Powerline Ethernet is the Best Wi-Fi Alternative

If you’ve ever struggled with spotty Wi-Fi, you know how frustrating it can be.  Streaming your favorite movie only to have the Wi-Fi connection drop is no fun but more importantly working from home with spotty Wi-Fi could impact your job. Fortunately the NETGEAR PLP2000 Powerline adapter is an easy way to solve Wi-Fi challenges at home without stringing cables between rooms.  In this post I’ll discuss how I resolved my intermittent Wi-Fi challenges by leveraging a powerline adapter.

NETGEAR Powerline adapter Kit, 2000 Mbps

What is powerline networking?

If you’re not familiar with powerline networking also known as ethernet over power, it’s an easy way to create a network connection with your router using only the electrical wiring in your home or office. A powerline network adapter plugs into an outlet and then you can then connect devices to the adapter via an RJ45 networking cable. And just like that your computer is back online in an area where a weak Wi-Fi signal wouldn’t normally reach.  Furthermore, leveraging a powerline adapter will save you from having to run a network cable from downstairs to upstairs, or drilling holes in walls.


How to install a powerline ethernet adapter

Before you install the Netgear PLP2000 powerline adapter realize that it uses 2 devices to work. You plug one adapter into an outlet next your internet router and connect it with network cable and then you simply plug the other adapter it into an outlet in another part of your home where your computer will be located and connect it with network cable. That’s it! With an ethernet over power adapter the connection is open to any device physically connected to it within your home. You can add multiple adapters as needed.


Is a Powerline adapter better than Wi-Fi?

As a remote worker who’s been working from home for years I would say yes using Powerline adapter is better than Wi-Fi.  A powerline network adapter, unlike a Wi-Fi extender, which simply enhances the range of your wireless network signal, creates a physical extension of your existing wired network by leveraging your homes electrical wiring.

The only caveat with using a powerline adapter is that you should not plug it into a surge protector or power strip because it will impact the signal throughput. Additionally depending on the size of your home you should not cross electrical circuits. And it goes without saying that your is that your home’s wiring must be up to the task. If you live in an old home with outdated wiring, you may not good performance.


Netgear PLP2000 powerline adapter

I’m using the Netgear PLP2000 powerline adapter at home not only because in my opinion it is the best powerline adapter on the market but also because it comes with a pass-through power outlet which means you’re not losing an electrical outlet in your room. It is a great choice for those who are looking to improve their home network speed and eliminate spotty Wi-Fi. The other reason I really like the Netgear PLP2000 is that it has two Ethernet ports, which really helps since I have two computers at my desk. Furthermore, it supports Homeplug AV latest powerline networking specification. The big advantage of Homeplug AV over earlier powerline standards is that it supports higher speeds up to 2000 Mbps.

Netgear PLP2000 Powerline specifications:

  • Two RJ-45 Ethernet ports
  • Noise filtered power outlet
  • Multiple data streams (MIMO) with Beamforming technology
  • Plug and Play – Set up in minutes, no need to configure or install software
  • HomePlug AV with speeds up to 2000Mbps

In Summary

If you’re looking for a more reliable way to connect to the internet at home, the Netgear PLP2000 powerline adapter is a great option that will eliminate spotty Wi-Fi and give you the speed and reliability you need. Give it a try and you’ll see why I think it’s the best powerline adapter. Thanks for reading!

Peter Viola

Creative, customer focused, results oriented, Senior Web Systems Engineer who enjoys providing the highest level of customer service supporting complex Windows hosting solutions. MCITP, MCSA, MCTS

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