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Use a switch with a powerline ethernet kit?

irod87 705 77 October 5, 2015 at 07:17 PM
I have a TP-Link powerline ethernet kit. It works great, I have it running to my Xbox One but im wondering is there any reason I can plug it into a 5 port switch and then connect more devices? Is there any reason this wouldn't work?



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Nothing wrong with it, but the devices will share the bandwidth of the connection, and you will likely need a router before the switch (but you probably already have one before the first power-line adapter anyways)
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I do this right now. TP-Link powerline plugs into an outlet in the basement where the wireless router is. On our second floor, I have a TP-Link powerline plugged into an outlet in our office. A Cat5 cord goes from that unit to a router, which connects to my desktop, my laptop and a PS4.

They all split bandwidth from the one TP-Link unit, so if they're all downloading or working at the same time, there's a little lag. But if you're going with the TP-Link gigabit adapter, it might be better (I have the previous version). Honestly, though, for my purposes, it does everything I need it to do and more. You're probably fine with that setup.
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A switch is perfectly fine. In fact, it is almost a given in most setups. Make sure you get a gigabit switch obviously as there is no reason to be futzing with anything less these days. As others noted, you will be limited by the bandwidth of your powerline unit (which is more than likely in the neighborhood of 100-150 mbps max despite whatever rating they claim on the package) but that is what it is. Multiple devices downloading data simultaneously will affect your throughput, but in reality, it is fairly uncommon to have that happen in a home environment in a meaningful way unless you have kids all streaming movies at the same time or you are transferring large files point to point on multiple PCs at the same time.
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I do this and it works fine. I have to reset the powerlines from time to time but thats just powerline. I have been using it the way you propose for 3+ years. I am planning to wire the home with networking wiring this fall/early winter to have it be super stable.
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I use it with a router I have upstairs to extend my wireless network, I have a webcam upstairs and it has a hard time getting the signal from my downstairs router.
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