Yeah, I'll jump in here too. We will be moving into a new two story house in a few weeks, and I want to use powerline networking. I'll need about 8-10 connections, so looking for best (fastest, most reliable) at best price.
I definitely recommend trying it with just two computers before you go all-out with the hardware. There are apparently some electrical systems (like mine) for which powerline networking is unworkable, and you'd hate to invest $500 in adapters only to discover that they're all useless.
Wow those prices are ridiculous. I guess I lucked out when monoprice was selling those 200 speed adapters at 35 for a pair.
I picked up this pair and get 5MS ping to the outside world and 60 Megabits / second to my server. Server and cable modem is 2 floors down, house original built in 1910, power cables and whatnot appear to be 1980 era.
Just wondering, those of you that have had problems - are you using them in your bedrooms across multiple circuits - especially arc fault circuits? I've been trying to find out what could cause powerline networking to fail in a house and it seems the only thing residential wise that would be attenuating the signal is arc fault breakers. I'm assuming getting worse if you jump from one bedroom circuit to another.
Or maybe it's just a brand of AFCI breaker that does it, eg stab lock, square d.
I've been assuming it's interference from something else on the line -- dimming lights are supposed to be noisy, and I have a zillion of those -- but who knows.
This just wants to make me do tests with a mock up shed.
For the Kiwi's and Aussies, the Netcomm NP204's are brilliant. They're only come in a pre-paired set (so can't be extended afaik) but they're working just fine in my 3 phase house. I'm getting 3ms latency to my Airport Extreme, despite the units reporting low bandwidth that's more than enough bandwidth for video conferencing to head office.
For a guy who's living comes from laying and lighting fibre optic networks, the mental jump to this stuff (like many, I'd regarded it as something of a oddity that might or might not work) was made easier by moving to a new house with a concrete base. Thumbs up.
Wow. I didn't think it would work.
I got this kit of 2 adapters for $65 CAD to hook up an old WDTV Live to an old TV in the basement.
02-10-2012, 05:15 AM
Hmm ... resurrection.
I might be not loving this stuff so much anymore. I mean, the convenience is great if you're too far away from your wireless AP to get a good signal and don't want to run cable but in terms of speed I don't think it's a huge plus anymore.
My powerline adapter in the office died yesterday. No idea why, just decided that it was done and stopped connecting and then eventually stopped powering up. I went and bought a small wireless USB adapter on the way home to fill in until I could get a new powerline adapter but the thing is ... the wireless seems just as fast, if not faster. So I'm probably not going to bother.
I'm still using it for the consoles in the basement however as they are too far away for wireless to get a decent signal.
Just more data for the fire!
02-10-2012, 08:35 AM
Yeah, I think there may be specific conditions that make it more or less awesome.
Originally Posted by WarrenM
In my apartment, with kinda poor lower speed cable Internet, for whatever reason my wireless connection to my Xbox and PS3 and PCs in the room next to the room with the router was slower than the powerline. My purchased d/l speed was around 3 MBps or whatever the correct units are. I could really tell a difference in, say, Netflix movies.
So we moved into a two story house, with the cable coming into a bedroom downstairs, and the den upstairs with the PS3 and XBox. Also a sunroom in the back of the house, upstairs. I was using powerline on the PS3, and then one day I had to pull it out and hook it up to something else temporarily. With going into the details, I noticed the speed on the PS3 was at least as good, and actually better, with the wireless. Same modem.
Differences: obviously, different wiring. Purchased speed from new provider is 15 MBps d/l, and measured speed via PS3 speed test and speedtest.net is 14.6 (wireless.) Speed via the powerline was around 11.
I assume the wiring has a lot to do with it, as well as how strength of the wireless signal. (OK, as I typed that I realize it is true, but duh! LOL!)
06-11-2012, 07:50 AM
Aaaand the one in the basement died. I think I'm going back to wireless... These things are $80 a pop.
06-12-2012, 02:04 PM
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