Devolo Magic 2 WiFi Powerline Review
Not too long ago, I tried out the Devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi kit, which I was very impressed with. Now Devolo has extended their range of powerline kits, made some tweaks and as a result, we now have the Magic 2 Mesh WiFi kit, offering speeds of
Spec & Features
The Magic 2 kit is essentially a powerline kit, with the capability of producing a mesh WiFi system on your home network. By doing this, Devolo state they will be able to offer ultra
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac(2.4 / 5 GHz concurrent) , IEEE 802.3az, IEEE 802.1p
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Stated transmission speeds:
-Wi-Fi 867 (mbps, 2×2 MIMO/ 5 GHz), Wi-Fi 300 (mbps, 2×2 MIMO/ 2,4 GHz)
– Ethernet 10/100/1000 (mbps)
– Powerline 1200/2400 (mbps)
– Powerline upto 500m
– Wireless upto 300m
In The Box & Design
There are two magic 2 kits available, the first one includes one powerline point, the other includes 2. We got sent the later kit, meaning we got 3 plugs in total, two powerline and one hub. There is also the associated instructions and an ethernet cable, used to plug the hub powerline into your home router.
As for design, they look pretty sleek and modern. They offer a very subtle design, with very little going on, apart from some branding, a couple of buttons and indicator lights. They come in a gloss white finish only. All three of the powerlines are quite large, with the hub being slightly smaller. They each include a plug adapter on them, meaning you do not lose out on a vital socket when used. The two powerlines also include 2 ethernet ports, allowing for more flexibility. They do however look somewhat unsightly if they are on show, especially against a dark wall and chrome socket, like in my set up.
Set Up & Performance
Set up for fairly straight forward and quite well documented in the instructions. In brief, plug the hub adapter into a socket near your router. Then plug the provided Ethernet cable into the hub & your router, and wait for the correct indicator light. Note you must plug all the powerlines directly into a socket, not via an extension lead. Then plug the two
As for performance, they maxed out my connection and offered a very stable wireless connection. I am currently running a mere 90mb connection into my home, achieving wired download speeds of 9mb and wireless speeds of around 70mb on my existing router (5ghz). Wired connection via the powerline offered near on identical
Overall, very impressed with the build quality, ease of installation, wireless coverage and overall speed of the kit. Although being restricted by my incoming line, this kit can offer far better speeds than what I achieved, and are now a fundamental requirement for streaming, gaming and alike. The starter kit (1 powerline) is currently available for £170, while the multiroom kit (2 powerlines) is available for £270.
For further information, head over to the Devolo website.