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Network adaptors

Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by zxspectrum, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    Im fishing for information regarding these wireless adaptors that you plug into the mains.


    The above is what im looking at getting

    My question is for people who use them for online gamaing. I want to use xbox live service but i dont want to pay 70 quid for a wireless adaptor that only will go at 54mbps, so thought that this would be a better alternative.

    If anyone has this connectino can they lease tell me how they get on with it


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  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    They arent actually wireless adapters. They make use of the earth line in your propertys mains as another network cable. So you plug one in next to your router, and feed a network cable from the router to it. and plug the other at another location in your house, then a cable from it to whatever device you are running off it (or if you want to hook multiple devices up to it, you would need a switch/hub there first)

    I've heard good reviews of them, but I've never used them myself, and have no idea on the lag for gaming. I suspect that it largely depends on the quality of the wiring in your property.
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    These have been discussed here before - look for 'Homeplug'.

    They *do* have a greater latency than a direct connection, but this is dependant on the quality of your mains wiring. However - this latency is less than a WiFi connection.

    My experience with this is that on most situations you will get about 50Mbps, but as this is way higher than most people's broadband connection this figure is largely meaningless.

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  4. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

    I have never used a homeplug set, I seem to remember they can be a bit limited in where you put them as they need to be on the same ring main.
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Certainly this isn't true in my house - but I suspect it may depend on your consumer unit and the wiring in general.

    The only places I've not had them work were places that had 3-phase power, where I had no way of knowing what phase the two ends were on.

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