The Magic of Power over Ethernet: How to Get Faster Internet Speeds at Home
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June 25, 2020
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magic of power of ethernet

I am a tech-savvy individual but occasionally, I am amazed by the magic of technology and what it offers. I might not know all the inner workings but impressed when it solves a challenge in my daily life. This explains why people are so much into their devices. They are willing to spend thousands on them just to get a taste of that magic.

I’ve known about Power over Ethernet (PoE) for a while but never needed it or had a use case for one until recently. PoE allows you to extend your home wifi network either via wired or wireless connection. This is done using your home electricity. You can find out more on Wikipedia.

The Challenge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been working from home for a few months now. I had to host a presentation with my team on a web application I built as apart of the sprint story.

The meeting started well but complaints started coming in when I shared my screen for the demo. My colleagues couldn’t hear me nor see my screen. They suggested it might be an issue with my internet connection but I glutted about having a fibre connection at home.

I enjoy speeds of up to 100Mbps so I knew it had to be another issue. In the end, I had to ask my team to load the app on their screens while I talked them through it.

After the call, I wanted to get to the bottom of the issue and a simple internet speed test proved my colleagues were right. Instead of the 100Mbps speeds I was expecting, I was only getting a mere 2Mbps over wifi from my home office.

The Solution

This triggered my search for solutions online. Wifi boosters and power-line options came up. After a lengthy research, I settled on TP-Link TL-WPA7510KIT which comes with two modules. One plugs into the wall close to our router and is connected using an ethernet cable.

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The other piece acts as a receiver at a different location with your house. It can either be used to broadcast a boosted wifi signal or can be used to connect to your device via ethernet for the best speeds.

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After completing the setup, I was amazed I was getting around 105Mbps which was slightly higher than internet speeds advertised by the provider. I was amazed by the number of internet dead zone I had around the house and all of it would be resolved by a simple piece of technology.

Conclusion

One thing I would advise if you are looking into this is, pay close attention to the speed it offers. Most of these devices will come with dual-bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. I have a wifi booster which I use to connect to my Ring doorbell on the 2.4 GHz frequency with speeds of 300Mbps. For higher speeds, you ideally want around 750Mbps plus on your 5GHz frequency especially if you have a fibre connection.

There are some nice ones with antennas but if you have young kids, that is just one more thing for them to play with so avoid it if you can.

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