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Powerline Networking Adapters for WDTV Live - Suggestions?

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March 7, 2012 8:31:38 AM

I'm trying to setup my cousin's house so he can stream between his two WDTV Live boxes. One box is downstairs and the other (brand new) is upstairs, both are currently connected wirelessly to his router. The box downstairs has two USB 2.0 external hard drives plugged into it, that is what stores all the content he has. I went over to his house yesterday and we tried to stream a movie from one of the hard drives attached to the downstairs box to the upstairs box and it was just constantly freezing every few seconds, not even watchable.

I was looking at the newer 500 Mbps powerline tech but I wasn't that impressed with it after reading the article link below, 500 Mbps loses throughput pretty quickly once you get some distance between adapters while the 200 Mbps tech stayed the same for the most part.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanwan-reviews/31...

So I started looking at these since they have pretty solid reviews on both Amazon/Newegg and Anandtech gave them a positive review not too long ago if I remember.
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...cm_rdp_product

The only thing is I need to buy 3 units, 1 downstairs, 1 upstairs, and 1 connected to the router. And from everywhere I've searched (including eBay) these are only sold as pairs. And from what I could tell, most powerline products look like they are only sold as pairs. So I guess I'll have to buy 4 units even though I'm only going to use 3 units......ugh

So what kind of powerline adapters would you guys recommend and would they be able to stream 4-15GB 720P/1080P h264 mkv's without any problems?
March 7, 2012 10:34:36 AM

Power line adapters depend on too many factors to work as well as they should.
It would be a shame to pay a crap load for them and not be able to use them as you intended!
I don't mean to dissapoint you or through a monkey wrench in your plan but if you want to stream HD media to your WDTV live cables are your best option.
Maybe a wireless N (>=300Mbps Router + Adapter) with a strong signal will also work for 720p at least. I have tried many configurations at home with a WDTV Live and cable was the only solid solution (for HD).
March 7, 2012 7:42:29 PM

ngrego said:
Power line adapters depend on too many factors to work as well as they should.
It would be a shame to pay a crap load for them and not be able to use them as you intended!
I don't mean to dissapoint you or through a monkey wrench in your plan but if you want to stream HD media to your WDTV live cables are your best option.
Maybe a wireless N (>=300Mbps Router + Adapter) with a strong signal will also work for 720p at least. I have tried many configurations at home with a WDTV Live and cable was the only solid solution (for HD).



Alot of reviewers of the newer powerline networking products on Amazon/Newegg report being able to stream 720/1080P media fine. But it all depends on the wiring in your house, I'll just have to buy from a place I can easily return them if they don't work.
March 8, 2012 5:50:53 AM

If that's an option then you have nothing to loose!
Give it a try and let us know how it goes!
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