Having a fast Internet in your own home is becoming more and more important these days. Netflix is watched in the living room, at the same time an online multiplayer PC runs on the PC or console and all other technical devices often have a WLAN card. This makes it all the more frustrating when performance slumps or even failures occur repeatedly despite a fast Internet connection via WLAN connections.
The manufacturer devolo wants to remedy this situation and recently introduced a completely new product series. This series is called devolo Magic 2 and is available in various versions. In this review, we are testing the devolo Magic 2 WiFi Multiroom Kit. The adapters included in this package are intended to connect the best of the powerline world (i.e. network via the power socket) to a mesh WLAN, thus eliminating WLAN reception problems once and for all. Whether the no longer available expensive kit can live up to these promises and how well the general setup works, you can find out in this review.
|Type||Powerline adapter, WLAN access point, bundle|
|Design||3x socket outlet adapter|
|connection||2x RJ-45 (10/100/1000Base-T, 3 devices), 1x G.hn (WLAN access point, 2 devices)|
|connection||1x G.hn (3 devices), 1x WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1x 2.4GHz/1x 5GHz, simultaneous, 2 devices)|
|Transmission rate||1x G.hn (1200/2400Mb/s, OFDM 4096/1024/256/64 QAM, QPSK, BPSK, 128bit AES, 3 devices), 1x 2.4GHz WLAN (300Mb/s, 2×2, 2 devices), 1x 5GHz WLAN (867Mb/s, 2×2, 2 devices)|
|chipset||Maxlinear 88LX5152 (baseband), Maxlinear 88LX2720 (analog)|
|Dimensions||130 x 66 x 42 mm|
|Special features||integrated power socket (3 devices, max 3600W), mesh (common band), bundle (1x powerline adapter, 2x powerline/WLAN access point)|
|Manufacturer warranty||three years|
|Hint||NL version 8396|
|Price||no longer available|
Scope of delivery and first impression
The devolo Magic 2 WiFi Multiroom Kit comes well packed in a colourfully printed cardboard box. The carton has been provided with a product image and general product information. Inside the printed outer packaging is another cardboard box. This contains the three adapters of the devolo Magic 2 Multiroom Kit, a 2-meter LAN cable and three brochures with warranty conditions, safety instructions and operating instructions. In addition, the adapters are additionally covered with a protective film.
The devolo Magic 2 WiFi Multiroom Kit consists of a total of three white adapters for the wall socket. The first module is called devolo Magic 2 LAN. This is connected to the router and forwards the network signals to the other two adapters via the power lines. Unfortunately, the smaller unit was not equipped with its own WLAN antenna. For most users, however, the adapter is probably connected to a WLAN-capable router anyway, so that’s no big deal. Otherwise there is a small colored status LED which shows the status and a side button for troubleshooting purposes.
The other two adapters in the set are Magic 2 WiFi and slightly larger than the Magic 2 LAN. Compared to the Magic 2 LAN module, these adapters have two LAN sockets with Gigabit Ethernet in addition to the WLAN antennas. There are also two buttons on the front panel for pairing with other devices and deactivating the WLAN function. Last but not least, all adapters have a 230V socket for a maximum of 3600W. This is a very nice feature because it allows you to continue using the socket.