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Since wired connections are a no-no at my house (it's my parent's house and I must live by their rules ) the only option is wireless. However, wireless simply does not cut it sometimes. What do you guys think of the Powerline adapters? I was looking at this one http://www.airlink101.com/products/apl8511_22.html.
Are they worth it? Can it integrate with my existing wireless network?
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I use NetGear to connect my computers downstairs thru my linksys router and cable modem, it plugs right into your power outlets and sets up in like 5 minutes and works flawlessly Check it out here!
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I use NetGear to connect my computers downstairs thru my linksys router and cable modem, it plugs right into your power outlets and sets up in like 5 minutes and works flawlessly Check it out here!
I ended up getting those Airlink adapters I linked to. I get around 50-54Mbps which is around what I got with only my wireless devices. No more lags and signal drops (at least until now). They integrated nicely with my Airlink wireless devices (and a Linksys AP too). Planning to get a third one for the main gaming PC in the house.
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hey would that go next door?
or are the transformers a block?
could the tech be applied to other voltage, amps, etc. settups?
could you bypass transformers through that[Q:2,3]?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by General
hey would that go next door?
or are the transformers a block?
could the tech be applied to other voltage, amps, etc. settups?
could you bypass transformers through that[Q:2,3]?
To answer all of your questions pertaining to the above, no they cant be used that way.
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i find it hard to belive that 110V is the only voltage that this can apply to,
i mean they can't do this in 220V?
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i find it hard to belive that 110V is the only voltage that this can apply to,
i mean they can't do this in 220V?
Not sure about the different voltage, but I don't see why not. As to your other question, in order for the adapters to communicate they have to be within the same "block" (I'm not an electritian, so correct me if I use the wrong terms). Example, my parents house (were I'm at) has the kitchen wired as a separate unit, so if I plug one adapter in a room inside the house it won't connect with another in the kitchen, but if I move the room adapter to a plug in the kitchen, both adapters can now communicate. This alone limits the device's usefullness, but it's still a good second-rate alternative to running wires; I say second-rate because it can't match the speed of running normal cables.
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circuit
and i'm thinking that its cuz of the type of transformer configuration you have[not saing your house has special wireing]
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Not sure about the different voltage, but I don't see why not. As to your other question, in order for the adapters to communicate they have to be within the same "block" (I'm not an electritian, so correct me if I use the wrong terms). Example, my parents house (were I'm at) has the kitchen wired as a separate unit, so if I plug one adapter in a room inside the house it won't connect with another in the kitchen, but if I move the room adapter to a plug in the kitchen, both adapters can now communicate. This alone limits the device's usefullness, but it's still a good second-rate alternative to running wires; I say second-rate because it can't match the speed of running normal cables.
All the power in a house comes a common line. This line is split into different circuits, but they are all connected to that common line. So it shouldnt matter if the units are on different circuits, they should still be able to communicate with each other.
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but if the transformer is in the way [how i don't know]then it couldn't do that
so the qusestion is what type of transformer would split the circuit off its coil?
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