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I need to get internet into my basement from our addition and the only way to do that would be by drilling through 2 brick walls and several wooden panels, so I was looking into powerline networking. The house was built in 1962 so the electrical wiring will be pretty old but my network is only 8 down, 1 up. Would I be wasting my money buying a kit for this or is it worth it? (BTW it would only cost me $23 for one since I have a giftcard.)
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I imagine that ull be fine. A lot of people use them in student rented houses and dont have problems. I dont think the age of the wire will make a difference.
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Lol, funny because I've just been trying to set up Powerline (D-Link DHP 307) in my country house. No luck I believe it could either be poor wiring or low voltage. I tried using the Powerline plugs in the adjacent slots but there was still no connection so I guess it's the voltage the house.. This sucks really. I had really high hopes for it. Any ideas, by the way?

However, I indeed used these same adapters in my flat and they worked great. I also used the similar ones just a few months ago in the student house before I graduated Worked really great!
post #4 of 17
Remember that you can't use PowerLine in a surge protector - my guess is that was your issue. They should connect on the same circuit otherwise or they're likely faulty.
post #5 of 17
We have a surge protector but it's the one that is outside the house in the shed, which affects the whole house. Is this the kind of surge protector that you mean? It's not the kind which is used with a PC. How can a surge protector affect Powerline? I would really like some extensive reading. Maybe I would find a way to fix it.
post #6 of 17
because a decent surge protector will contain an RF filter, which (by design) filters out the high frequency signals that the PowerLine adapters add to the line to transfer the data.

I would doubt your shed system would affect the system, but I'd have to look into exactly what that system involved.
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Any reason as to why Wireless is a no-no?
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post #8 of 17
2 brick walls and several wooden panels probably have something to do with it. And the fact that wireless is pretty crap for streaming and other time-sensitive tasks.
post #9 of 17
The way it works. We have the power line from the street enter the shed, where this heavy surge protector is located. Then another line leaves the surge protector and the shed and enters the house.

So if your theory is correct, the surge protector shouldn't filter the high frequency signals that the PowerLine adapters add to the line because these signals are already inside the house's electric current and not created by the external power line which enters the shed.

But it still doesn't work I hope my english was understandable here. Sorry, it's not my first language.

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Originally Posted by videoman5 View Post
Any reason as to why Wireless is a no-no?
Wi-fi works fine for me. Got all laptops, PS3 using it but I just wanted a more stable and faster inet using Powerline. Plus my desktop indeed has very poor wi-fi reception.
Edited by XSCounter - 8/14/11 at 2:17pm
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Originally Posted by Bräd View Post
I need to get internet into my basement from our addition and the only way to do that would be by drilling through 2 brick walls and several wooden panels, so I was looking into powerline networking. The house was built in 1962 so the electrical wiring will be pretty old but my network is only 8 down, 1 up. Would I be wasting my money buying a kit for this or is it worth it? (BTW it would only cost me $23 for one since I have a giftcard.)
Powerline performs between the speed of standard Ethernet and Wireless Networking. It's not bad and is pretty stable.
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