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Netgear Powerline Kit questions...

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#1 David Ashcroft

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 07:08 PM

Ok, so today i was browsing through a catalogue through the techy section xD

I found something called the Netgear Powerline Kit..

It claims that you can connect an Ethernet cable to the first device from your router, and then plug it into the wall. It then says plug the other device somewhere else in the house with another network cable, and that the network will use the power cables in your house in order to establish a wired connection....

Personally i have my concerns about safety, especially having data running through power cables, is that safe? Also, I don't understand how data would manage to move around the breaker box if it needed to....

Here is a link: http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500002701&langId=-1&searchTerms=9295146#pdpFullProductInformation

Any details would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks :)

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:38 PM

I have never used any type of the mentioned device.

I have known some from other forums who have. The reviews they gave were mixed. Both stated they worked but transfer speeds were fair at best. Were a couple other quirks as well which I do not recall.
One variable to keep in mind is the age\overall condition of the wiring in the house.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 08:09 PM

This is fairly old technology. It works pretty much like regular Ethernet, when you stop to think about it. A hub or a Layer 2 switch (which is every home switch) broadcasts all traffic in the same network down all lines, and the same is true on responses.

I think that as long as the speed is faster than your ISP, you will be fine. If you have a 3 Meg down speed and the thing is an abysmal 10 Mbps, that's still more than three times faster than your ISP. I don't think it will have any effect on anything, unless it is something sensitive to electronic noise (sound systems, sometimes, or LCD displays.)

Edited by MBakerNH, 18 February 2011 - 08:10 PM.

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