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    (Original post by Galaxie501)
    All my adapters are actually plugged into an extension socket and it still works. Ideally you would plug them directly into a wall socket though. So if you have a free wall socket you can plug it in there and then just use a long LAN cable to connect your PC to the Adapter / PowerLAN.

    You wont really lose a lot data with LAN cables, assuming your're not using some silly 50 meter setup. I think my LAN cable is 10 meters long and I still get good results, considering my whole internet setup is pretty slow overall. A 6 mb/s line in 2016 is pretty bad.

    I think the majority of those adapters are "plug and play" style setups, without requiring you to configure your router information, but im not 100% either. Be sure to follow the instructions on the box though, dont count on me. Just trying to give some tips.

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    (Original post by Galaxie501)
    Yeah, thats one of those PowerLAN devices. I personally use a setup from Devolo.

    Is it faster than conventional Wifi? Not automatically. Your internet is jsut as fast as the contract with your provider says. However, the further you get away from the router, the worse the Wifi signal gets, so yes, Wifi does get slower the further you are away from the router. Metallic doorframes, walls and microwaves can really cut down your Wifi signal to non-existance. That can still happen when using LAN or PowerLAN, but the impact is significantly less noticable. If you play any sort of online games then LAN or PowerLAN really give you an advantage. Nothing worse than playing with high ping.

    PowerLAN:
    Im really not a networking expert, and it can vary depending on the manufacturer so dont count on me. The basic idea is this:
    1) You need at least 2 powerline adapters (such as you linked them).
    2) The first adapter goes into a socket near your router. You connect the router with Adapter 1 using a LAN cable. Thats a mandatory setup. It will not work without this.
    3) The second adapter however, you can place it wherever you want. Place it in a socket near your computer and connect your computer with the second adapter using a LAN cable. (Just like with the 1st one).
    4) The 2 PowerLAN adapters then communicate with eachother and send the packets from the router to your PC across a the low frequency power cables that are found in every home.


    Note: The maximum theoretical speed of these PowerLAN adapters is between 500 and 1200 mb/s, which is about 5x or 12x more than the fastest internet lines. I think Ive seen a 300 mb/s contract once here in Germany, but it doesnt get any faster than this. I only have a 16 mb/s line here, which is quite bad.

    That means that it will be another 10-20 years until internet providers even offer the bandwidth that would even closely max out the maximum capability of these PowerLAN adapters.

    Anway, if you pay for a 16 mb/s line then your connection is only 16 mb/s fast, regardless of the theoreticall speed of these adapters.


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    I dont know how much you know about all that stuff, so no pun intended if you know all that already. :badger:
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    (Original post by Galaxie501)
    Thats pretty much right. If you can get a good Wifi signal then there is no real need for a PowerLAN setup. Its only advantagious if you're far from the router and you cant lay LAN cables --- that is the case with me.
    Honestly even if you could route a LAN cable sometimes it's just much nicer to use alternatives like a powerline. They're super easy to use and don't require drilling holes for cables (which is super important if you don't even own the house and aren't allowed to make changes), you don't have a cabling mess to deal with if you add multiple adapters (vs running ethernet to multiple rooms) and the short term cost is cheaper (vs opening walls, fitting tubing and cabling and so on). Even if you're only a few metres away and it's a straight through run not everyone wants trailing cables or holes in walls.

    They're an excellent short term alternative to traditional ethernet since they make use of existing cabling.
 
 
 
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