- Simple setup
- Mesh functions
- Low energy consumption
- Slow LAN limits the speed for end devices via cables
- Poor WiFi performance
- Incompatible with many adapters
HIf the range of the router WLAN is too short to cover the whole house, there are various small aids that can help. A Repeater forwards the data via WLAN, but has problems with too great a distance and thick walls. Powerline adapters do not interfere with walls – they send the data over the power line and then via LAN or WLAN. The fastest plugs come from Devolo’s Magic 2 series: Inside are the latest chips from the G.hn standard, which go much faster than the HomePlug AV standard used by most other adapters. The crux of the matter: Devices like Magic 2 WiFi or Magic 2 WiFi Next are quite expensive. The much cheaper Magic 1 WiFi Mini is just right for small households – or isn’t it? The test!
Powerline pace and connections
The Devolo Magic 1 WiFi Mini also has G.hn chips, but at a slower speed than the Magic 2 models. In theory, it can manage up to 1,200 megabits per second (Mbps) on the power line. In the Powerline measurements in the test, the terminal device achieved 93 Mbps at best – pretty little. This is mainly due to the lame LAN connection that Devolo installs, because it only brings it to 100 Mbps. As usual with Powerline, the speed of the Magic 1 WiFi Mini also decreases with the length of the power line and the number of devices plugged into the line – “thanks” to the LAN speed limit, the difference to the top value was much smaller than for models with Gigabit LAN -Port. In the event of a malfunction, the speed was reduced by an average of 10 percent. The Magic 1 WiFi Mini has one other thing in common with the top models: It cannot be connected to HomePlug AV adapters because G.hn is not compatible with the standard.
WiFi speed and mesh
Setup, operation, power consumption
Magic 1 WiFi Mini in the test: conclusion and alternatives
The Devolo Magic 1 WiFi Mini shows clear weaknesses despite the latest Powerline chips – because the slow LAN port limits the speed for devices that are connected by cable. The adapter doesn’t really get going when it comes to WLAN, and it only transmits in the overcrowded 2.4 GHz frequency band. The low power consumption and the simple setup are positive. If you want Turbo Powerline, you can use the Magic 2 WiFi or the even faster Magic 2 WiFi Next. If the devices are too expensive for you, the AVM FritzPowerline 1260E is a good alternative with a decent powerline speed and fast WLAN.
Devolo Magic 1 WiFi Mini: price and release
The Devolo Magic 1 WiFi Mini is available in stores. The starter kit with two adapters costs 97 euros (all prices as of August 18, 2020), the multiroom kit with three adapters costs 150 euros. A single adapter for retrofitting is 67 euros.