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Powerline networking in a home setting

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Emboldened by my studies at the open University …

I’ve been wondering how powerline networking works in a home setting. It is now quite common to buy pairs of homeplug adapters to run Internet over the existing electrical wiring.

To understand performance issues on your home network you need to understand the minutiae of your network! I am becoming an expert…Haha. I am certainly more informed about networks than I was a week ago. Learning about powerline networking was the last piece in the puzzle and it is really hard to find informative articles with the technical details about the technology and how it works.

I found this informative article, Powerline Networking Guide-How To Setup HomePlug Adapters by Steve Cope, which ticks all the boxes in giving a good overview. It even explains how a pair of adapters establishes a connection.  And, as Wikipedia HomePlug informs:

“On many new powerline adapters that come as a boxed pair, a unique security key has already been established and the user does not need to change the password, except when using these with existing powerline adapters, or adding new adapters to an existing network. Some systems support an authenticate button, allowing adapters to be added to the network with just two button presses (one of each of the devices).”

Now, I can go on to research the performance of my home network and get rid of some of the bottlenecks that I have already identified as a result of my research.

Written by dlwvox

August 28, 2017 at 13:58

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