How to Use House Wiring for an Internet Network Connection

by Candace Benson

Relatively new to the computer networking world, powerline networking kits and adapters are readily available and work on most existing electrical circuits in your home or office. Because of its immaturity as a technology, there are three standards. Vendors, such as Linksys, Netgear and Belkin, manufacture HomePlug AV devices, D-Link and Netgear build UPA devices, and Panasonic drives the HD-PLC standard.

Purchase a powerline networking kit that includes at least two powerline stations or boxes. Do not mix and match powerline networking equipment. For example, if you purchase a Brand X starter kit and want to add an additional station, buy another Brand X powerline box or station. Purchasing equipment made by the same brand will minimize performance and incompatibility issues.

Insert an Ethernet or RJ45 cable into one of the open LAN ports on your router. Plug in the other end of the cable into your one of your powerline stations.

Plug the powerline station directly into the wall outlet. Do not plug the powerline box into a surge protector.

Insert another Ethernet cable into the port on the second powerline box. Plug in the box into an available outlet elsewhere in your house.

Insert the other end of the Ethernet cable into your computer or other ethernet-enabled device.

Repeat this process for each powerline station you own.

Tips

  • Powerline networking works in conjunction with wired or wireless routers, so you can create a hybrid network that uses WiFi signals and Ethernet cables.
  • The further the powerline boxes are from one another, the lower the bandwidth. Try to locate your router in a central location to maximize bandwidth throughout the house.

Warning

  • Houses with older wiring may experience problems.

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About the Author

Candace Benson has nearly five years of experience as a volunteer coordinator and has worked for non-profits and state agencies. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Benson wrote for a number of video game websites and blogs and worked as a technical support agent. Benson currently writes for eHow.

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