can i use different makes of ppowerline adapters in teh same house

i currently have commtrend powergrid 9020 installed for my BT vision
i have a room upstairs that needs wifi
commtrend dont seem to make a plug that also acts as a wifi transmitter
they only do one that must be connected to a network cable, which is not possible as i cannot run a ethernet cable to this room.
can i purchase different make of powerline adapters and use these alongside my current adapters
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Bill BachPresident and Btrieve GuruCommented:
I think you may be getting confused about what you are attempting.  The 9020 powerline adapters extends a wired network across the electrical system, acting as an Ethernet bridge -- a simple repeater.

First off, you should try connecting your Wifi Access Point to your wired network first, as this will give you the best possible performance.  Getting access "upstairs" should be no problem -- I have a three-story with an access point in the basement, and I can access it from the third floor.

If that fails, then simply use a 9020 and then connect the WiFi access point into the 9020 -- and then your computers can talk to the wifi hotspot created as a result.  The 9020 will create a bridge to connect the wifi hotspot to your wired network, albeit with some additional latency.
dougdogAuthor Commented:
Some of the new plugs work in the following way 1 plug connects into wired network the other acts as a access point
Craig BeckCommented:
Yes you can as long as they are the same powerline standard.  I've got some TP-Link 200Mbps adapters and some D-Link 500Mbps adapters and they all talk to each other perfectly.

Also, don't worry about what BT say about not working with the Vision service - they all work fine.
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
so could i buy a tp link plug that acts as a wirless access point and use it with my 9020s
Craig BeckCommented:
Well unfortunately you have the Comtrend 9020 which uses a different chipset to other HomePlug standard powerline adapters.  Therefore you can't pair a TP-Link adapter with a Comtrend 9020 adapter.

You 'could' daisy-chain a comtrend to a TP-Link via the Ethernet port using a crossover (or a switch), then use the second TP-Link adapter (with built-in AP for example) to give wireless access in a different part of the house.

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dougdogAuthor Commented:
think ill just replace the commtrend with DEVOLO - dLAN 500 WiFi Network Powerline Kit - Triple Pack

this will be much simpler
Craig BeckCommented:
Good call!
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