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I recently purchased a pair of Netgear Powerline Adapters to enable me to set up a network between the house pc(XP home) and my workshop pc(XP Pro) in the garage.  There is about 150 feet of wire and 2 circuit breakers between the two powerline adapters.  I originally networked the workshop computer as follows;

cat 5 cable from workshop pc to powerline adapter(workshop)
cat 5 cable from powerline adapter (house) to Linksys router

 This setup allowed me to access the internet at 10 mbs but transferring files between the workshop pc and the rest of the networked pcs was miserably slow so I changed the configuration as follows;

cat 5 cable from workshop pc to powerline adapter(workshop)
cat 5 cable from powerline adapter (house) to ICS enabled pc in house

  This allowed me to have fast file transfers between all pcs on the network but I was never able to access the internet from the workshop pc.

  I should have been satisfied with one of these two configurations but I wanted the best of both setups so I tried a number of things with the result that I can no longer access anything from the workshop.  The power line adapters have 3 indicator lights, #1- power, #2- lights when another adapter has been detected, and #3- network traffic.  Numbers 1 and 2 are lit on both adapters until I boot the workshop pc at which time number 3 comes on and XP indicates that a 10 mbs network connection has been established.  The workshop pc is set up to get an IP from the ICS pc but running "ipconfig" gives me 0.0.0.0 for about a minute and then the IP becomes 169.254.x.x  Even though the adapter indicates that it is connected to the other adapter I cannot ping the house pc or from the house to the workshop.  The ICS enabled nic has IP 192.168.0.1 as it's supposed to and I've tried (without success) manually setting the workshop pc to
IP 192.168.0.2
Subnet 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway 192.168.0.1
DNS  192.168.0.1

I've also tried to go back to the router configuration with no success.

I suspect that it's the fault of the Netgear Powerline Adapters but I don't understand why they worked for a couple of weeks and now they won't.  I should mention that I can bring the workshop pc into the house and set it up in another room using the powerline adapters and everything works like a charm.  Also, I live in northern Minnesota and it was very cold when I first set up this system.  I don't know that much about electricity but is it possible that my problem is being caused by temperatures above zero?  Thanks for your consideration.
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by:OldSoftware
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I have had a similar problem on my eMachine wireless laptop. It finds the wireless powerline connector then it drops it. This cycle will continue every 10 seconds or so. The problem I believe is something in the house wiring.

If I move the wireless connector to another circuit it works.

Also if I unplug the connector to the internet for 60 seconds that seems to fix it sometimes. I have also had to move this connector to another circuit.

If you reset the power to the house by killing the main CB for 60 seconds all of your problems might go away.
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I've tried killing the main CB and that didn't work either.  I've solved the problem by throwing some more money at it in the form of a D-Link Wireless Bridge which gets the signal from the wireless access point into the workshop and then from the bridge into the powerline adapter near the bridge.  The other powerline adapter is next to the PC and, since both adapters are on a circuit in the workshop, they work as advertised.  Thanks for your consideration.
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