After years of slow Wifi in part of my house, I finally figured out how to make it a lot faster. We tried using network extenders, signal boosters, and different routers, but that one room still had slow Internet. I figured there must be something in the wall that is blocking the Wifi signal since the rest of the house had a faster signal. We happened to have our TV there with a Roku box, so watching Netflix was a painful process. You need a really good signal for watching the video over the Internet, especially if it’s in Ultra High Definition.
The way I fixed it is by creating a wired powerline network through our electrical wiring to bypass the Wifi.
Here are the steps to install it:
First, you need to purchase a Powerline Adapter Kit. I did a lot of research and decided on TP-Link AV2000. The reason I chose this kit is that it allows for higher data speed – up to 2000Mbps, and it has an extra outlet on the front. This kit comes with all the cables needed, so that’s all you really need.
The kit comes with a quick installation guide and a little diagram with 4 steps. There are 2 white little boxes that come in the set. One box is used to connect and pair it with the router, and the other one can be plugged into the device through which you’re trying to access the Internet (Roku box, game console, laptop, video surveillance camera, etc. – basically any device that is currently connected through slow Wi-Fi).
- First connect one white box to the router via a white cable that comes with the kit. There are 3 little lights on the side of it. After you connect it to the router, you need to plug it in the wall.
- Connect the second white box (adapter) into an electric plug somewhere nearby (in the same room is ideal).
- Go back to the first white box and press the Pair button on the side for 1 second. The light will start blinking.
- Within 2 minutes, press the Pair button on the second white box (that you plugged directly into the wall nearby). The light will start blinking, and as it pairs, the home icon light will stay on. You just created a Powerline network.
- Unplug the second white box (adapter) and go to the room where the Wi-Fi is super slow. Connect it to the Roku box (or Game console) with the white Ethernet cable that comes with the kit. Then plug the adapter into the wall directly (not into the surge protector). The icon with the house should be lit, since it’s been paired.
- Now you only have to go to Settings of your Roku box or a game console and instead of Wi-Fi, choose a Wired connection.
NOTE: All adapters need to be plugged in directly in the wall, and not in the surge protector. If you plug it in the surge protector, then it might not work. You can plug in the surge protector in the adapter itself since adapter might take up the whole outlet. (See photo below). The adapter comes with a plug on the front for that purpose.
(Surge protector can be plugged in directly into the adapter)
If you like how fast the signal is, and decide to add more devices to your new Wired Powerline network, you can also purchase an additional kit. Each kit comes with 2 white adapters, so you can connect additional TV or game console, etc. When you join an existing powerline network, you can press Pair button for 1 second on any powerline device in the existing network, and then within 2 minutes, press the Pair button for 1 second on the new adapter, preferably in the same room. Then when the new adapter is paired, and the little home icon is lit up, you can plug it into another Roku box.
Wired powerline network is fast, secure and it extends far from the router. Wifi often works faster for devices physically located closest to the router, but if you are trying to transmit video over the Internet from a location further away from the router, you’ll benefit from having a fast wired powerline network.