Do international powerline network adapters need to use a step down converter when used abroad?

Drsunil V April 7, 2014
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Is it necessary to use a ‘step down converter’ for powerline adapters made for a different country (to be used in India)? Or should these work in any country?

If I need one, please could you give me an example of a suitable step down converter on Amazon?

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  1. Hovsep A
    April 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Oron is right. depending on the router perhaps the powerline is not supported. NETGEAR does not recommend using power strips, surge protectors, UPS and extension cords with Powerline products
    http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/20233/~/product-faq%3A-powerline-adapters
    Outside of North America, there are country specific plugs for the Powerline products sold in those regions.
    http://service.avm.de/support/en/skb/FRITZ-Powerline-500E-int/795:Low-data-transmission-rate-in-FRITZ-Powerline-network

  2. Oron J
    April 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I wouldn't use a Powerline adapter that wasn't designed for your country. Not only would different voltages probably cause it not to work (a step down transformer would practically act as a filter to remove the high frequency data signal), but even using a plug adapter will attenuate the signal and reduce its quality.