What Are Powerline Adaptors?

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How Do They Work?

Powerline Adaptors are a set of paired devices that transmit high speed data between two power-points in different parts of your home using your existing electrical wiring.


Which Brand of Power Adaptors?

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D-Link Powerline Adaptors

Two Identical and Interchangeable White Adaptors

One white adaptor is connected to your modem and plugged into a nearby power-point. This adaptor converts the broadband connection from your modem so it can be sent through your electrical wiring to a second power-point to which the other adaptor is connected. The second adaptor converts the signal back to a regular broadband transmission for use by any compatible connected device (e.g. the Yes TV by Fetch set top box).

Image showing white adaptor

Netgear Adaptors

A white adaptor and a black adaptor

The white adaptor (the sending adaptor) is connected to your modem and plugged into a nearby power-point. The white adaptor converts the broadband connection from your modem so it can be sent through your electrical wiring to a second power-point to which the black adaptor (the receiving adaptor) is connected. The dark blue arrows in the images below show how the broadband connection is transmitted through the adaptors.

Image showing broadband connection transmission through white adaptor

The black adaptor converts the signal back to a regular broadband transmission for use by connected devices (e.g. the Yes TV by Fetch set top box). You can connect up to 4 devices to the black adaptor, with each Ethernet port offering a pre-defined order of priority for the broadband transmission.

Image showing broadband connection transmission through black adaptor


Do I Need Powerline Adaptors?

If your broadband modem is in one room and you have another device in another room that requires a high-speed data connection, and running an Ethernet cable or using Wi-Fi is not possible or desirable, then Powerline Adaptors offer a cost effective solution.

An example of where powerline adaptors are recommended is when using an Yes TV by Fetch set top box, which requires a high speed connection to deliver video content and does not have inbuilt Wi-Fi functionality.


What Do They Cost?

D-Link Powerline adaptors can be bought via the Yes TV by Fetch website for just $40.

You'll be charged a $15.50 delivery fee if the Powerline Adaptor is ordered after your Fetch TV has been delivered.


Compatibility & Additional Information

Operating Systems

Powerline Adaptors if used to connect a computer to your network, support both the Windows and Mac OS-X operating systems.

Electrical Wiring

Powerline Adaptors may not work in properties wired with 3-Phase power/ older electrical wiring. If you have this type of electrical wiring, then a direct Ethernet connection or other connectivity solution would be needed. Also, Powerline Adaptors cannot be used with power-points/boards that have in-built surge protectors.

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