Powerline wired connections

4 6 3 DP

SoSH Member
Oct 24, 2001
My apartment doesn't lay out well to run an ethernet wire my PS3 to watch Netflx/etc. When I am streaming my wifi is too slow to run my laptop, etc. 
So I am wondering if the power line option is an inexpensive way to be able to connect my dvd player in the bedroom, PS3 in the living room, and still be able to surf online. 
Anyone with experience with this, greatly appreciated. 


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Jul 6, 2006
500 feet above Lake Sammammish
It's been 10+ years since I had the same problem in my old building.
I wanted WiFi throughout the condo and could not get a signal in my living room. I made a powerline connection from the office to the living room and then plugged a wireless access point into that. It worked fine for me. I'm sure the powerline technology hasn't gotten worse since then.


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Feb 7, 2004
I've used it and it worked fine. Not great speed, but pretty reliable and fast enough to survive.


Cow Humper
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Jul 18, 2007
It works great as long as the wall outlet connections your using dont "cross the panel" as was explained to me.  What this mean in layman's terms was the outlets are both on the same side of your breaker panel.  It "can" works going across if you've got some pre-existing splicing somewhere (as I found out), but the connection can (mine did) be very spotty depending on the quality of the splice.
This may be obvious to many, but it was not to me so thought it might help someone else.


wears depends
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Aug 1, 2006
I've used a powerline connector before with my PS3 in our 60 year old house.
It worked wonderfully and gave me a solid connection.
I've since passed those connectors on to my parents for use in their house and they also say they work great.


SoSH Member
Oct 28, 2003
I've had good luck in the past using a DECA which is the same situation but over coax. Directv makes these for their whole home dvr service, but they also work great for standard networking and produce 100mbps speed. You'll need one powered hub where your modem or router sits that connects to a coax jack, and another at the room you're bringing service to. These can be split any way you want as long as both coax lines go back to a common point. The whole setup will only cost $15 and is good for 100
mbps. Here are the links:


Malt Liquor Picker
Jul 18, 2005
Alexandria, VA
I just put one of these in last night, I'd been relying on the FIOS box's built in 802.11g (not even n) wireless. Streaming super-high-def videos (1080p at high bitrates) was stuttering if there was other network activity going on. After some research I picked the TRENDNet 506e 100Mbit/s adapters ($35 for the pair).  They work great, rock solid even if I'm playing the Despecialized Star Wars while someone else plays high-def Netflix.