8 Things About Powerline Adapters You Need to Know First
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Wi-Fi is great, and for most people it’s the easiest way to provide Internet access to every room in a house. But in large houses with thick walls Wi-Fi may not reach everywhere, and sometimes a wired connnection is just better Wi-Fi vs Ethernet: Which Should You Use and Why? Wi-Fi vs Ethernet: Which Should You Use and Why? The world is going wireless. Does that mean it's all over for Ethernet? Read More .

So it’s a good idea to run wires to every room in your house, but if you don’t feel like taking your walls apart, powerline networking is an awesome alternative Powerline Networking: What It Is & Why It Is Awesome [Technology Explained] Powerline Networking: What It Is & Why It Is Awesome [Technology Explained] Read More .

The idea is simple: instead of running wires through your house, you use the electrical wires already in your walls as a sort of improvised network. Numerous devices do this for you, and they’re perfect for:

  • Extending the network in homes where a single Wi-Fi router isn’t enough.
  • Connecting devices that don’t support Wi-Fi, like smart TVs or game consoles.
  • Providing a faster network connection to rooms where running an ethernet cable isn’t practical.

If this sounds useful to you, here are a few things you should know before diving in.

1. Starter Kits Come in Packs of Two

Think of powerline adapters as a way to extend your network from Point A to Point B, wherein each point is an electrical outlet around your house. Because of this, powerline ethernet devices typically come in starter kits of two, as a single device is useless on its own.

You can purchase more to extend your network around your house – just make sure all of your devices are compatible (more on that later).

Generally you’ll be plugging one of these into the walls near devices that need a connection, and one near your router.

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2. They Need to Connect to a Router

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If you read our complete guide to home networking Everything You Need to Know About Home Networking Everything You Need to Know About Home Networking Setting up a home network is not as hard as you think it is. Read More , you know that every network needs a router. Powerline ethernet devices are not an alternative to a router: they’re just a different way to connect devices to that router.

Powerline ethernet devices don’t do the things that routers do How Does a Router Work? How Does a Router Work? Routers may seem complicated and beyond your understanding, but they're actually quite simple. Read More , such as assign IPs. This means that, for your powerline ethernet devices to be useful, one powerline adapter needs to be connected to your router.

Basically, you can think of powerline ethernet devices as an extension of regular ethernet cables. Connecting one computer directly to another isn’t going to be useful. The router is what grants Internet access to the computers.

3. They’re Really Easy to Set Up

Setting up powerline ethernet couldn’t be simpler: the devices are almost always plug-and-play. Plug them into the wall, connect the ethernet cables, and generally you’re good to go.

Some devices include security functionality that requires you to press buttons at the same time to “sync up”, but exact methods vary depending on the specific devices.

4. Cheaper Than Cables Through Walls…

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Unless you plan to remodel your house soon, running cables through your walls usually isn’t practical. As of this writing, a powerline ethernet starter kit (two adapters) capable of 500 Mbps costs less than $40, which is certainly cheaper than taking your wall apart to run wires.

5. But Not Quite as Reliable

Browse the reviews of any powerline ethernet device and you’ll see a few people complain about random disconnects and slow speeds — though you’ll also see a lot of 5-star reviews raving about an easy setup and great speeds.

What gives?

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In some cases, this may be a defective device. A lot of the time, however, the electrical wiring in the house just isn’t ideal for powerline ethernet. Maybe there’s too much distance between two plugs, or maybe there’s interference on the line. Or maybe it’s aliens.

It’s almost impossible, without consulting an electrician, to know how well powerline ethernet will work for you. Even if your house is ideal, the result probably won’t be as fast or as stable as plugging straight into your network with an ethernet cable.

It’s a compromise: likely better than Wi-Fi, but a compromise nonetheless.

6. Connections Are Limited to Your House

Worried about security? Most powerline ethernet devices offer some form of encryption, so make sure you use that. But in most cases, the signal won’t make it outside your home.

If you own your own house and pay your own electrical bill, know that your neighbors can’t use your connection even if they buy a compatible device. This is because the signal from powerline adapters is scrambled by transformers, and there is almost certainly one between your house and the outside world.

If you live in an apartment, however, there’s a chance your neighbors could pick up a signal, so make sure your adapter supports encryption — and that you turn that functionality on.

7. Surge Protectors Mess With The Signal

Surge protectors can protect your computer Do You Really Need a Surge Protector? Do You Really Need a Surge Protector? A surge protector is not the same thing as a power strip! Here's how they're different and why you need surge protectors instead, as well as how to choose a good one. Read More , but they also scramble powerline ethernet signals. Plugging a powerline ethernet device into a power bar with surge protection will severely limit your potential speed, if not stop the device from working altogether.

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For the best possible connection, plug all adapters straight into the wall.

8. Brand Compatibility Isn’t Guaranteed

Though several companies make powerline adapters, they don’t all play nicely with each other. If you want to ensure complete compatibility, including the use of all security functionality, it’s simplest to buy the same make and model every time.

There are specifications, however, meaning it’s possible to get powerline adapters from different companies to work with each other under some circumstances. The two major specifications are HomePlug and G.hn. Generally, if you have two adapters using the same specification, they should work well together (though the security protocols might not work).

Really old devices (such as HomePlug 1.0 devices) will not work with newer ones, though the really old devices are generally so slow that they’re not worth bothering with anyway. Be sure to research compatibility before buying two different kinds of adapters.

What Else Would You Like to Know?

Before I take off, here are a couple more things to keep in mind:

I hope all of the above was useful to you.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. I’ll be around to answer them for you. I use powerline ethernet every day, and love it, so I’ll try my best to help.

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  1. George Liebert
    December 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Can I use one of these devices from wireless router to wireless router

  2. George Liebert
    December 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Can I use one of these devices from wireless router to wireless router

  3. PJ
    November 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I have the TP-LINK - AV600 twin pack, and since plugging in our air printer won’t wirk on any device: laptop, MacBook, iPad Air, iPhone !!! I’m absolutely despairing as I can’t find a solution ??

  4. Alan Tidy
    November 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I went to buy some powerline adaptors, but I was told they only work if on the same circuit. As I have several in my house, this is no solution to link other parts of my house to my router. Or have I got this wrong?

  5. Richard
    November 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Hi I have used a power line for. A number of years now but recently it needs to be rebooted very frequently. Do they have a shelf life? Would buying a new one solve the problem or could it be the router (over 10 years old)

  6. Jonathan Lee
    October 24, 2017 at 9:10 am

    will they work with Component Cat5/6 3 RCA to Rj45 adapters? to sent Audio video signal from like a Dish or dvd receiver ? or does this work with a cisco type physical link data link network link application link session link type enviortment or will it send any signal regardless if it is in a packet or not

  7. sagiv
    October 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Hi,
    Does powerline will work properly with 3 phase electrical network?

    Thanks.

  8. Bert (for Brandon) Mottola
    October 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    My son knows more than I, but i would like to secretly help. Has a consistent "drop" problem in his area of house. (examples - some new 2k nba multi player situations, pay per views, events televised from laptop to tv. Is there some exsisting hook up hints or power line ethernet / power over ethernet recommendations. Somewhere in the 10/13/15 by Justin Pot seems to be touching the problem. Now that we are into almost 2018 has Pot's video been updated to new magical solutions? Just an old Burgerchef generation player who like to help get son's gaming issues resolved. HELP. By the way if this MUO site should be credited for a nice job award. Even for the not into it novice. Hope you answer.....Bert

  9. Lance Yurko
    September 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    What effect does distance have? I need to set up internet in a detached garage which is about 400 feet from my house. The internet will be used exclusively for transmitting data from a solar inverter. I have electricity going to a sub-panel in this garage, so the path would be solar inverter-powerline unit-subpanel-mainpanel-powerline unit-router. Is the pathway, and the distance both acceptable?

  10. Robert Forrester
    September 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I have 2 Ethernet BT and 2 Ethernet TP they work great have used separately Can I use them on the same power circuit on separate rj45s
    On my router
    Thanks

  11. Mike Moriarty
    September 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    We live in a rural area and are limited to DSL service (no cable available). The connection speed ranges from 0.2 - 1.0 Mbps. Horrible I know. Am I correct in assuming that the Powerline adapters wil do noting to improve this? Is there anything I can do??

    • Dave
      September 9, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      You are correct. The dsl bandwidth (.2-1) is like a river flowing to your house and the network devices in your house all share that fixed amount of water.

  12. Jonathan Baxter
    August 30, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi, I have just bought a BT wifi home hotspot plus 600 kit. I have both green lights on and steady on both ends. However, I am not able to stream as if data is not being transferred quickly enough. My smart phone tells me I have 72mbps .
    I need to be able to plug (and have plugged) the receiver into a hut at the end of a 4mm csa radial circuit some 50 mtrs long. The radial is fed from the same consumer unit as the sender but each is on a different group of RCD protected circuits. There is also a second RCD at the hut consumer unit (now wanted or needed but was already in the CU).
    Could you help me please? Is the run just too long or the RCDs jamming things up? Would the removal of the unnecessary RCD improve things?
    Thank you, Jonathan Baxter

  13. Luke
    August 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    If my advertised internet speed from Comcast is 200 MB/s and I'm using powerline adapters, will I get any additional performance by using 500+ MB/s powerline units?

    • James Bruce
      August 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Not on your internet speed, no - but you'll get improved performance over local network, such as playing movies from your networked storage, or transferring files from one PC to another.

  14. Steve
    August 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I live in a new build house (3 floors) and our electricity box has each floor seperated, if something goes bang it only fuses that one floor.

    I had Ethernet plugs and they worked fine on the same floor but stopped when I used on different floors.

    Is this a known issue with how the electrics were installed or is there a way around this?
    Thanks

  15. Greg
    August 10, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you for the excellent summary of considerations for using powerline ethernet adapters. I use X-10 devices extensively in my home, which also use the powerlines. Do you know if these two systems are compatible, or will they interfere with each other? Is there any way to prevent interference (e.g. by buying a version of powerline ethernet device that is specifically compatible with X-10)?

    Thanks,

    Greg K.

  16. Richard
    August 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I built a new room into a garage and the wiring is technucally outside the house.
    Of course it is connected to a breaker panel which is part of the whole house system.
    Do you forsee any problems in this scenarioo?
    My computer and router are in the new room.

  17. Arjo
    July 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I have a level of concern re transformer connections. In Australia (240v) at least, there is no way every house has its own transformer. Power is distributed along the street in a star layout, 3 phases with a separate nuteral (a 4 wire layout). Every third house is hooked to a phase. The nearest line transformer is a good few hundred meters away, n could cover a few hundred houses (your apartment situation). My house has a 3 phase feed. I'm interested to hook up to each phase and see what's on the powerlines. I'm pretty hesitant myself to run my network over power, could be a big hole, given how your country rigs its grid. It's probably fine, but my hacker senses tingle with this tech. Gonna give it a solid bat tho :-D

  18. Sandra Hubbard
    June 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Can I connect a second wifi router to the second power line box to extend my wifi network?

    • Pascal Lacroix
      June 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, but make sure to:
      - Assign a static IP address to your 2nd router, on the same subnet as the 1st.
      - Check that ONE AND ONLY ONE of the routers has DHCP turned ON!

      • Mike
        September 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

        Hello Pascal,
        I plan to attempt to do this as well. I was wondering if you could elaborate a bit on how to do this, or point me in the direction of a layman's guide on how to do it. Thank you.

  19. Piers Bellman
    June 5, 2017 at 10:55 am

    We have a slightly more complex home network with Powerline Adapters running both hard wired connection to our broadband hub and WiFi extension through the use of TP-Link WR 940N Routers x 3 to cover the whole house. Inevitably these go through circuit breakers at the main electrical hub of the house.

    I have isolated the Powerline adapters and none are running on power bars or through surge protectors. The WiFi speeds on two of them run at around 45 Mbps Download, on the other it is about 3Mbps. On all of them the hard wired speed is around 5Mbps.....

    It seems very illogical! Apart from the things in the article which we have implemented where possible. My two "video-streaming", "Overwatch playing", "Guildwar Member" teenagers would like to know how to improve the hard-wired speed and reliability. Any thought ?? (PS I loved your article! It was very clear and concise! (We have 80-Mbps to the door, apparently).

  20. Martin slade
    April 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Are there loses through the mains and what is the distance it can go through the mains

  21. Clint
    April 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Do both ends (router plug in and device plug in) need to be on the same breaker circuit?

    • timinski
      August 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      No....
      ....but the same breaker panel is best, if not required.

      We have a branch of our LAN running over Powerline where each PL adapter is on a different circuit (breaker) on that panel. Works nicely. Would have been murder (wife->me) running Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet between the PL adapter plugged into our router in the basement and the PL adapter in the small office on the 2nd floor at the other end of the house.

  22. David
    March 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    If I have a leg from router to garage that is *acceptable*, but I want to put an additional adaptor in an adjacent room on the same ring, will I get faster comms between router and adjacent room than the garage; or will the whole 3-node Power-line network drop down to the garage speed?

  23. Mike
    March 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    My main domestic consumer unit has the following circuits (ring mains) for the sockets.

    1) Downstairs - Main House
    2) Upstairs - Main House
    3) Downstairs - Extension
    4) Upstairs - Extension

    The study and indeed the internet router is located in the downstairs extension. If I install a Homeplug adapter next to the router, can I successfully use its partner on any of the other 3 circuits?

  24. Woody Wong ( singapore )
    March 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Hi,
    I have upgraded my house internet to 1G optical fibre, local telco gave me one optical network terminal with four lan cable slots and one wifi AC 1900 router with another four lan cable slots.
    Because of the wires arrangement, I have to plug the ethernet cable of powerline adapter into the router slot. But I couldn't get any internet signal. Do you know the reasons? Please advice>

  25. Scott Smit
    February 27, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Can you connect a wireless router or wireless switch to one end of a poweline adaptor to simply extend your Home's wifi signal to the rooms that are too far away from the main wireless cable modem? I have a detached garage that I would like to get my wifi signal to and the wireless signal from my existing cable modem just isn't getting out there. Thanks!

    • Gamal Mothersil
      May 28, 2017 at 5:25 am

      What is the rage on these devises, is an 100 ft okay.

  26. Bridget
    February 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I live in France. Will it still work if I plug the UK powerline plug into a UK to French plug adaptor?
    Thanks in advance of your reply. I bought the kit but now daren't open it in case I have to return it.
    Bridget

    • Bachi
      March 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Yes!

  27. zohaib
    February 21, 2017 at 7:24 am

    how to make sure that power-line devices could be compatible with my house electrical wirings?

  28. Joshua
    February 19, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I have a ZyXEL kit PLA5456, which has two adapters. This works fine but I want to add two more adapters to support my wife's computer and mine. What is the procedure to go through to get the network to accept the third and fourth adapter. I believe the trouble is to get the encryption established.

  29. HM
    February 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Hi,
    Can you tell me if I can plug a Voip telephone directly into the Powerline Adapter please and will it work?

  30. Ivan Schon
    February 12, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Can you have a number of powerlines adapters plugged into various devices and then only have one at the router end?

    • Roman Grey
      March 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      I'd also like to know the answer to this. Like, are there setups with a single router adapter and multiple extending adapters?

      • Jay
        July 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        Yes, I do this at home. I have 1 adapter plugged into a router, and then multiple client adapters throughout my home.

      • Jay
        July 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        And for the record I'm using the Netgreat Powerline 1200 series. They're alright. They get the job done but wouldn't say they're wonderful.

        • Jay
          July 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

          Netgear*

  31. Mark Schickler
    February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I just bought a 4 K TV with HDR. ! My old power line device's are rated at 85 Mbps. Is it worth it to buy new ones rated at 1000 or 1200 Mbps? Thanks Mark

  32. Iain Rankin
    February 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Hi thanks for useful web page but is there a way to make the poweline signal at the other end to be wireless?

  33. Woogie
    February 2, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Can I leave it in my ps4 everyday and will it affect it or not if I leave it in the ps4

  34. Alan Dandy
    January 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hi, I am currently using POE for my cctv system. I wish to add a bird box camera from a different supplier which can be run on Powerline.

    My question is.... can I run Powerline and POE together.

    Thanks, Alan

  35. Dora cullen
    January 31, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Will I be able to uses to-link on a non Smart tv

  36. Jay
    January 28, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Hello,
    I need a powerline that can handle cold weather, I like the tp link TL-WPA4220KIT but contacted tp link and their operating temp. is 32 degrees F to 100 degrees F. But it gets pretty cold here only 20 degrees and dropping right now. It will be in a building but no heat. If you have any suggestions please let me know. Thank you!

    • Jenny
      October 25, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Hi,
      I found your article above very helpful and easy to understand. You would make a good teacher.

      I just bought a pair of Zyxel powerline adapters but when I plugged them in separate outlets, the "HomePlug light" did not turn on. Per the instructions, this means I don't have a Powerline connection. I tried plugging them in other outlets but got the same results and therefore, am concerned that I won't be able to use the powerline adapters at all to spread the placement of my two routers at opposite ends of my house to get better wifi connection. I will need to get longer ethernet cables before I can proceed with connecting each of my two routers to the Powerline adapters.

      What should I do? Please help!!! Thanks

  37. Tortellini
    January 24, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I was wondering if I could plug the one powerline into the router then go to upstairs and plug the other powerline in but then plug upstairs powerline into a router and it still work?

  38. Corey J Byrum
    January 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Awesome article. But I don't think it's accurate in point 2) to refer the powerline as "the cloud", the fact that this isn't cloud based is the reason these things are becoming so popular and useful.. I assume you just meant like a "hub" for your internet. Other than that, thanks for all the beneficial info!

  39. Thom
    January 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Brand new TL-PA8010P AV1200 Powerline Adapter, and cannot connect to internet via desktop nor from PS4. Router is connected to the Internet and other devices can access. Ethernet & Powerline LEDs are on. Is it defected? Thanks.

  40. Jonas
    January 15, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Would this work for my dorm in college. We have a simple Ethernet outlet in the wall. Wifi signal is terrible but over Ethernet the speeds are great. Could I hook up a Powerline Adapter to Ethernet outlet, even though it is not physically connected to a router?

  41. Michael
    January 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Been using various compatible powerlink adapters for years with no issues. Recently I replaced a power socket faceplate. The new faceplate works fine except that when I plug and switch on anything from this socket the powerlink adapter (in another room) is unable to make a powerline connection. If I switch the new socket devices off, the network connects and is fine again.

    It network is fine until I plug in and use a device from this new faceplate.

    I'm not using any new devices, or new anything other than the socket faceplate and that is wired and works correctly. Can't understand it - any thoughts please?

    Using lynksys PLE400 (base) and various Belkin (receiver) adapters - all work.

  42. will Scranton
    January 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Just bought a power-line NETGEAR-1000 unit from Best Buy. Looks easy to use. Plugged in, the unit initially worked well ... for 1.5 hours, then crapped-out completely. Indicator lights remain green, then winked away. After two hours no (=0) b/s in and out. No WWW. Junk! Fraud! Waste-of-time. I return the unit to Best Buy this morning.

  43. James
    January 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Some facts from a user:

    Your powerline adapters have to be on the same circuit. Old houses with multiple breaker boxes from construction additions will defeat adapters located on different boxes.

    They are very susceptible to power fluctuations. Recently lost four when hurricane Matthew roared by overhead. It's a good idea to unplug them if the power is going in and out.

    The speeds you get from these are almost always faster than wifi and always faster than your overall upload and download from your modem unless you have gigabit fiber.

    They work well with switches or Access Points in remote areas of the house. You can use two of these to extend wifi to an area that your original wifi AP can't reach. A detached garage that's on the same circuit for instance.

    After you buy the first pair, each once you get allows you to connect a new room. Only one needs to communicate to your router or main switch.

    They will work through an extension cord. I have these 4 inch cords that let you plug in power bricks when space is tight. The powerline adapters work great with these and I haven't seen any noticeable speed degradation. I've also used them in power strips for a short time without issues.

  44. Bernie Leadbeater
    December 31, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Hi
    My network printer is plugged into a broadband extender
    I can plug my laptop into most sockets in the house and the network printer is found.
    There is just one socket which, if I plug my laptop in, the network printer is not found.
    This socket is on the same circuit breaker as the others so I guess that there is something wrong with the way it is wired. I wondered if you might give me some ideas. For example, do you know which wire the extender uses, live, neutral or earth, or all of them?
    Thanks
    Bernie

  45. Rick McCullough
    December 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Hello,

    I would like to remove all Wi-Fi signals in my home and use wired networking only. I currently have an old router (D-Link DIR-615) that produces the Wi-Fi signals. Does this router have the capability to use both wired and wireless networking? If so, how to I disconnect the wireless?
    Do I have to buy a wired only type router?
    Today I bought a Powerline adapter kit (D-Link DHP 600AV). I installed one adapter to my router in the basement and plugged it into the wall outlet. I installed the other adapter into a PC on the 2nd floor and plugged it into the wall outlet then pushed the 'sinc' button on both adapters within 2 minutes of each other as instructed. The PC didn't have internet and after several tries and failures I gave up. Do you have any suggestions as to what could be wrong? Does my router need to be the wired type?

    Many thanks!
    Rick M

  46. Jen
    December 21, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Regarding powerline ethernet plugs, what if I want one in each of the two bedrooms; do i have to plug in two plugs at the router?

    • Victor
      January 4, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Nope. As long as there is one device that has internet the rest of the adapter will pick up from that source.

  47. Basil Scarlis
    December 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    THE PROBLEM: I have a three-level house and already use two TP-Link plugs to connect to a router located in the upper level of the house and to a second computer in a basement office. However, I need to add a third TP-Link plug in my kitchen. The kitchen on the main level has a brick wall blocking Wi-Fi signals.

    Do I just purchase the same TP-Link plug and add this third connection in my kitchen?
    Will the existing TP-Link connected to the router in the upper level of the house work with a third TP-Link plug?

    Note: I plan to stick to the same model (TP-Link (Model TL-PA4010KIT).

    • Anon
      December 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Yes, that should work

  48. Ralph Benjamin
    November 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Should Powerline adaptors be turned off, when the device they are connected to are not in use?

    Do they last longer, turning them on and off, or leaving them on 24/7?

    • Victor
      January 4, 2017 at 12:32 am

      You should be fine leaving them plugged in...also keep in mind having to re-sync them every time you plug them back in. Who would want to go thru that hassle!

  49. C. E. Wiggins
    November 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Do powerline adaptors need to be on the same electrical circuit in order to be effective?

    • Victor
      January 4, 2017 at 12:33 am

      Yes and no. Depending on how its set up. Basically if you have breakers you will be fine. Outside of your set of breakers no.

  50. Anthony
    November 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I would like to know the limits of units can paired in a 3 storied building block. can i setup 30 rooms pairing a tob, b to C, c to D and so on?

    • Victor
      January 4, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Technically... yes.... would it be the best approach. No. You are better off going wireless and having AP isolation on vs. trying to set up 30 of these bad boys up. Worst case scenario I would set up access points with these adapters (lets say 10) and if needed do a wireless to Ethernet bridge with a GL-iNet adapter (or any open sourced router).

  51. Andy
    November 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Many reviews state that you need to use the same electrical circuit and you can not go through a circuit breaker. My main electrical panel has around thirty circuit breakers for various parts of the house for example plugs in one room and part of a hallway are on one breaker, the lounge and dining room are on another. In this instance can I put an router adapter in the first room and an extender powerline in the lounge?

  52. C bourne
    November 2, 2016 at 10:26 am

    We have Vivanko net2tv power line twin pack adaptors (5. Years old) the adaptor which is plugged into the router isn't working there are no lights at all. We have change it around & it doesn't work connected to the tv . The faulty adaptor has got a rattle inside as if something is loose.
    Can we just buy a single adaptor of this make or do we have to buy another set?

  53. Diego cavallero
    October 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Hi im wondering if there are powerline adapters that connect from my wall to my router and then from my wall to my computer for a direct connect. The problem is my conputer does not have a wireless signal reciever.

    • Andy
      November 26, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      That's what these are more or less made for. Router is connected to the PowerLine plug via ethernet cable, second PowerLine plug is connected to the device via a second ethernet cable.

  54. sim
    October 24, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Thanks for the advice very useful.

  55. Sam
    October 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I have the Brite-view powerline adaptor set. I'm having trouble getting the damn things to pair. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  56. Michael
    October 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I have the AV500 (TL-WPA4220) Power Line model from TP-Link. It was very easy to set up (once I read that I should not plug it into a surge protector). I have had it for about six months and recently my computer connects to the network but says "no internet." I have tried almost every solution I can find online, i.e. re-configuring IP address, reset, etc.

    Today, I was on the TP-Link trying to find the manual and I came across this notice: http://www.tplink.com/us/claim/
    There is zero information on their website about this and they do not even show any documents or troubleshooting info for this model anymore. Does anyone know why TP-Link is voluntarily taking back all of the AV500 series Power Line routers? There was no a recall so I wonder if there was a lawsuit or something.

  57. TURKI
    September 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Hi,

    What is the best powerline with Wifi accesspoint regrdless the price?

    Thanks in advance :-)

  58. Chris
    September 17, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Do I have to change any network settings on my MacBook Pro? Or just turn Airport Off? I just tried connecting a third adapter (TP-link) to an existing set of two adpaters (Phicomm no longer available) both "Av 500 mb", but it did not work. Perhaps not compatible? Any help would be most appreciated.

  59. Julian Soundy
    September 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Do powerline adapters provide a wireless hotspot as well as signal via the mains ?
    Thanks

  60. Ryan
    September 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    We use ethernet adaptors on our solar monitoring and just recently I had a customer who claims that when his power line is plugged into the router his home internet security stops working when he unplugs , the security starts working again.

    Ever heard of this happening and if so resolution to this problem. Thanks for your time.

  61. Pam
    September 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Can the first power line adapter be plugged into an access point or do I have to plug it into the main router???

  62. Pam
    September 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    can I plug one of the power line Ethernet adapters into the access point (versus plugging into main router at other end of house)?? Or does the first adapter have to be plugged into main router??

  63. peter australia
    September 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    my powerline works good my internet service provider is 100mbs down up is 40mbs
    what im getting just on wifi is down 40 ---60mbs up 30 mbs now when i turn on powerline
    i get double the speed yes 80----90 down up over 40....thats using wifi not cable,,,,
    and the best thing about the adaptor can go to any room just plug in worth getting

  64. Chris
    September 9, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Can the adapters interfere with the internet connected through dsl.

    • James Bruce
      September 9, 2016 at 8:05 am

      No. The phone lines and the power lines are not connected in any way.

  65. Patrick
    September 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I am renting a room and I am living in the basement . Internet comes with the rent . Now the landlord told me that they have 25 mega bites of speed . But I often have only around 3 to 5 mega bites and often I can't even get on line . Now someone told me about these devices and I was wondering if they will work if there are 2 different fuse boxes in the house . I believe that they have one up stairs and there is one down here . Please get back to me before I buy one of these devices .

  66. kirby
    September 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    i bought D-link dhp-601av and it wont work at my house. try to troubleshoot it with there technician and they said it wont probably work on my environment. So what kind of powerline should i buy?

  67. Jim R
    September 3, 2016 at 6:59 am

    A couple questions about these devices as I'm just learning about them. I've been looking at two- the TP-LINK AV500 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Powerline Edition (TL-WPA4530 KIT) and the TP-LINK AV500 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Powerline Edition Starter Kit w/ 2 LAN Ports, Up to 300Mbps Wireless (TL-WPA4220KIT).

    First question is about plugging into an A/C outlet. How much of a loss will I get by plugging into an extension cord rather than directly into the wall outlet? My outlet sits behind a large, old rolltop desk and access to the unit would be next to impossible once plugged in.

    The second question is about connectivity. You have both WIFI and ethernet connections on the box. Is it an either or choice or can both be used at the same time? I'd like to put a unit in my LR, attach an ethernet cable to the TV to get better smartTV connectivity and a stronger WIFI signal to my laptop.

  68. Sundar BN
    August 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I live in India where houses have brick, mortar and cement walls.

    The netgear 2.4 GHz ADSL 2+ wifi router - on a "up to 2 Mbps" bandwidth :-( - is *not* detected while am in the living room which has the TV - Sony Bravia when of 2006, I think.

    The electrical wiring is of 1977 vintage and well, nowhere near US or European standards.

    Q: Should I use Ethernet over Power or Wi-Fi extenders ?

    The idea is to use a 5TB HDD with movies and serials and watch the media on the TV.

    The HDD would get connected to a PC near the Router. The TV would get a Chromecast. The controls would be via a smartphone that will not see the SSID of the Router in the room some 5 cement walls away.

    Thusly, in case of EoverP, the slave would need to go to aa new Wi-Fi Router so my 'phone may connect to the LAN.

    Would you suggest a Wi-Fi extender. Netgear extenders appear pricey tho' ....

    Thanks for the patience in reading this.

  69. Andy
    August 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    If I change my router to modem mode, take a cable from that to a POwerline adaptor at the other end of the cable I put another adaptor into my new wifi router such that it's now in the part of the house where I need it most would that work? DHCP is switched off on the original combined router/modem and the new router will assign the ip addresses, I just cannot run a cat5 from the original router to the new router.

  70. Mark Robson
    August 14, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Does the adapter that will be connected to my laptop have to be on the same circuit as the one that will be connected to my modem? Or will it generate noise and limit the speeds and reliability to that of Wifi?

    I plan on connecting one of the adapters directly to one of the open ports on the back of my modem rather than to the back of my router. Will this affect my Wifi signal to my TV or iPhone?

    • Andy
      August 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      What assigns the ip addresses, the router or the modem? If your modem is plugged into a router chances are you have the modem in modem only mode and the ports will be disabled.

      You cannot have two devices assigning ip addresses, if your router is actually a switch, then disable the dhcp on that and let the modem assign the is address, it should then work.

  71. Raymond
    July 29, 2016 at 7:02 am

    If I made a secure connection between my Powerline adapters, and then I unplugged both of them and plug them back in, will they still maintain a secure connection, or do I have to set it up again?

  72. john j
    July 24, 2016 at 4:23 am

    can i use this to run my ip camera signal from my garage to the house? the power shared from the same braker box in the house. and does it have to go into the router? can i put the cat 5 into my NVR?

  73. Ben Park
    July 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Can you use 2 sets of Powerline Adapter, Power Outlet Pass-through. My roommate has one and I was thinking of getting one.

  74. Christina
    July 11, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    um all i want is wifi in my room so i can use my ipod -sighs- since my mom said im to young to have a phone so i bought a router but realized i had to plug in the Ethernet cord somewhere but only had outlets and i already bout a thing but it didn't work and im kinda afraid to buy one of these cuz im trying to save money for a phone but im running out cuz of all these items .... i would really like to no if my ipod will reserve WiFi if i plug one of these in the wall.

    • David
      August 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      get a wifi range extender and hide it to extend the wifi to your room.

    • Andy
      August 22, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Take the router back, you can getbpowerline adaptors that create a wifi access point in their vicinity, but you will have to do some configuration, you're going to have to come clean and ask someone to set it up unless you know what you are doing.

      Buying a range extender is also an option, again some configuration required, if your parents don't mind you having access to the www then I cannot see it would be an issue for them setting wifi up. Are you sure you don't get wifi already you just haven't connected to it? Is it disabled in your households router/modem

  75. Shannon
    July 9, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I've been using a powerline adapter with my downstairs work computer for about a year (router is upstairs). It works great! My son's room is right next door to my downstairs office, so I just bought him Powerline adapter as well. We plugged it in, and it worked for his computer, however it knocked out Wi-Fi for everything else (phones, TVs, etc.). It says "not in range". If we unplug his adapter, WiFi starts working again for those devices. I have never had this issue with my Powerline adapter, is it because I'm using two? Any suggestions to get this working so that we can have Powerline used for two computers and Wi-Fi for everything else?

  76. Maurice
    June 26, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    My Telstra Gateway Max Cable router is upstairs and my Canon MX 926 printer is in our study downstairs.
    The printer struggles to receive adequate signal strength via the WiFi. Telstra advise me to purchase a power line adapter setup. I have not yet decided which brand or type to purchase. Should I consider the TP-LINK AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps (TL-PA4010KIT) ?
    Must the router and both power adapters be on same electrical circuit as our 2-story home may have different power circuits for downstairs and upstairs?

    • Andy
      August 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Should work. I have a PLA plugged into the downstairs ring main, which is on a separate fuse to the upstairs ringmain.

      I then have about 50m of armoured cable directly from the house fuse board into my garage/office extensionto a second fuse board with a separate ring main, on this I have the second PLA, the output then plugs into my router. I have not had any issues at all.

  77. Sumosaurus
    June 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I live in an old house where the wiring is probably very antiquated. Will this severely limit speeds? Is it worth bothering?

    • Cory
      June 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      How old is your old house? 1700's old (I live east coast so I see them a lot) if not then you should be fine. Nobody can tell you if your house wiring is ideal for a powerline adapter, its just the lottery. Buy one and try it, if it is less than ideal just return it.

      My personal results went from 6Mbps down and 1Mbps up on wi-fi to 70Mbps down and 8Mbps up. We pay for 80DL/10UL. Ethernet isn't an option and I am only 1 floor directly above the router, but the wi-fi was junk. Powerline adapters have helped me tremendously and I have had mine for over a year with no issues (coincidentally it goes against #7 too as it is plugged into the same socket as my huge 18-plug surge protector and works great!)

      • LoM
        August 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        I think the advice about the surge protector was to not plug it into the surge protector itself; plugging it into the same wall socket in parallel with the surge protector shouldn't affect it (and if I read your response correctly, that's what you did).

        It would have to be in series with the surge protector's circuitry (specifically the electrical components that provide the surge protection or transient voltage suppression) to cause problems. :)

  78. nick
    June 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

    if lets say i put powerline in my home will I be able to have internet in my phone and ipad with no cables?

    • Klaus
      June 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Now all Powerline adapters feature WiFi. Some do, some don't, so make sure you get the one that suits your needs.

  79. dan
    May 9, 2016 at 12:32 am

    I have a shop nearby that is on a different meter. Can I run something like a high quality bell wire to the shop and use it to power the second unit if i use it for nothing else?

  80. Michelle
    May 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Can you help, i have purchased two TPLInk Power Adaptors which seem to be working fine with most devices other than my laptop? The wifi link is showing but for some reason it will not connect and i have no idea why this is?

    • Rebequinha.xd@gmail.com
      May 17, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Could be many things, although you can try:
      Disconnect the cable from your laptop.
      Remove the Powerline from the socket and plug it back in.
      then, pair it again, when you see it has link, plug it back into your computer.

      If that doesn't work:
      go into your network settings doing the following:
      - hold down the Windows Key + R, it will open the Execution box.
      - type "control netconnections"(without quottation marks )
      A window should pop up with the network cards you have in your laptop, check if the one that says Ethernet is disable and enable it. you may also try restarting it (Disabling and re-enabling it).

      One thing to note. TP-Link is great and all but I've had a few problems with their powerlines before. AKA, sometimes when you are browsing the web and not using as much data, it will put itself to sleep, or simply disconnect. which will calse you to lose connection. This is a bug, as far as I know, and TP-Link already know about the issue, but they haven't fixed it, so no hope. Anyway, if that sittuation ever happens (losing connection) an easy fix is: unplug the one that is linked to your computer from the wall, plug it back in and press the pair button. Usually you don't even have to press the pair button, I just do it just in case.

      Hope it helps,

      Becky

  81. Pam
    April 12, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Hi, I have plug in sonic pest deterents that use the electrical wiring. Does this rule out power line products?

  82. Amanda
    April 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Hi I have just purchased a pair of the power line adapters as my son is in the loft and his internet box is on the ground floor of the house so had hardly any signal strength by the time it got up to him only Kbps rather than Mbps Fingers crossed seems to be ok and connection speeds have gone to Mbps now which I know is better but can you tell me my husband turns the electrics off every night will this mean that when he turns it back on in the morning I will have to pair the plugs up again or should it just pair back up automatically.

  83. NickJ
    March 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    And so I tried a couple of combinations. Plugged the OneClick back in while the Powerline was running. OK for a while then data connection lost. Tried it on an extension lead and again OK for a while tho' the Powerline adapter (TP-Link DHP 306AV) data LED was flashing every colour from green to red. Then out of the circuit altogether and steady green. Powerline really does not seem to like this gadget!

    • Justin Pot
      March 28, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah, surge protectors really mess with the signal! Glad you figured this all out.

  84. NickJ
    March 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    And then I had anoher think about it... It's a double socket and I'd subsututed a OneClick auto switching / surge protecting trailing socket into the one that's not occupied by the Powerline adapter. Took that out and and now Powerline's up and running! Wierdly this had been in use in anoither room with Powerline but had itself been running off an extension. So solved, I think.

  85. NickJ
    March 27, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    One socket in my house seems to be refusing to run Powerline! It was OK until a couple of days ago then suddenly lost data signal. I've tried re-pairing and nothing happens - data light may go on briefly but not for long. I've tried moving an adaptor from another location and that fails then when I put it back "home" it's running again. Was associated with a circuit trip-out but rest of network seems fine. Any suggestions?

  86. Pareng Bino
    January 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I have a TP-Link AV500 currently running. I recently received as a gift a Zyxel PLA4505 120Mbps. Can I have both running in the same house?

    • Justin Pot
      February 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      They're both Homeplug AV compliant, so in theory they should connect with each other. In practice, this might turn out to be a pain in the neck. Also note that while the Zyxel offers speeds up to 500mbps, the TP-Link only goes up to 250mbps, so you'll likely end up with the lower speed most of the time on a mixed network. Good luck!

  87. Satchel
    December 26, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I have a power strip that powers an electrical heater, Air Conditioner, TV, Playstation, etc. If i get a power line adapter that has a pass through outlet will it be able to power all these devices that is plugged into the power strip?

  88. Anonymous
    October 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    A couple quick observations:

    Homeplug connectivity won't transition to circuits on different electric panels, which can be a problem in large homes or locations that have been remodeled a several times.

    It's possible to buy a homeplug ethernet switch. This is my favorite application for it. There are often a lot of things behind someone's entertainment center that would work better plugged in to a wire than they would as wireless devices. You CAN just buy a regular desktop ethernet switch and plug the Homeplug box into that, but that's just confusing the cabling.

    Homeplug connectivity is not as fast as advertised. It works at about 1/3 the speed the box says it should. It's still generally going to be faster and more reliable than 802.11.

    Homeplug is a really good way to position an 802.11 Access Point in a place where running an ethernet cable directly would be inconvenient.

    • Justin Pot
      October 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      That's a really great piece of information, thanks for leaving it here.

  89. Anonymous
    October 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Good write-up Justin. I can attest to the performance of these adapters as I have been using a pair now for over two years. My internet connection is of course in my house and most everything in the house is hard-wired save for the tablets and laptops. I have a guest house that is roughly 350 yards from my house that does not connect to my wireless network as there is a large barn (with metal siding) that blocks the line-of-sight between the two houses. As the large barn gets is power sub-fed from my house I was able to use a pair of these adapters, exactly like the ones you show from TP-Link, and connect a wireless access point to my network on the far side of the barn. Along with a second access point at the other house to complete the "Bridge", my network now spans the distance with no problems. As far as any intermittent drops of connections are concerned ... haven't had any in the two years I have had this set-up running, save for power outages.

    • Justin Pot
      October 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      That's a pretty impressive setup Andrew. I actually grew up on a farm myself, I'm wondering what you use your network for in the barn.

      • Justin Pot
        October 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        And I just re-read, saw that it's a guest house. Cool!

    • Gwen
      March 20, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Hi Andrew,
      I've been struggling with a similar situation and would love to know exactly how you did this. Do I understand correctly that you have 2 routers plus the powerline adapters?

      I have a detached home office about 50 feet from my main house. My ethernet cable starts in this office. My router is connected to the modem in the office. In my main house, I have a range extender that's supposed to increase the router range up to 10,000 SF, but apparently there's too much interference from walls, appliances, windows or whatever to maintain a truly dependable connection. Although it seemed to work well for a while, we now have to reset both router & extender every few days...quite annoying for my 3 roommates who depend on it for laptops, tablets and smartphones. I've spent 40-50 hours with tech support trying to resolve this over the past couple years..

      The office and the house have separate breaker boxes, but only one electric meter.
      I've considered having an electrician run more ethernet cable to the main house, or having my ISP install a separate line in the house, both expensive options. But I'm tired of the headaches! Would these powerline adapters be more dependable and affordable?
      Thanks for letting me pick your brain!
      Gwen

      • Andrew
        March 20, 2016 at 11:01 am

        First off, no I only have one router in the main house where the internet connection is located. I have two Wireless AP's that are configured as a bridge between my large barn and the second house. At the other house I have a unmanaged 8-port switch to connect the inside wiring to the wireless AP. If I ever need wireless access in the second house of course I would have to have a second router to sub-net, or third Wireless AP to add to that network, but for now the hard-wires are sufficient. If you have only one meter then either your house is sub-fed from the office or visa-versa, or both are directly connected to the load of the meter, in either case powerline adapters will work between the two buildings, setup is no different in your case than how the instructions describe how to set them up. Powerline adapters will not work (well) if you plug them into a surge protection device or some power-strips... have them by themselves for the best performance. At only 50 Feet between buildings you are essentially the same setup I am between my house and large barn. Gwen if this explains it any better, great. If you need more information I can certainly help out with more specifics if you would like to contact me by e-mail: tnwizard@verizon.net