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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
Extend your Ethernet Capabilities with Powerline Adapters
Last week we talked about Wi-Fi adapters for your desktop computer. This week, along those same lines I’d like to introduce you to another option for extending your internet capabilities to areas of your home that may have a hard time getting a Wi-Fi signal.
Powerline ethernet adapters come with a set of two adapters that you plug into your wall outlet and transmit your internet signal over the wiring of your home. One adapter plugs into an outlet that is near your internet router. You then plug an ethernet cable from your router into the powerline adapter. Take the other adapter to a room in your home that you can’t get a good wireless signal and plug it into a wall outlet near your computer or streaming TV device. Plug an ethernet cable into this adapter and then into whatever device you want to connect to the internet - wa-la, instant wired internet connectivity. There is no setup or passwords to be entered because everything is wired with ethernet. I use one of these adapters in my bedroom in my Roku TV box.
With powerline adapters you can create an internet network through you home or home office. You must have at least two adapters to get started, but you can connect more than two if you want to wire multiple rooms.
These adapters will cost you around $40 or more for a pair of adapters. The only other drawback that I have found is that the adapters will take up one of your outlets. Some of them have an outlet on the outside of them, but cost a bit more, around $60 on Amazon.
You can also buy hybrid adapters that act as a Wi-Fi extender as well, extending your wireless range and offering the option of an ethernet connection.
Have a nice week!
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