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The drawbacks to HomePlug networks

To be honest there are not too many things to worry about when it comes to HomePlugs and I would recommend them but here is a list of things you need to consider before committing to your final solution:-

  • Compatibility. 14Mb/s and 85Mb/s HomePlugs are compatible with each other but not with 200Mb/s HomePlugs. Netgear 200Mb/s Homeplugs are using their own standard and therefore may not be compatible with other 200Mb/s HomePlug vendors.
  • Speed. Don't think you will get the same speed that's advertised. This will depend on a number of factors like encryption, distance, noise, if you are plugged into a surge protector etc. Even some electrical sockets in the same room may work at drastically lower speeds than ones right next to it. In most case, you should be fine however.
  • Cost. To link up a couple of rooms with a high speed network, you probably won't be able to beat this on simplicity, cost and speed to get the network working. If you have a number of rooms for instance, 4 bedrooms, the living room, the office and the kitchen, the cost could soon add up. A minor point also is the running cost of these. These will run using under 10 Watts of power but left on 24hrs a day in multiple rooms....each device could cost around £4-6 a year to just power.
  • Mobility. Like a Wired Network, you are tethered to a point in your house where there is an electrical socket. This isn't really some much of a problems as you tend to have a large number of sockets to use but venturing outside and using that extra long garden extension to plug in that laptop on a sunny day may give you a lot slower speeds that in the house.

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