out 50% of time .
Are you experiencing the framerate issue upon playback via the Media Extender? Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think the framerate issue has to do with using the Powerline Ethernet Adapter. The framerate issue probbaly stems from the Xbox WMC software and/or from the HTPC itself, and/or the Television Set in your bedroom. My knowledge is limited on the framerate discrepancy issue though.
Regarding my own Powerline Ethernet Adapter experience, I also purchased a brand new Actiontec PWR511 500mbps kit. Like you, I was only using it for the purposes of using the Xbox 360 (a 10/100 device) as a Media Extender.
Upon opening the box, I was shocked at how simple everything looked. Two adapters, each with an Ethernet plug and each has 3 sets of lights to indicate Power On/Standby Mode, Link Strength (Red = Bad
, Yellow = Mediocre
, Green = Awesome
) and Ethernet Activity. The package came with Actiontec's (very) thin manual which made installation seem very easy. Nothing is ever easy...
First, I plugged the Adapter in my Living Room and hooked it up with a Gigabit Switch (which is connected to the Router). My living room houses my HTPC. The second adapter was plugged into my Bedroom and I had it connected to my laptop for testing purposes. The "Link Strength" light would NOT come on...so I thought maybe it was a bad combination of outlets/circuits.
So I started fiddling around with other outlet combinations (thinking that the wiring in my house stunk), I remained baffled since the "Link Strength" light still would not come on. At one point, I even plugged both units into the same exact circuit. Nada.
This made me believe that neither Adapter was communicating with each other.
I then found instructions on Actiontec's website about resetting each Adapter to default. The instructions advise holding onto the Security button for 15 seconds or longer. I tried resetting to default about 5 times on each Adapter. It still didn't work.
Finally, the Actiontec website gave instructions on how to change the encryption key on both Adapters. Viola! It finally worked! Changing the encrpytion can be tricky because the units don't flash to tell you that the process is done, but I didn't care about messing this up because I thought I had lemons. I was very close to boxing the adapters up for RMA.
Originally Posted by Actiontec
How do I change the encryption key on a PWR500 Powerline Adapter?
1. Plug the Adapters into electrical outlets on the same circuit.
2. Press the Security button on one Adapter for no more than 10 seconds. When the button is released, the Power LED flashes.
3. Press the Security button on the second Adapter for 10 seconds and release it when the Power LED flashes.
4. Press the Security button on the first Adapter for 1 to 3 seconds, then release. The Power LED on the first Adapter starts to flash.
5. Within 120 seconds after performing step 4, press the Security button on the second Adapter for 1 to 3 seconds, then release.
The two Adapters are now connected on the same Powerline network with a new encryption key.
In terms of performance, I haven't done any internal file transfer tests BUT using Speedtest.net, I score the same exact speeds that I would when connected directly to the router (20mbps down/2mbps up - which is the max level for the service that I pay for). The "Link Strength" indicator consistently shows Green as it never flashes to Yellow or Red. SpeedTest.net will also display your Latency, and it never showed any lag as I kept scoring < 10ms (which is great for gamers).
Both NetFlix and Live TV/DVR playback using the Xbox 360 Media Extender works well. It is definitely more stable than Wi-Fi. I can fast forward and rewind within WMC without any problems (whereas WMC would freeze if I tried to fast forward or rewind when using Wi-Fi). Occasionally, WMC will spit out a "Network Problem" box in the top right hand corner but there wouldn't be any visible visual or auditory problems (a minor nuisance considering I don't watch TV in the bedroom often).Pros:
- Impressive performance that is MORE than adequate for Web Browsing/Emailing
- Works well with streaming 720p content from both WMC and NetFlix.
- Small physical size and adapters can be plugged in upside down, if necessary
- Can't beat the price vs performance ratioCons:
- I imagine problems if I were streaming 1080p though...
- Encryption was not working right out of the box
- Unit can't be plugged into a Surge Protector Strip, so it'll eat up an entire outlet
- Documentation is scarce
- Don't let the "500 mbps" tagline fool you...this is NOT a Gigabit device.Conclusion:
Great alternative if you can't run a hardwire Ethernet cable to the desired room.