I currently use the provided Simpler Networks power line adapters, one plugged into my HH3 and the other for my BT Vision box. I want to also connect my desktop PC to the HH suing a power line adapter. Which ones will work with the ones I already have?
As a side note, do I need to buy another pair, or will all three talk to each other, and know to use the one connected to the HH as the way to the internet?
Thanks in advance 🙂
While in theory all powerline adaptors are to a recognised standard and should all talk to each other, in practice this doesn't always work and you are best to stick to the same adaptors or at the very least the same manufacturer. You do not need to install in pairs. You can add another one if that is all you need.
Thank you, that’s exactly what I needed to know.
Minor follow-up question. If I buy a pair of 500Mbps plugs, and connect one of those to the HH and the other to the desktop, and then the third (original) 200Mbps plug to my Vision box, will the desktop get 500Mbps (well, 'faster' speeds) or will it be pulled down to the 200Mbps because of a 200Mbps node on the network?
It will drop to the speed of the slowest adaptor. For your info, you will not get the speed advertised for the adaptors, they will run slower.
Ok, thanks. I think I'll still by the 500Mbps ones, even if they do get slowed down, they will speed back up again when I upgrade my network in the future when I need more than 200mbps.
And yes, I know the difference between 'theoretical maximum of 500mbps' and the realities of ~300mbps, but thanks for mentioning it.
I know the difference between 'theoretical maximum of 500mbps' and the realities of ~300mbps,
You are very lucky to get that, I (and many other people) get around 90Mbps out of 500Mbps adaptors. It depends a hugely on the mains wiring.
If a powerline adapter is plugged into HH ports 1,2,3 you can get no more than 100 Mbps they are only Fast Ethernet ports and cannot go any faster.
You would be better with Gigabit switches, Cat5e ethernet cables and a theoretical maximum of 1000 Mbps which you only DONT get when there is an ethernet packet collision, and only connecting via HH3 or HH4 port 4 the GigE port
If you put a fast ethernet switch in the wrong place you will only get 100 Mbps across it.