Powerline extenders – the best thing to happen in home routing since the advent of WiFi!
They’re the easiest, simplest and one of the most cost-effective ways to extend your home WiFi coverage. You get them as a set with one unit connecting to a power socket close to your router and the other plugging into a wall socket towards the part of your house or property where you’re having WiFi issues. They talk to each other via the power cabling inside of your walls and link up to give you seamless WiFi coverage without having to run extra cables or causing a drop in performance across your connection.
Setup is a breeze!
We’re big fans of these here at Uber.
Setup is as simple as plugging them into a power socket and connecting the main unit to your router. They come all set up with a WiFi password and some even come with the ability to copy your existing network details across with the push of a button. There are a couple of things you need to be aware of. They work best if they’re connected directly to a power socket – this means no power boards or double adapters.
You also need to make sure that they’re on the same power circuit and phase. They can work across different phases when there’s a coupler in place, but performance can be a bit lacklustre. If you’re unsure, chat with your electrician.
How can powerline adapters help me?
We’ve got heaps of customers who are already using powerline adapters.
Some of their uses are:
• Filling in WiFi blank spots in far corners of your house
• Enabling WiFi coverage to span multiple floors
• Getting WiFi access to hard to reach places such as sheds, sleepouts, cabins or anywhere else that has power delivered over the same circuit
• Providing ethernet cable access to other parts of the house
Where can I buy them?
You can get powerline adapters from most electronic retailers such as Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman or PB Tech. Make sure you buy a set, as you can just buy single adapters. You’ll also want to make sure that you buy a set that has WiFi built in.
One unit that we’ve seen a lot of is the TP Link TL-WPA4220 KIT AV600 Powerline Kit.