Internet from your plug socket?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smwatson, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. smwatson macrumors 6502a

    smwatson

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    I just watched the Gadget Show on Channel 5 (one for us brits) and i think (i wasnt watching closely) that they mentioned a way to use an adapter to put your broadband connection through your plug sockets. So you can plug it indownstairs, and then you can plug in the 'thing' and connect it to oyur ethernet port and youve got broadband. Does anyone know anything about this because it sounds great.
    If not, id like to take this oppurtunity to ask how i would set up a newtwork where i have my brand-new-soon-to-arrive-iMac wirelessly accessing the internet, and my ageing windows beast accessing it with good old fashioned wires. Thanks
     
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    How about a just a plain ol' wireless router...Plenty to choose from.
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I've heard of similar things that work like this with telephone, I guess it could work with internet also.
    But I agree with kingjr3, that you should just get a wireless router.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    There have been various adaptors for home powerline ethernet (not specifically Internet, what they do is establish an Ethernet connection through the power wiring) They are generally slow, but they are an option when there are impediments to wireless or stringing physical cables.
     
  5. sreedy macrumors 6502a

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    I think this is the thing: link

    I was considering this but went wireless in the end, I read a review saying it could be slow depending on how your house is electrically wired and the new high speed version is better but more expensive. It's the price of a good wireless router so I didn't bother.
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Well, in Cincinnati, OH, they have been selling Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) for awhile now. They have teamed up with Current Communications to provide the Internet connectivity. They have up to a 3Mb synchronous line for $50/month. The only nice thing I can see about it is that there are really no distance limitations like DSL, so it is available to people who cannot get DSL or cable service.
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    What does this have to do with the price of tea in China??? Not really what the OP was talking about, although still cool to see it being offered in the US as a viable option for broadband...
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Not what was being asked about. We're talking about in-home distribution of Ethernet connections using the house's AC wiring in preference to Wireless or standard CAT-5 Ethernet cabling.

    Although if you have access to string Ethernet cable, it is way more reliable than either Wireless or AC-wiring Ethernet.
     

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