Belkin gigabit powerline adapter firmware upgrade “increases the bandwidth”
Posted July 15, 2009on:
Last week, I sent an email into Belkin technical support asking for more information on the firmware upgrade for the Gigabit powerline adapter (F5D4076).
Today, about a week after I filed the tech support request — hmm, maybe the company and Verizon share customer values — I received a response. The firmware upgrade “increases the bandwidth.” End of story.
In real world terms, this is water under the bridge, I installed the beta-labeled firmware a couple of days after sending the email to Belkin tech support, but haven’t had a chance to retest the adapters to see what the difference might be. *sigh*
My current dilemma is to either A) Go buy another two pack of Belkin adapters and run all my devices as such or B) Trash them, and go back to the Netgear 85 Mbps wall-plugged bridges.
The Belkin devices do perform better than the Netgear bridges, but the Netgear devices 1) Have four 10/100 Ethernet ports and 2) Brighter/more visible LEDs for device operation. The F5D4076 has its status lights behind black tint plastic — looks good, but the uncovered LEDs on the Netgear are much easier to read at a glance.
Does the Belkin Gigabit powerline adapter perform faster/better than the Cisco 200 Mbps AV powerline ? Dunno. Anyone want to swap a couple of NetGear 85 Mbps bridges for a pair? 🙂