Extending your home network : A Guide to PowerLine Technology
There’s nothing more annoying than having parts of your home where your Wi-Fi won’t reach. However, it’s not necessarily all doom and gloom as PowerLine kits have everything you need to quickly, easily and securely start enjoying the Internet in every room of your home.
PowerLine adapters are essentially devices that use the electricity power lines in your home to send your broadband signal between a device connected to the PowerLine and your router. PowerLines are a far more effective way of transmitting your broadband signal than extension wiring, ensuring your connection remains strong, no matter the distance.
The modern home network needs to be capable of managing a number of devices simultaneously. With this in mind, it can be extremely beneficial for some devices to have a wired connection in order to operate to their full potential. This is where PowerLines come into play and can be a particularly useful tool when using devices that place a lot of strain on the home network, or performing tasks such as HD video streaming or gaming.
The Pro’s of PowerLine Networking
The main benefit of utilising PowerLine technology is that in comparison to relying on a wireless signal, you can extend your network very easily to areas where a wireless signal would not reach, without compromising on quality. A PowerLine signal works in very much the same way as a regular wired connection, so in terms of latency you will get very little in the way of dropouts – making it the perfect solution for online gaming.
Another significant point that needs to be conveyed is that PowerLines are designed to complement your Wireless; they’re not some sort of replacement. As demand for increased bandwidth becomes more prevalent in households, adding PowerLine technology into the home can increase bandwidth ensuring both technologies co-exist together in the home environment.
PowerLine is essentially a bridging technology, allowing you to extend coverage to areas of your home that would otherwise receive a weak Wi-Fi signal. It’s an ideal solution for a games console or perhaps a Smart TV, where a wired connection acts as a more stable and reliable solution when compared to using Wi-Fi.
When it comes to the various different speeds on offer however, consumers can often find that they’re presented with a number of options at different price points, which can be quite daunting and confusing as there are a number of standards available in the market today. The reason for the variety is to offer solutions that meet all consumers’ requirements. For instance, if you don’t place a great deal of strain on your home network, then you may not necessarily need to opt for Gigabit PowerLine kits.
Another factor when selecting the best PowerLine kit to choose is your broadband speed, as your PowerLine setup will only ever be as fast as this. However if you’re a home user who needs high speed internet for online gaming, voice over IP calls or HD video, or if you have begun to adopt 4K media services you will benefit from a Gigabit PowerLine starter kit, providing that you have fast broadband speeds in place. D-Link offers 500 Mbps and Gigabit PowerLine kits.
Utilising PowerLine technology in your home could not be an easier process. The technology is, simply put, plug and play. With completely hassle-free installation, they plug directly into a power socket with no additional cables required.
However, it is particularly important to note that PowerLines will only work when adapters are plugged into the same electrical circuit, so it may not be possible for instance to extend your home network to your conservatory via PowerLine technology. Additionally, homes with old wiring are not necessarily the ideal environments for PowerLine technology to thrive.
If you’re using the Internet solely for casual web browsing, streaming music or a few non-HD TV shows, then 500 Mbps should be more than capable of dealing with your requirements. For streaming HD movies and TV shows or sharing files around the home, or, if you have a great deal of web-enabled devices then it would be preferable to use either 500Mbps or a Gigabit, the latter particularly so if you are looking for a solution to cope with the strenuous demands of online gaming or streaming 4K video content for instance.
If you’re looking to bolster your home network and improve the wireless performance of stationary devices such as games consoles, Smart TVs or your SKY box then PowerLine kits could really bolster your home network and improve the connectivity of products in your home. Not only is this a practical solution but it’s also an incredibly affordable one, with D-Link kits starting out under £25.
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