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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

does it matter what brand router you have?

The brand of the router would not matter, no.

i have 4 ports router but i want to add more ports ? please can you help me ???

Hi Ron -

No problem. Just connect a network switch to your existing router:

The ProSafe 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch from Netgear is a 5-port Ethernet switch that can operate at speeds of up to 2000 Mbps in full-duplex mode. The switch features Store and Forward packet switching and Auto Uplink ports for automatic MDI/MDI-X detection. The switch features a compact desktop form factor, making it an excellent addition to your network.

Full Duplex Support
The switch not only supports standard 10/100/1000 Mbps devices in half-duplex mode, but is also capable of speeds of up to 2000 Mbps in full-duplex mode. This makes the switch an excellent option for use in networks where data transfer bandwidth is crucial.
Autosensing MDI/MDI-X Ports
Every port on the switch is autosensing MDI/MDI-X, so you won't have to worry about switching between standard Ethernet and crossover cables when configuring your network.
Compact Form Factor
The switch features a compact form factor that allows you to easily integrate it into almost any work environment.

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I understand that one device needs to be connected to the router, and in the example that's given above there is 1 base adapter to 1 remote adapter, but could I add adapters to multiple rooms that need a wired connection which would result in a 1 base adapter to many remote adapters environment?

Thanks,

Lee

You can have up to eight homeplug nodes on a single network. One of the nodes must be plugged into your router.

I have a fiber connection for my home. But instead of only running wireless, I also want or am very interested to learn more about

Hi Lance -

Most residential installations are typically run over Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable.  You may be describing a fiber connection gateway to your home provided by Verizon FiOS (or other provider) for cableTV and internet suscribers.

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

Do the two outlets have to be on the same circuit  board?

They would need to be on the same circuit, yes.

Hi, 

I have a cisco router, will this be compatible with it? Also do i only need the power extention in my room or another type of outlet?

Best Regards,

Ali.

Hi Ali -

One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near a Linksys (by Cisco) 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.

So a netgear router will not be compatible?

Hi Kyle -

The Linksys Powerline Network Adapter Kits let you transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring. A traditional Netgear router will not be compatible or provide this AC electrical line function.

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

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