Powerline Ethernet describes data transfer over electrical energy lines. What this simply means is as possible plug in one powerline Ethernet adapter into the wall, hook it into your router, and plugin in another adapter near your computer, and connect your computer to it. You’re using these adapters as a way to make use of your existing electrical lines to transfer internet data. Your internet is going through existing electrical wire!
This sounds great, and it may be, with some caveats. Let’s dig in. How quickly could be the powerline adapter. Netgear has some models we could use for example super wireless ethernet bridges the entry-level XE102 model supports up to 14mbs, whilst the mid-range model supports 85MBps, and the very best model claims speeds up to 200 MBps. Gigabit Ethernet over electrical wire can be available.
These ranges are under ideal conditions, and are likely to not be achieved practically. Before stepping into 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 etc 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 lots of difference between gigabit Ethernet and 200 MBps in terms of speeds.
Considering the information, you’d believe that wireless could be the clear choice. However, the sole way to determine which system works much better is to test both out. Powerline Ethernet increases results than wireless-g for a number of people, including my house. The decision for me personally was whether I ought to upgrade from Wireless-G or simply get powerline Ethernet. The adapter is cheaper, and it’s possible to connect a wireless router to one of these adapters as a repeater. I tried it, and it worked better for me personally than wireless-G, and was cheaper than upgrading to wireless-N.