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Old November 10, 2010, 09:19 AM
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Alright, I'm getting fed up of wireless connectivity dropping all the time and looking to purchase powerline adapters.

Any recommendations, I've looked at D-Link and Belkin one, at the moment I don't care for HD streaming, as long as I get internet access to other

Looking at some diagrams, it looks like you still need a router, is that true?

If so, is there an in-expensive wireless router (since most of them are wireless)
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Old November 10, 2010, 10:13 AM
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You still need a router as all those powerline adapters is turn your power lines into network cables as they broadcast on a different frequency then what the power company delivers power to you at.
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Thanks for clearing that out, how about some suggestions..
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YouTube - Western Digital Livewire Powerline Networking Kit Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips


Linus uses this one at home and it has 4 ports so you can conect more to it.
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I personally didn't have good luck with two Belkin powerline adapters in my house. They worked OK to some spots, and randomly to others. Best of luck.
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Old November 10, 2010, 06:33 PM
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I have this and like it:
NCIX.com - Buy Linksys PLK300 Powerline AV Network Kit 200MBPS W/ 4PORT and 1PORT Modules - PLK300 In Canada.

I did not get the security setup properly. I'm not worried about it so I turned it off. that is the only thing I did not like.

What I do like:
- never dropped a connection yet
- 4 ports on one end
- uses a cord to plug into the wall, so it leaves lots of room to plug other items into the socket (most others I have seen are large boxes that can obstruct the other power outlet a bit).
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I too am considering the switch from wireless to Powerline for streaming HD content from the NAS/server to my media player.

I read from some sources that the Powerline adapters create much RF interference. Is that a valid concern? Maybe Powerline owners can comment on if that's even true.

Also are the multiple ports on models like the D-Link necessary? Can't I hook up a cheap switch after the Powerline adapter to get more connections? Or does that not work with Powerline adapters for some strange reason?
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