Apr 09, 2015

How to choose a Powerline ethernet network?

My parents home was made in the late 1800s and has very thick interior walls, both masonry and plaster and lath. A side effect of this is their WiFi reception is terrible in much of their home. Since I visit them pretty often, this is also a problem for me. I was thinking that powerline ethernet network might be a good alternative, but I’ve never set up one before. What should you look for when selecting and setting up a powerline network?
I bought a Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 Nano kit advertised as 500 Mbps, but it never reaches even 30 Mbps. Now, that's either false advertising, or these gadgets don't come close to delivering.
You should look for the speed and range of power adapter.
Catamount has a good answer, but here's a link to Powerline Network Adapters at Amazon. There's quite a bit to choose from there and it might be useful to check the reviews by Amazon customers before buying one:

A powerline network should resolve the issues you are having at your parent’s house. There was a very good article on TechHive recently discussing and comparing Homeplug powerline adapters. Most of the adaptors had about the same throughput, except for the Treadnet TPL420-E2K Homeplug AV2 MIMO and ZyXEL PLA5405KIT Homeplug AV2 MIMO, both of which performed significantly better that the other units that were tested. They were also the most expensive, natch.
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