My room is at the furthest point possible from our router at home. Yes, it is at the three-dimensional opposite point if that makes any sense. Up until recently, that meant terrible terrible wifi. I spent quite a bit on trying to find a good solution, always browsing the latest wireless technologies, and contemplating purchasing one of those 100+ ft ethernet cables and sending a cord across the entire home. Of course, at college I don’t have any issues like this, so when I came home for winter break, I was determined to fix the problem. The solution I picked was one I hadn’t actually heard of before: powerline networking. 2 days ago, I went out and bought two of these “powerline adapters”, and so far, the system works marvelously.
Total Cost: $139.98
These powerline adapters are really easy to use. Installation is as simple as plugging in one adapter into the wall and a router or modem, and plugging in the other adapter into another wall and your computer. No additional wiring needed: it uses the wiring that already powers your house. I went with the 500 mbps model and am very impressed! A little warning though: there are a few competing standards for this technology and they are incompatible with each other, so be weary of the system that you use when purchasing additional modules.