KC has launched a new service called KC Connect, which provides an engineer visit to a customers home who will then connect an internet enabled device to your KC broadband connection using Ethernet cables. The engineer will also check the telephone wiring to ensure it is optimal for ADSL2+, which may also mean the customer receives a nice boost in broadband speeds.
The KC Connect product is available for KC ADSL2+ customers, those on the 30GB (£29.99) monthly usage allowance bundle will pay £7 per month, which covers the engineer visit and doubles the usage allowance to 60GB. Customers on the Xtra service (£39.99, 150GB usage allowance) will pay slightly less at £6 a month, and get their usage doubled to 300GB per month. The KC Connect options have an 18 month contract.
The engineer visit means they will install ethernet wiring to the device you choose in the home, which could be an internet enabled TV, games console, set-top box, or devices like the Roku and LG ST600. With the increasing congestion on the 2.4GHz spectrum, and the fact that WiFi does not always cover a house, this should help people who have been struggling to get a TV or other device to connect using WiFi and reduce the number of times that video streams end up buffering.
A self install option is available, and rather than posting a bundle of Ethernet cable KC supply a pair of Devolo dLAN 200 HomePlug units, they usually cost between £60 and £90 for a pair, and as with the other wiring or routers supplied there is a lifetime warranty as part of the KC Connect service. The dLAN 200 units will provide a connection of around 38 Mbps between power sockets, though the speed will reduce to 20 Mbps over longer distances (our review of the faster dLAN 500 units, shows that wireless was only providing 1 Mbps at this distance), which for ADSL2+ is more than sufficient.