It sounds a somewhat sophisticated thing, doesn’t it? Powerline networking. Something that the big boys would use, and possibly a medium sized business. But not an SME. And certainly not a home-based micro business that has a side-line desire to get BT Sport working on their son’s TV…
But let’s try to see past the term itself.
Powerline networking is most definitely something that anybody can make use of, particularly:
Gone are the days of glitchy dongles and dodgy router signals. If your electrical wiring is half decent, you’ll be able to make use of powerline networking in your home.
A Typical Home User Powerline Networking Experience
We recently had a call from a lady who runs a small business from home. She had just moved house and urgently needed to achieve two things.
A great little project for Blue Sky Computer Services. So first things first, we took some time to understand what the problems were that she was experiencing.
What were the issues she had to overcome?
As often is the case when moving into a new property, there were structural aspects to the layout of the building that she hadn’t considered until she actually got the keys. These were:
What did Blue Sky Computer Services recommend?
We swiftly established that the BT fibre optic broadband she had contracted was suitable for both her business and domestic needs. So, rather than change the broadband provider, it was just a matter of getting that working across the whole property for her.
Blue Sky’s Powerline Networking Solution
To our mind, the solution was both simple and affordable. We suggested she install a powerline networking adaptor downstairs with her router, via a plug socket and an Ethernet cable (ie. there was a wired connection between the two). She could then pair that with another adaptor plugged in on the top floor in her son’s study. An Ethernet cable could then connect the adapter to the BT TV hub (hardware provided by BT, which they state requires an aerial connection – however that’s only for terrestrial TV, not the internet). The BT TV hub could then be connected via an HDMI cable to her her son’s TV. Hey presto! Her son instantly had BT Sport on his TV. And she instantly had boosted Wi-Fi on her top floor.
So if you are in a similar situation and need some help to get your Wi-Fi working smoothly across your house, give us a call. It gives us great pleasure to see small businesses working with big business style solutions… for a fraction of the cost.