Add a Hard-Wired Ethernet Port to Any Room in Minutes

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People can’t get enough Internet these days–and neither can some devices. Many now depend on an Internet connection in order to offer full functionality. In addition to HDTVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles, there’s probably at least one can opener for sale that has an Internet port.

Lots of devices offer enhanced functionality when connected to the Internet, but they can’t connect via Wi-Fi. In some cases, including certain gaming consoles, wireless connectivity can only be had with the addition of an expensive add-on hardware module. Even if Wi-Fi is available, wired Internet connectivity is still more reliable, faster and more secure. So it’s clear that wired Internet connections can still be quite useful.

Installing a wired Internet port is a task that can range from difficult to impossible, and it’s always expensive if you can’t do it yourself. But Linksys’ Powerline AV Network Adapter Kits can save the day. They let you set up wired Internet ports in just minutes without having to run cables or cut through walls—they transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring.

The Linksys Powerline Network Adapter Kits let you transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring. The kits basically contain two modules that plug into outlets in your home and can then pass Ethernet traffic between them. One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near a Linksys E-Series router, and then an Ethernet cable makes the data connection between the module and the router. The other module plugs into an AC outlet in the room where you want to add an Internet port. You then plug your TV, Blu-ray player or gaming console into this module’s RJ45 jack. The modules are powered bythe outlets into which they’re plugged, so there's no need for power cords or batteries.

The Linksys adapter kits provide 10/100 connectivity with speeds up to 200Mbps. That’s fast enough to quickly transfer large files or to stream HD video to your HDTV. The kits will connect to any device with an Ethernet port. And to prevent people in your building from freeloading off your Internet simply by plugging in their own powerline adapter, all you have to do is press a security button on each module to lock out unwanted users. In addition, 128-bit encryption between the adapters ensures that your network is secure.

Linksys offers two Powerline Network Adapter Kits. The Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit adds a single Ethernet port to any room in your home, while the Linksys Powerline AV 4-Port Network Adapter Kit adds four ports, if say, you have a TV, Blu-ray player, gaming console and can opener that all like to be connected. Each kit comes with two Ethernet cables.

  Linksys PLEK400 Linksys PLSK400
Standards Homeplug AV 200 Mbps Homeplug AV 200 Mbps
Ethernet Speed 10/100 10/100
Ports 1 4
Buttons Standby/Reset, Pairing Standby/Reset, Pairing
Indicator Lights Power, Ethernet, HomePlug Power, Ethernet, HomePlug
Minimum System Requirements PC or other device with an Ethernet network port and two electrical power outlets  PC or other device with an Ethernet network port and two electrical power outlets 

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I am moving away to another country where the room dont have installed ethernet port, i want to game and i need a cable connection, i have tried one of this products and i have gotten a high connection but with the latency being so variable that it was impossible to use, is it normal or only a problem with the product i got?

The connection should be pretty stable across all the brands.  If you are experiencing so much instability where it becomes unusable, there is probably an issue with either your device or the wiring of the home.

I am moving to the country where I cannot receive internet through the phone line or cable. I will have Satellite for wi-fi and a telephone land line.  To work from home I need to plug my computer into a wired internet connection, basically grab the wi-fi through a hard wire. This is what I understand anyway. Would this work in my situation?

If your service provider is providing you with a modem/wireless router combo then you can use the power line adapter.  You would just connect the transmitter to the modem and the receiver to your computer.

What I am trying to achieve is a hard-wired ethernet internet connection that will eliminate the need for the router's wifi signal or the resulting EMF signal exposure.  Can this (or other Linksys models facilitate that and would it be possible to utilize a modem rather than a router to achieve this?

Thank you.

The purpose of the Powerline Adapter is to transmit your internet signal to other rooms of your house instead of relying on your router's wifi signal.  You can hook the transmitter directly to your modem and eliminate your router and have multiple receivers in different rooms.  But by doing so you would only have "hard wired" connections.  Any devices you have that rely on wifi surf the internet will not work.

My home has no wifi internet in a bedroom that is the farthest point from my home office where the router is.  Can I use this linksys so that I can use my computer for internet from my bedroom.  Spectrum has been out here several times and it works for a week and then all of a sudden it does not reach.

The Linksys mentioned in this article wouldn't work for your situation.  If you are looking to extend your signal to your room with wifi, you would need something like this.

https://bhpho.to/2uad777

So, I'm buying a new gaming PC and I want a wired internet connection for the best performance. However, my router is in another room, and I don't want to deal with long cables, or holes. Will this help me out, or do I need to do something else?

Yes, the powerline AV adapter would be the best solution to having a wired connector in your scenario.

Do I need to buy a router for this, if so which one?

I am getting a motherboard for my pc and it doesn't have wifi so I need to buy the router if I need it.

I don't want wifi I just want ethernet.

GIGABYTE B360M DS3H LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel B360 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

 Is this product compatible with wifi?

According to Gigabyte's website, this motherboard does not have built in wifi.

A router is required to use this network adapter.  Just about any router is compatible.

So is it considered an internet speed booster? I have the top package from Att for home internet service which is absolute junk at 6mbs download speed usually not even that and I won't even go to upload speed but will the lynksis improve my internet speed even though my speed is trash from the carrier?

Also, I'm a huge Xbox One player and it's important to me to be hard wired for maximum speed and less lag. Will the lynksis improve my situation?

No, this isn't considered a speed booster.  The Homeplug AV is a network extender.  But instead of doing it wirelessly, your network is transmitted via the power lines within your walls.  If your speed package from ATT is only 6 megs, then that is your bottleneck and no hardware can increase the speed.  You would either have to pay ATT for a higher speed package or maybe look for another ISP.

Hi Glen - 

You will need to contact your ISP and order an upgraded, faster, service package.

So I am living in a dorm, but it doesn't have an ethernet cable outlet. Just using Wifi. Even in that case, is this stuff working as long as you have WiFi? I just need to connect ethernet cable into my laptop so that I get faster Internet speed.

This kind of setup would not work for your housing situation.  One of the adapters need to be connected to the modem for this setup to function properly.  Also, even if you can somehow grab the wifi signal and convert to a hardwire, your internet speed wouldn't be faster anyway because your bottleneck is wifi.

We live in a new condo that has ethernet plugs in all the rooms. We have our internet via our modem that has ethernet plugs and is wireless.

My question is how can the rest of my suite have power to each plug so as I don't need run cables all over? 

We want to stream movies etc but via Wi-Fi its jumpy and slow...

If stability and speed is what you are looking for, I would suggest consider a whole home wifi solution like the Eero.  It's easy to set up, secure, stable, and fast (depending your ISP).  https://bhpho.to/2k5bBl2

i have a mts router, would this work for me? it says linksys so im confuse

Hi Aidan.  I'm not sure what a mts router is but a powerline network adapter should work regardless.

The DSL port in my house is in an inconvenient spot. Can I use a PowerLine adapter for this kind of setup:

  • dsl to PL adapter A
  • PL adapter B to Modem/router. 

I guess my question is, will the PowerLine adapters carry the dsl signal from the wall to the modem?

thanks 

Can I use more than one as I want to add two xbox ones for my boys in two different rooms

Yes, you absolutely can.

I am in a fifth wheel RV. I am using campground WI-FI but I need a wired LAN for a work from home job. I have an almond router/range extender, will these provide the LAN connection needed?

Hi Tami - 

Sounds like you will need a dedicated internet connection and not the public wi-fi provided by the campground.  You will need to acquire internet service of your own from an ISP and also purchase a a modem to make it all work.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  askbh@bandh.com    

other words how much will it be 

how much u offer

So, if my room doesn't have any kind of internet port, will this device allow me to have a modem in my room? 

Hi Moises -

Yes it will.  The Linksys Powerline Network Adapter Kits let you transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring. The kits basically contain two modules that plug into outlets in your home and can then pass Ethernet traffic between them. One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near a Linksys E-Series router, and then an Ethernet cable makes the data connection between the module and the router. The other module plugs into an AC outlet in the room where you want to add an Internet port. You then plug your TV, Blu-ray player or gaming console into this module’s RJ45 jack. The modules are powered bythe outlets into which they’re plugged, so there's no need for power cords or batteries.

So will these not work if I have an Asus router?

"The kits will connect to any device with an Ethernet port" according to the article, yes.

I currently have an ARRIS TM822 from comcast connected to my linksys E1000. I am about to cut the cable and want to have direct ethernet to my computer( currently connected directly), the livingroom and 2 seperate bedrooms. Can I use multiple PLSK400 in each room and will this affect signal strength?

It states that the units transfer Ethernet data over the electrical grid in the house. It also states that your neighbor can buy a kit and connect to your network with these IF the units are not locked. This means that a third, fourth and fifth unit can be connected as well, as long as you lock them all to your network with that button they mention. If you couldn't do this, then there would be no need to write about others stealing your broadband/internet connection. 

I already have a powerline adapter installed and for some reason even though the WiFi signal is excellent the speeds keep slowing down and dropping out, causing the computer and Roku hooked to this adapter not to work and lock up. Could it be something with my house electric causing this problem?  What do you recommend?

Please contact us via e-mail (AskBH@BandH.com) With additional information about your setup. Include what model powerline adapters are you using, as well as what wireless router, and wireless extenders. This will help with a more focused response.

Hi! I have hard wired internet connection for desktop and a splitter for tv (if I choose) in my home office.  I want to move my desktop to the garage.  The garage has wiring (presumably for tv) from I don't know how long ago.  I have lived here 3 years and this house is 40 years old.  The connection looks unflawed but old.  I have two questions:

If I move my connectivity out to garage and things don't work, am I to assume it is

a)  the connection point is not live (is there is such a thing)

and/or

(b) if it does not work might it be because the hook up was from a different provider than Time Warner cable?  There is a dish in the yard so at least at one point whoever lived here was presumably not with Time Warner.

The second point of note is that I have a landline phone connection with Time Warner set up in my office (through my desktop).  I will be moving that also.  Might one work (internet) but the phone may not? or if one works does that mean the likelihood is good they will both work?

It is likely I have not provided enough information so I am happy to add whatever might be needed to get this answered.

Thanks much,

Annette

Hi Annette -

These devices are designed to carry and extend an internet signal.  TV is a separate issue and not the topic of this article.  As long as your garage is using the same electrical service (panel) as the main house, these systems will work.  For TV - have the cable company come out and check the  operating condition of the cable connection in your garage.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

I currently have a gateway modem/router from AT&T U verse and I was wondering if it would also be compatible to these devices. I'm running off a desktop computer from my room, which is directly upstairs from my family's router.

This is the same model of the modem/router that I have: http://www.att.com/equipment/accessory-details/?q_categoryid=cat2020062&...

Hi Anthony -

The link you sent us delivers us to a blank AT&T webpage but no worries.

Universal Connectivity

This Linksys network adapter kit can connect to any device with an enabled Ethernet network port. With a standardized network connection, this Linksys network adapter kit can connect to any type of device that is Ethernet compliant. By connecting to a Linksys Powerline network, your devices can now harness the online capabilities they were designed for

Plug and Play

Use existing electrical power outlets to connect to your network by simply plugging the adapters into the wall for connectivity. By simply plugging one Powerline adapter into the wall outlet and connecting it to your router, and then adding the second one to a wall outlet, you'll be able to create a wired internet connection anywhere in your home

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

I work from home and my router is downstairs (d link) but my office is upstairs running off WiFi. I need it to be more stable and stronger . what can I use without installing another phone line thru attic into office?

Hi Dale -

Consider a Wi-Fi extender:

The High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender from Amped Wireless is a high powered range extender designed to boost your existing Wi-Fi signal through the use of advanced amplifiers and high gain antennas. This range extender is compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards and works on both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies ensuring you can achieve enhanced data speeds up to 867Mbps. Backing up the advanced hardware is a 660MHz processor helping to maintain the enhanced data transfer speeds.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Do I need a preexisting Ethernet hookup somewhere in my home for the device to work? Comcast had said that there has been service in my apartment before, but I am not able to find any Ethernet jacks. 

Hi Kris -

What you need is internet service.  You will also need a modem from your ISP and a Linksys E-Series router like this one:

Linksys E-Series E900 Wireless-N300 Router B&H # LIE900NP

The Linksys’ Powerline AV Network Adapter Kits can save the day. They let you set up wired Internet ports in just minutes without having to run cables or cut through walls—they transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring.

The Linksys Powerline Network Adapter Kits let you transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring. The kits basically contain two modules that plug into outlets in your home and can then pass Ethernet traffic between them. One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near a Linksys E-Series router, and then an Ethernet cable makes the data connection between the module and the router. The other module plugs into an AC outlet in the room where you want to add an Internet port. You then plug your TV, Blu-ray player or gaming console into this module’s RJ45 jack. The modules are powered bythe outlets into which they’re plugged, so there's no need for power cords or batteries.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hi,

This is my situation.  I have Comcast service with an Xfinity router plugged direct into my desktop computer.  My TV is located in our finished basement.  I have an Amazon Fire Stick plugged into my receiver via WiFi.  My downstream speed is excellent, however, I am having issues with buffering on the MLB Prime Network when I attempt to watch in on my tv.  I am having no buffering issues when I watch it on my PC.  It was suggested to me to have my TV/receiver connected direct with Ethernet instead of the WiFi connection.

Would your AV 4-port Network Adapter work with my router?

Thanks,

Jack

The Linksys Powerline AV 4-Port Network Adapter Kit (http://bhpho.to/1ErY9KT)  would be ideal for your needs, and reduce any lag caused by the slower wireless network.

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