Powerline adapters are an interesting alternative for home internet access, and not only for areas that are outside of the range of a WiFi network. In recent years, there has been a major improvement in the technology, so up to gigabit Ethernet can be achieved through electric cables. What are Powerline adapters' main benefits and do you need to call an electrician to help install them?
A stable and fast internet connection is key for every modern home. It's essential for students to complete schoolwork, but it's also important for parents. It also serves as a means of entertainment. Nowadays laptops, tablets, mobile phones and game consoles all connect to WiFi. When installing a WiFi network, it's necessary to factor in possible complications, such as walls, distances, etc. In situations where ordinary WiFi is inadequate, a traditional cable network is usually the traditional solution. What can you do when you don't want to drill into walls or install new cables? The solution - Powerline adapters.
This is not an emergency solution. Modern Powerline devices deliver faster and more stable data transfers than most WiFi routers. Technology has had a significant shift since the last generation. Unlike the previous version, the latest Powerline adapters use three 220V electrical connectors
A Powerline adapter works quite simply. It constantly transmits a frequency modulated for data transfer, which signals throughout electrical outlets. A second Powerline adapter plugged into any electrical outlet recognises the signal and decodes it.
The HomePlug AV2 series of powerline adapters can use multiple frequency bands, has improved coding and overall uses lower power consumption. This enables significantly faster data transfers.
Powerline adapters are typically supplied in a pair and their connection is extremely easy to install. It's recommended that you pair the two new adapters in a single power outlet, where they are close together. How can you set up a Powerline network?
Ideally, the adapter should be plugged directly into a power outlet, not an extension cord. We recommend using Powerline adapters with a pass-through power outlet, which can then be used to plug in other devices.
Powerline adapters from TP-LINK conform to the HomePlug AV2 transmission standards, which allows transmission speeds of up to 1000Mb/sec. This high speed allows you to stream video in 4K resolution, play online games and transfer large files. The Powerline adapter is often equipped with a hub, and you can easily access two Ethernet ports from one socket.
Like wireless networks, when data is transferred over electrical outlets via Powerline adapters, the transmission speed decreases with increased distance. Electric currents in walls rarely follow the shortest possible route. TP-LINK Powerline adapters work at a transmission distance of about 300m, which is sufficient even in a large house. However, the speed of the data transmission depends on the quality and, above all, the network's age. An important element is also the overloaded power adapters of the and interference from various household appliances. Therefore, transmission speed may vary.
Powerline adapters are a lifesaver for all those who don't want to drill through any walls. Modern adapters offer a good speed even for streaming 4K videos and avoid the regular disruptions and downtime of unstable WiFi networks.