I did some experimenting today with connecting one of my Moxi Mates via powerline and wireless adapters. In my experience I have always been let down with wireless networking and hardwire every component that has a Ethernet port (22 of the 24 ports are being used between my router and switches). I have spent many hours fishing Cat6 ethernet cable through walls, attics and the crawl space. Recently I needed to add another Moxi Mate to a guest bedroom. The thought of wading through the attic insulation motivated me to look at other solutions. I tried out two different wireless devices and a powerline adapter. I did a lot of experimenting and ended up deciding a wireless range extender worked best for my needs. These can plug directly into the wall and have a single Ethernet port for plugging into the Moxi Mate.
For those who don't know, you can check the connection link speed between the Moxi and Moxi Mate by doing the following
: Hit the Moxi button, then scroll to the Media Link. Scroll up and highlight Moxi HD DVR, then hit the Info button on the remote. Scroll up to "check connectivity" and hit Ok. It will run and test and show 'Bandwidth Statistics'. Typically with a hardwire connection I will get between 85 and 95 Mbps. The Moxi has a 10/100 Ethernet port so this is near the theoretical maximum speed of the port. I used this as a reference when testing out wireless and the powerline adapters. Results are as follows:
NETGEAR AC750 -802.11AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender (EX6100)
Bandwidth Statics: ~91 Mbps
This is a dual band device that supports 802.11AC. I have a Netgear R7000 router which is a 802.11AC router. The location where I needed the extender was up one level from the router about 30' away. I found that my speeds were better on the 2.5GHz than the 5GHz. So I set the extender to connect to the router on 2.5Ghz only. I also shut off the range extender feature of the device and am strictly using it as a wireless to wired adapter. This device gives me near wired speeds and the Moxi Mate works flawlessly. Results will vary based on distance to your router. Also, this device only uses 2 watts per my Killawatt meter.
Belkin N300 Dual Band Wireless N Range Extender
Bandwidth Statics: ~86 Mbps
This is also a dual band device that supports up to 802.11n but not 802.11AC. Results were similar to the Netgear. A little slower, but still close to the wire speeds. This device was not as configurable and I wasn't able to turn off the range extender feature.
NETGEAR XWNB5201 Powerline 500Mbps to N300 Wi-Fi Access Point
Bandwidth Statics: ~78 Mbps
First time I've tried using powerline and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. When on the same breaker these are undiscernible from wired. Speeds seemed to slow as you get further away or cross to a different breaker or buss. But, the throughput is more than adequate to use a Moxi Mate on. I probably would have stuck with the powerline adapters, but a disadvantage was it took up one extra wall socket and a Ethernet port.
Just thought I would post my observations for anyone looking to expand a Moxi Mate where wired access is a problem. I realize results will vary based on many factors (location, distance, wiring). I know others have had poor results with running a Moxi Mate wireless.