Powerline networking

Peter Blanchard

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Powerline networking is a good solution for me inside the house. Faster than current Wifi for a lot of purposes and useful when I drag in machines from the home lab that don't have Wifi.

I'm upgrading from 200Mb/s (with 100Mb/s LAN ports) to 1Gb/s (with 1Gb/s LAN port). Bought six second user BT Mini Connecter v2s. But I did look at other options.

I note that there are Devolo 2.4Gb/s products with three 1Gb/s LAN ports. Which made me wonder about channel bonding. I'd be surprised if the switch element of them supports 802.1AX.
 

BoredSysadmin

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I never had good luck with Powerline solutions, but YMMV. Let us know how well gig powerline works for you (or not)
 

MBastian

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I am running a TL-WPA8630 (with Openwrt) pair to extend WLAN Coverage to the kitchen and I've never beeen able to get more than 150 MBit/s out of it, even in a testing environment on the same breaker.
Mind that the advertised 2.4Gb/s is purely theoretical and also the accumulated value. You have 1.2Gb/s up- and 1.2Gb/s downstream.
I'd say you'd be lucky to break the 250MBit/s mark.
 

cesmith9999

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These are my findings as well. Never full throughput. Enough to get a connection to the other end of the house without running Cat6 across the floor.

Current Wi-fi Mesh with the new bands will do better in most cases.

Chris
 

Stephan

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Powerline will drown out any shortwave reception in the near vicinity because it is 0-30 MHz. So any DXer will hate you. If closeby it will also interfere with DSL, up to loss of sync of your DSL. Wifi repeater using a cheap directional antenna on both ends is imho the way to go.
 
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Peter Blanchard

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I am running a TL-WPA8630 (with Openwrt) pair to extend WLAN Coverage to the kitchen and I've never beeen able to get more than 150 MBit/s out of it, even in a testing environment on the same breaker.
Mind that the advertised 2.4Gb/s is purely theoretical and also the accumulated value. You have 1.2Gb/s up- and 1.2Gb/s downstream.
I'd say you'd be lucky to break the 250MBit/s mark.
I should probably do some benchmarking of my existing Devolo kit before I replace it.

I understand powerline networking a little better now. It has more in common with Wifi than it does with Ethernet. Not just in terms of frequency-division multiplexing (FDM) but also how sensitive to how evironment is built.
 

Peter Blanchard

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Powerline will drown out any shortwave reception in the near vicinity because it is 0-30 MHz. So any DXer will hate you. If closeby it will also interfere with DSL, up to loss of sync of your DSL. Wifi repeater using a cheap directional antenna on both ends is imho the way to go.
I thought better kit avoided some frequency ranges?
 

Stephan

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Keyword being "some"... and then firmware used to only lower spectral power in certain ranges, not skip them entirely.
 

Mithril

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Besides powerline, look into MOCA which can use (most likely existing) coax you'd be using for cable TV. I'd be ebay has a ton of used/refurbed moca adaptors.
 

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Besides powerline, look into MOCA which can use (most likely existing) coax you'd be using for cable TV. I'd be ebay has a ton of used/refurbed moca adaptors.
Definitely tons out there. Which seem to be the best adapters to go after?
 

Mithril

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It's been a while since I used any (back in the early days of Verizon Fios when the techs didn't know or were not allowed to run ethernet from the optical terminal).

If I had to guess Motorola would be a good choice as they also make cable modems