Powerline: Transmitters and Receivers

Powerline Adapter

Powerline Adapter

We had the following email in from ‘TB’ asking about Powerline Adapter kits with multiple units:

“I just bought 4 x D-Link PowerLine Adapters (two kits). Is there any difference between receiver and transmitter?

I can use all four in the same network, one to the router and the rest to other computers? Or is it two transmitters and two receivers?”

 

Powerline Multipacks

Powerline adapters, something known as HomePlugs, allow you to send broadband around your home using mains wiring. Powerline adapters are normally sold in pairs – one is used as a transmitter, and one as a receiver.

Technically, there’s no difference between the two units, and you can use either as the “transmitter”. You can buy packs of 2, 3 and 4 Powerline adapters. One of these will need to be connected to your broadband router, making it the “transmitter”. Other paired units will then act as “receivers”.

In the example given above, if you get two packs of two adapters, then assuming they’re of the same make and speed, you should be able to connect one to your broadband router and use the other three adapters elsewhere in your house to connect to the hub via the mains wiring.

 

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