Plug into the internet by plugging into the mains

Yes, you did read that correctly. I’ve just put a device in my house which turns a mains power socket into a computer network socket.

The devices come in pairs: you plug one into your router and into a mains socket nearby, and you plug the other into a mains socket anywhere in the house where you want to access the internet.

Then it’s just a matter of plugging your computer into the device using a normal network cable, and away you go.

It’s great if you’ve got a house like mine over three stories, or with thick stone walls, or with corners that are hard-to-get-to for a wireless signal. It’s also much better (ie much faster) than wireless if you want to stream music or video over the internet.

Depending on the brand, they cost between about £50 and £70 a pair and the devices are interchangeable: getting two pairs gives you three output points. Search google for ‘ethernet over power‘, or drop me a line and we’ll get them for you.

About Barrie Giles

Barrie Giles is Managing Director at First Line Support. He blogs about business issues related to IT and is particularly interested in the challenges of improving customer service and responsiveness. He has a house in France where he goes whenever he can, and is a keen supporter of Watford FC. Circle Barrie on Google+
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