Are Powerline adapters available on local online malls suitable for local voltage too?

Drsunil V April 9, 2014
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Are Powerline adapters available on local online malls suitable for local voltage too? Or would they work only for places for which they have been manufactured and being sold even on local malls of other countries.

E.G. the TP Link 2010 is available in local online malls in India but one seller had informed that it is to be used with step down convertor in India which would actually nullify its use too

  1. Drsunil V
    April 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Can powerline adapter which is imcompatible with voltage of a country ‘X’ , work in the country ‘X’?
    For example , a powerline adapter manufactured for USA , work in India? What would be role of step down converter in using USA Pwrline adapter in India? You mentioned V and frequency of three places, so Out of EU , US and UK type which can work in India?

  2. Jan F
    April 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    There is no general answer to that. Different shops may be selling different versions of the adapters.

    India has (should have) the same power grid as most of Europe (230V, 50Hz) so the problem isn't electrical but most of the time physical, the plug.

    Whether these adapters have the correct plug or not is something you will have to ask the shop as there is no way of telling which once they have on stock, if available at all.
    Technically one could use a "converter plug" as no transformation of voltage or frequency needs to happen. Whether such a converter will harm or prevent the powerline network ~ I don't know the answer to that.

    • Drsunil V
      April 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks. I have read your response carefully. Please tell 1) how would you compare powergrid in India and the US? 2) Can powerline adapters made for US , work in India?

    • Oron J
      April 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      The power grid in the US is 120v, 60Hz and uses its own, unique plug. About as different from India as possible. You can use the list at http://kropla.com/electric2.htm to compare the grids & plugs in different countries.

      Using a plug converter should work, but will probably degrade the signal (every additional plug does). How much it will degrade it is anyone's guess. Someone will need to have tried the particular combination and measured the results.

    • Drsunil V
      April 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks. Please tell that 1) any powerline adapter made for EU would work in IN too? Secondly , adapter as seen on - http://www.amazon.in/TP-LINK-TL-PA2010KIT-Powerline-Adapter-Starter/dp/B00AWRUIY4/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1397494760&sr=1-1&keywords=powerline+adapter has RECTANGULAR pin , while adapter seen on http://www.ebay.in/itm/Zyxel-PLA4201-500-Mbps-Mini-Powerline-Ethernet-Adapter-/141250901112?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item20e335b478&_uhb=1 has CYLINDRICAL pin. 2) Can you say for sure , whether both pins can fit in sockets in IN?

    • Jan F
      April 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      European countries use the CEE 7 type or a compatible system with a few exceptions e.g. the UK.

      Pictures may not represent the final product. Since there is no detailed specification on Amazon you will have to contact the seller about which type of plug the product has. The ebay offer does state to ship with the following 3 plugs
      EU type: Two pins for EU 220 V - 230 V
      US type: Two pins for US 120 V
      UK type: Three pins for UK 240 V

      I can't tell you if one of those will fit into the outlet on your wall. According to the following link I don't believe so. http://www.stayonline.com/reference-international-plugs.aspx

    • Drsunil V
      April 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Can powerline adapter which is imcompatible with voltage of a country 'X' , work in the country 'X'?
      For example , a powerline adapter manufactured for USA , work in India? What would be role of step down converter in using USA Pwrline adapter in India? You mentioned V and frequency of three places, so Out of EU , US and UK type which can work in India?

    • Jan F
      April 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I suggest you consult a sales specialist about adapters compatible/working in India .

    • Drsunil V
      April 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for your efforts to reply to this question

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