garrylengthorn

11-Feb-13 Ring main streaming!

In Blog, BYOD, Consumerisation, Personal, Technology on February 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

As I touched on in my blog a few days ago, I have been very impressed by these devices that can extend your network at home by using your existing electrical sockets (and ring main).

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Unfortunately most people don’t have the luxury of Ethernet (PC) cabling in your home meaning that it can be very challenging to extend the wireless or physical reach of your network. Especially if that smart TV is in a remote room of the house, where the wireless signal is poor, as in my case, or you want to connect up another computer or even a printer.

The Powerline adaptors can overcome these issues and are not only simple to setup (plug and play), you can be make these work with your budget, as they come in a variety of speeds from a number of providers.

Amazon search for providers.

I went for the 200mbps ones, as more than sufficient considering my broadband, like most people, is limited to below 100mbps.

There is just one key point to note. These devices require the sockets being used to be on the same ring main. Naively this is something I found out the other day, as my kitchen and its sockets were part of an extension and therefore on a different fuse board! Unfortunately it took me over an hour to realise this!

I have to say that I was surprised at the quality; especially considering the noise I would have expected to be omitted from the power cabling.

These devices have no additional limitation to the ring main issue that I have found so far. If you need more sockets in one room, just simply buy more adaptors or use a mini hub.

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  1. Hi Garry,
    You will be surprised to know that I embraced this technology about 6 months ago to connect our Smart TV to the internet. We could have gone wifi, but wanted a reliable connection (and the wifi dongle was more expensive than these plugs)
    Very pleased so far (but we only have one ring main)
    Joff

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