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D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, Up to 2000 Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Much improved speed over AV+ 06/30/2016

This review is from: D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, Up to 2000 Mbps

Pros: - Solid connection between downstairs kitchen and upstairs back bedroom in a house built 2 years ago.
- Point-to-point connections between 210 to 300 mbps (old AV+ kit peaked at 60 mbps).
- Full duplex. Yes, this is important.
- Solid connection and ping times to game servers.
- 100% compatible with my old AV+ kit. All the units work together on the same Powerline network with the older units working at their slower speed.

- Slightly larger than my old AV+ units, but they don't block the 2nd outlet plug so who cares.
- AV+ kits (DHP-309AV) at half the cost would probably work just as well for the majority of users.
- AV2 kits (DHP-700AV) might work better in an older home (MIMO seems to have more solid connections over farther distance).

Other Thoughts: Benchmarks using LAN Speed test:

DHP-700AV - 210 mbps (26.2 Mbps)
DHP-309AV - 60 mbps (7.5 Mbps)

* The DHP-700AV units occasionally peaked at up to 300 mbps (37.5 Mbps). The score above is a VERY conservative average over several days of testing.

WD 3TB My Passport Ultra Metal Edition Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBEZW0030BSL-NESN Silver
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Pros: USB 3.0 = fast transfers.
Very small for a 3TB drive.
Brushed metal looks cool (bottom is black plastic but who cares).

Cons: The drive makes a clicking sound once in a while that makes me nervous, but from WD forums it states that noise is the drive head parking to save power/prevent damage if dropped. If they say so.

Other Thoughts: Do not use the WD encryption software. It is not secure (Google it). If you use Microsoft Windows then use Bitlocker instead.

I am not sure how useful integration with Dropbox is. Most people use Dropbox for live files (files they access frequently), not exclusively for backups, so it doesn't make sense to me. If you are using Dropbox for backups only you might as well use Carbonite (unlimited space for 1/2 the price).


Pros: Fast when they work.

Cons: I purchased 5 of these in the past year and I have had to RMA 2 of them for failures. A 20% failure rate is unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: Stick with a quality name brand like Mushkin or Samsung.


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Date Joined: 06/03/05

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  • Last Review: 06/30/16
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