How to Cable Ethernet Using House Wiring

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How to Cable Ethernet Using House Wiring
A powerline adaptor can provide network access to a PC where a wireless signal won't reach. (Monkey Business Images Ltd/Valueline/Getty Images)

Wireless networking in the home has become standard for people who don't want to run Ethernet cables to every room. But wireless systems have limits in pushing connections to large homes or those with multiple floors. A compromise solution is using a powerline adaptor kit that uses the home's electrical lines to transmit data to a room where you want a connection. The speed over a powerline connection is not as good as a dedicated Ethernet cable, but it's faster and more reliable than a wireless connection.

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Things you need

  • Powerline network adaptor kit
  • Two Ethernet cables

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  1. 1

    Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to the base powerline unit. Connect the base unit directly to an electrical socket using its power cable.

  2. 2

    Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to on open port on your network router.

  3. 3

    Take the powerline adaptor to the room where you want a connection, and plug it directly into an electrical socket. The unit will not work if plugged into a power strip.

  4. 4

    Use an Ethernet cable to connect the adaptor to your PC and complete your powerline adaptor kit set-up.

Tips and warnings

  • If your PC doesn't immediately find the new network connection, you may need to restart your PC, the network router and your cable or DSL modem.
  • If you want to use multiple PCs in your destination site, look for a powerline kit that has multiple ports on the adaptor.

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