Networking can be a funny thing depending on how your location is laid out. For instance, I have a different setup from what I had in the previous two living arrangements. In my first home, I had direct plugin access from my modem and router within my office. Almost a similar situation was present in the rental I just moved out of. In my current and 2nd house, this 2900 square foot home has ethernet hookups in some rooms and cable, just not the room I need it most.
As you can imagine, an office where you stream, podcast and game without a dedicated connection can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, this room lacks the proper ethernet ports I require. Now being the room is farther from the router and the modem than I’d like. That means a lot distance for an ethernet cable that would have to be wired throughout the home. This is something I do not wish to put money or time into.
So what can you do in this situation? That’s where my good friends at D-Link come in.
How do I get direct ethernet in a room not wired for ethernet?
Fortunately in the year 2020, this technology only gets better with time. As I said I’m a devoted fan of D-Link products having always bought their routers since I was of age to purchase my own equipment. So to me, the best answer was to see what they have and they didn’t disappoint. Let me also specify, I’m not being paid or given this device, or any of the others in the past. I simply like their products and they work without issue or complications.
Going on Amazon, I picked myself up the D-Link PowerLine AV2 1000 Gigabit Starter Kit DHP-601AV. At first glance, I wasn’t sure if this would work or not. I even had a good friend who dissuaded me from getting these due to interference. So far with having it over a month at the time of this article, I’ve had zero issues with it and it’s made a world of different in my internet speeds and convenience.
So how does it work?
Well this device works by using your current electrical grid to feed the ethernet line. My modem and router are in my upstairs living room and I have one of these plugged next to it. The plug has an ethernet port on the bottom which connects with the router.
On the other end where I need it in my office, I have another one plugged into the wall. This one has an ethernet port plugged directly into my PC tower. The results are as expected. It simply works.
On D-Link’s own website it explains that the PowerLine AV2 cab turn any power outlet in your home into an Internet connection and it really does.
- Expand your wired network using your home’s existing electrical wiring
- Experience wired speeds of up to 1000Mbps
- Easily scalable with additional PowerLine adapters
- Compact design doesn’t block other outlet plugs
- Plug and Play setup with the push of a button
How can I find out more?
Well for starters, you can watch this convenient video posted to their website. That being said, I never recommend products I myself don’t believe in or use. This is one I use and it works great.
If you’re on the fence about the using your wiring, you shouldn’t be. Especially if you’re not someone who wants to run hundreds of feet of ethernet throughout your home. I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.