So you enjoy surfing the net for the newest gadgets on the market to make your life better, and you’ve already checked out the cat Litter Robot reviews and have one on the way. So now you’re ready for something new, something to mainstream your life and let technology make things even easier, as if an automatic pooper-scooper wasn’t enough. Enter the Wi-Fi access point.
Network Powerline Adapter
A wi-fi access point is exactly what it sounds like: a point in your home where you can access your internet where the Wi-Fi signal may be weak or dead. What the network power line adapter does is give you an access point to your home network that you previously didn’t have, and it doesn’t require running Ethernet line all over the house. Most power line adapters come with two devices: one device that plugs into the wall outlet closest to your router with an Ethernet line running straight to it, then one plugged into a wall outlet in the weak/dead spot in the house with another Ethernet cord going from it to the device you want to use. Any device that can accept an Ethernet wire can be used, and it gives you much faster speeds than Wi-Fi alone so you don’t have to worry about the family hogging up all of the Wi-Fi channels.
The power line network adapter serves a couple different purposes: a constant connection, quicker speeds, and a connection in spots where Wi-Fi couldn’t reach before. The best bet for these devices is to have whoever uses the most bandwidth in the house use the power line adapter. Since they are the ones clogging up the channels and eating up your Internet data, it’s best to let them use it. If everyone is using about the same, it’s best for whoever is farthest away from the Wi-Fi connection because they won’t have to worry about a dropped signal in the middle of a game, video, chat, etc. The connection is hard line, convenient, and fast.
The first and most obvious con is that you have to buy something else to make this happen, and it’s not a cheap $5 or $10 fix like running a line from the router straight to the device that needs the connection. The power line adapters can run anywhere from around $50 up to $200 or more, depending on the speed and access points on the adapter. The adapters also don’t work well at all with power surge connectors. You have to remember it’s pulling the Internet signal from the router, to the adapter connected to the router, through the wiring in your home, and then to the wall outlet. If it also has to go through the power surge to get to the second adapter, it’s probably going to provide a spotty connection. The adapters are also bulky and can cover up the second mount in the wall outlet they’re connected to.