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Limits on Powerline adapters?

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  1. OM2

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    Can someone tell me what limits there are?

    I have 4 ports on the back of my router.
    Can I use all 4 ports to wire connect to different places around the house?

    ALSO... do I need to make sure all are the SAME brand or model?

    I did read there were limits - I can't remember where now

    Thanks
     
  2. Couriant

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    the biggest part is the power wiring themselves. They need to be on the same power circuit or they won't work. Also the wiring needs to be good or you may run into interference with the speed.

    As to the devices I would suggest keeping them the same.
     
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    I suppose you can; but do you really have such a huge mansion with at least four completely separate electrical circuits? With each section so large that you need power adapters?

    If I had that situation I think I'd first bring in an electrician to see if he/she could install a switch panel and ethernet runs to everywhere that access is needed.
     
  4. OM2

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    yes i have such a mansion - but that is in year 2020 ;)

    right now, i need in 2 locations only

    i only said 4 just to get a better answer (or at least that was my thinking)
     
  5. domorewithgreen

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    Is wireless a option? No need to use cables that way
     
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  6. OM2

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    wireless OK 99% of the time
    it's for the 1% of the time that wired option is essential to have
     
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    I prefer ethernet. Sure I had to string ethernet cable, but it's not that much of a chore, just string wires along the baseboard with U shaped staples. With wireless, you have to worry about obstacles, microwaves and steel rods in pillars.
     
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    First you only use 1 port on your router to wire a powerline adapter. You can place other units anywhere in your home and wire up computers to them at wherever location you place them.
    (If you put the unit into a plug that is not on the same circuit as the one connected to the router, performance will be poor).
    The point of using powerline adapters is that you don't have CAT cable snaking all over the house. You just need a short wire from the computer(s) to the wall plug.

    I have 1 unit upstairs connected to my router. I had 2 other units in the basement. I then can connect a computer to each unit OR I did use a switch and wired 2 computers to one unit.


    Yes, the units should be the same model and brand.
     
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