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 Post subject: Powerline Ethernet adapters
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:38 am 
Little Foot
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I switched ISPs recently and found that running an ethernet line to my secondary machine is unfeasible, and wireless sucks. Looking to invest in a wired powerline networking kit.

Here's what I need:

-Need a kit of 2 adapters
-I'd like to stay away from Linksys from personal experience (and the recommendation of my ISP service dude) but am otherwise not brand-loyal
-Don't care about speed as long as it can stream 1080p
-Love Newegg
-Gateway is an ATT i38HG if that matters
-budget is $100 US but you might talk me into spending more


-Do they need to be on the same circuit (breaker box)?
-If one adapter is plugged into a daisy chain of power strips with a lot of other running equipment, will that negatively impact performance or reliability (CRT TV and a 400-wattish mATX machine but otherwise nothing has a high power draw)?
-Anything else I need to know before I click the "buy" button?

I'm in a hurry to get this machine online and don't have a ton of time to do product research which is why I thought I'd ask for recommendations here.

Thank you! ^_^

 Post subject: Re: Powerline Ethernet adapters
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:44 pm 
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Netgear makes some.
Question 1: Yes, they do need to be on the same circuit.
Question 2: The power strips will kill the signal. The power strips see the Ethernet signals as power surges in between the ON part of the AC wave thingamajig.
Question 3: Get the Gigabit one, otherwise it is just as fast as Wireless Draft N.

 Post subject: Re: Powerline Ethernet adapters
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:59 am 
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This is the one I have: TPL-401E2K

Here is a tip, be it TrendNet or Netgear or whoever, you'll see ones with "Bonus Outlets" DO NOT GET THOSE! The reason is they are larger and in the end you actually loose an outlet space. The one like TPL-401E2K you can plug this in and still have room for an extra outlet. The only time the bonus outlet is good is when you have a single outlet

Powerline Tip: Don't plug the power line into a surge protector. You can plug it into a power strip with no serge protection but you are honestly better just plugging it into the wall.

What they won't tell you is you will get the 500 mbps if the connection is being using in the same room but go down 1 floor or even down the hall and the speeds will drop. Just the nature of the beast even though it is using the LAN cable its is using your current power.

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