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Professional Electrician and Installer: Hassle free data installations

22 April 2013: Daniel Rogoff, Managing Director of Power Ethernet looks at the new Powerline Sockets and outlines their main features.

Homeowners are increasingly looking for simple, cost effective solutions to create a connected home. Whole home services including automation, security and entertainment systems are more commonplace and this is providing electricians with an opportunity to develop their skill set and upsell their services.

Internet connected devices from smart TVs to Xboxes all need a reliable internet connection. The problem faced by the increasing number of internet-enabled devices in one home is that the WiFi network is put under increased pressure, cannot cope and becomes unreliable. Often the solution to increased bandwidth requirements is to fit structured cabling throughout a house. Yet many homeowners are unwilling to invest large amounts of money in this, and resent the significant time and disruption involved with knocking down walls to run network cable.

Enter Powerline socket networking – a rapidly up-and-coming solution that puts the previously-untapped, highly-lucrative world of data networking squarely in electricians’ capable hands. Providing a Powerline solution enables you to easily specify and install data networks, opening up new business opportunities and turning a domestic socket replacement or rewiring job into a networking opportunity – without adding any complexity to the job.

So what exactly is Powerline – and why should you care? We’ve pulled together five things to know…

1. What is Powerline?

Powerline communications (PLC) is a method of data transfer through electrical cable. It was invented in the 1950s as a way of controlling street lighting. Data is transmitted by superimposing a modulated RF carrier frequency on to the 50Hz AC signal carried on a mains power line – electrical cables are transformed into electrical and data cables with no extra wiring needed anywhere. Powerline Sockets take that technology and embed it into a double-gang wall socket.

2. What does this mean for me?

As your customers invest in iPads, smart televisions and their usage of these products increases –demanding faster network speeds – they will be looking for a more robust way to network them than WiFi can offer. Powerline Sockets give you the opportunity to upsell rewiring jobs from electrical cable to electrical and data cable, offering your customers reliable wired data networking at a fraction of a cost they’d pay for a structured cable network.

3. How do I tell if a home needs Powerline Sockets?

Power Ethernet Sockets are most useful when used to bridge the gap between a customer’s Internet router and whatever it is they’re trying to connect to the Internet – from smart TVs and YouView boxes to games consoles, laptops and printers. a quick glance at the back of a new-looking television will reveal whether an Ethernet network port is present, suggesting that the television has web browsing and catch-up TV streaming capabilities. Armed with this kind of information, the savvy electrician can turn data networking from a service offered when requested to something that they recommend.

4. Do I need any special qualifications to install Powerline Sockets?

No. Powerline Sockets are installed in exactly the same way, and into the same back box (35mm+), as standard power sockets – and will automatically connect to each other to form a simple network. However, attending a Powerline Socket training will provide you with in-depth knowledge of how to confidently specify, install and configure Powerline networks for your customers. For example, customers may still wish to use WiFi or even have limited structured cabling already installed; training provides an understanding of how these technologies can work together and complement each other.

5. Why should I become a certified Powerline Socket installer?

By attending one of the various approved training sessions, you can become a certified installer – adding another tool to your skills belt and a service you can offer to their customers that adds real value. Becoming an Approved Installer means you will be listed online, in turn offering you the chance to build publicity for yourself or your company as ‘Installer of the Month’.

For more information or to book your place online, go to www.powerlineinstaller.com