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Powerlinking... How does it work?


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I have just discovered that I can get iplayer on my TV via an ethernet connection...

So I need to get the ethernet near to the TV... one option, (I think!), is to get a wireless access point near the TV, to receive the wireless signal from upstairs, and plug a short cable into the TV...

Another is to use "powerlinking", (no specific brand intended), where the broadbeut, but the two rooms concerned are on different ring mains...

I'm guessing that the signal is carried using the earth and neutral circuits??

Can anyone confirm if that is right... or point me to any diagrams... Aquick search hasn't proved fruitful.

Thanks in advance,



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If you are in a private dwelling then it's extremely likely that all your electrics are on the same phase. If you are in an large office or workplace then this may not be the case. You need to have all the powerline adaptors on the same phase to work.

I have several powerline adaptors from several manufacturers in my home and they all work well together. You can (just to confuse you!) buy a powerline adaptor with a built in WiFi connection which allows you to use the mains wiring to locate two WiFi systems widely apart using the same router.

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