Devolo dlan 1200 WIFI AC Review

Devolo dLAN 1200 WIFI AC Review

When it comes to watching TV upstairs or just browsing the internet on your iPad or laptop computer, there is nothing more frustrating than watching that circular thingy constantly stopping you from doing the things you love doing. Whats more, there is away around this. As our internet speeds are getting faster, so has the need for using all of our mobile devices, especially in area’s of the home which can be sometimes inaccessible to your WIFI-Internet connection. This can be so so annoying. Well what if I told you there was a way of eliminating those WIFI Dead spots around your home. A dead spot in terms of internet, is a place where you cannot pick up a internet signal.

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My wife and I had been discussing something similar which we had with a previous ISP, where we had been given some Power-line adaptors which were part of an overall package. These adapters were designed to pick up the signal of pur Internet WIFI router and send it all over the house. As we are now with a totally different ISP, getting Power-line adapters are not as straight forward, as some of Power-Line adapters have to be compatible with your ISP’s router or service. Finding out which adapters can then be connected is not always broadcast by your ISP, probably for their own self interests. That was until we came across these adapters called the: Devolo dlan 1200+ WIFI ac Starter Kit Powerline.

How Power-Line Adapters Work

Power-Line adapters use your existing electrical power socket to boost and carry your router signal around the home. With the Devolo dLan Starter Kit, these boost your WIFI signal.

The tricky part which I found out later on, is knowing how to connect all of these devices to your existing WIFI connection, without the need for changing your WIFI access name and passwords etc. This is where the Starter kit comes in and does all this for you, with a little help of a mobile app and or a web browser.

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A major issue we have in our current home, is the fact that there is no plug socket near the telephone socket. Which makes it very interesting when it comes to plugging in the router. So we have a 6 socket extension cord from the nearest wall socket, close to where the phone line is connected. Problematic…. Just a tad.

Connecting up The Adapters

The first adapter with no buttons on the front, has be connected to your internet router via the network cable supplied with the starter kit. There is a small button on the side and this encrypts the data between adapter and your router. Once the LED goes white. Hey presto, the first adapter is now ready. Download the Devolo cockpit app from the Apple store or Google Play store to access adapter(s). You will need to write down any WIFI security keys on the back of the devices.

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The next adapter which actually extends your WIFI signal needs to be then plugged in within 10 metres of the first adapter. Now you have two ways of configuring this. First you can use the buttons on the device or, you can use computer or mobile app. If you connect through the adapters, you will need to press the HOME button (encryption button) to start the synchronisation sequence. Again, once all the LED’s turn white, the synchronisation process has been completed. There is a simple manual for you to follow if you get stuck.

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Once the second adapter is synchronised with your router, your WIFI is now extended. You can then move this adapter ANYWHERE you wish within the home. It even has two Gigabit LAN ports on the top so you can connect a static computer if you so wish.

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Now, there can be a situation where you may pickup two separate WIFI signals. Through either the app, web browser or the adapters themselves, you can copy the WIFI signal straight from the router. This is known as cloning. As mentioned before, you can now move your WIFI adapter to another room to boost your main WIFI signal throughout your home. This is a great way of maintaining a strong and reliable WIFI signal throughout your home.

Extra Adapters

So, I have installed the main two adapters. Now I need to add the second adapter somewhere upstairs. Preferably in our bedroom, as my wife likes to blog and do her social media from the bedroom, from time to time. I also like to watch movies on my iPad and find it a little frustrating when the WIFI signal is incredibly weak and cuts out at critical moments.

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The Add-on adapter needs to be close to the router to be configured and once all of the LED’s have gone white and stopped flashing, hey presto, you are done. Again, you can either use the mobile app, or your web browser to add this device to your currently configured network of adapters.

Security-ID-Tag |

On the back of each adapter is a security ID tag in series of letters. The letters are case sensitive and have to be entered as you see them on the back of the device. Once you have copied these numbers in to the text area’s as shown above, plug the device in to a plug socket and wait 2 minutes and then press ‘Start setup’. It will then take about 5 minutes until the last adapter is configured just as the first two.

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Later I went back to my web browser to see if all the devices were running as they should be. To see data going through the main adapters, meant everything was running as smoothly as I wanted them to be. This is always a good sign.

Final Remarks

After a few attempts to make sure I had everything set up correctly. It didn’t take long too see the benefits. Hurrah, I wasn’t getting any WIFI dropouts like was before I installed them. WOOOOT. Finally, we can all get a stable WIFI connection, no matter where we are around our home.

I am glad I have something which does everything it says on the box, and there are not many times I can say that. This is a great little piece of kit, the only real down side is the price; £159.99 just for the starter kit. It is an extra £109.99 for the add-on adapter. They are NOT cheap, but what you get for your money is a LOT and for our family these devices are well worth it. Don’t just take my words for it, you need to try them for yourselves. The benefits out-weigh the costs.

Please Like and Comment below.

John M

*Disclosure: We were Gifted these devices in exchange for a review



  1. 23 September 2017 / 6:47 pm

    We are about to move house and I’m really nervous about how the WIFI signal will be. Fingers crossed but good to know there are options to help.

    • 23 September 2017 / 10:31 pm

      There are some options out there, and these although a tad on the expensive side, they do help with WIFI dead spots.

      John M

  2. 23 September 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I didn’t know about these before this post. My teenage son gets very cross about the WiFi drops, notthat it bothers the rest of us.

    • 23 September 2017 / 10:21 pm

      oh its one of my pet hates. Now we have these new adapters, we have had a more reliable WIFI upstairs.

      John M

  3. 24 September 2017 / 6:31 pm

    These are such a great idea. The dead spots in our home drive me mad!

    • 25 September 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Oh yes. I can totally sympathise with you on that.

      John M

  4. 25 September 2017 / 10:13 am

    I definitely think if you have a lot of dead internet space something like this would be a god send, despite the price x

    • 25 September 2017 / 6:03 pm

      The price tag would be enough to put people off. But in the end, I think they would end up paying for themselves.

      John M

  5. countryheartdeb
    25 September 2017 / 10:21 am

    There’s nothing worse than slow or lagging internet issues. I had my full back in the days of dial up!! Lol

    • 25 September 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Even I can remember dial up internet… ugh.. That would be bad if we went back to that.

      John M

  6. 25 September 2017 / 11:37 am

    The circular thingy annoys me so much. Especially when I am in the middle of watching something interesting. I will check out these adapters. They sound fab.

    • 25 September 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Yep, that was reason why I felt this review was worth it. The Devolo dLAN WIFI adapters are being put to good use. They have already proved themselves in many ways.

      John M

  7. 25 September 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Wow!! I have to say , I was expecting to see a much higher price for its properties. I never knew a device like this exists..

    • 25 September 2017 / 5:56 pm

      These are the most expensive I come across and I have heard of Devolo before I did this review.

      John M

  8. 25 September 2017 / 3:29 pm

    We live in a big old Victorian house where the WIFI doesn’t reach so this definitely sounds like something we could use.

    • 25 September 2017 / 6:01 pm

      These Devolo devices will certainly help with the issues you are experiencing.

      John M

  9. 25 September 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Oh my goodness we need something like this in our house! It’s a tiny house but still, the further from the box we are the less wifi there is!

    • 25 September 2017 / 5:54 pm

      This is one of the reasons we got these. In certain parts of our current house, our WIFI signal is pretty awful. Having these devices certainly help. I hope you manage to sort out your WIFI issues.

      John M.

  10. 25 September 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Oh these are great! I often lose connection when I head out the garden (not a huge problem in winter but summer… yeah). Mind you, I blame a lot of that on the router we have!
    Thank you for giving me a possible solution to that problem. 🙂

    • 26 September 2017 / 1:24 am

      I have used something similar before having something like these again to work with our new ISP. I was just waiting for an opportunity to work with someone and Devolo came forward.
      I hope you manage to get something to sort your WIFI issues.

      John M

  11. 25 September 2017 / 10:37 pm

    It sounds like a very complicated set up, but then I’m not the techy one in our house. We do use wifi boosters so I’ll share this with my OH as he might well be interested in another option

    • 26 September 2017 / 1:25 am

      It took a few attempts to find out what I was doing wrong. Once I got them working, we have not had an issue since. Wooo hooo.

      John M

  12. jlv
    15 October 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Just installed a set of 3 devolo 1200+ Wifi devices. Speed is acceptable but I’m experiencing random communications cuts of duration from 2 to 3 minutes. After that time communication is restored automatically. Electrical installation is quite new (new building from 10 years ago). I’ve posted trouble to Devolo without any answer yet. Obviously I’ve reinstalled, reset to manufacturer values and updated firmware, without no success. Because lack of diagnostic tools one can feel blind about what is happening.

    • 15 October 2017 / 9:47 pm

      I did have a few problems, but luckily not as bad as you are having. It did take a few attempts to get these set up correctly. Hopefully you will get the issues sorted.

      John M

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