Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit 500Mbps

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Powerline Network Adapters

Since moving in to my home December 2015 I have had a monumental goal of running RG6 CATV and CAT6 Ethernet cables to every room in the house. Here I am nearly two years later and I have accomplished getting as far as wiring the TV and alarm system. The reason for my slow progress is twofold. The first is I work a day job 8-5 and then when I get home I have my own side internet based business. The other reason is the house itself. My home is a raised ranch with a finished downstairs. My internet, cable TV and phone all come from one fat Comcast xfinity cable line. This line enters the house at one end of the house while all my wiring needs to be at the opposite end of the house. This makes running any cabling extremely slow and difficult. I have to go from the boiler room up a kitchen wall in to the attic and then run the cables down the interior room walls from the attic.

What about WiFi? I have a great router and WiFi and while the routers location provides perfect WiFi for internet browsing it does not suit my data needs for my desktop as I’m constantly moving large amounts of data and accessing a NAS (Network Attached Storage). Compounding this is my office is at the furthest point in the house away from the router. Furthermore streaming content like my Roku and Amazon Fire can be iffy. What about a WiFi extender? WiFi extenders suck, I never had one that I could tolerate for more than a few months. There are also relatively new “Mesh” WiFi systems that blanket the house in WiFi at a pretty hefty price tag. It’s still WiFi. These leaves me with one solution to get me up to speed fast, easy and cheap. Enter Powerline Network Adapters.

Powerline Network Adapters are ingenious devices. They allow a homes electrical wiring to carry network data for computers, game consoles, televisions or anything else that needs a network or internet connection. A basic system consists of a minimum of two PNA’s. One PNA is plugged into an electrical outlet near the router. The PNA has an RJ45 jack on it. Use a patch cord to connect the PNA to a free port on a network router or switch. Additional Powerline Network Adapters  are then plugged in near their point of use with an Ethernet patch cable connected to the RJ45 jack on the PNA and device requiring the data/internet connection.

  Basically anything you can do with hardwired Ethernet you can do with Powerline Network Adapters.

There are a few caveats. Powerline Network Adapters are not as fast and reliable as true hardwired Ethernet. They also may interfere with devices such as lighting systems that have a dimmer switch, short wave radios, or other powerline devices that do not follow the Home Plug Powerline Alliance standard. Power outlets and electrical wiring must all be part of the same electrical system. Certain electrical conditions in your home, such as wiring conditions and configuration may affect the performance of this product. A minimum of two Victony Powerline Network Adapters are required to create a network. Connecting this product to a power strip with a surge protector may adversely affect the performance of this product. For best results, plug adapter directly into a power outlet

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Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit 500Mbps

The Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit is a $38 experiment for me. I didn’t want to buy a $70-90 PNA kit because I see this as a temporary solution until I can get my Cat6 Ethernet in place. Coincidentally while the Victony PNA kit doesnt have thousands of reviews like competing Power Line Network Adapter kits it does have 63 5 star reviews and all the comments are positive.

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit 500Mbps Setup Instructions

How to set up
1.plug one adapter into a nearby outlet and connect it to your router using the included Ethernet cable.
2.Take the second adapter and plug it in and connect it to any device, also using an Ethernet cable. Your powerline adapters should automatically detect and establish a strong AV500 connection.

Specifications
Standards–Homeplug AV1.0/ IEEE 802.3/3u
LEDS–Power, Data & Ethernet
Operating Humidity–10% to 90% Non-Condensing
Operating Systems–Mac. Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP 32 &64 Bit/ Vista 32 & 64 Bit/ Windows 7 32 & 64 Bit
Dimensions–77X53X28 mm
Data Rate–500Mbps/90Mbps TCP/ 95Mbps UDP
Range–Up to 5000 Square Feet
Operation Temperature– -20℃ to 70℃
Security Encryption– 128-bit AES
Weight–75g (Single Unit)

Note:
This product may interfere with devices such as lighting systems that have a dimmer switch, short wave radios, or other powerline devices that do not follow the HomePlug Powerline Alliance standard.
Power outlets and electrical wiring must all be part of the same electrical system. Certain electrical conditions in your home, such as wiring conditions and configuration may affect the performance of this product. A minimum of two Actiontec 500 AV Powerline Network Adapters are required to create a network. Connecting this product to a power strip with a surge protector may adversely affect the performance of this product. For best results, plug adapter directly into a power outlet

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit Review – Long Term

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Setup

November 07, 2017, Setup and installation is unbelievably simple. I plugged the included Ethernet cable into the jack on the back of my computer and plugged the Victony into the receptacle closest to my desk. I then depressed the “pairing” button. I then hustled to the basement and plugged the other included Ethernet cable to a free port on my D-Link DIR-890L router and plugged the Victony into the wall and depressed it’s pairing button. By the time I got back upstairs to my office my computer was on my home network. The entire process from unboxing, taking a few pictures and installation was about 10 minutes. I was very impressed. I laughed to myself and thought “could it really be this easy?”. It was that easy. From that point I spent some time performing speed tests, browsing my network, streaming video and music. Everything worked perfectly. I spent the remainder of the evening working on my websites with no thought my internet connection. Translation the Victony was working so well I forgot to think about it. This is as it should be. Previously with my WiFi connections the speed was frustratingly inconsistent and frustrating.

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit Front View

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit Front View

November 07, 2017, Printing – I decided to see if the Victony Powerline Adapter would allow for reliable printing. I removed the Ethernet cable from my computer and plugged it into my previously configured Canon LPB 6670 printer. The Canon printer was immediately ready to print. In fact it printed so fast I had to verify I wasn’t connected via USB. I then thought how about printing from my iPhone 7? The Canon LPB 6670 printer does not have Apple Airprint so I downloaded the Canon Print App. I opened the app and hit the add printer button and low and behold there was my printer. A few seconds later I printed my enchilada recipe from my iPhone.

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit Bottom View

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit Bottom View

This is going to be a long term review of the Victony Powerline Network Adapter Kit.I know sometimes you need to spend months with these types of devices to really measure their quality and performance. Stay tuned for updates but for right now based on two days of use I rate the Victony Powerline Network Adapter 5 out of 5 stars for ease of use, performance and cost,

 

I rate the Victony Powerline Network Adapter 5 out of 5 stars for ease of use, performance and cost

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Speed Results

I decided to run some internet speed tests on the Victony PNA. The results very good as well as consistent. Note: for testing purposes I  decided to perform an experiment. I plugged the router side adapter into a Belkin surge protected outlet strip. It reduced my download speed to 2Mbps.

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Speed Results 01

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Speed Results 02

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Speed Results 03

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Speed Results Xfinity

Victony Powerline Network Adapter Speed Results Xfinity

  • Connect over existing electrical lines for homes up to 5,000 square feet with speeds up to 500 Mbps for seamless streaming of 1080p Full HD or 3D HD video and online gaming
  • Setup secure, stable and fast network connections easily by plug-and-play.
  • Comes in a set of two adapters to quickly and easily expand your home’s Ethernet through your power outlets
  • “Pair” button enables greater network security and data protection with one-touch 128-bit AES encryption
  • No Extra Wiring,Support QoS,enable stable and high speed network for online game, IPTV,and multimedia application

SMALL ENGINE WONT STAY RUNNING | WONT START

Problem 1 : Engine Wont Start Problem  2: Engine Wont Stay Running

So your small engine wont start or wont stay running and it’s making you angry. Mowing your lawn, tilling the garden, blowing leaves cutting wood and blowing snow should not be an infuriating experience.

If you poke around this site enough you will undoubtedly notice that I have a dislike for Ethanol in gasoline (Ethanol E15). E15 fuel is the number one reason for a small engine that wont start, wont stay running. This page is devoted cause and prevention. If you arrived here hoping for a magic fix you might be disappointed. I will say if your small engine wont start or wont stay running you need to either rebuild or replace your carburetor. I encourage you to read the page about my Stihl M55 Cultivator. That is the engine that started me on this troubleshooting quest. I also encourage you to read in detail about why Ethanol is bad for your engine and most likely the reason the engine wont start or stay running. The text below is simply the bottom line with a goal on preventing you from ever experiencing this again.

Cause

The alcohol separates from the gasoline. The alcohol is also water soluble. Because of this the alcohol draws and absorbs moisture from the air, a lot of moisture. This gas and alcohol separation combined with absorbed water corrode and clog fuel systems in all 2 and 4 cycle engines.

Prevention

Today’s gasoline with ethanol has a 30 day shelf life. If you purchase gasoline at your local gas station make certain you follow the recommendations of your engines owners manual. Usually this means buy the highest octane gasoline available. Only by enough fuel to use within 30 days. To limit moisture absorption buy a quality gas can that seals out outside air.

No fuel additive can prevent ethanol E15 gas from going bad and separating.

The Fuel Solution

As stated above use the highest octane gas you can buy and only buy enough gas to last less than thirty days. While that sounds easy it’s unrealistic for a lot of folks and homeowners. The fact that you are reading this page is a confession that you purchase more gas than you can use in under 30 days. I feel there are two far superior methods to deal with this to prevent your engine and fuel system from having issues with Ethanol.

DO NOT BUY GASOLINE FOR YOU SMALL ENGINE AT A REGULAR GAS STATION!

Solution 1 – Instead find a gas station or speed shop that services muscle cars. They will have ethanol free gasoline. Around here we used to have Cam 2 Fuel. I believe Cam 2 Racing Fuel is now Sunoco Racing Fuel. Marina’s and boat yards also may have ethanol free fuel. Fuel without ethanol can last years. These fuel are much more expensive than traditional fuels but the benefit out weighs the cost in my opinion.

Solution 2

Wont Start or Wont stay running

TruFuel Pre-Mixed Engineered Fuel for Outdoor Power Equipment

The nation’s first-ever, ready-to-use packaged fuel engineered specifically for small engines.

TruFuel consists of the highest quality fuel, lubricant and stabilizing components, resulting in optimal equipment performance and long-term engine health. It combines 92+ octane, ethanol-free premium fuel, pure synthetic oil that exceeds test requirements for ISO-L-EGD, API TC and JASO FD and a proprietary additive package that includes an advanced stabilizer and innovative friction modifier.

Each TruFuel package is exclusively engineered to accommodate potential product expansion in varying temperature environments, as well as the rigors of transport, storage and display. The engineered steel sidewalls and dome rigorously are tested and refined to prevent distention failure. The container closure is made from proprietary resin to maximize safety & durability. And there is an optimal container-headspace-to-fuel ratio created for transport/storage stability, even in extreme conditions.

Ethanol Free Gasoline

Ethanol-free means TruFuel will not ruin rubber hoses and plastic components in your small engine, nor attract moisture from the atmosphere and risk engine failure like pump gas and oil, thereby reducing or eliminating costly repairs.

STIHL MOTOMIX PREMIXED FUEL 50:1

STIHL MOTOMIX PREMIXED FUEL- Patented 50:1 fuel mixture combines non-ethanol, high-octane fuel and premium STIHL HP Ultra oil.

STIHL MotoMix® is our patented premixed fuel, specially blended for ultimate performance. Like a sports drink for your engine, this 50:1 mixture is a combination of premium non-ethanol, high-octane motor fuel and our highest-quality STIHL HP Ultra oil.

STIHL MOTOMIX PREMIXED FUEL PREVENT A WONT STAY RUNNING WONT START CONDITION IN AN ENGINE
Clean and convenient, MotoMix® eliminates the hassle of mixing your own 2-stroke engine fuel while providing superior performance and lubrication. Plus, we stand behind this formulation by doubling the limited warranty when you include MotoMix® with your power tool purchase. STIHL MotoMix® contains no ethanol, allowing it to maintain stability for up to two years after the seal is broken – so it stays fresh in your equipment during long storage periods. MotoMix® is also made of non-aromatic fuel and fully synthetic, highly biodegradable engine oil. It’s no surprise that MotoMix® is the official fuel of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series.
Husqvarna XP Pre-Mixed 2-Stroke Fuel-Wont Start or Wont Stay Running

Husqvarna XP Pre-Mixed 2-Stroke Fuel

Husqvarna 50:1 pre-mixed 2-stroke fuel & oil is ethanol free, high octane fuel mixed with Husqvarna’s best synthetic blended oil. Specifically formulated to provide Husqvarna hand held owners with optimal equipment performance. The fuel does not degrade or oxidize like pump gas and stays fresh for years, solving longer term storage issues. It is convenient and ready to use with no mixing required and enables easier and more dependable starts. It also protects the fuel system and saves on carburetors avoiding costly rebuilds and downtime.

HUSQVARNA 4 STROKE FUEL

HUSQVARNA 4 STROKE FUEL

 Husqvarna ETHANOL FREE, High Octane Fuel contains a premium High Octane Fuel and Stabilizers. • OCTANE RATING: (R+M)/2 METHOD 95. • This product was specifically formulated to provide the Husqvarna equipment owner optimal performance. • Fuel does not degrade or oxidize like pump gas. • Fuel stays fresh for years solving longer term storage needs. • Easier, more dependable starts. • Protects fuel systems. • Avoids costly rebuilds and downtime. • For use in all Air-Cooled 4-Stroke engines.

HUSQVARNA 4 STROKE FUEL-Wont Start or Wont Stay Running

Lawn Mower Won’t Start, Lawn Mower Won’t Stay Running, Leaf Blower Won’t Start, Leaf Blower Won’t Stay Running, Snow Blower Won’t Start, Snow Blower Won’t Stay Running, String Trimmer Won’t Start, String Trimmer Won’t Stay Running, Chainsaw Won’t Start, Chainsaw Won’t Stay Running, Tractor Won’t StartTractor Won’t Stay Running, Riding Mower Won’t Start, Riding Mower Won’t Stay Running, Generator Won’t Start, Generator Won’t Stay Running, Garden Tiller Won’t Start, Garden Tiller Won’t Stay Running,

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H | Best Motion Sensing Light Fixture

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H is the Best Motion Sensing Light Fixture

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Bronze

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H – Best Motion Sensing Light Fixture

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H – Super Stealth 360 sensor with twin precision die cast H101 deluxe shielded Bell floods pre-wired and assembled on universal CU4 EZ plate. Accepts PAR-38 lamps, 150 Watt max. Lamps not supplied.

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Installation Instructions

Technical Specifications
Listings – UL Listing:
Suitable for wet locations.
Electrical
Voltage: 120 volts AC 60 Hz.
Power Consumption: 1W
Surge Protection: Withstands up to 6000 volts.
Wall Switch Manual Override: Two flip logic prevents activation by momentary power outages. Override resets to auto at dawn. No extra wiring needed.
RF Immunity: Circuits fully shielded for maximum radio frequency immunity.
Switching Capacity: 8 amps, 1000 watts incandescent @ 120 volts

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Sensor Characteristics

Time Adjustment:
5 seconds to 12 minutes.
Wide Sensitivity Control:
Adjustable from 100% to 30%.
Evening Timer:
Keeps lights on for 1-8 hours after dusk. Then sensor is motion activated until dawn.
Set it and forget it:
STL360’s full coverage pattern reduces need for aiming and adjustment.
Advanced Detection Logic:
Minimizes false triggers.
Detection:
Senses 180° and 360° down for Total Detection.
LED Characteristics
Scanning LEDs: 3 LEDs continually scan back-and-forth

Color Matched Lens:
Dark lens with bronze units, white lens with white units.
Construction
Temperature Compensation:
Sensitivity adjusted automatically for consistent detection in hot and cold ambient temperatures.
Mounting:
CU4 plate allows the sensor to be mounted under a soffit.
Lens Masks:
Customized press apply lens mask included to reduce coverage easily.
Other
Photoelectric Control:
Deactivates lights during daylight. Fully adjustable for 24 hour operation or custom applications.
Warranty:
10 year sensor warranty.

 

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Features

  • Senses 180° out + 360° down for total detection
  • Scanning LED’s
  • Radio frequency immunity
  • 6000 volt surge protection
  • 1000 Watt switching capacity
  • Pre-wired and pre-assembled on CU4 universal EZ plate
  • Protected manual override with auto reset
  • Can be wired in parallel

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Dimensions

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Dimensions

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H Dimensions

RAB Lighting RAB STL360H

 

WHAT DOES LIGHT BULB COLOR TEMPERATURE MEAN?

What does light bulb color temperature mean? That is a great question. My day job has me wearing to different hats as far as job responsibilities are concerned. My primary job is Director of Information Technology but I am also head of facility maintenance and have been for nearly 30 years. In that time frame I have become somewhat of a lighting snob. This also means I am very sensitive to the color temperature of lighting. Just like at the day job I like my home lighting a certain way and color temperature, color rendering index (CRI) and lumens are the key.

What does light bulb color temperature mean? It means confusion for consumers.

In an office or Industrial environment attention is always or should always be paid to light bulb color temperature. Now home owners and consumers are being forced to do the same.

In the old days of incandescent lighting you would simply buy a light bulb based on wattage and the choice of warm white, cool white or daylight. Buyers without much thought would simply match and buy the same bulb style they were replacing. None of this color temperature nonsense. Now in the days of LED bulbs buyers are faced with options of color temperature, lumens, CRI and wattage equivalent.  I hear people in Home Depot and Lowes comment “Buying light bulbs shouldn’t be this hard”. Online Q&A’s share the same sentiments. Consumers looking to replace incandescent lights with LED’s should not worry about CRI or even lumens. Your local Home Depot and Lowes wont have enough choices for these details to be a concern in bulb selection.

What does light bulb color temperature mean?

QuestionWhat does light bulb color temperature mean?

AnswerSimply put the color of the light you see when you turn on a light bulb. Color temperature is displayed as a number like 2700k which really means 2700 Kelvin. Kelvin is the measurement system used to measure the color temperature of light. All light bulb types and technologies use the same Kelvin system. Incandescent (Tungsten), CFL, Fluorescent, High Pressure Sodium, Metal Halide and of course LED.

What does light bulb color temperature mean?

Light Bulb Color Temperature Comparison Chart

Light Bulb Color Temperatures

2700K-3000K – Warm White – 2700K is the warm yellow light most think of when thinking of a normal light bulb. It’s the light humans have been seeing for millions of years in fire and candle light. 2700K is great all around the house except in the kitchen or task reading light. Use 2700K for a warm cozy light. 3000K is slightly whiter. In LED’s I often find I prefer 3000K.

3500K-4100K – Cool White – Cool white is neutral and great in the kitchen, bedroom and to read by. It’s typically used in offices,reception areas where you want a clean bright white that is still warm and inviting. I suggest 3500K unless you want more white

5000K-6500K – Daylight – Daylight has a blue tint. The higher the temperature the more blue the light. Daylight bulbs are what you often see in grocery stores, hospitals, galleries, museums. It’s a good choice where women are applying make-up and doing their hair.

LED Light Bulb Recommendations

Im often asked what led light bulbs to I use and where do I use them. I hope you find the information useful. Note: I buy nearly all my LED’s online so I can get exactly what I want. Below will be the links to the LED’s I currently use.

 

 

HALF BED SHEETS | SPLIT THE SHEETS

HALF BED SHEETS | SPLIT THE SHEETS

BED TOO HOT, BED TOO COLD, BED JUST RIGHT

I have found one of the biggest difficulties sharing a bed with someone is maintaining a comfortable body temperature. My girl likes the bedroom to be a freezer and the sheets to be the coldest cotton known to mankind. She leaves the window open all winter. Me on the other hand, I like my bed to be toasty warm.  We do not seem to be able to find a compromise. Then today I had this amazing idea for an invention “Half Bed Sheets”. I envisioned crisp and cold on one side of the bed for her and fleece on the other side for me. Unfortunately my dreams of a million dollar must have invention were dashed by an amazon product page for “Split the Sheets“.

It’s important to note that the “Split the sheets” are not for adjustable split beds.

SPLIT the SHEETS | HALF BED SHEETS

It never fails – when a couple goes to bed, one person wants to get into a cool bed and one wants to get into a warm bed. I have experienced this same dilemma over the past 30 years of marriage. My lovely wife always wanted fuzzy flannel sheets because she was cold. I always wanted cool cotton sheets because I was hot. Well, I thought I would do something about it! Lying in a puddle of sweat one night, I came up with an idea. What if there was a sheet with a seam down the center attaching cotton together with polar fleece? Yes! I thought. Finally, we could both be comfortable. Thus, Split the Sheets was born!

If you are looking for a cooler nights sleep and your partner is always chilly and wanting a fleece sheet to sleep in…you can not always split the bed but you can Split the Sheets. Finally a cool cotton sheet for one half of the bed is combined with the cozy warmth of micro fleece on the other half. The pillowcases are fleece on one side and cool 200 thread-count cotton on the flip side. This finally makes sleeping a breeze. Just flip the pillowcase over to receive the comfort you want at any time.

Split the Sheets are designed so that they can be rotated, turned or flip-flopped end-to-end. This way, it doesn’t matter which person wants the warm fleece and which one wants the cool cotton, you can both be comfortable. Both the flat and fitted sheets have a seam running down the middle so that one partner can sleep warm and the other cool. In addition, Split the Sheets have deep 18-inch pockets built into the fitted sheets so they will not detach from even thicker sized mattresses or mattresses with extra cushions. Queen flat sheet 90 x 102, fitted 60 x 80 x 18, 2 pillowcases 20 x 32. King flat sheet 108 x 102, King fitted sheet 78 x 80 x 18 deep, 2 King pillowcases measure 20 x 40 each. The King set will also fit California King beds. These sheets are not for adjustable beds.

SPLIT the SHEETS | HALF BED SHEETS

It never fails – when a couple goes to bed, one person wants to get into a cool bed and one wants to get into a warm bed. I have experienced this same dilemma over the past 30 years of marriage. My lovely wife always wanted fuzzy flannel sheets because she was cold. I always wanted cool cotton sheets because I was hot. Well, I thought I would do something about it! Lying in a puddle of sweat one night, I came up with an idea. What if there was a sheet with a seam down the center attaching cotton together with polar fleece? Yes! I thought. Finally, we could both be comfortable. Thus, Split the Sheets was born!

If you are looking for a cooler nights sleep and your partner is always chilly and wanting a fleece sheet to sleep in…you can not always split the bed but you can Split the Sheets. Finally a cool cotton sheet for one half of the bed is combined with the cozy warmth of micro fleece on the other half. The pillowcases are fleece on one side and cool 200 thread-count cotton on the flip side. This finally makes sleeping a breeze. Just flip the pillowcase over to receive the comfort you want at any time.

Split the Sheets are designed so that they can be rotated, turned or flip-flopped end-to-end. This way, it doesn’t matter which person wants the warm fleece and which one wants the cool cotton, you can both be comfortable. Both the flat and fitted sheets have a seam running down the middle so that one partner can sleep warm and the other cool. In addition, Split the Sheets have deep 18-inch pockets built into the fitted sheets so they will not detach from even thicker sized mattresses or mattresses with extra cushions. Queen flat sheet 90 x 102, fitted 60 x 80 x 18, 2 pillowcases 20 x 32. King flat sheet 108 x 102, King fitted sheet 78 x 80 x 18 deep, 2 King pillowcases measure 20 x 40 each. The King set will also fit California King beds. These sheets are not for adjustable beds.

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