What is a Powerline Network and How Does it Make My Wi-Fi Better?

Sep 26, 2019G.hn, Learning Annex

When building a home network, we expect a solid internet connection from every room in the home. Even the best routers have limitations and Wi-Fi signals can be lost through walls, floors and even blocked by appliances. A powerline network is the perfect addition to your home wireless network, filling the connection gaps and virtually eliminating WiFi dead zones in your home.

Powerline Networking

Powerline networking is technology that uses the existing electrical wiring in your home to create a reliable wired connection to devices that are out of Wi-Fi reach. By using existing “legacy” wires in your home to establish a data pipeline, you can enjoy a fast Internet connection on any device with an Ethernet cable port. This is especially useful for devices that require a fast and stable Internet connection, like gaming consoles and computers.

How it Works

Tapping into your existing powerlines and unlocking your home network’s potential with powerline networking is simple. G.hn is the technology standard that allows you to use your home’s wiring for networking purposes. Rather than embarking on a complicated and expensive home rewiring project, you can use G.hn for powerline networking. You just need two powerline adapters or a powerline adapter and extender. These adapters and extenders offer the simplicity of plug-and-play set up, getting you connected in minutes.

Powerline Adapters

Powerline adapters create a wired connection between the router and a device through the electrical wiring, turning the wall outlets in your home into a component of your home network. Adapters create an Ethernet over powerline connection to deliver an Internet connection to a single device

Powerline Wi-Fi Extender

When a wired Ethernet connection isn’t practical or you’re looking to connect multiple devices in a room with a weak signal, then a powerline Wi-Fi extender might be the solution for your networking needs. The extender boosts Wi-Fi signals in rooms that are out of reach from your broadband router and offers a wireless connection for devices.
G.hn powerline extender requires an adapter to be plugged in by your router. The powerline extender pairs with the adapter through the existing powerlines in your home to create a wired connection from the adapter/router to the extender. Once paired, the extender can then boost the Wi-Fi signal to reach devices far from the router. Some powerline extenders also feature an Ethernet port for a wired connection to a specific device.

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