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saltwafers
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Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

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?

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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

What make/ manufacture/ type are the homeplugs?

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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

just connect them up and see



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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

Homeplugs do cause RF interference and can affect routers, but as @imjolly says, try it and see what the effect is.

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saltwafers
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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

I have Solwise atm.

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saltwafers
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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

I only use 'wired' powerline adapters, not the WiFi versions...

 

Would these still cause interference? 

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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE


@saltwafers wrote:

I only use 'wired' powerline adapters, not the WiFi versions...

 

Would these still cause interference? 

 

 

The wired ones work the same way. if you read my explanation on my website.

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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

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.

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Re: Using HOMEPLUGS / POWERLINE adaptors in BT ULTRAFAST FIBRE

They would not affect FTTP.

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