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Networks Powerline adapter vs. 50m cable

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Synay, 1 Apr 2010.

  1. Synay

    Synay New Member

    25 Oct 2009
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    I have a live in job in the old hotel and the only internet I can get is the wireless hot-spot that's here. Problem is: I live 2 floors up from the router and though there are access points installed all over the hotel, I only get 2 bars (3 if I'm lucky but that always drops). As it is, connection is unstable and I want to connect myself directly to the router. Already spoke about this with our provider and they said I could do that no problem.

    Now, what is better, to run 50 meters of ethernet cable or use a set of powerline adapters? I'm not after any serious speed, as the bandwith is always throtled to 2MB/s per user. I never had any experience with homeplugs and since those are so expensive I'm a bit reluctant to buy them, so if someone could please tell me are those worth in my situation? I mean, this is rather large hotel and I am bit far from the router and 2 floors up on top of that. Any thoughts?
  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

    23 Apr 2009
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    Ethernet will always be better.
    Are the floors on the same electricity phase? If not homeplug won't work (unless you've got the very, very expensive 3 phase versions)
  3. ed_456

    ed_456 The Artful Bodger

    12 Oct 2009
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    If you get the permissions you might as well go for the ethernet cable. It will be more stable than the adaptors. I ran some homeplugs that work on a similar concept and they worked fine for about 2 years, and then they just couldn't handle anything above 0.03Mb/s, so I switched to wireless. The plugs are a good concept, but if ethernets an option, you might as well do it properly.

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