Networking with Homeplug vs Wi-Fi

Posted on 2007-07-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I've recently heard about something called Homeplug where an ethernet connection is established via electrical sockets. This sounds like the answer to my wifi problems - I have a D-Link router and the connection is constantly dropping, both to my HP wireless printer and to my second Mac that's connected via a USB adaptor.

I hear the NetGear Homeplug is the best one, but does it work with Apple Mac? If not, is there one that does?

I use the new Intel iMac as my main computer (currently connected via Ethernet to my D-Link router), with an HP Officejet 7410 all-in-one wireless printer, and an old indigo iMac wirelessly connected via USB adaptor.
Question by:clareturpin
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    YES.. the NetGear hompelug works with Macs .. it is in effect a straightforward ethernet network which works over the electrical circuits in your house.

    Read this Macworld article which reviews Netgear and a few of the alternatives

    Author Comment

    That's fantastic - thank you!

    One further question: I'm unclear after reading the MacWorld article whether I'd need a separate HomePlug adapter for my router and each of my remote devices, or just one for my router?
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    Yes, you will need an adapter for each power outlet where you connect a PC or other device over ethernet

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