Powerline / smart TVs advice

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Found 31st Dec 2016
Hi
I've ordered a Samsung smart tv and wonder if I need / or be better to buy a powerline adapter as my router is in a different room? I have simple bt broadband. I've looked at them on Amazon for the first time and didn't realise there's such a range and prices. Any advice please?

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For smart TV services yes but for TV you can do what we do and just buy a cheap TV sender that works on WiFi for about £50.

PulisOut

For smart TV services yes but for TV you can do what we do and just buy a … For smart TV services yes but for TV you can do what we do and just buy a cheap TV sender that works on WiFi for about £50.


£50! Think I'd be checking the functionality of the TVs integral wifi before deciding to dust off the wireless router left over from previous broadband contract and using it as a wireless access point, or lashing out on an £8 wireless bridge / extender / mini router.

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AndyRoyd

£50! Think I'd be checking the functionality of the TVs integral wifi … £50! Think I'd be checking the functionality of the TVs integral wifi before deciding to dust off the wireless router left over from previous broadband contract and using it as a wireless access point, or lashing out on an £8 wireless bridge / extender / mini router.



Can you use two routers? How do you join them?

jocky32000

Can you use two routers? How do you join them?


By cable or wifi. If you prefer not to get too bogged down in wifi conguration, a simple wifi bridge may suffice and be useful to other wifi devices, say from £8+ (randon sample white or black) but I'd still wait to see if the performance of the TVs integral wifi needs improvement or not.
Edited by: "AndyRoyd" 31st Dec 2016

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AndyRoyd

By cable or wifi. If you prefer not to get too bogged down in wifi … By cable or wifi. If you prefer not to get too bogged down in wifi conguration, a simple wifi bridge may suffice and be useful to other wifi devices, say from £8+ (randon sample white or black) but I'd still wait to see if the performance of the TVs integral wifi needs improvement or not.



Thanks

Look on Maplin's website. I've got two sets of TP Link powerline adapters, one for my Panasonic Viera smart TV and the other to connect my PC wired rather than wirelessly as the wireless signal is rubbish where I live.

The adapters are fantastic and cost maximum £25 per set of 2 - you just plug em in, connect the Ethernet cable to your device and you're ready to go.

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Daryluk

Look on Maplin's website. I've got two sets of TP Link powerline … Look on Maplin's website. I've got two sets of TP Link powerline adapters, one for my Panasonic Viera smart TV and the other to connect my PC wired rather than wirelessly as the wireless signal is rubbish where I live.The adapters are fantastic and cost maximum £25 per set of 2 - you just plug em in, connect the Ethernet cable to your device and you're ready to go.



Thanks it was the TP Link I was looking at, just couldn't work out which model as prices varied

not sure about power line adapters, I had them but found the connection unreliable. I opted for a wireless access point instead.

AndyRoyd

£50! Think I'd be checking the functionality of the TVs integral wifi … £50! Think I'd be checking the functionality of the TVs integral wifi before deciding to dust off the wireless router left over from previous broadband contract and using it as a wireless access point, or lashing out on an £8 wireless bridge / extender / mini router.



Sender would be for TV channels not Smart TV internet browser. To honest I don't use BT so not sure of the setup but with Virgin Media you have a router for internet and a TV box for TV. With a Smart TV you use both. WiFi won't get you standard TV but a sender will. Also not all Smart TVs have a wifi card.

PulisOut

Sender would be for TV channels not Smart TV internet browser. To honest … Sender would be for TV channels not Smart TV internet browser. To honest I don't use BT so not sure of the setup but with Virgin Media you have a router for internet and a TV box for TV. With a Smart TV you use both. WiFi won't get you standard TV but a sender will. Also not all Smart TVs have a wifi card.


Noted, although OPs "simple bt broadband" suggests no TV package is supplied from BT.

These are the ones I went for at Maplin - as I said I have 2 sets and both have been working fine for months.

Link: Your text hereMaplin

Edited by: "Daryluk" 31st Dec 2016

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Daryluk

These are the ones I went for at Maplin - as I said I have 2 sets and … These are the ones I went for at Maplin - as I said I have 2 sets and both have been working fine for months.Link: Your text hereMaplin



Thanks for helpful link. I'm guessing you can link 4 together - one to router then three in sockets to other rooms?
Edited by: "jocky32000" 31st Dec 2016

The above aren't gigabit so max speed is around 100mbit or 12.5MBs.

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kester76

The above aren't gigabit so max speed is around 100mbit or 12.5MBs.



Confused as ever..... do you have a link please?

With the TP link adapters you can link as many as you like - as you said one plugs into the router then the others go in sockets in other rooms. I currently have one on my PC on the same floor as the router and the other one is linked to my smart TV which is on the floor below. I'm really pleased with the connection on both (I have Sky internet but it comes off a BT phone line).

jocky32000

Confused as ever..... do you have a link please?


smallnetbuilder.com/bas…015
Should be enough information here to figure out powerline adapters.
Pretty much you're looking for the best chipset your budget can reach. You're looking for a AV2 product but if you can stretch to a MIMO device then you will get more bang for buck.
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