What Does a Powerline Adapter Do?

While WiFi is one of the greatest things we get to enjoy, there is no secret that it can have some shortcomings: dropped signals, slow speeds, limited range. These issues are especially a problem if you live in a home with thick walls or interfering signals.

While hooking up a bunch of Ethernet cables to your router and devices is one solution, it leaves you with a mess of cables all over your home. And since we live in a world with so many internet-enable devices, it could be a safety hazard having so many cables as well.

Fortunately, there’s a better solution for improving your internet performance that lets you ditch the all of those Ethernet cables but get the same reliable internet. Even better, it’s already built into your house.

The solution? Powerline adapters.

How Powerline Adapters Work

Powerline adapters are devices that send data signals through the electrical powerline wiring in your home. Improving your WiFi network with powerline adapters is called powerline networking.

Powerline adapters plug into your outlets and tap into the existing legacy wiring in your home. They use G.hn technology standard to tap into the existing wiring. Instead of hiring electricians to rewire your whole home in an expensive project to improve your WiFi performance, you can turn to a pair of powerline adapters to get better internet.

You might think that your wiring is already too busy power the rest of your home, but the powerline ethernet sends signals at a different frequency throughout the wiring. Because these signals are on a difference frequency, there is no interference.

The only thing that you need to invest in to improve your internet performance with powerline networking are the adapters.

Using Powerline Adapters

When you use powerline adapters – also referred to as powerline network adapters – you get fast and stable internet similar to when you use an Ethernet cable. These devices plug into the outlets in your home and create a wired connection. The wired connection goes between your router and whichever device you want to use.

For example, you can use power adapters to make sure that your internet never cuts out again while you are browsing the web, streaming 4K video or gaming on a console or computer.

Other things to know about using powerline adapters:

  • If your wiring is very old or if you place the adapters too far apart in your home, you can experience slow WiFi speeds.
  • Plug the adapters directly into the wall, not a power strip or surge protector.
  • Protect your powerline adapters with a secure password. If you share a space with others, like in an apartment, your neighbors might be able to get into your powerline network.
  • You can optimize your speeds by testing out different outlets.

Setting up a powerline network in your home is a great solution for better internet performance. However, there are other reputable ways that you can boost your home network:

  • Optim Managed Wi-Fi Solution – Using a WiFi management system provides you with tools to optimize your network. Optim helps you manage the devices connected to your network for easy troubleshooting and optimal speeds. Optim is available through reputable internet service providers (ISP).
  • MoCA – MoCA network adapters are similar to powerline adapters. Instead of using your home’s existing powerlines, MoCA adapters use your home’s existing coaxial wiring to create a high-speed Ethernet (wired) connection.
  • Wi-Fi Extender – Wi-Fi extenders are a tool used to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in your home. These devices extend your router’s reach through coax cables. This solution is ideal for those who are looking to enhance their WiFi in rooms that can’t be reached by your router.

Want to know more about how to improve your home network? Check out Actiontec’s Complete Guide to WiFi Networking. You can find the latest tech news on Actiontec’s blog.

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