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Is it worth switching to powerline?


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#1 bbal

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:00 AM

I've been using wifi for some years now and I can't say I enjoy it... The cable in my room has poor signal so I was forced to put the router in a different room and running an ethernet cable is not an option. My wifi connection constantly cuts out and nothing seems to fix it. I'm on a desktop and I'm using a USB adapter. I tried switching the adapter and switching the router but nothing seems to help. Changing the channel on the router also doesn't help. I read up on these powerline adapters and I want to know if it's actually worth switching over since they provide a hard line. Thanks.



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#2 niemiro

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:25 AM

Hello, and welcome to Bleeping Computer :)

 

I do not specialize in networking, and cannot comment on how many problems we get with powerline networking in general, all I can say, however, is that despite reading about all of the various problems online, I made the switch to powerline networking myself after I got sick and tired with WiFi, and all I can say is that it has been a wonderful experience. It has not been without its problems, I have once or twice had to power cycle the devices, but nothing like the number of times I dealt with WiFi issues. Haven't noticed any speed or quality issues, so just from my one experience, I would highly recommend.

 

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#3 Platypus

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:25 AM

I haven't tried it myself, but one of the other technicians at my work is quite satisfied using it.


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#4 bbal

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:45 AM

Speed is not my issue. I just need to know if I will have connection problems with powerline adapters because I'm really fed up with my wifi connection constantly dropping. Looking for someone who can shed some light in this matter.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:55 AM

The only way to know how it is going to work for you is to try it.


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 04:27 PM

The effectiveness of powerline adapters depends on the quality/age of the wiring in your house, if you have bad quality/old wiring then you may find that you will get insufficient speeds. It's also worth knowing that if you're going to use powerline adapers, put them directly into the sockets and not on gang extension leads.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:16 PM

Just got myself a powerline kit and everything seems good. Download speed is nearly twice the speed I was getting with wifi. I'll see how it goes with holding the connection.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:54 PM

That's a good start. :)


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