Last updated on June 12, 2021
WiFi isn’t the only option to getting an Internet connection around your house. There’s also an option called Powerline Networking, which functions as an alternative networking option that may just be what you’re looking for.
Powerline networking is often overlooked in the networking world. Offering neither the security and speed of a direct-Ethernet-connection nor the mobility of WiFi, it instead is an in-between solution that people can turn to when other options simply won’t work.
A Powerline networking kit leverages the home’s existing electrical wiring to establish a wired network that is accessible through every electrical outlet in the home (with a Powerline adapter of course).
Powerline networking has its share of challenges. It doesn’t work great when the signal has to cross circuit breakers, which can negatively impact speeds. Also, you shouldn’t plug a Powerline adapter into a surge strip as doing so blocks the data signal, and high load electrical equipment like refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and microwave ovens can also negatively impact speeds.
Powerline networking won’t work for everyone, but it can offer a solution to some challenging networking problems where other methods, such as extenders, fall short.
The Powerline Adapter Kit I Recommend
I recently had the opportunity to help a client who wanted to improve the connection of a desktop computer to their Verizon DSL service. We had done many WiFi options over the years but for one reason or another they fell short.
After some research, I found the TRENDnet Powerline 1300 AV2 Adapter Kit to be highly recommended by many of my gamer pals back in the Seattle area.
The TRENDnet Powerline 1300 AV2 Adapter Kit has a lot to offer, including passthrough outlets, MIMO technology, Beamforming, and Gigabit ports to not bottleneck throughput speeds. The kit uses all three electrical wires to improve and stabilize coverage.
Installation is super simple — just plug one adapter into an outlet near the internet modem and connect the included (3-ft) Ethernet cable from the adapter to the internet modem. Then plugin the other adapters into an outlet near the computer or TV and connect the included (3-ft) Ethernet cables and wait a few minutes for the adapters to sync. That’s it. 🙂