Actiontec HLE08500 PowerLine Ethernet Adapter - HLE08500-01

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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). 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. Next, I had to hook-up the computers. 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 in overall speed. I did have some problems getting the printer linked up with the PC, but that was a printer/software issue, not an Actiontec problem. I considered hard wiring the office for ethernet, but I don't think I would have saved that much money, especially if you factored in the time it would have taken me to do it. Read More

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A great solution to wireless network weakness!

on 11/9/2008

This solution couldn't be easier -- literally just plug it in, just like they say. The Actiontec people do not make it clear that you need 2 components, one to get the signal onto your electrical system, and one to transmit to your computer.'s product page makes that clear, however. It would have cost hundreds of dollars to install ethernet wiring up to our bedroom, but this solved the problem in less than 5 minutes. Read More

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Product Overview

Actiontec’s new MegaPlug™ 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter ups the ante for ease of use and network expandability. Just plug a MegaPlug Ethernet Adapter in any 2- or 3-prong electrical outlet in one room of your house, and another MegaPlug Adapter in any power outlet, and you’ve got instant network access across your power lines. What could be easier? If you need a simple way to extend your home network, the MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter is the quickest and most economical way to do it.


Manufacturer Actiontec
Mfg Part# HLE08500-01
SKU 202289835
UPC 789286806239
UPC 14 00789286806239
No new cables required. Uses your existing power lines.
Very Easy to Use…Simply plug in
Compatible with any Router or Gateway
Supports HomePlug speeds up to 85 Mbps
Integrated QoS
Perfect for gaming! Use with any Gaming Console.
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
Modulation :
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
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