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Topic # 150206 15-Jul-2014 09:33 Send private message

Hey guys,

Just got the powerline today and I tried plugging it in (one to the router downstairs and the other to my laptop in my room upstairs) and pressing the button so they sync and they did sync, so that's cool.

I have a TP-Link router and a TP-Link Powerline model TP-PA211.

Now I don't know if it is working or not. Everything looks the same, I still get disconnections. Also do I connect via LAN or via wireless network? Does it still use the same wireless network connection? Tutorials always tell you how to plug it up but never tell you what happens on the computer screen.

So... I don't know... right now I think I just wasted $80 on this thing.

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  Reply # 1089085 15-Jul-2014 09:39 Send private message

Powerline isn't a wireless device. If you want wireless you would need another access point connected to powerline device.




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  Reply # 1089091 15-Jul-2014 09:44 Send private message

Spyware: Powerline isn't a wireless device. If you want wireless you would need another access point connected to powerline device.


Okay, so I am not a computer geek and I have lousy internet in my room because I am upstairs on the east side and the router is downstairs on the west side. I can't shift the router because the landlord doesn't allow me to do that. I posted on this forum and people recommended me to buy a Powerline Adaptor which I did. The adapter arrived today and I connect Powerline A to the router and Powerline B to my laptop in my room. Then I sync it together and it is visibly synced through the stable lights on the Powerline Adaptor.

I explained in my earlier thread that I want to play online games in my room. Before this, I have to sit next to the router to do so but it is annoying because it is not my room and I get judged for playing games by the other housemates.

So I followed the advice of people in this forum and got myself a powerline adaptor but now I don't even know if it is working or not. How do I know? Also on the computer screen, do I still connect to Wireless or do I connect Wired to use the Powerline?

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  Reply # 1089092 15-Jul-2014 09:47 Send private message

Turn wireless off completely and see if you can acccess the internet. If not, your new powerline setup isn't working.

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  Reply # 1089096 15-Jul-2014 09:51 Send private message

You should have a network cable going from the router, to the Powerline adaptor, then another network cable going from the powerline adaptor in your room to your laptop.
As above, turn off the wireless, and you should have a connection.



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  Reply # 1089107 15-Jul-2014 10:01 Send private message

Oh I see... so it connects like a LAN?

I can't find the LAN option in my "Change Adapter Settings" though.

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  Reply # 1089117 15-Jul-2014 10:04 Send private message

Turn of WiFi or disconnect from the network.
Plug cable in. If it works it works if it doesn't it doesn't.






 


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  Reply # 1089124 15-Jul-2014 10:14 Send private message

If you are not sure where a connection is unreliable, consider setting up multiple CMD windows with a constant PING running to different network devices can help.

For example
Window 1 - ping to the local router  (e.g. ping 192.168.1.1 -t)
Window 2 - ping to your ISP  (e.g. ping www.telecom.co.nz -t) or (e.g. ping send.xtra.co.nz -t) - you might have to hunt for a server that responds
Window 2 - ping to something international (e.g. ping www.google.co.nz -t)

What you are looking to see is what stops working when there is a fault.

Do they all stop working?  Then something between you and the router is the problem.  In that case move the laptop close to the router and use a short cable for testing to eliminate the powerline stuff.  If possible have two computers running the PING tests - one on the powerline and one cabled directly.

Does the internal ping keep working but the other two stop?  Then it is the broadband connection (possibly a router fault) and you should talk to the ISP.




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  Reply # 1089129 15-Jul-2014 10:19 One person supports this post Send private message

It should be straightforward. Plug an ethernet cable between the router and the first powerline adapter, then plug your computer into the second powerline adapter using another ethernet cable. Turn off wireless.




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  Reply # 1089139 15-Jul-2014 10:32 Send private message

jacksonteoh91: Oh I see... so it connects like a LAN?

I can't find the LAN option in my "Change Adapter Settings" though.

Yes powerline just creates a LAN connection over your power cables, and gives you an ethernet port at each adapter. Treat it like an ethernet cable.



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  Reply # 1089150 15-Jul-2014 10:53 Send private message

andrewNZ:
jacksonteoh91: Oh I see... so it connects like a LAN?

I can't find the LAN option in my "Change Adapter Settings" though.

Yes powerline just creates a LAN connection over your power cables, and gives you an ethernet port at each adapter. Treat it like an ethernet cable.


Thanks! Now this is another problem I found. There isn't an option for me to change to Ethernet cable on the "Change Adaptor Settings" window. :S

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  Reply # 1089153 15-Jul-2014 11:00 Send private message

You shouldn't need to?

What OS are you running.

If windows:
Open a command prompt (start, run, cmd or under accessories) and type

ipconfig /all

and paste the output here

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  Reply # 1089154 15-Jul-2014 11:03 Send private message

jacksonteoh91:
andrewNZ:
jacksonteoh91: Oh I see... so it connects like a LAN?

I can't find the LAN option in my "Change Adapter Settings" though.

Yes powerline just creates a LAN connection over your power cables, and gives you an ethernet port at each adapter. Treat it like an ethernet cable.


Thanks! Now this is another problem I found. There isn't an option for me to change to Ethernet cable on the "Change Adaptor Settings" window. :S


Just plug it in.




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  Reply # 1089155 15-Jul-2014 11:06 Send private message

jacksonteoh91:
andrewNZ:
jacksonteoh91: Oh I see... so it connects like a LAN?

I can't find the LAN option in my "Change Adapter Settings" though.

Yes powerline just creates a LAN connection over your power cables, and gives you an ethernet port at each adapter. Treat it like an ethernet cable.


Thanks! Now this is another problem I found. There isn't an option for me to change to Ethernet cable on the "Change Adaptor Settings" window. :S


I think you are trying to make it too complicated.  Just turn off wifi on the laptop and plug in the ethernet cable from the powerline adapter in your room.  It should work just the same is if you connect your laptop with an ethernet cable directly to the back of the router in the lounge.

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  Reply # 1089156 15-Jul-2014 11:06 Send private message

jacksonteoh91:
andrewNZ:
jacksonteoh91: Oh I see... so it connects like a LAN?

I can't find the LAN option in my "Change Adapter Settings" though.

Yes powerline just creates a LAN connection over your power cables, and gives you an ethernet port at each adapter. Treat it like an ethernet cable.


Thanks! Now this is another problem I found. There isn't an option for me to change to Ethernet cable on the "Change Adaptor Settings" window. :S


Stop looking. You won't find one.

They are different entities. 1 Wired Device, 1 Wireless chipset. Work independently and generally 'always-on'.

They can however conflict if you are on wireless, while cable used at the same time. Hence the suggestions to turn wifi off. Your network port is always-live, awaiting a cable with active remote end to be connected. If on a laptop there will be hot key/button to disable wireless. Toggle this, and plug in cable. Ta-da. Lights.



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  Reply # 1089163 15-Jul-2014 11:29 Send private message

As above, wifi off/disable, wire plug into p/line and router, then wire from room p/line to laptop.

DONE. No setup required for cables to work. Just turn off wifi to make cable the only connection. (As above)

Then post back via your wired connection to tell us you're fixed and the thread can close :)

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