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    HomePlug Powerline - does it work?


    If I want to connect to the internet using HomePlug Powerline, does it just work? For instance, if I have
    - one of the adapters in the living room attached to the router with an ethernet cable (and to the wall, of course)
    - the other one in my work room, plugged into the wall and connected to my computer's ethernet port

    Will it just work? Or it depends on the plugs/adapters?

    I'm thinking of using this instead of using a wireless connection.

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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Nottingham, England
    You may need matching models each end of the connection, but from what I hear from colleagues at work that use them, it's all fine and pretty easy to set up. I don't use them, though, as I'm paranoid that someone down the street could get the same model of power-line adaptor and gain access to my network.
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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Mason Texas
    I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that the signal only worked on house wiring, and did not go past the transformer on the pole. I guess if several apartments or units were connected to a master bus supplied from a single transformer, units on the client side of the transformer could read each others signal. Most houses where I am have separate feeds, even if they are supplied by the same transformer. To make sure though, check with the adapter company you are considering.
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