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Initial post: Jun 13, 2012 2:10:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2012 2:11:04 PM PDT
K. Chan says:
I wanted to know if this would work with a powerline adapter.

I'm going to purchase the following Powerline adapter: Actiontec MegaPlug A/V 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit (White)

Using that:
1. I will plug in my modem to Adapter "A"
2. I will plug Adapter "A" into the wall downstairs.
3. I will plug Adapter "B" upstairs
4. I will plug my wireless router into adapter "B"

I want to essentially move my wireless router upstairs, as it will broadcast a stronger signal and all our computers are upstairs anyway. Will this be possible using a powerline adapter as described? Thanks!

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 6:59:38 AM PDT
Mike Schmitt says:
From reading what this thing does, it seems like it might work like you want - but I suppose the only way to really find out is to try.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 11:46:15 PM PDT
Bruce Deuce says:
If you haven't already made your purchase and attempted your application, I strongly suggest that you contact the manufacturer with your inquiry. I suppose you already did so, with unsatisfactory results, before posting here. The quality of support from one individual to the next at most vendors seems to vary drastically. Keep trying until you get someone who understands the question and knows the answer--and don't just ask the substandard helper to connect you to someone else. They don't seem to like that. Just thank them politely, hang up, and call back in the hope that you get a different helper (most likely) until you get the info you need.
Email is great if you get the right person from the outset, but can be much harder to to pursue if you don't.
My own thoughts: Although I only have experience with TRENDnet products (with which I'm pretty satisfied http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_8?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=trendnet+powerline&sprefix=trendnet%2Celectronics%2C167 ), I'd imagine most of these things work more or less the same way, which requires the "host" adapter to plug into the router and an outlet, rather than having the router as a client downstream. Of course, I'm used to modems which are integrated into routers and computers, rather than separate modem-only hardware from days of yore. Regardless, the powerline adapter seems to depend specifically on the switching activity which is specifically a router function.
All that being said, you might consider that moving your router to broadcast a stronger signal in closer proximity to your computers will become an absolute non-issue with the use of powerline adapters. Providing that your router/modem get adequate external signal from your provider (I have fiber optic, which rocks), connecting one adapter from the incoming signal processing device(s) to an outlet will allow you to plug another into any other outlet on the same main circuit (same breaker box) and run a LAN cable to any computer from this client adapter, yielding a full strength connection to the outside line. No wireless vagaries involved. Most systems will allow you to plug multiple client adapters in whatever outlets you choose (presuming, like most of us, you have only one breaker box) and get full signal strength from all of them, without overcrowding a wireless signal. Few household internet connections provide higher than 35Mbps, most much less. The 200Mbps adapters I use allow me to stream in HD on two devices simultaneously, while using a third PC for data with no connectivity lags, as well as two mobile devices using the existing wireless signal the router is broadcasting anyway. Stunning how well it works.
If you can't stand the idea of being wired (bear in mind that LAN cables aren't limited to a 6' effective max like USBs), consider a powerline version of the usual signal booster/repeater like this one Netgear Wnxr2000 Wireless Powerline Router IEEE 802.11n Draft Ism Band 37.50 Mbps which work splendidly without signal degradation and placement issues from one wireless router to the next. Also, if being tethered is not an issue, but outlet availability is, consider adapters the have more than one LAN port, like this one http://www.amazon.com/NEW-200Mbps-3-Port-Powerline-Networking/dp/B004UCTFDW/ref=sr_1_96?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340001866&sr=1-96&keywords=trendnet+powerline
Sorry to be so long winded, but I hope that helped.
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Posted on Jun 23, 2012 1:54:33 PM PDT
John Treble says:
This will most likely work for you. I have the Netgear Powerline AV adapters and live in a house with 4100 square feet, meaning lots of wiring all over the place. The house was built in 2009. Don't know if this has any bearing on your situation or not. I have a standard adapter plugged into the wall nearest my cable modem and WiFi router. Then I have another adapter in the kitchen where my wife keeps her desktop. Last I have a 4-port adapter in our movie room with an XBox, Blue-ray and DirecTv satellite box connected.
I ran the speediest.net check on my computer that is connected directly to the WiFi router via CAT-5 cable. Then ran the speediest.net on my wife's computer. Same upload/download speeds. I often stream movies to my XBox and Blue-ray with no issues. Powerline AV is terrific.
One thing to remember, do not connect any Powerline adapter into an extension cord or into a multi-outlet strip, as it may degrade performance.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 10:35:50 AM PDT
C. Arnold says:
I use the Actiontec in my home to do essentially the same thing, I have a modem and router at one end and a switch at the other end, I have done it the other way around but found my router wanted to run everything through it first so the computer plugged into the router upstairs was accessing the web by going down to the router and back to the modem. Seemed like a waste of bandwidth on that line so I put the router (D-link DR 655) next to the modem.
Very pleased with the actiontec performance and durability but looking to go to the next level with a 500 MB version, Newegg has a special on zyxel for $99 till the 4th of July. ZyXEL PLA4215KIT

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2012 11:33:30 PM PDT
This will work. Would recommend going with Linksys powerline product Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit (PLEK400). You are now using your powerline to extend your WAN connection from modem to router upstairs. Note that you will not be able to use powerline and your home outlets to extend you shared internet connected provided by router. You will have to go with Wi-Fi only to connect other devices. In my opinion, a better solution would be to keep router and cable modem together and then use powerline to extend your wired and wireless connections. I really like the Linksys powerline kit with wi-fi access point. Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender (PLWK400). But one you get online PLE400 from back of router into electrical outlet, then you can add PLS400 (powerline adatper with 4 port switch), PLE400 (powerline adapter with one port) or PLW400 (powerline adapter with 1 port and wi-fi extender/access point) adapters through out your home to extend your wired and wi-fi network.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 7:53:26 PM PDT
EAM0310 says:
I watch Netflix on my ps3, the signal strength says 100% but takes forever to load a movie/show and often ends up getting stuck in the middle of loading and I'll have to go back and start the movie over again. Would plugging the ps3 into this powerline adapter help out with the slow connection? TRENDnet 500 Mbps Powerline Ethernet AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Outlet TPL-402E2K (White)

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 5:10:17 PM PST
Old Nerd says:
I think most houses have 240 to the main switch box and that splits into 2-120 v. lines. Call the lines going out of the switch box line 1 and line 2 for discussion purposes. Line 1 and Line 2 not usually connected to each other initially in any way, and that may be a problem if, say the source powerline adapter is on Line 1 and the client power adapter is on Line 2. It is possible to overcome this problem by connecting Line 1 and Line 2 at the switch box with a large capaciter (if I am remembering the component type correctly). If the capaciter is too small, it will burn out. You should be able to get suitable specs on the net.
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