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#265337 17-Jan-2020 08:39
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After moving house I had to use a wifi connection to my wife's Dell Optiplex 780 that was positioned around a corner in the conservatory. Bought a PCI wifi card with aerials attached, installed it, then found the 780 can't cope with the display port as well as a PCI card!! Darn, didn't see that coming.


Next was a USB 2.4Gb doofer. It was coping with browsing but I was finding macrium backups were VERY slow and usually failed.


Now I have a D-Link AV2 1000. Wow, instant success with 104/25 off my 100/20 connection. Even came with the two connecting cables.


Problem solved! 


Now wonder why I didn't get it to start with.

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  #2400394 17-Jan-2020 09:13
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So many people on here say these are horrible things that don't work but I've never ever had an issue with them. Even using third, fourth, fifth ones to make a powerline network.

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  #2400395 17-Jan-2020 09:29
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I tried one about 5-7 years ago. They weren't great in my pretty old house with an old power board, I think I got about 2Mbps across the powerline. I think they work better in modern houses.


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  #2400398 17-Jan-2020 09:37
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No issues in our mid-'80s home. I have one permanently installed behind my rack and a few units I can plugin around the house as required. I use them much more frequently than I would wireless. I even use them hanging off power strips and they seem to work just fine.

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  #2400434 17-Jan-2020 09:45
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80's is almost new! My house is like 20s, with the electrics a bit more modern.

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  #2400437 17-Jan-2020 09:50
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I'm in with you guys, Powerline kit is yet to let me down.

If laying Cat 6 cable is not appropriate then Powerline is a solid solution. Often cost-effective too, comparing time invested in shoving cables through impossible areas vs the simple plug & play of Powerline.

The usual consumerland solution to increasing WiFi coverage is one of those horrid WiFi extenders - just an awful way to do things. Cheap & nasty. A Powerline kit kicks that into touch. Yeah, sure, there's often more effective solutions available, but they cost more than a quick Powerline install.

Pro tip: Powerline kit is often sold on TradeMe. I buy latest-gen, new in the box at substantially less than retail then hold til my next client requires it.

Megabyte - so geek it megahertz

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  #2400472 17-Jan-2020 10:15
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i think the story with powerline ethernet is a bunch of IFs.




  • it's too expensive to retrofit an Ethernet cable
  • your house wiring allows it to work as designed
  • you understand its limitations, e.g. not really expecting what's written on the tin (or box)

For those who cannot lay a CAT6 from their router to their entertainment centre, this is a good solution. I wouldn't really use it for the whole house, e.g. to every bedroom.


I actually bought a TL-PA9020P kit just to run it through a proper throughput test, so I know its limits (best case under 200 Mbps). Gave it to my father-in-law afterwards and he was over the moon having it replace his 4020 kit.



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  #2401016 17-Jan-2020 23:52
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Powerline is a reasonable solution if you're renting, and will give you 50 Mbps+ if you're lucky. I had issues with TP-Link (needed rebooted every few weeks), but once I got some Netcomm ones they were more solid than the underground electricity supply. It's cheaper to run a cable if you can DIY in your own home though and you'll never be limited by bandwidth.

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