Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the common sales related FAQs. More detailed product related FAQs can be found on the help.powerethernet.com

PLC is a proven, well-established and recognised technology that enables data transfer at narrow or broadband speeds through the existing electrical cables installed in the buildings by using advanced modulation technology.

Multiple applications can be carried over the electrical network using PLC including Ethernet, Ultra Wide Band, Audio, HDMI, Triple play services and smart metering.

Have a look a number of applications and case studies where the Powerline Sockets have been installed.

The concept of running a network over the mains power cables within the building has been around for over 25 years. Early versions of the Powerline adapters were limited to a slow network speed and did not handle the electrical interference very well. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance (whose standards we support) has over 70 members and more than 200 different products have received the HomePlug certification. Alliance members include Cisco, Motorola, Broadcom, D-Link Systems.

In the last 6 years, network speeds have increased dramatically and each successive chip is better at handling any interference on the mains cable. The Powerline chip used in the Powerline Socket is designed and manufactured by Qualcom, an USA giant chip manufacturer (who used to be known as Atheros and Intellon.) They pride themselves in not only being at the front of the Powerline ratification process (IEEE1901).

See examples of organisations that use the Powerline Sockets in our case studies.

Any size business or home user who needs to extend their network and have internet access wherever is needed.

Like any other power outlet, the PE socket needs to be installed by a qualified electrician.

As our unique Powerline Sockets use the existing power cabling found in all buildings there are no costs for rewiring and no company downtime. By simply replacing the existing power sockets with the Powerline Sockets, companies instantly have access to a secure Ethernet network.

The Power Ethernet T1000 Socket fits a standard UK two-gang 35mm deep metal back box. A matching plastic space (aka a shim) is included with the product to make it easier to install in shallower backboxes or where there are many cables.

The Power Ethernet T1101 Mainline Premium Data Socket connects directly to the Mainline track system.

Only Powerline devices sharing the same Network Password are able to communicate with each other. The Network Password is used as the seed for the 128bit AES encryption which is used to secure the data sent over the mains power cabling

Yes. In fact it can enhance the wireless coverage by allowing wireless access points to be deployed in locations where needed and connects them via the Powerline network backbone.

Yes, the Powerline Socket provides Ethernet at 200Mbps (gross) across a meshed network.
Connect a broadband router to share Internet access fast enough to stream even High Definition (HD) video.

The British Standards 1363 plug design is also used in Ireland, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, Cyprus, Malta, Gibraltar, Botswana, Ghana, Hong Kong, Macau, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Iraq, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

BS 1363 is also standard in several of the former British Caribbean colonies such as Belize, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada.

Powerline or Power Line Communication (PLC), also known as power line carrier, mains communication, Power Line Telecom (PLT), or Power Line Networking (PLN), is a system for carrying data on a conductor also used for electric power transmission.
HomePlug Alliance
An industry trade group for power line communication. This organisation of about 70 companies defines power line communication specifications.  Their web site can be found at www.homeplug.org
High-Definition Multimedia Interface. A compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams.
WiFi (or Wi-Fi)
The trade name for a popular wireless technology used in home networks, mobile phones, video games and more. Wi-Fi is supported by nearly every modern personal computer operating system and most advanced game consoles.
A family of frame-based computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs). The name comes from the physical concept of "the ether".

For more information on any of these topics, we recommend looking them up on Wikipedia.