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Might not work on the circuit where you need it to work
on December 19, 2012
The wifi coverage on the east side of our house was very weak and unreliable. I had an ASUS RT-N12, configured as a repeater, in our walk-in closet over our garage. Over many weeks, I spent hours tweaking configurations, but it still didn't work very well: devices connected to the repeater couldn't always pick up an IP address from the main router, which made the connection unusable. Also, to use the repeater, you have to create a second wifi network alongside the main network (I still don't understand why that is), and repeating inherently cuts the bandwidth in half (again, I don't understand why, but I accept it on faith).
This was not a good solution for my problem. However, I have another RT-N12 configured as an access point, which means it is physically connected via Ethernet from its location in the attic to the basement where the main router is. (The cable runs alongside the furnace chimney.) The access point works beautifully. So I bought these powerline adapters to see if I could create a "virtual ethernet" run beween the closet and the basement.
No luck: I couldn't get a signal. I tried Netgear powerline adapters, and still no luck. About to give up in frustration, I tried connecting one adapter to the access point in the attic, and the other to the would-be access point in the closet. Success!
Except...the throughput is mediocre. My Internet connection is 50mbps down and 25mbps up, and if I'm using the closet connection, I'm lucky if I will get 10mbps in each direction. Even when I connect a laptop directly to the powerline adapter, I get the same speeds, so it's not the ASUS. That's an acceptable speed for web browsing, but not optimal for an HD video connection.
Considering these were $21 cheaper than the Netgear adapters, and setup took about five minutes (including the time it took to unpack the product box and walk the devices to their outlets), I recommend the product itself. And in fairness, the problem is quite likely the circuit that goes to the closet, which has too many fixtures on it (it powers some or all of the outlets in four rooms). But you might have a similar situation in your house or business, so be forewarned that this technology won't necessarily solve your problems.