Choosing a PowerLAN adapter
There are a number of considerations you should make before you decide which powerLAN adapter suits your needs best, including:
• If you’ve got a limited number of power sockets around your home, you might look for pass-through powerline plugs. These allow you to place an electric socket into the back of the adapter so you’re not sacrificing any sockets to use it.
• Consider the running speed of the adapter you’re purchasing, as some devices will need a higher speed than others. For example, if you’re looking for a simple kit that will connect to your tablet, one that operates at 200Mbps will be sufficient. However, if you’re using it for your smart TV to stream films and television programmes, a 500Mbps specification will be more suitable.
• If you aim to use your powerLAN adapter for several devices, look for one that comes with a number of Ethernet ports. Some adapters can be connected to up to four devices to save you from buying extra ones.
• For added security, you might want to consider adapters that incorporate some form of encryption or password protection similar to a Wi-Fi router.
• Other electrical appliances around your home can cause interference with the adapters. If you know appliances like hairdryers and washing machines will be running while you’re using your adapter, you might want to choose an adapter that eliminates interference. These will have a power filter that helps clear this up.