In my home (home office) we have 5 computers, all wirelessly networked.
While a wireless network is great, at times it’s a pain to ensure that each computer is able to wirelessly connect once the computer is turned back on, or that the signal strength is strong enough for each computer.
I’ve been thinking about another option to have a more stable network, and that’s to run ethernet wire through my home and have each computer wired to the network. It’ll also be more secure.
A third option that I’m considering, is a power line network – a network wherein the networked devices are connected via the homes electrical circuitry.
For example, D-Link launched a power line adapter kit the D-Link PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-303) which includes two PowerLine wall plugs/ adapters (cost about $140). The DHP-303 turns every power outlet in the home into a wall-to-wall network for connecting when connected to a switch or wireless access point.
I’m not sure if this feature is hype or something really important but with push-button activation, the DPH-303 implements Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for securing connections and keeping data safe from intruders. To create a secure connection the user simply pushes a button on one adapter, then goes to another room and pushes a button on the other adapter.
D-link is not the only provider of powerline networking gear but Netgear and Linksys sell competing products and Amazon.com has a full range as well.
Cnet writes more on power line networks here.
If your home has weird wiring wherein the power lines are incorrectly wired or maybe not on the same circuit, your powerline network might not work quite right or at all.
Some of you might wonder if powerline networking is safe? Great question – it is. You plug your Ipod, notebook, stereo system, hair dryer, and so many other things into the electrical sockets of your home all the time. A powerline network is no different.
Read more about power line networking on Wikipedia
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