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JohnB54
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Broadband Wifi/Ethernet Powerline extender compatibility

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I'd be very grateful for some advice regarding my home network. I currently have a BT Mini Connector kit (two units, plug-through) providing ethernet connections for my TV and PC. I want to extend the ethernet and add at least one wifi booster. I have a couple of TP-Link Powerline plugs (one ethernet, one wifi/ethernet) which appeared to be compatible (according to what I've read online), but they don't seem to want to talk to the  BT Mini Connectors. As I'm no techie, I plan to simply buy some more BT-branded connectors, but was wondering if I might encounter similar problems with different models? My mini connectors were bought in 2017 and I'm thinking of buying a pair of Flex 1000 adaptors and a WiFi Extender 750. 

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Re: Broadband Wifi/Ethernet Powerline extender compatibility

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You cannot have two different systems running on your electric ring mains



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JohnB54
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Re: Broadband Wifi/Ethernet Powerline extender compatibility

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Thanks. I can understand the TP Link plugs not working, but will the (newer) BT  extenders not be compatible?

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V_Meldrew
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BT branded devices (e.g. BT Mini Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 600 Multi Kit) support expansion of the powerline network by adding extra devices.

The instructions for doing so are in the user manual and are very simple; namely hold down a button on the nodes you're adding for about 8 seconds followed a few seconds later by holding down the same button again for about 1 second on both the existing nodes and the node you want to add.

See https://shop.bt.com/products/bt-mini-wi-fi-home-hotspot-600-multi-kit-084289-BVFH.html

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@JohnB54  You can only extend powerline networks by adding extra 'slave' devices, you cannot connect another 'master' to the router.

JohnB54
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Thanks. The BT Mini Connectors are both the same - no slave or master (although obviously the one connected to the router is automatically the master). The question is, can I add other BT models as slave units?

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V_Meldrew
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Yes. Check out the user guide which is available from the link in my last post