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Question Could I extend my wifi using homeplugs but across two houses?

hulkhogan

Active Member
So basically I live in a house that is two terraced houses with doors inbetween.

the wifi is in house A however my bedroom which is on the opposite side is in house B thus making the wifi a bit sketchy.

Now I wanted to use some homeplugs to extend the signal so its strong enough on the opposite side. the electrics are on two different circuits.

could i use a homeplug system to boost the wifi in my bedroom - if not what else would you recommend?
 

adam-burnley

Distinguished Member
Homeplugs only work on the same curcuit.

You will need to use wireless Access Points to extend the wifi, either using wireless repeaters or running network cable points. The latter will provide much better performance.
 

hulkhogan

Active Member
Homeplugs only work on the same curcuit.

ok so if i did want to use homeplugs i could put them to the nearest room to my bedroom would the boost be significant?
 

adam-burnley

Distinguished Member
ok so if i did want to use homeplugs i could put them to the nearest room to my bedroom would the boost be significant?
Maybe if you got ones with a very strong signal. It depends on a number of factors such as wall thickness and interference, so without conducting a wireless survey or simply testing the homeplugs, it really is impossible to say with any certainty.
 

hulkhogan

Active Member
thanks for confirming the same circuit theory. i'll have to keep digging to get something suited
 

noiseboy72

Distinguished Member
It depends on how the houses are wired. If they are on different phases - houses are normally fed from a 3 phase supply, so are wired sequentially, 1 phase after another in triples, then it won't work. If however, the supply was adapted as it's essentially now 1 property, it may well work. Modern home plugs can work over quite some distance - certainly from 1 house to another, which is why it is important to set up the encryption.
 

Markr123

Active Member
It depends on how the houses are wired. If they are on different phases - houses are normally fed from a 3 phase supply, so are wired sequentially, 1 phase after another in triples, then it won't work. If however, the supply was adapted as it's essentially now 1 property, it may well work. Modern home plugs can work over quite some distance - certainly from 1 house to another, which is why it is important to set up the encryption.

I agree, I wouldn’t discount it not working although perhaps a bit of a long shot. For example, I have a TP Link PLA in the house, it successfully links with another PLA in a detached garage traversing 2 consumer units on separate rings. Granted, it the same property but I must admit, I was rather surprised. Just short term until I run a proper link.
 

maf1970

Well-known Member
As it was originally 2 seperate houses it is very unlikely that homeplugs will work. You would be better off making a map of wifi coverage first using wifi analyser. Then look into how the house is constructed as this will help to decide how to hard wire Access Points back to the router to give the best wifi coverage.

From a legal stand point, you know that a broadband connection is only for 1 address. So would have to ask do you own both houses ? and have they been combined to a single address ? or is the door between just for convenience ?
 

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