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Hi guys. So i used to have netgear Powerline AV 200's so i could connect directly to the router as the wireless doesn't work to well in my house. It was okay except the powerline LED was always orange meaning it wasn't performing at max speeds. So went out and bought a new router, a Netgear N300, and the Netgear Powerline 500 nano to see if they would improve the performance. However, the light on the adapter is still orange for powerline and i am still getting the same speeds. Its not the routers fault as dad is connected to it at about 80Mbps. What can be done so i can get the full speed and make the powerline LED green?

This is my speed
    
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I think that the Powerline LED represents the connection between the two adapters. It has nothing to do with the router, it just means that the adapters are too far apart for an optimal connection. If you want to improve the connection, I think there are repeaters available, that you place in between the adapters to boost the signal.
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Ahh okay. What are these boosters called? ive never seen them.
    
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Using power on those lines will affect the performance of the powerline adapters - I moved my powerline adapter to a spare bedroom that was on its own circuit. I ran my ethernet cable through the wall to the correct bedroom - which resulted in double the throughput.
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This may sound silly as you probably have this covered, but make sure they're plugged directly into the wall. In many cases, I have seen them plugged into power strips, which is a NO-NO.

I've never seen booster myself, but I wouldn't trust them as you increase signal you will increase noise which could result in data corruption in transfers.


I would try to see if you can relocate the powerline adapter see you get any performance incerease. It was never designed to replace Ethernet cables but merely a work around to cutting holes in drywall and running cable. So it's a "cheaper" solution and you get what you pay for.

Installing it in my parents house I went in with knowing I would never get what the box advertised it as.

And if you're getting 80 Mbps, I'd say you're not doing too bad. That will get you through mostly all HD streaming in the house, unless you're streaming raw .m2ts files.
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