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    Powerline adaptor went pop!

    This is a discussion on Powerline adaptor went pop! within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; One of my Belkin powerline adaptors just went pop! It's out of warranty and probably beyond economic repair. The question ...

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      Powerline adaptor went pop!

      One of my Belkin powerline adaptors just went pop! It's out of warranty and probably beyond economic repair. The question is what to do about it?

      My router NAS and desktop PC is upstairs. Everything else with the exception of one Sky box is capable of connecting by wi-fi although my laptop only has an 802.11g adaptor so I usually connect by Ethernet if streaming HD video although I do find that my Roku box is quite happy streaming HD (albeit at 720P) without any buffering. My existing Freeview (not HD) PVR is becoming unreliable and missing scheduled recordings if left in standby.

      I could afford a new pair of powerline adaptors but would be better off putting the money towards a replacement PVR. Decorating is not on my current agenda so running a cat5 cable could lead to an unsightly mess though I realise plastic ducting is available. Or would I be best just relying on wi-fi with perhaps an 11n USB adaptor for my laptop?


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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      A difficult choice indeed there.

      I'm wondering if one of these Boosters might help (yes I know you haven't got Sky broadband).

      Depending on your budget it might be possible to change the internal WiFi adaptor in your laptop.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      If only one powerline adapter went pop, then technically, you only need one to get things working again.

      I have a mix of powerline adapters with different brands and they all work happily together.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      Quote Originally Posted by dog-man View Post
      If only one powerline adapter went pop, then technically, you only need one to get things working again.

      I have a mix of powerline adapters with different brands and they all work happily together.
      My one remaining serviceable adaptor is a 200Mb/s Powerline AV. Single adaptors appear few and far between. I did find a 500Mb/s TP-Link adapter (that I believe to be compatible) on ebuyer for 22 inc. p&p but I could get a pair of On Networks PL200-199UKS locally for under 18 or TP-LINK's TL-PA211 for under 20. I have not come across On Networks before so don't know whether their equipment is any good. It may well be better to pay a couple of pounds extra for a known brand. Either way I was surprised to find how cheap replacements could be if not looking for the latest standards.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      I have used Solwise UK for all my comms ever since my very first 14.4 modem! They and their products are first class. They are very helpful if you ever have to phone them for support.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      I took the plunge and purchased a pair of TP-LINK's TL-PA21. I was somewhat apprehensive as to whether they would be compatible with my one remaining serviceable Belkin adaptor but if not I could use them as a pair. I need not have worried. Thank you dog-man.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      Glad it worked out ok.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      if it is less than 6 years old then you should contact the manufacturer, sale of goods act states that electronic goods should last 6 years. But it would mean contacting the manufacturer not the retailer.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      It is certainly a thought for the future. In this case the adaptor is approximately three years old but as it is out of warranty I didn't retain any proof of purchase.

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      Re: Powerline adaptor went pop!

      You dont contact the manufacturer its nothing to do with them. SOG act is between you and the retailer.
      I wouldnt bother with a 50 quid set of powerline adaptors. Youre gonna spend more money proving they shouldnt have broke than it will be to replace them.

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