Powerline Networking on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by frjonah, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to give a positive report about a super simple Powerline Network setup to get the web out to my printshop... Wifi broadcast from the house couldn't penetrate the steel building so I picked up a "TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit" on a Newegg "Shell Shocker" deal... I was afraid it wouldn't work since I've read reports of Powerline Networking not working on Macs to start with and the printshop is fed power through a subpanel... well, it was 100% plug-and-play and speeds are much better than what I see on my mbp on Wifi.

    Here's the link to what I picked up:
    TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    since powerline is just Ethernet at each end, it is completely operating system agnostic...
     
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    designs216

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    I've been pretty happy with my TrendNET adapters also. I use them to play movies on my BRP downstairs from my NAS upstairs.
     
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    whooleytoo

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    Kind of amusing how they specify a 10/100Mbps port, then quote speeds of "Up to 500Mbps". How does the extra 400Mbps of bandwidth get out.. magic?
     
  5. VoR, Feb 18, 2013
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    VoR
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    I've got a cheap no-brand set that are the opposite :)
    They're labelled as 1gig power line adapters (the ports are gig) but only operate at 500meg.

    They get worryingly hot, but work very reliably at around 200mb with my usage scenario - Infinitely better than the 'expensive' branded netgear ones they replaced.
     

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