It has been ten days now since we moved into our new house, and things are starting to resemble something approaching normality. We still have a lot of boxes which haven’t been unpacked, but they’re mainly books and CDs, because as yet we don’t have any shelves to put them on.
I’ve had Virgin Media TV, broadband and phone installed, and as part of the install upgraded to their 500GB Tivo. This has taken a bit of getting used to, as it is a much more complicated (but also more capable) device than the old V+. As for broadband, Virgin insisted on me having one of their SuperHub combined modem/routers – which I didn’t really want, but customers apparently don’t have any say in the matter. I was happy with my separate cable modem and router, but I guess it’s one less power plug. Despite the SuperHub being 802.11n, the wifi doesn’t even reach halfway across the house so I’ve been making do with my old Devolo 85mbps homeplugs, just to get the internet where I need it.
However, I’ve today set up something a little better – still not my intended wired gigabit network, but certainly more robust than my current solution.
I’ve gone for another product by Devolo (because they really are the best when it comes to powerline networking) but this time I’ve opted for their dLAN 200 AV Wireless N adapters. Instead of each plug just having one ethernet socket, these have three, and not only that but each acts as a 802.11n wifi access point as well, which is handy.
Basically what this means is that I’ve got three wifi access points, giving good coverage all over the house, and the ability to hard wire all the devices that support it as well – three in the lounge, three in the cinema and three in the study. The monitoring software tells me that I’m getting about 115mbps across the wired devices which is good enough for the time being. I don’t rely on wifi all that much (I’m not a big fan of it really) but if I do need it (for phones, laptop, Wii, Kindle etc) then it’s available.
On a more disappointing note, it looks like it’ll be some time before I’m able to set up the garage conversion as the home cinema. I’m sorely missing my 5.1 surround sound, but there are other priorities at the moment – apparently we need furniture and stuff?