Despite the advancement of wireless networks, the truth is that many of us still have serious difficulties with the quality of our home Internet. By the way, we even have national operators advertising the use of signal amplifiers (repeaters)in order to try to “sell” a way to solve many of these problems.
However, I have to say that, personally, I have a pet hate for this type of product, preferring (almost) always, the use of a good powerlinemore specifically those from Devolo, which have never let me down.
But do you have any idea what changes? What is the focus of each of these devices? Well, let’s go by parts.
Signal Amplifier or Powerline: Which is better?
So, as with any other situation in your life, there is no 100% correct answer for every use case. That is, there are situations in which it makes perfect sense to use a powerline, while in others, it makes more sense to install a repeater/signal amplifier, because it will solve the problem, and it is much cheaper.
But, to understand all this, it might be a good idea to explain what each of these devices does.
What is an amplifier, or signal repeater?
In short, a signal booster will connect to your router, and it will “to repeat” the signal that catches. This allows you to extend the reach of your router, at an extremely attractive price, as a good signal amplifier is almost always much cheaper than a powerline device of equivalent quality.
This is the most suitable solution for small houses.
What is a powerline device?
In turn, the powerline alternative allows you to transport your internet signal through your home’s electrical installation.
Imagine that you want to have quality Internet in your bedroom, on the first floor, but the router is in the living room, on the ground floor. With a powerline device, it is possible to transport the Internet signal directly to your room, and even create a wireless network, if you choose the right powerline device for the purpose. (There are powerlines capable of offering a wireless network, and/or LAN outputs).
It is a more suitable solution for large houses, or for more specific cases like the one exemplified above.
What is better?
Once again, you need to take into account the situation you are in, and of course, the money you want to spend. Usually, for a smaller house, a good amplifier will do the trick.
However, in a larger house, the powerline solution is more appealing, but you also have to take into account that it is almost always more expensive, and that there are losses in the quality of the signal depending on the distance, and also on the quality of the electrical installation in your house.
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