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How well do those outlet network adapters work?

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The ones that create a sort of wired but at the same time mostly cord-free network by plugging into your outlets. How well do those work compared to a straight like 30 foot ethernet cord?
    
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Crap. They work OK for quick fix but compared to a run of CAT5/e/6 cable, they suck.
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I'd invest in a proper wireless router than waste money on power line networking.
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I have a set of TP-Link powerline adapters and they work great. My router is on the otherside of the apartment so my wireless signal is unusable. I am really glad I got a set of these because the speed is comparable to a cat5 connection. It isn't as good but in real world application they work fine.

I run a small home networking business and have used them in 3-4 clients homes with absolutely no complaints yet. Highly recommended

Edit: my apartment building is 30 years old and I get the same speed through the powerline as I do via cat5
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I'd invest in a proper wireless router than waste money on power line networking.

Yup. They are notorious for being absolutely hopeless on older houses with crap wiring and interference from all sorts of things.
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I have 2 from TrendNet that newegg gave for a review and they work very good, but I only have them connected to my Blu-ray player in my living room so I can update the firmware without running a network cable as it's not wireless but my tv is, go figure.
anyway the other end is clear across my house in my home office so the connection is going through 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom before it hits my living room and it works very good. I took my laptop in the living room and connected it to test and I had almost as good a connection as with my network cable as, they are using a hard wire cable so they are pretty close to a network cable
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As others have said it varies based on the wiring in your house. I used them throughout my house for about a year. Was able to get a solid 80mb/s speed with them which was fine because my internet speed was 50mb/s. However I ended putting cat6 in my house because I built a NAS box and wanted to have full gigabit speed for large file transfers, streaming multiple HD movies throughout the house etc... I thing they are fine for most ppl.

Also there is is new version coming out soon that can utilize the 2 conductors and ground wire in your house. Suppose to double the speed. Remains to be seen.
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