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Powerline networking as a method to improve your wireless home network

Wireless networking has always been considered as one of the most sought after home networking solutions.  A number of reasons can attest as to why wireless networking is preferred by many in terms of home networking. 

Why is wireless networking a popular choice?

•     Hassle free Internet connection – Users don’t have to worry where and how to place their wires strategically.

Accessing the Internet becomes more convenient with wireless networking.

•      Improved reach – Wireless connections have the capability to provide connection to hard-to-reach areas in your home.

Despite the benefits of wireless networking, it still has its own set of shortcomings which can provide a certain degree of inconvenience to users.

•     Inconsistent performance – Although wireless connections provide sufficient Internet speed to devices on your home, it
      usually suffers from interference that can be caused by different factors (location, physical obstructions, wireless
      interference).

•     A variation of needs – As more users and devices rely on wireless networking, their needs may greatly vary.  At one end,
      people use the wireless network for streaming, some may need it for gaming while others rely on it for downloads.  This
      results to unequal distribution of bandwidth which may cause intermittent connections from different users within the
      network.

Different activities may affect the overall performance of your wireless network.

Powerline networking as an alternative

Aside from using wireless networks, you can make use of a Powerline network.  This can be used to improve your existing wireless connection.  This kind of setup is very ideal for homes since it makes use of something that all of us already have – electrical connections.  The table below summarizes the differences between wireless and Powerline connections.

Type of Connection
 Powerline ConnectionWireless (Wi-Fi) Connection
Medium used for establishing connectionElectrical outlets at homeWireless signals (from different wireless devices)
Ease of usageMay depend on the Powerline adapter (wired Powerline adapters require Ethernet cables to connect devices)Needs an Ethernet cable to connect to the main computer
Requirements for initial setupPlug in to an available socketNeeds to use software for initial setup (i.e. through Linksys Connect or web-based setup page)
Vulnerability to timeoutPower outage; Powerline adapters not on the same circuit breakerInterference caused by location, overlapping signals, other obstructions
LimitationsMust be plugged in to a wall socket to function; needs to have all adapters to be under a single circuit breakerReach of wireless signal may depend on the device but can be adjusted to fit preferences

 To start establishing a Powerline network, you need Powerline adapters.  Click on the link below to view the list of Powerline adapters from Linksys.

Different Linksys powerline adapters that can be used for setting up a powerline network

To have a better understanding of when to use a Powerline adapter, click here.

To get the latest networking products from the Linksys Store, click here.

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