How To’s – Powerline Network Adapter

Powerline Network Adapter

These days the majority of our customers are buying SMART TV’s without realising that to get the SMART bit working they need to connect the TV to the Internet. We also find that the majority of these TV’s do not come complete with the technology to connect immediately. You usually have to buy a WiFi dongle or run a network cable from the back of the TV to your router.

TP-LINK Powerline Adapters
TP-LINK Powerline Adapters


Our own experience in successfully connecting WiFi dongles to the Internet has been somewhat mixed, it works and then for some reason just stops working, which means returning to the customers home to reconnect, which is a pain.

What’s the answer? we’ll we now use Powerline Network Adapter, basically these devices turn your power sockets into a computer network. For the user all you do is put one into a socket near to the device be it a computer or TV and the other goes next to your Internet Router. You tend to buy these devices in pairs and most are paired straight out of the box, but if not it’s a simple case of holding down a button between 3 and 8 seconds until the LED’s flash and then they pair. Pairing means they are linked together.

The ones we buy come with 2 short Cat 5 network cables so there’s usually nothing else to buy.

These devices are great for extending your wireless network. We’ve used them to link one router to another in effect creating 2 wireless hotspots. This is really easy to do, most of us have an old wireless router laying around, which has it’s own Hub/Bridge built in, which you can connect to the Powerline Adapter using the Cat 5 cable. Forget the Internet or telephone line connection on the 2nd router as it will get this connection over the Powerline Network Adapter from the first router, which is already connected to the internet. (NB: this does not work with BT Hubs – you cannot have 2 BT Hubs running at the same time)

As a bonus 200Mbps is fast enough to Stream Full HD movies so you can use these to connect your PC/Mac to your TV and stream your media over the power lines to your TV. We’ve setup several TV’s to use this technology by searching for a media server in the TV’s SMART menu, not all TV’s support this but SONY and Samsung and I suspect Sharp TV’s do work well with this setup.

This is our current favourite Powerline setup.

TP-Link TL-PA211KIT 200Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapter – TPack

Technical Details
  • HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 200Mbps, enough for HD video
  • Super Small Design with a new exterior, blends in completely in front of any power outlet
  • Twin Pack design good for establishing a Powerline network initially
  • No new wires, use existing electrical wires
  • Up to 300 meters range over the household power circuit for better performance through walls or across floors
  • Easy Plug and Play operation, No configuration required
  • Patented Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 65% (Actual data will vary because of the network conditions and environment factors)
  • Establish a 128-bit AES encryption to secure Powerline communications simply by pressing the Pair button on the adapter
  • Built-in QoS assures the quality of bandwidth sensitive applications such as voice, video and online games
  • Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizes IPTV streaming
  • Standards: HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u
  • Modulation Technology: OFDM
  • Protocol Support: TCP/IP
  • Network Operating System Support: Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux (Utility only support XP, Vista, 7)
  • Advanced Features: Build-in QoS, Intelligent Channel adaptation, Support 128-bit AES Encryption
  • Interface: 1 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN Port
  • Range: 300 meters in house
  • Certifications: CE, FCC, RoHS compliant
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 93x56x30 mm (3.6×2.2×1.2 in)
  • Temperature: 0~ 40C
  • Storage Temperature: -40~ 80C
  • Operating Humidity: 10%~ 90% RH
  • Storage Humidity: 5 %~ 90% RH
  • Power Consumption: 3 W