When WiFi doesn't work: a guide to home networking alternatives

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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  2. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

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    this is still experimental technology (lan through power cables) best just to get corner wifi antennas(example hawking 14db corner antenna) and point them at you router. With wifi it's all about the antennas and a more powerful usb wifi adapter (example alfa 36h).
    I think only a lead wall might block the alfa. Wifi aways works for me with the right equipment.
     
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    Ummm, no! Sorry, but that is not correct. BPL and PLC have been around for the home for at least 6 years. Power companies have been sending data over the grid for many decades. There is nothing new, or experimental about it, except perhaps for the new players getting into it.

    The problem with BPL, like all "wired" networks, is it relies on quality "mechanical" connections in order to obtain quality "electrical" connections. And BPL is often considered for older facilities where the facility wiring may NOT have good mechanical connections.
     
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    I think the killer for powerline home networking is this.

     
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    Yeah, that can be a killer. But for a small home office, that would be fine. And from a security standpoint, that isolation could be good thing too. The wall may literally be a firewall. ;)
     
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