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I. Setting Up Your Network > 4. Setting Up a Powerline Network

Chapter 4. Setting Up a Powerline Network

Ethernet and WiFi tend to hog all the networking glory, but there’s a third way of linking your computers, and it’s gaining some attention in the home-networking industry. Powerline networks use the electrical wiring already in your home to link your computers together.

In this chapter, you’ll learn about Powerline’s nuts and bolts and how to install a Powerline network in your home. If you’ve already done some networking but were stymied on how to extend your network into some hard-to-reach spot—the basement or an attic office, for example—you’ll learn how to add Powerline onto your existing Ethernet or WiFi network.

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You might sometimes see Powerline referred to as HomePlug—that’s the name of the official networking standard all Powerline devices use. To make matters worse, some hardware makers pile on even more monikers by slapping their own names, such as HomeLink or PlugLink, on their Powerline products.


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