Do powerline networks work?
Posted on 2011-03-08
Networking on Windows XP.
I’m having problems making WIFI work for one of my clients – router is in the basement, computer upstairs, intermittent problem, different routers, line drops, trouble getting an IP address, getting an IP address but no Internet……the usual. Drives you crazy. I’m wondering if a Powerline Network bridge might work. I have a new Netgear XE102 bridge I was thinking of trying. I also have probably another half dozen such adapters in my basement, acquired over the years.
The problem is that whenever you get into new technologies there are always gotchas. (OK, so this technology has actually been around for a while. But I haven't used it.)
I’ve only worked with wired and wireless networking before. I’m hesitant to try this technology for fear it will turn into another endless tarbaby of a problem. Since I never believe the advertising on the box (all these products are effortless to install and never break) I thought I’d ask if I should try a powerline adapter. Are there ways/adapters that might have a good shot at working?