WiPNET Cable Ethernet Adapter Review

On January 23, 2012, in Adapter, Mac OS X, NAS, Network, Review, by Larry Grinnell

WiPNET Cable Ethernet Adapter
Company: Wi3 Inc.
Price: about $175 each (at least two required), available now

This review is pretty long, but I wanted to share with you, dear reader, the thought process that went into my home network architecture, and how wrong I was about a lot of things. I also wanted you to see a few of the challenges you may or may not experience when performing network surgery. Maybe you can learn from my (expensive) mistakes.

I don’t know about your situation, but my home network is a wreck. It’s a mishmash of 2.4 and 5 GHz systems, some power line Ethernet, and some long stretches of CAT5 cable running under my carpet, etc. I have tried almost everything in an effort to get better throughput to and from my media server, a 7.5 terabyte Synology DS-509+ NAS that I use to back up the main NAS, to my 1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (and my HDTV) without dropped frames and jittery display. Likewise I wanted better performance maintaining a large iTunes media collection.

If only it were easy.

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