So my ULTRAFAST 2 (300 Mbps download) fibre broadband was installed yesterday, replacing an efficient INFINITY 2 (76 Mbps) system…
I have been using Homeplugs and Powerline Adaptors (of various brands BT, Devolo, TPLink, Netgear, Solwise) for many years at home. However, the OpenReach engineer installer advised that I should not use these with the Ultrafast Smart Router as the performance will be adversely affected, specifically that the speed will go down massively.
He said he already had a number of Ultrafast customers having these issues. He even mentioned a recent customer whose download speed went down to 5 Mbps because he used these adaptors in his Ultrafast configuration at home… I asked for a technical explanation but all he said was ‘these new Ultrafast routers are completely different compared to the older BT Smarthubs’.
I have been happily using using Homeplugs / Powerline adaptors for many years, even during pre-Infinity years. They never badly affected my broadband speeds. Even with Infinity 2, my broadband speed was consistently 70/20 at the main socket. The OpenReach engineer advised me not to use these; that I should use WiFi instead, telling me that the Ultrafast router’s WiFi performance is excellent.
In fairness, I was showed that WiFi was good in most parts of my home, at par with the HomeHub 6.. . But I still favour the use of Homeplugs especially in desktops upstairs and in the loft, - as long as they don’t affect Ultrafast speeds.
Can anyone please enlighten me about…. DO HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE ADAPTORS DO REALLY DEGRADE THE PERFORMANCE OF BT ULTRAFAST BROADBAND, and thus should not be used?
What make/ manufacture/ type are the homeplugs?
just connect them up and see
I only use 'wired' powerline adapters, not the WiFi versions...
Would these still cause interference?
As you have Ultrafast (FTTP) then I would be surprised if the adaptors caused the same problems as VDSL 2 (FTTC) as the frequency clash is between the powerline outputs and the VDSL2 frequencies delivered over copper.