Devolo dLAN 200 AVSmart+ Starter Kit review

The new powerline networking kit from Devolo comes with LCD screens and 200Mb/s speeds

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Our Verdict

A great option for those who can't use wireless tech or just want a better quality connection


  • Easy setup
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent speeds


  • Price

Using your existing power cables as a network is a great idea, even if it has taken ages to get catch-on with the great unwashed, who appear to think that wireless is sexier. Well, for the home at least, it certainly isn't.

Early versions ran at 14Mb/s and then 85Mb/s, but full fat 200Mb/s have been around for a while. That's fast enough to stream heavyweight data around and it comprehensively thrashes wireless – and it doesn't throw a wobbly if you don't live in a house made of cardboard.

This new dLAN Starter kit comes with two units, and this time we get little LCD screens so you can configure the network without a PC. You can monitor it directly too. The pass-through adapter means you don't even lose a socket.

Power consumption has been improved by a claimed 60 per cent. When not in use it switches to standby, which consumes just 2W according to our meter. In use we didn't see over 4W, either.

The hardware appears well made and robust too. You can site the units up to 300m apart.

Installation is really, really easy. The LCD screen, if you've got a PC somewhere on the network to get things running, is a rather pointless luxury. Once running you press the encryption buttons on each unit and you're 128-bit secure.

The monitoring software reported an upstream data-rate of 194Mb/s and a downstream one of 189Mb/s. Which is, considering the overheads invoked on most networks, top-notch.

So it's all fantastic then? No, because unfortunately it's just too expensive. The real rival here is not wireless, it's Netgear's Powerline range, which starts at £70 for two basic spec units. They're not as nicely made, perhaps, but offer a far better deal.

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Tech Specs

Product TypePowerline Network Adapter
Wireless LANNo
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Product FamilydLAN
Brand Namedevolo
Maximum Distance Supported300 m
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Powerline Transmission StandardHomePlug AV
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Height130 mm
Width66 mm
Depth42 mm
Manufacturerdevolo AG
Product NamedLAN 200 AVsmart+ Starter Kit
Product LinedLAN
Manufacturer Part Number9033
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With the dLAN 200 AVsmart+, devolo supplies the best home network over the electrical wiring! Without any expertise, you can connect your network-compatible devices such as PC and Mac computers, game consoles, network printers or NAS hard drives to one another and to the Internet at a maximum speed of up to 200 Mbps. dLAN does this wirelessly - over the entire household electrical wiring. This way, every power outlet becomes a network jack in no time! devolo's dLAN adapters also combine easily and can be expanded again and again. An example: Have you bought a new IPTV set-top box (like T-Home) or a new laptop? Purchase another dLAN adapter and your new network-compatible device is quickly and securely connected with the Internet and the other devices in your home LAN.

Packaged Quantity2
Package Contents
  • dLAN 200 AVsmart+ Starter Kit
  • CD ROM with Manual on PDF, Configuration Software
  • Hard Copy of Installation Guide
  • 2 x Ethernet Cable
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)260 g