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The Best Home Alternatives to WiFi Wireless Networks

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 (2:12 am) - Score 97,346
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In our opinion these solutions are better left alone as none of them seem to have been particularly well developed for the domestic market. If you do get one then in theory they should just plug in and work, although those with MoCA kit may need special software for handling complicated home networks that have been setup with non-default settings (e.g. manually assigned IP addresses).

Pros:
*Possibly more secure than wifi
*Easy setup

Cons:
*Expensive
*Not a lot of options (niche solution)
*Uncertain Performance (often worse than the latest Powerline kit)
*Poorly supported

USB to Ethernet (RJ45) Adapter

Anybody who owns a modern Tablet computer will be only too aware of one rather distinct problem with using a wired network solution, the lack of a traditional RJ45 Ethernet port. In fact most of these devices only offer a USB port, though what many people don’t realise is that this can often be solved with a simple adapter.

For example, Plugable Technologies produces USB 2.0/3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapters that also work with some Android tablets. In fact there are quite a large number of these adapters about and most of them are both cheap (£15-£25) and work automatically once plugged in.

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Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Avatar Vertualred

    Thanks for the guide, this will be helpful.

  2. Avatar Bob

    You can use your main sockets to distribute the signal. I have never tried it and am not confined it offers any advantage over WiFi. By far the best approach is good old cable. Unfortunatly it is not that practicable in many cases.

    Maybe the time has come for new builds o have a data network installed. It would not be that expensive to put in

  3. Avatar Tim

    I’d been using Powerline but switched to MoCA for connecting my XBox to my Media Centre PC; I found that I got occasional dropouts in network connectivity over Powerline, whereas on MoCA I get a very consistent connection. For streaming TV, it makes a big difference.

  4. There is also another possibility which has the advantages of Ethernet copper cabling but without its drawbacks. This is using Plastic Optical Fibre (POF). You can share the mains ducts as it is an optical cable and now it can reach 1 Gbps (see the chipset from KDPOF at http://www.kdpof.com). There are several companies selling adapters in the form of wall plugs with RJ45 or even WiFi interfaces but, so far, they reach only 100 Mbps. They will start to ship equipment with 1 Gbps capabilities by the beginning of 2014 ( see http://www.pofnet.co.uk) .
    This marriage between a fixed backhaul with all its advantages, running at 1 Gbps, and a WiFi network providing mobility and with just the right power to cover the room with the wall outlet is the solution that really puts in value the best of both worlds without drawbacks.
    By the way, as you can see in the KDPOF web, POF is cheap and with a huge core which means you can cut it with a pair of scissors and you don´t need any connector or polishing which is not the case of the classic GOF (Glass Fibre). POF is easy for DIY or installers.

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