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How Do Powerline Adapters Improve My WiFi Coverage?

Are you at the point where you have been performing usual online activities like video streaming, online gaming or web browsing and noticed that things are slow to load, lagging or not loading at all? What do you do when this happens?

In this situation, it sounds like your network coverage is suffering. The solution to this problem? The simple answer: you need to improve your internet network connection. But how?

The good news is that you can do something about it by using reliable and easy to use technologies like powerline adapters. While there are other technologies out there that will surely boost your WiFi network (Optim, WiFi extenders, and MoCA adapters) pairing powerline adapters with WiFi is a way to improve your overall Wi-Fi and internet coverage by turning your home into an internet powerhouse.

How does a powerline adapter work?

Powerline adapters work in pairs. You plug one adapter into an outlet near to your modem or router and plug the other into an outlet near the device that you want to connect. It’s that easy.

Once your powerline adapters are set up, they use the existing electrical wiring in your home to extend your WiFi internet access to any room in your home.

How many adapters do you need to improve your network?

You need to start with at least two adapters, since they work in pairs. However, the amount that you need simply depends on how large your home is and how many devices you need connected at the same time. Most homes can get away with the pair of adapters. Once you try them in your home, you should be able to get an idea whether or not you need to add two more into the mix.

More is not always better, however. For example, trying to plug multiple adapters into one area or into a power strip or surge protector can have the inverse effect and completely block the powerline signal.

Is a powerline adapter as fast as Ethernet?

Powerline adapters give you an Ethernet-like internet connection that is both fast and stable every time that you use it. To connect your device to the adapter nearest to it, you will need to use an Ethernet cord. Because of the Ethernet-standard wired connection, powerline adapters give you faster possible speeds. Powerline adapters also support G.hn standard, which gives you even faster and more reliable internet connection.

Is a powerline adapter my only option?

Like we said before, there are other reliable WiFi network boosters out there, like Optim, WiFi extenders and MoCA adapters. So, while powerline adapters are credible, these other options might better suit your needs.

However, it is important to keep in mind that while WiFi extenders can extend you router’s WiFi signal, there is significant risk that the extender is sending out the same weak signal a little bit farther in your home, and the signal can still drop.

That’s why powerline adapters are reliable. They use the wiring to take the WiFi signal from your router and carry it directly to your device. This means no more worry about As latency or lag when you are gaming, since powerline adapters are superior to WiFi extenders.

Want more? Stay in-the-know by following Actiontec’s featured Industry Articles or the Actiontec blog.

You can also dive deeper into how OptimTM Managed Wi-Fi solution can help you manage your entire home network. Optim is available through reputable internet service providers (ISP). Ask for it by name.

You can also learn more about how to optimize your home network and Wi-Fi coverage and security with Actiontec’s Complete Guide to WiFi Networking.

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