Add a Hard-Wired Ethernet Port to Any Room in Minutes

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People can’t get enough Internet these days–and neither can some devices. Many now depend on an Internet connection to offer full functionality. In addition to TVs, various 4K-capable streaming devices, gaming consoles, and computers, there’s probably at least one can opener for sale that has an Internet port.

Lots of devices offer enhanced functionality when connected to the Internet, but sometimes a Wi-Fi signal just isn’t strong enough in some areas of your home. In some cases, the devices don’t even have Wi-Fi as an option. Even if Wi-Fi is available and functioning, wired Internet connectivity is still more reliable, faster, and more secure. So, it’s clear that wired Internet connections can still be quite useful.

Installing a wired Internet port is a task that can range from difficult to impossible, and it’s always expensive if you can’t do it yourself. But Powerline Networking, such as TP-Link’s Powerline AV Network Adapter Kits, can save the day. They let you set up wired Internet ports in just minutes without having to run cables or cut through walls—you can use your home's electrical wiring.

The TP-Link Powerline Network Adapter Kits let you transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring. The kits contain two modules that plug into outlets in your home and can then pass Ethernet traffic between them. One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near your router, and then an Ethernet cable makes the data connection between the module and the router. The other module plugs into an AC outlet in the room where you want to add an Internet port. You then plug your TV, Blu-ray player or gaming console into this module’s RJ45 jack. The modules are powered by the outlets into which they’e plugged, so there's no need for power cords or batteries.

The TP-Link adapter kits provide Gigabit connectivity with speeds up to 2000 Mb/s. That’s fast enough to transfer large files or to stream video quickly to your 4K HDTV. The kits must plug into walls outlets and will connect to any device with an Ethernet port. All modules must be paired and the connection is secured with 128-bit encryption, so you don’t have to worry about anyone in your building freeloading off your Internet by plugging in their own powerline adapter.

TP-Link offers two Powerline Network Adapter Kits. The TP-Link AV1000 Gigabit Ethernet Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit adds a single Ethernet port to any room in your home, transfers data at up to 1000 Mb/s, and will automatically switch to Power-Saving Mode during low-usage hours. Alternatively, the TP-Link AV2000 2-Port Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit is designed with two Gigabit Ethernet ports and delivers speeds of up to 2000 Mb/s. The AV2000 kit also uses 2 x 2 MIMO and Beamforming technologies to help maintain stable connections between the modules over long distances. Use either kit to wire up your computer, TV, Blu-ray player, gaming console, and can opener for fast and reliable Internet connections. Each kit comes with Ethernet cables.

  TP-Link AV1000 TP-Link AV2000
Standards HomePlug AV2 1000 Mbps HomePlug AV2 2000 Mbps
Ethernet Speed 10/100/1000 10/100/1000
Ports 1 2
Buttons Pair/Reset Pair
Indicator Lights Power, Powerline, Ethernet Power, Powerline, Ethernet
Includes 1 x Ethernet Cable 2 x Ethernet Cable
Minimum System Requirements PC or other device with an Ethernet network port and two electrical power outlets PC or other device with an Ethernet network port and two electrical power outlets

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I have FIOS 400mbps service.

Can I use this to connect the ONT Ethernet cable at the source, and then connect the router to the other connector and have it service my WiFi connections?

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I have a hard wired ethernet cable broadband 60 meg DL/16 UP which feeds into lounge and splits into my garden office

The lounge cable feeds 4k TV and wifi around the house

Wifi has struggled since 4K TV installed, its connected the ethernet now but still slow/buggy wi-fi in house

My kids are are gaming or using Ipads plus our iphones

Should i install ethernet /hardwire into upstairs spare room where they use  gaming laptop/ipads

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Because of recent events with COVID-19, all employees are required to work from home. I have all my computers, work telephone and equipment here at home. In order for my work equipment to work I NEED a direct connection to the modem for it to work, the modem is of course is in another room in my house. I currently have a 50' ethernet cord running through my house and I hate it. Would this be the best solution for my situation?? If for whatever reason it does not work, is there a return policy available?? Thank you for your help! :)

Hi Amanda.  Yes, a powerline ethernet adapter would be just the device you would need.  You would connect one end directly to your modem and the other end directly to your computer or ethernet switch.  The TP-Link AV1000 would be a good option.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1331952-REG/tp_link_tp_link_ac_tl_pa7010p_kit.html

Why isn't this an article on MoCA?  Sponsored by TP-Link?  Powerline, for some people will give a better connection than WiFi, but for most it's a poor & extremely limited technology compared to MoCA (ethernet over Coax instead of over AC).  I tried powerline, starting with low-end TP-Link and returning for highest-end model and got less than 30% of my WiFi speed (tested on multiple outlets, including moving gateway).  Reading up on it, determined it wasn't me, just that overall powerline is pretty crappy.

With MoCA, I not only get full Gigabit internet speeds, I get almost 2.5 gigabit file transfer speed over network.  And, the same speed in every room, even with over 150 meter Coax runs.  No issues with interference etc.  Setup is even easier than powerline - Just screw in the coax cable, plug in ethernet and power on. Done; automatically connects.  Most units have built in splitter to pass through Coax to a TV box or cable modem.  Also, most routers these days natively support it (though not latest 2.5 version, usually 2.0).

Long story short, forget powerline.  Get MoCA.

I needs to be on the same phase of service. Best way to tell if it will work is to buy it and try.

Do they have to be onb the same circuit?   How far can the master be from the remote?

Yes, they should be on the same circuit.  The distance can vary depend on brand.  This should be listed on the specs page but many of them are up to 900 feet.

This product is listed as “no longer available”. I would be interested in a product like this, is there an alternative? And how does this product perform when compared to begin direct-wired Ethernet? Thanks for any help.

I use these and can say they do compare well with a directly wired connection.  But I live in a private household of 2-3 people most of the time.  I currently have an upgraded pair of these devices, brand unnamed, that is tested to deliver Gigabit speed Ethernet, and certainly that means an upgrade of the router and any hub, and maybe cabling, that will feed to or connect at the end, to get its full speed effect.  Go to the B&H site and search for "powerline" to examine current choices and read the reviews.

So would this treat my device as a wired connection then, and make the speeds it receives more consistent/stable? I’m looking to use it for an Xbox One X because right now when I’m downloading a game, the download speed generally stays around 20-30mbps, but sometimes it’ll spike up to 60-80mbps for about thirty seconds before dropping back down to 20-30mbps; and sometimes it’ll even drop down to like 900kbps for a minute or so before it goes back up. 

Also, would this still work if it was plugged into a power-strip, or does it have to be plugged directly into an outlet? 

Hi Wren!  Yes, using a powerline network adapter will essentially act as a wired connection.  You connection speeds would be more stable but this also depends on your ISP.  You would not be able to plug these adapters to a power strip, they'd have to be plugged directly into the outlet.

I just set up a home office which is 2 rooms away from the router in the house and does not have any ethernet or any other outlets other than AC.  I need ethernet for my cisco phone to stay on the same extension network. can I use this device to get ethernet in this room so I dont have to run a 150' wire through my house?

Hello Frances, A powerline AV adapter would be a great solution to your current set up.  Having one of these is like having a direct wired connection to your router.

Hi Geoffrey--Only problem is, this method also puts crazy fluctuating magnetic fields on the home wiring. This means people are surrounded in their homes by a magnetic field that may be dangerous to their health.

I am moving away to another country where the room dont have installed ethernet port, i want to game and i need a cable connection, i have tried one of this products and i have gotten a high connection but with the latency being so variable that it was impossible to use, is it normal or only a problem with the product i got?

The connection should be pretty stable across all the brands.  If you are experiencing so much instability where it becomes unusable, there is probably an issue with either your device or the wiring of the home.

I am moving to the country where I cannot receive internet through the phone line or cable. I will have Satellite for wi-fi and a telephone land line.  To work from home I need to plug my computer into a wired internet connection, basically grab the wi-fi through a hard wire. This is what I understand anyway. Would this work in my situation?

If your service provider is providing you with a modem/wireless router combo then you can use the power line adapter.  You would just connect the transmitter to the modem and the receiver to your computer.

What I am trying to achieve is a hard-wired ethernet internet connection that will eliminate the need for the router's wifi signal or the resulting EMF signal exposure.  Can this (or other Linksys models facilitate that and would it be possible to utilize a modem rather than a router to achieve this?

Thank you.

The purpose of the Powerline Adapter is to transmit your internet signal to other rooms of your house instead of relying on your router's wifi signal.  You can hook the transmitter directly to your modem and eliminate your router and have multiple receivers in different rooms.  But by doing so you would only have "hard wired" connections.  Any devices you have that rely on wifi surf the internet will not work.

My home has no wifi internet in a bedroom that is the farthest point from my home office where the router is.  Can I use this linksys so that I can use my computer for internet from my bedroom.  Spectrum has been out here several times and it works for a week and then all of a sudden it does not reach.

The Linksys mentioned in this article wouldn't work for your situation.  If you are looking to extend your signal to your room with wifi, you would need something like this.

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So, I'm buying a new gaming PC and I want a wired internet connection for the best performance. However, my router is in another room, and I don't want to deal with long cables, or holes. Will this help me out, or do I need to do something else?

Yes, the powerline AV adapter would be the best solution to having a wired connector in your scenario.

Do I need to buy a router for this, if so which one?

I am getting a motherboard for my pc and it doesn't have wifi so I need to buy the router if I need it.

I don't want wifi I just want ethernet.

GIGABYTE B360M DS3H LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel B360 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

 Is this product compatible with wifi?

According to Gigabyte's website, this motherboard does not have built in wifi.

A router is required to use this network adapter.  Just about any router is compatible.

So is it considered an internet speed booster? I have the top package from Att for home internet service which is absolute junk at 6mbs download speed usually not even that and I won't even go to upload speed but will the lynksis improve my internet speed even though my speed is trash from the carrier?

Also, I'm a huge Xbox One player and it's important to me to be hard wired for maximum speed and less lag. Will the lynksis improve my situation?

No, this isn't considered a speed booster.  The Homeplug AV is a network extender.  But instead of doing it wirelessly, your network is transmitted via the power lines within your walls.  If your speed package from ATT is only 6 megs, then that is your bottleneck and no hardware can increase the speed.  You would either have to pay ATT for a higher speed package or maybe look for another ISP.

Hi Glen - 

You will need to contact your ISP and order an upgraded, faster, service package.

So I am living in a dorm, but it doesn't have an ethernet cable outlet. Just using Wifi. Even in that case, is this stuff working as long as you have WiFi? I just need to connect ethernet cable into my laptop so that I get faster Internet speed.

This kind of setup would not work for your housing situation.  One of the adapters need to be connected to the modem for this setup to function properly.  Also, even if you can somehow grab the wifi signal and convert to a hardwire, your internet speed wouldn't be faster anyway because your bottleneck is wifi.

We live in a new condo that has ethernet plugs in all the rooms. We have our internet via our modem that has ethernet plugs and is wireless.

My question is how can the rest of my suite have power to each plug so as I don't need run cables all over? 

We want to stream movies etc but via Wi-Fi its jumpy and slow...

If stability and speed is what you are looking for, I would suggest consider a whole home wifi solution like the Eero.  It's easy to set up, secure, stable, and fast (depending your ISP).  https://bhpho.to/2k5bBl2

i have a mts router, would this work for me? it says linksys so im confuse

Hi Aidan.  I'm not sure what a mts router is but a powerline network adapter should work regardless.

The DSL port in my house is in an inconvenient spot. Can I use a PowerLine adapter for this kind of setup:

  • dsl to PL adapter A
  • PL adapter B to Modem/router. 

I guess my question is, will the PowerLine adapters carry the dsl signal from the wall to the modem?

thanks 

Can I use more than one as I want to add two xbox ones for my boys in two different rooms

Yes, you absolutely can.

I am in a fifth wheel RV. I am using campground WI-FI but I need a wired LAN for a work from home job. I have an almond router/range extender, will these provide the LAN connection needed?

Hi Tami - 

Sounds like you will need a dedicated internet connection and not the public wi-fi provided by the campground.  You will need to acquire internet service of your own from an ISP and also purchase a a modem to make it all work.

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other words how much will it be 

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