Quick Way to Make Web-Television Suck Less (ethernet via powerline)

I never really bought in to the concept that audio or electronic signals could travel via powerlines. But when Jim Louderback (former computer nerd publisher and fellow online-video enthusiast) told me about these little dlink powerline guys at a bar in San Fran, I grabbed his laptop and purchased them via Amazon immediately. Come to think of it, I think I was still logged into his Amazon.

Surprisingly, they made it possible for me to watch television via that other doo-diggy that streams YouTube and Hulu to my HDTV through the convenience of a light keyboard and mouse… neither of which gets hot in my lap. That’s what sucks about laptop video from a couch or bed.

Years ago I┬ámarveled┬áthat new houses were being wired with Ethernet, and with wireless modems becoming so fast and cheap, I’ve often chuckled at that waste of money. In hindsight, it was brilliant (ask Dave). The best damned wired modem can’t touch a wired signal for uploading and streaming video. Trust me: I have 5 modems. I don’t learn easily.

I don’t know how these dlink things compare to a direct ethernet connection, but the latter was not a very practical option for me. My Verizon Fios Fart modem brings my signal upstairs, and I’d have to rerun a bunch of ethernet wires back to the basement and up walls… in the case of my main television, there’s not enough crawl space to even accomplish this. Post college I had speakers in every room of the house (including bathroom), but I’ve lost my passion for cable splicing.

So these puppies are $100, plug and work, and do the trick. One small step for ethernet speed, one giant leap for web-television conversion.

P.S. The ethernet-to-TV solutions I’ve seen to date are a friggin’ joke. Glad to have a direct ethernet input, but the interfaces are absolutely retarded. Even TiVo blows for watching streaming media (just to search out a YouTube video is like using a 56K modem to watch a 700K picture). Then again maybe I need to get my TiVo hard wired like this. But the AppleTV is doing fine without a direct connection. Wuz up?

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8 thoughts on “Quick Way to Make Web-Television Suck Less (ethernet via powerline)”

  1. Using built in power lines to transmit data…GENIUS!

    How do you afford to buy newfangled electronics all the time, Kevin?

  2. I thought you were going to be more careful about credit card debt, Kevin. You don’t NEED every new-fangled gadget that comes along.

  3. Don’t mention this to the amateur radio dudes, depending on the powerline products they make your entire houses wiring into a monster radio transmitter

  4. @Brian, Chris Geiser, Product Line Manager for NETGEAR Powerline. Current generation Powerline adapters notch out frequencies used by Ham radio operators. Unfortunately, the units you purchased are an older technology which still has some incompatibility issues with amateur radio. Glad you like the technology, though.

  5. that’s why I said “depending on the products”. Powerline is an ideal solution for providing internet in sprawling houses. I don’t really care about Amateur radio dudes, they are a strange bunch but they get very heated if you mention these products.

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