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Build a home network using your powerline

Updated on March 17, 2013

Powerline Network Adapter

Home Network

More and more homes now have more than one computer and are setting up small networks with their computers in other rooms,although quite easy to set up,unfortunately the cables can be a bit of a nuisance and unsightly.However you could set up a wireless network ,but problems can some times occur with the signal strength.These days though there is an easier solution,the cable is already hidden in your home,its convienient and easy to install,so what is this hidden source?, it is your electricity supply.

Powerline Networking used to be very slow but new devices can run at 100Mbps they are also capable of carrying High definition video and VoIP network traffic.

What would I need ?

Powerline networking doesn't need much hardware,although it helps if you already have a wired network up and running,a good starting point is a computer linked up to an ADSL need a spare network port in the rear of your router,a spare mains socket in th room where the router is and in any other room that you will be including in your network.its's good to remember that powerline adaptors steal a power socket for their exclusive use.

How it works

Powerline uses the mains electricity cabling,mains electric is distributed around your house at 50Hz.However it is possible to superimpose higher frequencies that can carry data, Powerline technology takes advantage of this unused bandwidth in electrical wiring to create a network.

The powerline device plugs into the socket and draws electricity for the device whilst it sends data signals through the power circuit,A second powerline device can be plugged in to any other socket on the same circuit to receive the signal.

Setting up

Setting up a Powerline Network is really simple,just plug in the powerline adapter into a power socket and connect the adaptor to your router or modem,with a network cable,repeat this in the other room/s where other network outlets are going this time connecting the powerline adaptor to the PC'S network port.Status lights on each adaptor will confirm that you have an active network connectionand that it is worlking well.

What can I use with a powerline network?

Powerline networks can link any network device through your power circuit,computers,routers or Xbox if it has a network port,it can be connected.

You might think that it would be easier to use Wi-Fi,but this can be unpredictable especially in solidly built houses,it is also not really suitable for the bandwith demands of High-definition video.Powerline does't suffer from fluctuating bandwidth issues and the latest adaptors,which are made around the new homeplug AV standard,are more than able to send high-definition bandwidth around the home.

another good thing about a Powerline network is that you can mix Mac,Windows and Linux PC's on the same network.

Powerline network drawbacks

Powerline is affected by distance and data throughput will drop if you try to network powersockets that are along way apart,extension leads slow it down as do surge suppressors, try to avoid using them.


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      Rahat mirza 

      9 years ago

      This information is very good.


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      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      thanks Shirley.....jimmy

      Hi Gareth it depends on your internet speed, but you shouldn't find much lagging because the powerline adaptor is usualy much faster than a wireless connection....jimmy

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      10 years ago

      I am lookaing into using these homeplugs to use with my Xbox. Do you get much lag when gamingthrough Xbox live?

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      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jimmy, I can't pretend to understand this stuff, but it seems to me that you've broken this down into easy-to-implement steps for those who do.

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      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Powerline networks can link any network device through your power circuit,computers,routers or Xbox if it has a network port,it can be connected.

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      10 years ago

      Still haven't answered a basic question, how do I set up a network with multipull computers with these devices.

      Would I just plug on in to my router and then multipull others around my house as needed, or does each device need a separate scoket on the router?

    • krishananda profile image


      10 years ago from Bandung

      Yup, great job, would be better if there's a comparison of price, thanks for sharing

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      10 years ago

      Good info.Great job.


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