I recently built a gaming rig and chose powerlines as my network solution (since my router is in a different story). At the beginning, it worked fine and gave me great speed, but by the time it starts to slow down and sometimes its unusable (especially at night, dont know why). The powerline leds displays that the connection between the two powerlines themselves is bad. Does anyone knows how to solve this?
This is the powerline : http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX41912
P. S. My house was built around 1998,so the electic system should be relatively new
power line networking never achieves anywhere near its advertised speeds. There could also be noise on the line created by other electronics that may need to be filtered, and powerline networking has problems with some types of arc fault circuit breakers that are mandated in newer homes. it that case they would need to be replaced with compatible arc fault breakers
What you want to do is always plug these directly into the wall outlet. No extensions or power strips. You could also try other outlets in the same room. Then what you do if you "really" want to find it is turn off all the circuit breakers except the ones running the powerline stuff. Turn them on 1 by 1 until you get a problem. You then need to go and figure out what is plugged into that circuit and is causing the issue.
Things with motors tend to be the worst offenders. Sometime you can use a extension cord or a surge protector on these devices and it will filter some of the interference.
By circuit breakers, you guys mean the switches on the big box (sorry not an electrician) that cuts off the power for the whole house? Because that would be far too complicated... Ive got about 100 some over here..
Yup those are the circuit breakers. You can go around and turn things off but it tends to be a pain in a large house. I had a ceiling fan that would kill the powerline connection when run at medium speed. Low and high were fine. This was in a completely different part of the house. It got broken so I replaced it with a exact same model and that caused no problems at all.
These unit can fail like any other electronics and I would suspect they are much more susceptible damage due to power fluctuation that other stuff since you can not put them on surge protectors
The easy test is to plug them into 2 different outlets in the same room. The almost guarantees they are on the same circuit and it is as simple as possible.
The problem with powerline stuff is you in effect have every outlet and appliance all connected to your network. Any device that uses power anyplace in the house can cause interference. There are some houses you can put brand new powerline devices in and they just refuse to work because some unknown device in the house is interfering some how. This is why I always recommend people buy from a company they can return them. Because you had them working it means they should work in your house.
I guess if you really feel the devices may have failed you can go out and buy new but they don't fail real often.