Internet over your home power circuits?

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Anyone tried these devices that use your home power circuits to extend internet connection from your router?

The D-Link DHP-601AV Gigabit PowerLine Internet Adapter Kit instantly transforms the regular old electrical wiring in your home into lightning-fast internet cable. Just plug in one box next to your router and the other box goes near your computer. Connect your router and your PC using normal Ethernet cable and you’re done!


http://start.att.net/news/read/category/news/article/bgr-this_40_adapter_makes_the_internet_on_your_...


https://www.amazon.com/D-Link-PowerLine-1000-Gigabit-DHP-601AV/dp/B00F0RC97A?tag=b0c55rss-20
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John

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I use them.  They work very well.  Both my TV setup and MagicJack are connected via the Ethernet over power system.
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I have used one of those but it was many years ago (15?). It wasn't very good, but I'm sure the technology has improved a lot.

I don't need it anymore because I had a guy put in Ethernet under the house from my office to my wife's office, which is the only two places we need the Internet.

However, if it's really 1000 Gigabits, I'll get one right away! :-)
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Misprint... that should have read Gigawattts and only when used in conjuction with the new Mr. Fusion modem ;)
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They make radio noise.  Your usable distance is affected by the circuit-leg being the same on both ends.  The signal will radiate across L1 and L2 of your building to some degree, but if they are on the same side of your 110(L1)-0-110(L2) service, they go much greater distances.  You must be somewhat of a sleuth to determine which power leg outlets are on, but generally, breaker boxes have the circuits interlaced using one leg or the other at every-other breaker in the panel if it is served by 220V with neutral.
 
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I use one in our garage. The wiring in the main part of our house is crazy. And my husband added a 200 amp box in our garage. I plugged them in near my router and connected the service to each other and took the one out to our garage and have used it for 3 or 4 years. I just picked a plug where I liked and it works great. It's also through 2 electrical boxes.
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You have a 50 - 50 chance of getting it on the right power leg anyway.
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J&J posted a technical, likely quite accurate answer. My answer when asked about it is generally “it depends on the architecture of the circuits in your house, so its hit or miss. If it’s a “hit”, it can work well” - but there are many ways to extend a network and the best choice depends on floor plan, dead spots, etc.
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Well, I got the idea to get them from a friend who installed four around his house.  Based on his success, I picked up two for myself (really three, the router is plugged into one). The installation instructions say nothing of L1, L2, interlaced circuitry, power legs or anything of the like.  Not doubting the science, but just saying that I don't believe that you need to overthink it when you are deploying them.
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Our satellite dishes don't need to be pointed exactly right either, but when everything is optimum, everything works as well as the design is capable of  delivering.  I go for the best performance by setting things up the best they can be.
 
:o)
 
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I'm waiting for internet over sewer lines like Dilbert's boss wanted.
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One big technical problem. You can't keep the rats out of the center conductor!
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I tried them and I couldn't get from here to there because "there" was on another phase in the box. Its just more of a sure thing to run the cable and harder to hack than WiFi. I don't really see how the signal can jump phases because the transformer is a big honking inductor which will kill any high frequency trying to pass through it. And the higher the frequency of the network the more it will attenuate the signal.
 As far as generating radio noise the network is the radio noise. 1 GHz is in the UHF band. It is also the bottom of the 1-3 GHz "microwave band".
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As far as generating radio noise the network is the radio noise. 1 GHz is in the UHF band. It is also the bottom of the 1-3 GHz "microwave band".
I agree about the frequency.  I don't know right now what makes the screech in the radio as I haven't put a spectrum analyzer on the circuit to determine the cause of the noise, but it is there so I don't use them.
 
 
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My guess is that if you change the radio station the noise might change and possibly even disappear. When I was much younger, I designed and  built a digital clock that would silence every FM radio in the room. I didn't shield it right and it radiated clock frequencies that interfered with the RF section of the radio. It also explained the reason why 32KHz crystals were used on digital clocks instead of the 15750KHz crystal that I used.  
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Question is, will a Smart Power Meter be affected?  As in, "fake" power usage?
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Grumpyoldman

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Only if it comes from CNN! (I'm sorry I couldn't resist)
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RE: Only if it comes from CNN!

You do realize that Fake Trump and Kim were at the Olympics?

The feuding "world leaders" sparked excitement when they infiltrated
the press area before being tackled by security.
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I do HF ham radio and it's the last thing I need in my house.  I prefer to transmit data on the type of cabling designed for it.    

It wont affect your smart meter.
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