Powerline Ethernet describes data transfer over electric power lines. What this simply means is as possible plug in one single powerline Ethernet adapter into the wall, hook it into your router, and plugin in another adapter near your personal computer, and connect your personal computer to it. You are using these adapters as a way to make use of your existing electrical lines to transfer internet data. Your online is going through existing electrical wire!
This sounds great, and it could be, with some caveats. Let’s dig in. How fast may be the powerline adapter. Netgear has some models we can use for instance super wireless ethernet bridges the entry-level XE102 model supports up to 14mbs, whilst the mid-range model supports 85MBps, and the top model claims speeds up to 200 MBps. Gigabit Ethernet over electrical wire can also be available.
These ranges are under ideal conditions, and are likely not to be achieved practically. Before engaging in the nitty gritty, lets look at wireless speeds. Common wireless technology in 2010 is either 802.11g or 802.11n. wireless-g claims speeds of 54MBps, and Wireless N claims theoretical speeds of 300 Mbps. True to life issues such as for example insufficient channel bonding, radio interference, overhead of protocols, and so on limit Wireless N to practical limits of 70 MBps.
Measured speeds in non-lab conditions for electrical internet adapters indicate practical speeds of 30-45 Mbps. This depends upon encryption, the circuitry of the electrical system, and other electrical interference. There’s not a lot of difference between gigabit Ethernet and 200 MBps with regards to speeds.
Looking at the data, you would believe that wireless may be the clear choice. However, the sole way to determine which system works better for you is to try both out. Powerline Ethernet increases results than wireless-g for many people, including my house. The decision for me was whether I will upgrade from Wireless-G or simply get powerline Ethernet. The adapter is cheaper, and you can attach an instant router to one of these adapters as a repeater. I used it, and it worked better for me than wireless-G, and was cheaper than upgrading to wireless-N.