Do powerline ethernet networks work with surge protectors?

Drsunil V April 7, 2014

Can power line adapters work on circuits that use a surge protector/spike guard like this?

  1. Hovsep A
    April 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    NETGEAR does not recommend using power strips, surge protectors, UPS and extension cords with Powerline products

    • Drsunil V
      April 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm


    • Drsunil V
      April 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Please tell , Is it mandatory to use a step down convertor with a powerline adapter which is manufactured to suit voltage of another country? or would it work irrespective of such manufacture customization?

    • Hovsep A
      April 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Step down transformers are needed to step power down to a usable voltage, if the manufacturer advise to use Step down transformer then follow the guide. I think that powerline networks won't work across transformers?

      if they say universal then it should be like Belkin Powerline AV500

    • Drsunil V
      April 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , 1) you imply universal would work in any country voltage? 2) How to know from local online malls which model would work for voltage matters? 3) How to know whether a powerline adapter is made for US or EU?

    • Hovsep A
      April 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      universal can mean that it can work in all countries or some countries, some do ship with Wall Plug Adapters including EU, UK, AU and US ensures that it can be used nearly all over the world.

    • Drsunil V
      April 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Please tell , how to know that a model of Powerline adapter , is made for EU , AU , US?

    • Hovsep A
      April 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      i think nowadays powerline adapters should be universal countries, now how to find out it should be written on the package or manual like Compatible with both 120 volt and 240 volt electrical systems ? Integrated 100V-230V Switching Supply. Also they should provide pine size
      UK(UK)-3 pins UK plug with integrated 230V AC power supply.
      EU(EUR)-2 pins EU plug with integrated 230V AC power supply.
      US(US)-2 pins US plug with integrated 120V AC power supply.
      AU(AU)-3pins AU plug with integrated 230V AC power supply

      any doubts prior to purchase do contact their support

    • 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?

  2. Oron J
    April 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    According to BT (, " is impossible to say which anti-surge protectors will work with Powerline Adapters and which will not".

    • Drsunil V
      April 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks. Your inputs have been useful. Please tell whether anti surge protector is same as step down convertor?

    • Oron J
      April 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      A step down transformer is different from a surge protector, and will definitely prevent Powerline signals from getting through. There are two common designs:

      • Traditional transformer. These consist of two coils of wire with a common ferrite core. They work by induction, and the electricity is in effect re-generated on the second (i.e. output) coil, so the high-frequency Powerline signals won't get through.
      • Switching converter. In this type of converter only part of the wave form is allowed through, so while a bit of the data signal may get through, other parts will get chopped off, scuppering data transfer again...
    • Drsunil V
      April 9, 2014 at 6:16 am

      I understand. Please tell whether step down convertor is synonym for step down transformer

    • Oron J
      April 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I assume they are. I don't know.

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