Ethernet over Power recommendations?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mark2288, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. mark2288 macrumors regular

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    Hello everyone,
    I MRoogled to see if there were any ethernet over power threads, but didn't find any recent ones that offered good information.

    My current set-up at home offers pretty crappy wireless on the ground floor because the wireless router (D-Link DIR-655) is in the basement. I looked around for options to get some good connections on the ground floor and thought ethernet over power would be a good way to go. I would potentially, if possible, like to hook it all up so I could have a wired connection coming to the ground floor via over power and also hook up another access point on the ground floor that connected to the power (instead of just getting a wireless repeater I suppose).

    I was wondering if anyone had any products they would recommend for ethernet over power.

    Also what kind of device would I want to hook up to strengthen the wireless signal on the ground floor (not a wireless repeater - I want to hook it into the ethernet over power).

    Thanks!
     
  2. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    ...why?

    Seems as though there are many simpler solutions.

    I also don't know what has changed, but the Ethernet over power solutions from just a few years ago were dismally slow. More for moving files around than using internet.
     
  3. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    They have some out now that are 100 Mb/s. They're expensive.
     
  4. mark2288 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking a wireless repeater would probably be the simpler solution? Can you just buy a generic one or should I get a D-Link one to play nice with my router?
     
  5. RayK macrumors 6502

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    I use them many times to install in shielded or metal buildings where no one wants cables and wireless doesn't work.
    I don't know the model number, but I know Netgear makes a few that are fast. They are expensive though.
     
  6. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    Well, my very first thought was, "Why keep the wifi in the basement if you're on the main floor," but I'll assume there's a reason for that.

    But yeah, pretty much any wireless repeater or router set to extend (this is a thing, right?) should in theory work. And likely be cheaper and/or faster than ethernet through power. I'm not sure buying the same brand would necessarily be significant, but I am sure there are others here that could help you out better than me (you may want to make another thread, since ethernet-over-power is a pretty narrow area of interest, I think).
     
  7. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    Actually the current top speed is 200 Mbps. I use a pair of Devolo ones to link my upstairs and downstairs networks. Practically no setup other than plugging them in, and it works flawlessly for me. I wouldn't even consider wireless for this task as I move a lot of files around. Given that you never get anything like the quoted throughput for wireless it's much faster.
     

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