For an overview of the Optus supplied Powerline Adaptors, select from below for more information.
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.
D-Link Powerline Adaptors
D-Link Powerline Adaptors are 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 Fetch set top box).
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 WiFi is not possible or desirable, then Powerline Adaptors offer a cost effective solution.
An example of where powerline adaptors are recommended is when using a Fetch set top box, which requires a high speed connection to deliver video content and the set top box may not be WiFi compatible or WiFi in the house may be poor.
Powerline Adaptors if used to connect a computer to your network, support both the Windows and Mac OS-X operating systems.
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.