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    IDF :: HomePlug's speeding up, scope is broadening

    Uses for HomePlug extend beyond simple computer networks, which is probably a good thing for the technology, as WiFi has a pretty good grip on home networking now. HomePlug has applications in development within command & control, along with broadband over powerlines.
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    I'd like to see some long-term reliability analysis of these systems. I'm sure they're probably perfectly fine, and it would be great if so. It would mean that all the calls I get related to cheap wireless networks, where "omg all of a sudden it just stopped working, there's lights blinking but nothing's happening" would just stop.
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    I've never been a fan of the idea of powerline networking. Then I read about using it for home automation and thought "ooooh, that sounds cool".
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    X10 already bumps the power lines for home automation doesn't it?

    not many people actually know it exists!

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    I use some 11Mb Homeplugs to get my broadband data from between my router (downstairs, next to the master socket) to my smoothwall (upstairs, in my wardrobe). It works. Not much else to be said really, I plugged it in, it worked. Just what I wanted, lol.
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    And that's exactly how technology should be!
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    I got a couple of the 85Mbps versions from solwise. Generally get about 40-50Mbps speed, but it can vary a little depending on how much else is on, whether it's in a gang plug (direct into the wall is best) and if it has to cross rings or not. They sometimes have a little problem with overheating, but that was when it was ridiculously hot earlier in the year. Apart from that it's just plug in and forget.

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    Maybe thinking about these as its hard to get a decent/or consistent wireless signal upstairs in my room from the router downstairs. Maybe if the technology is maturing (and hopefully the price coming down a tad) these might be a viable option.

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    200mbps already exists with netgear 'apparently'. in fact i've got some but literally haven't had a chance to check them out yet. I don't expect necessarily even 100mbps but can report back after I check 'em. Hate wireless though, it's sooo unreliable and intermittent. Big criticism of ethernet over power though is that the plugs are f*cking expensive compared to cabling or even wireless

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