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What do I need to have a network using the mains circuit?


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I am a Virgin Broadband customer on 100mb/s wired I get a good speed wireless is relatively poor 20-25mb/s

My desktop computer is diagonally opposite corners of the house and I don't want Virgin to run an external cable around the house as it isn't an easy route and I think it would be unsightly.

I've heard there are adaptors which use the mains circuit but I know nothing about them. What would the minimum I need to go from the Virgin Super (read quite average) Hub to where my desktop is located?

Any suggestions on brands and prices?

All help gratefully received


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Have a look at this page. Basically you would need two Homeplugs, one of which connects to one of the "Super Hub's" ethernet ports and the other to your PC. Additional plugs can be used for connecting another computer or networked device. There are also WiFi Homeplugs, so that the remote one could be used for the connection of devices "wirelessly".

Having said that, in order to get the full speed of your 100Mbps connection with WiFi, you'd almost certainly need to connect directly to the router with a Wireless Network Adapter that supports 300Mbps 802.11n

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