My wireless setup works just fine, but I want to tweak a couple of things.
My basic setup is:
Windows 7 laptop, ipad, iphone and an older pC hooked up directly to the router
Wireless router and a 2nd wireless router running on Tomato connected directly to the primary router. the 2nd router seems to get a better wireless signal in my driveway.
powerline connected to 1 adapter that has 1 TV connected to it (LG smart TV). Powerline is a Linksys PSL300.
I have direcTV with the Genie system
1. I have an HDTV that does not have internet access or wireless capabilities. What would be the best way to connect it to the internet so that I could watch Netflix (may want to watch other stuff as well)?
...... A. I was thinking a USB wireless dongle or maybe Google Chromecast as it is $35 and about the cheapest option I can find. My 2nd option would be to buy a Roku (never had one before) and hook it up to my TV (may be the best option).
2. I use a powerline network adapter to connect my other TV to the Internet as the wireless was very slow and kept pausing/stuttering when watching Hulu. It works very well with the powerline and has no issues.
...A. I was thinking that I could set up a 2nd adapter to my powerline and use it to hook up my TV that does not have Internet access. When reviewing my options for a 2nd powerline adapter, I noticed that there are several powerline adapters that will send out a wireless signal and of course that I can probably get a faster connection with a newer powerline unit.
My question: Does anyone have a suggestion or have used a powerline unit that puts out a wireless signal? Does it just extend your signal or does it send out its own signal? If I want to upgrade my powerline unit, should I upgrade to the wireless one?
I researched numerous articles and based on the feedback system on Amazon, it looks like following units are top picks:
TP-LINK TL-PA511 KIT AV500 Powerline Gigabit Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender (PLWK400) [Wireless unit]
The difference seems to be that the Port shows as 10/100M Port and 10/100/1000 Port. Would getting the 1000 Port do anything or is it worth getting?
I also noted that some say that do not support Gigabit ethernet, but I am not sure what that means. I looked up online and was confused whether or not I needed it.
I know that is a ton of questions, but was curious what I should do before moving forward. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by ccualumni, 12 January 2014 - 08:35 PM.