The Powerline adapter is a relatively recent invention. It comes in two pieces. One plugs into an outlet and plugs into your Internet router or modem with an Ethernet cable. The other piece plugs into another outlet near your computer or other Internet divice, and likewise plugs into that divice with an Ethernet cable. The Internet signal is then transmitted through the outlet from one place to the other!
In actuality, Internet is now available in any outlet of your home, provided you’ve got more boxes. It cost me $70 for a source adapter and a destination adapter, and additional destination adapters are about $40 apiece.
According to the comments on the Amazon page of the device I chose, you’re going to be looking at speeds of about 60% of what you’d get if you were sitting right next to your modem with the machine plugged right into it. However (depending on your Internet plan, of course), 60% of wired Internet speed is still well above Wireless-N. Plus, Internet through the powerline is much more reliable than wireless, which tends to fade in strength or get disconnected a lot, regardless of where you are.
These powerline adapters are especially good if you’ve got an Xbox on another floor, have a guest with a laptop two floors up from your Wi-Fi, or are trying desperately to stream an HD movie from one corner of the house to the other.
Here’s the device I use. If you’re not in the U.S., check your country’s Amazon page or electronics shop to find a similar device that will work for you.
This is a great compromise between having to string long cables from your modem or router, and having to deal with Wi-Fi issues. Good luck with it!
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