How to Turn an Electrical Outlet Into a Router for the Internet

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Power line communications (PLC) is an effective way to use your home's electrical outlets to extend your Internet connectivity to other rooms in your home. Sometimes, wireless routers do not supply a strong enough signal to be used reliably for applications, such as streaming video from the Internet to your TV. In such a case, you can purchase inexpensive PLC equipment to hook up to your home network and supply connectivity to many rooms, without having the expense of running network cable to each room.

Things You'll Need

  • PLC equipment
  • Purchase a powerline networking kit, such as Netgear Ethernet Extender Kit. Such kits are inexpensive, readily available in major electronics stores or from online retailers. And they are easy to use.

  • Follow the installation instructions, which are common for nearly all types of these devices. Plug the first module (specified by the instructions) into a power outlet close to your home network router. Plug a standard network Cat5 or Cat6 cable into your home router and connect it to the new PLC device you plugged into the wall.

  • Plug in your additional PLC units into power outlets in other rooms where you require network connectivity. Nearly every one of these devices has LEDs to indicate when the devices are connected. You can now connect your TV, game consoles or other equipment to this new PLC module using standard Cat5 or Cat6 cables.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not plug your PLC units into power strips or UPS supplies. These devices may filter the signals used by the PLC equipment and may interfere with the network connectivity.

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