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Topic # 133470 23-Oct-2013 12:53
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I have read here many times about using http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETNCMP204&name=NETCOMM-NP204-200Mbps-Ethernet-Powerline-Homeplug- type of device as an alternative to wireless coverage.

We purchased on of these to use on a computer that was having trouble with wireless signal, and to my delight this device worked exceptionally well.

I am now looking at these for home, where the wireless performance is again an issue. Does anyone know if I can use 2 sets of these?

Connect 1 to the router, 1 to the PS3, one to the WDTV and the other to the HTPC?

That would give us a very good connection to all the devices we need to connect.

Would seem to me a cheap way of running a more robust set up.

the main use is to stream content from the HTPC to the other areas of the house.

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  Reply # 920378 23-Oct-2013 13:12
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Notsure about that specific model, but typically you can use many - depending on the standard, the limit is usually somewhere between 12 and 64. If you use the same types (e.g. all Netgear HomeAV) they shouldn't even need to be in pairs - one by your switch/router, and one at each device needing connectivity. Be aware that in most cases, the speed ratings are total available bandwidth, which will be shared between however many devices are connected with them.

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  Reply # 920381 23-Oct-2013 13:15
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Key thing is, don't plug the EoP (HomePlug) on multiboard as most multiboard will filter out noise which is what the HomePlug uses to tramsit.




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  Reply # 920397 23-Oct-2013 13:56
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If your HTPC, PS3 and WDTV are all in the same place, you'd probably be bettwr off getting one pair, and a cheap Ethernet switch.

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  Reply # 920403 23-Oct-2013 14:03
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It's my understanding that home wiring can also affect these devices. In some cases, different circuits may not be connected and so the devices can't communicate.

It's mostly trial and error. Using the set you have, test between a current point (probably the router), and the other points you want to use. If they work, you're good to go.




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  Reply # 920453 23-Oct-2013 15:40
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chiefie: Key thing is, don't plug the EoP (HomePlug) on multiboard as most multiboard will filter out noise which is what the HomePlug uses to tramsit.


That's why the Netcomm's are good.  You can still plug the multiboard into the filtered outlet they provide and you haven't lost a powerpoint.

BTW most of the 200Mbps gear run the same chipset with absolutely no customisation and you can use any vendors firmware and management utils on them but check first!  I'm running 2x NP204s and a TP-link on a TP-link firmware that fixes a multicast issue I had.

The TP-link unit I have is okay, but in powersave mode (ethernet link down) it emits a high pitched sound which can be annoying.

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