When Wi-Fi isn’t an op­tion, use the ca­bles al­ready run­ning through your home to com­pen­sate

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Wi-Fi is a re­ally quick and con­ve­nient way of con­nect­ing de­vices to your home net­work. Even so, many of us find ‘dead spots’ in our homes that the sig­nal can’t reach, such as an up­stairs bed­room.

This is where powerline kit can be a life­saver. Powerline adap­tors con­nect de­vices to your net­work via your ex­ist­ing elec­tri­cal sock­ets. You need one adap­tor to con­nect your router to a nearby mains socket, and an ad­di­tional adap­tor that plugs into a socket in the room where you have that pesky dead spot. You then con­nect your de­vice to the powerline adap­tor us­ing an Eth­er­net ca­ble.

Prices start at around £35 for a two-adap­tor kit, such as Devolo’s dLAN 500 duo. This par­tic­u­lar kit pro­vides speeds of up to 500Mbps, but other dLAN kits go up to 1.2Gbps for gam­ing and video stream­ing. You can also pur­chase powerline ‘range ex­ten­ders’, such as the dLAN 1200+ WiFi, that ex­tend your ex­ist­ing Wi-Fi net­work be­yond its nor­mal reach.

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