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    Network over mains cabling

    Does anyone have experience with ethernet over mains, things like Homeplug 85Mbps from Solwise Are they any good? Do they also work when plugged in to extension leads, or do they have to be plugged straight into the wall??

    I'm struggling with signal strength around my house now I do most of my browsing on my phone not my laptop!

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    Got a simalar device linking wireless router downstairs to the rest of the system upstairs here. It replaced a very tempermental wireless bridge. Mine is on the end of a extention lead, even though the instructions say do not do it. I suspect it depends how electrically noisy everything else plugged into the extention is.

    Worth a try I would suggest.

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    A friend of mine has his tv decoder connected to his router using one and he says it is great.

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    I've got loads of them at home as I'm too lazy to properly cable my house!
    The majority of them are plugged in to power extension leads and it's no problem at all - best thing I've ever purchased from eBuyer (and I've purchased a lot over the years!!)

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    I have one that connects part of the house, they are the Belkin 1Gb ones but I don't think I get that. Saves me running CAT5 to where a wireless signal is plonk.

    You can pick them up cheap now and some makes can be used with each other but all depends on the chip in them.

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    Thanks guys, think I'll get them in that case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb2k01 View Post
    I've got loads of them at home as I'm too lazy to properly cable my house!
    The majority of them are plugged in to power extension leads and it's no problem at all - best thing I've ever purchased from eBuyer (and I've purchased a lot over the years!!)
    When you add some more did you have to put them in pairs or can you have say 3 in total?

    Thanks

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    Be aware that most of these devices are proprietary and whilst they work well in most cases, they do not necessarily work with those of other vendors or even between each version by the same manufacturer.
    I repeat this as I was an early adopter of these and when it came to getting some additional units to add to the one I already had, found that they were obsolete and would have had to buy a whole new set.

    If your planning to use more than just a pair it's worth doing your homework and go with a vendor that's got a good range of compatible kit to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    When you add some more did you have to put them in pairs or can you have say 3 in total?

    Thanks
    The minimum you need is two - one which connects directly to your router, and one which then connects to your first connected client.
    Once you have the one connected to the router, you can just add individuals as you neeed.

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    I've got a few of these and they are superb - Extra Value 200Mbps Pass-through Powerline Adapter.. | Ebuyer.com

    No problems whatsoever

    Andrew

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    There are standards for these now, make sure you buy one from a manufacturer that is part of the HomePlug Alliance and interoperability will be fine.

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    i got these ZyXEL PLA-401 v4 200Mbps Powerline Adapter Twin Pack.. | Ebuyer.com

    To replace a cable that trailed across my apartment for the xbox! Works absolutely fine!

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    The Zyxels are cheaper than the best value ones, lol

    Ben

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    While we're eBuyer'ing, these are the ones I have Extra Value 200Mbps Powerline Adapter Twin Pack.. | Ebuyer.com

    Edit1: Doh! Same as above!

    Edit2: Ha! They aren't! Thanks Plexer!
    Last edited by mb2k01; 27th June 2011 at 03:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    The Zyxels are cheaper than the best value ones, lol

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    They aren't pass-through ones. The Ebuyer Extra Value model still lets you use the plug for something else which at home is very useful.

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