A home network can be a thing of joy – almost artistic in its uses. Conversely, it can be a bleeding nightmare – hellish in its lavish intricacies and baffling terminology. And then, of course, there’s the choice between using Ethernet or wireless.
The funny thing about Ethernet networks is that while there lurks behind your TV enough cable to stretch around the world seven times, there’s never quite enough to reach the spare room. On the other hand, while wireless networks are exquisite in theory, if you have walls any thicker than tissue paper then you’re going to be severely limited in the distance between router/switch/hub and wireless item.
The HomePlug Powerline range of products offers another alternative and while it is quite a bit more expensive it may just be the solution you’re looking for. Essentially by plugging your network cables into your wall plug sockets, your network will run through your standard home wiring.
With a range of up to 100 metres and very little package loss (especially when compared to wireless) it also negates the need to drape 17km of Ethernet cable around doorways, on skirting boards, through the ceiling, and between the cat’s legs.