POWERLINE GETS TO THE SPOTS WI-FI CAN’T REACH
When Wi-Fi isn’t an option, use the cables already running through your home to compensate
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.