Networking via the ring main

  Jim Thing 10:49 14 Jun 09

I read somewhere that Powerline (and similar) plug-in units must be connected direct to the ring main (i.e. not via multi-socket extension cables, etc.).

I'd like to use the Powerline system to network the laptop in my living room to the desktop in my study, but I have everything connected to the mains via surge-protected extension cables.

Is it an either/or thing? Must I choose either surge protection or Powerline?

  dms_05 12:20 14 Jun 09

I've used HomePlug networking with extension socket/cable. No noticeable problems.

  Jim Thing 12:50 14 Jun 09

Many thanks, dms_05. I couldn't think of any reason not to do it, but I'm no expert.

  Jim Thing 13:14 14 Jun 09

Logging off now. Thunderstorms predicted for N. Ireland this afternoon.

  Jim Thing 20:35 16 Jun 09

I gave it a try with the laptop plugged into an extension cable. No problems. Thanks, dms_05

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