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Is Powerline adapter networking really that good?


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#1 jill8beans2

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:55 PM

Need to add a computer upstairs in our house, but the router is downstairs. I was looking at Wifi, but I found this Powerline network system which seems cheaper and more stable. Looks really good, no new wires, just plug one powerline adapter into a power plug near the router and the other on plug in a socket near the computer, right?

Seems like a simple set up, and they say they are 500 Mbps which seems fast, good enough for Internet of VOIP?

Look like there is a lot to choose from, but some are HomePlug certified, and some are not.

What is HomePlug certification, is it important?

Here is the ones I am thinking of (both are Homeplug):

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Actiontec---500-Mbps-Powerline-Home-Theater-Network-Adapter-Kit/5215483.p?id=1218625358741&skuId=5215483

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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Tp-Link+-+TL-PA211+AV200+Mini+Powerline+Starter+Kit/4359873.p?id=1218475570165&skuId=4359873&st=powerline&cp=4&lp=5
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 04:11 PM

Hi,

I am a bit old fashioned and would go for something like TP-Link TL-WA901ND instead.

I think that would be more than enough even though this offers transfer of 300MBPS.

Let me know what you think ;)

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:41 PM

Powerline adapters work very well for just about anything. A coworker has used the TPlink and Netgear units with success. The HomePlug Certification means the unit is compatible with other HomePlug certified adapters HomePlug Wiki HomePlug Website. From what I gather from briefly reading It is a Certificate issuing Authority to establish baseline compatibility between products from different manufactures for PowerLine Ethernet networking. Similar to IEEE 802.11 standards for wireless networking
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