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Actiontec HPE400T 85 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Hub - HLE08509-01

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Easy to hook-up, works great!

by Kent on 3/13/2007

My wife and I have an office at home with two computers, a PC and an Intel iMac. We also have an Actiontec wireless DSL modem (from Qwest). For months, we hooked the PC directly to the modem via an ethernet cable and the iMac accessed the internet using its built in Airport wireless. We also have a shared printer, wired to the PC and again, accessed by the iMac using wireless. Everything worked, although internet access on the PC was always slow (I just figured it was because it was an older Pentium III machine). We wanted to move the printer though, to a location in the office where it would no longer be directly wired to either computer. I tried to do this by using some Netgear stuff and it failed miserably...took it back to the store where I purchased it. Decided to try the Actiontec gear even though I could only find one review on it (a positive review). I bought two of the HomePlug Ethernet Adaptors and one of the HomePlug 4-Port Hubs. This stuff works great! I hooked the modem to the hub, then hooked the printer to the hub. According to Actiontec's website, the adaptors only work with Windows, but a tech at Actiontec told me that if I used my PC for setting up the adapter (basic software stuff), I should be able to plug my iMac in and it would work. The tech was absolutely right...plugged my iMac in and I was instantly on the net. Not only was it incredibly easy to set up, it worked flawlessly out of the box. And, the PC is now much faster accessing the internet...I have no idea why, but it made a huge difference. I did have some problems getting the printer linked up with the PC, but that was a printer/software issue, not an Actiontec problem. Both computers now access the printer just fine and it all works great together. I considered hardwiring the office for Ethernet, but I don’t think I would have saved that much money, especially if you consider the time it would have taken me to do it. My office electrical is all tied together on one circuit...I don't know if that helps since this gear uses your electrical wiring to transmit ethernet signals

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Product Overview

Actiontec’s new MegaPlug™ 85 Mbps 4-Port Hub expands your network without breaking your bank. Perfect for use with DSL modems, gateways, or broadband routers with just one Ethernet port, the 4-Port Hub works seamlessly with the MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter to provide network coverage in every room of your home or small office with an electrical outlet. There’s no easier or more affordable way to extend your home network than the Actiontec MegaPlug 85 Mbps 4-Port Hub.

End the Ethernet Port Drought Ethernet ports are valuable. They are often the only way to connect computers, printers, and other devices (scanners or networkable hard drives), share Internet connections, or quickly transfer large amounts of data. Unfortunately, many of the components at the heart of a network, like DSL modems or gateways, feature only a single Ethernet port, leaving you with no way to expand your network. Enter the MegaPlug 4-Port Hub. By adding multiple Ethernet ports to your network, suddenly, the possibilities are endless. Now you can send data from a computer in the study to one in the family room or use the printer in the bedroom from a computer in the kitchen. You’ll be amazed at what you can do

The MegaPlug Family To make things even easier, the MegaPlug 4-Port Hub can be used with the MegaPlug Ethernet Adapter and Wireless Network Extender, extending your network options even further. Instead of stringing Ethernet cables all over your home or office, use the power lines that already connect your rooms to complete your network. Set up is a breeze; in no time, you’ll be enjoying the endless benefits of networking your devices. Step confidently into the networking age with the MegaPlug


Manufacturer Actiontec
Mfg Part# HLE08509-01
SKU 202289881
UPC 789286806246
UPC 14 00789286806246
No new cables required. Uses your existing power lines.
Very Easy to Use…Simply plug in
Perfect for Broadband Modems/Gateways that have a single Ethernet port
Supports HomePlug speeds up to 85 Mbps
Integrated QoS (Quality of Service)
Secure data encryption
Tech Specs
IEEE 802.3, HomePlug Turbo Powerline Specification 1.0.1
Additional Protocols:
Forward Error Correction (FEC)
Automatic Channel Adaptation
Data Rate:
Up to 85 Mbps over standard home power lines
Operating Range:
Up to 300 meters in wall power lines
Capable of passing through circuit breakers
56-bit DES Data Encryption
Frequency Band:
4.3 MHz – 20.9 MHz
OFDM Symbol Modulation
ROBO Carrier Modulation
Prioritized Random Access
Contention-Free Access
Segment Bursting
Power, Link
Power Input:
100 to 240V @ 50/60 Hz internal
Regulatory Compliance:
FCC Part 15 Class B
Environmental Ranges:
Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
Humidity: 10% to 90% (Non-condensing)
Limited 1 Year Warranty
Minimum System Requirements:
Router, Gateway, or other device with HomePlug capability
Microsoft Windows 98SE,Me, 2000 or XP
TCP/IP Network Protocol Installed
Internet Explorer 4.0+ or Netscape 4.0+
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Easy to hook-up, works great! by Kent on Mar 13, 2007