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powerline adaptor?

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#1 myosin


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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:41 AM

I have my cable modem and wireless router downstairs in the office. Upstairs the signal is week. I also am going to start watching unlimited netflix on my my Wii.

However, the wireless signal is weak up stairs.

These were the top rated powerline adapters on newegg.

NETGEAR XAVB101-100NAS Up to 200Mbps Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit


That will get the netflix going. But I also want to boost my wireless signal upstairs.

What do I need a repeater? Wireless AP / Bridges?

So from the powerline adapter, I can use a cat5 cable to connect to this

D-Link DAP-1522 Xtreme N Duo Wireless Bridge/Access Point

This will transmit a wireless signal and I can plug the Wii into this.

Worried that I will already have a wireless router, then throw this into the mix that I will not be able to configure it.

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#2 CaveDweller2


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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:24 PM

What router do you have now?

How big is your house?

Where in the house is the equipment?

What you're talking about will work but if you don't have one of the new MacDaddy routers, why not just replace the router you have now with a new one rather than buy 2 pieces of equipment.

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#3 kennzsniper


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Posted 26 July 2010 - 03:06 PM

I would not go for powerline adapters. Specially if your house is divided with a couple of circuit breakers.

Powerline works only if electrical outlet that you are connecting bothways are in 1 circuit ( Which I highly would doubt specially with the electrical wiring nowadays ).

It would be safer to bridge two access points. However that would depend on the distance between the two points.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:01 PM

I use Powerline at home as well as with some of my clients. It does go through circuit breakers, but it is noticeably better if both outlets are on the same Phase (houses have two phases wired, with half of the circuits wired to each). It does not go through the outdoor transformer. Note that if multiple houses share a transformer the signal will go between houses as well, which can make for some surprises when you plug in if your neighbor also uses Powerline. Some folks, D-Link for one, have a "wireless extender" that is a Powerline adapter paired with a Access Point. I've never used that type, so can't say about their effectiveness. In general you will want an access point upstairs. Use the same SSID, encryption, and passphrase but a different channel. Stick to channels 1, 6, and 11 (in the USA), and do a site survey (most AP's and routers can do this) to see what channels are least used (or use NetStumbler).

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