October 10, 2012
IN RESPONSE TO LAST NIGHT’S POST on Power Line adapters, reader Ron Cullinan writes:
Glenn, I go to your site multiple times a day and keep noticing the number of people who are excited about having power line adapters since you told them about the ability to have “wired” internet in an unwired home. I’ve helped a lot of my clients with this same issue (I’m a Realtor) and they are always amazed at how easy it is.
However, you might also mention to people that the system is MUCH more amazing than they think. One of the modern problems is that we have all these devices that can connect to the internet, particularly the TV (think Roku, DVD player, the TV itself, the Satellite/Cable box) and you have a problem with insufficient connections if you don’t realize it’s pure Ethernet. When I looked at this issue, I quickly realized that all one needs to do is plug the adapter into an inexpensive Ethernet switch and voila, you have all the connections you need. These switches run from $15 to $50 and are invaluable to me. I have one with ten outlets for my main TV another with five for the bedroom TV setup and in my office, I have a dozen or more switch connections going (not sure anymore, too many to count, given the jumble of cables running in here.)
Anyway, thought you might want to update your next reference about these wonderful devices and let people know it’s not limited to the single outlet from the receiving adapter.