PowerLine Adapters

Category : Networking · No Comments · by Feb 27th, 2012

When we moved into our house, we had to have a new main phone socket installed. The engineer would only install it in the front room. This wasn’t ideal as my study is on the other side of the house, however at the time we were using a wireless broadband supplier who would install their line at the rear of the house.

This supplier, NextGenus, turned out to be a complete joke, and offered the worst service I have ever had.

So we ended up going back to karoo, who have actually gotten their act together and are supplying us with a very stable and consistant connection. The only downside was that our main socket is on the wrong side of the house.

Instead of routing a network cable through the house I decided to try PowerLine adapters to provide a connection to my study. I chose the TP-LINK AV200 starter kit which comes with two 200Mbps adapters for £35. I was worried that having them one two different power circuits would effect performance, but this doesn’t seam to make a difference.  They were extremely easy to set up and will make it a lot easier to expand the network.

I had originally planned to lay a network cable to the garage at the end of my garden. This would have involved a lot of digging and effort. The garage already has it’s own electricity circuit and the adapters are rated for a 300m range so this will make it a lot easier to connect it to the network.