Powerline Ethernet describes data transfer over electrical power lines. What this simply means is that you can plug in a single powerline Ethernet adapter in to the wall, hook it into your router, and plugin in another adapter near your personal computer, and connect your personal computer to it. You are using these adapters as a means to make use of your existing electrical lines to transfer internet data. Your online is going right on through existing electrical wire!
This sounds great, and it can be, with some caveats. Let’s dig in. How quickly is the powerline adapter. Netgear has some models we can use as an example super wireless ethernet bridges the entry-level XE102 model supports around 14mbs, as the mid-range model supports 85MBps, and the most effective model claims speeds around 200 MBps. Gigabit Ethernet over electrical wire is also available.
These ranges are under ideal conditions, and tend not to be achieved practically. Before getting into the nitty gritty, lets look at wireless speeds. Common wireless technology in 2010 is either 802.11g or 802.11n. wireless-g claims speeds of 54MBps, and Wireless N claims theoretical speeds of 300 Mbps. Real life issues such as for example insufficient channel bonding, radio interference, overhead of protocols, and so on limit Wireless N to practical limits of 70 MBps.
Measured speeds in non-lab conditions for electrical internet adapters indicate practical speeds of 30-45 Mbps. This depends on encryption, the circuitry of the electrical system, and other electrical interference. There’s not a lot of difference between gigabit Ethernet and 200 MBps in terms of speeds.
Taking a look at the information, you’d genuinely believe that wireless is the clear choice. However, really the only way to ascertain which system works better for you is to try both out. Powerline Ethernet increases results than wireless-g for several people, including my house. The decision for me was whether I ought to upgrade from Wireless-G or simply just get powerline Ethernet. The adapter is cheaper, and it’s possible to hook up an instant router to one of these simple adapters as a repeater. I used it, and it worked better for me than wireless-G, and was cheaper than upgrading to wireless-N.