dealslea networks netplug 200+ compact powerline…

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What is the benefit of this over Wifi?

Before someone answers "some devices don't support Wifi", you can get adapters to make them work (for any device with an ethernet port)

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Wifi doesn't always work well in every building. A powerline adapter can get network service to a part of the house where the wifi signal isn't strong, or to a separate building such as a garage. I don't know about this brand, but the concept is good.

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@tsfisch, I would imagine that the 200+ refers to the speed (200mbs). That is faster that WiFi. Also you can get WiFi adapter for USB ports.

P.S. Wired is more secure.

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@wr2000: I get faster than 200mbps on my 5ghz wireless N band. That said, these do fill a need. Wifi adapters for things like TVs, blu-ray players, satellite receivers, and older gaming consoles can be expensive and tough to make sure they're compatible. This products allows you to connect using the device's ethernet port and you don't have to run cat-5 cable all throughout your house. It uses the wiring already in your walls!

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@tsfisch: Some of those wifi adapters don't work very well. I have a Belkin that I'm about to give up on because I can't get it to connect to my network properly.

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Also note, these run on electrical circuitry in your house. Therefore, both ends must be plugged into the same circuit. You'd have to check to make sure both outlets are on that circuit before they work.

And another thing, how can this be so inexpensive, while other big name brands charge upwards of $100+ ? 200Mbps isn't really that fast, however if the circuits matched up, and you needed something, this could be a solution..if the product wasn't junk.

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Every so often my wireless devices decide they can't see my home network, and I either have to run the "troubleshooter" in Windows, or reboot.

I'm assuming that power-line connections wouldn't have that problem, so there's another benefit.

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From the website:

"200 Mbps data transmission rate over existing electrical cables (raw bit rate) with a coverage of at least 200 meters/656 feet

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I do find it funny that someone downvoted me for asking an honest question related to the product.

Thanks all who provided answers.

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@tsfisch: A couple other reasons that I have had issues with (although I use wifi also) is 1) concrete with steel support walls create a barrier for wifi 2) sometimes appliances will interfere- I have a microwave in my kitchen that creates interference with a radius of about 15 feet of that appliance- anything running wifi within that radius either slows down excessively or disconnects until the microwave is done running. Imagine your kids watching Netflix on the smart TV while you make the mortal mistake of warming up something in the microwave at the same time...oh the humanity.

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I use powerline ethernet adapters at home and they work great for me. I have one at my router that goes into one of the 4 ports on the back, and the other one going into another router that I have set up as an access point. On that router, I plug in my Blu-Ray and Roku to give them a more solid network connection. We see a lag in videos once every couple of months with this setup. It allows me to have good coverage on the wireless cloud and have steady connections to the main streaming devices.

One thing to keep in mind that our networking guy here told me is that its more hub-related technology as opposed to switch technology, so the more you add, the weaker signal strength / speed to each one.