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POWERLINE HARDWARE ANNOYANCES

LOOK FOR THE HOMEPLUG LOGO

The Annoyance:

I find that powerline devices have a wide range of prices, and they have different specifications on the box. Some say they operate at 12 or 14 megabits per second, others are slower (and cheaper). Is there a difference?

The Fix:

Yes, and this is another one of those cases where you get what you pay for. The cheaper, slower devices aren’t using today’s standards for powerline network technologies. Look for the HomePlug logo on the box, which means the device is built to the specifications of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance (http://www.homeplug.org).

UNDERSTANDING POWERLINE BANDWIDTH

The electric wires running through your walls can do more than deliver power to electric appliances. A great many wires, operating at different frequencies, are enclosed in the electric cable. In fact, the range of frequencies is split into 84 separate carriers.


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