Powerline adapters use the electrical cables installed in the house as data connections for a LAN. This simple solution allows you to use the Internet in more distant rooms or separated by thick walls. To do this, a first Powerline adapter is plugged into a socket near the router and a second near the receiver. There you connect it via an Ethernet cable to a computer or to a WLAN access point. However, for the Powerline system to function, the outlets used must be connected to the same circuit, i.e. normally to the same fuse. In case of the unifi internet package, you need to be specific.
- Powerline: LAN via electrical network.
- Powerline adapters transmit data via the electrical network.
Extend the WLAN with a second access point
Instead of using a wireless repeater, the WLAN can also be extended with an additional access point – in other words, an additional WLAN. This is done either with an additional small device or with another WLAN router, which you connect to the existing router with an Ethernet cable. If a direct Ethernet connection from the router to the access point is not possible, you can also connect the devices via Powerline. The user manual for the access point describes the installation and necessary configuration of the WLAN. The Swisscom WLAN-Box 2 also extends the WLAN range of the Internet-Box 2. Installation is just a push of a button away. WLAN-Box 2 is compatible with Internet-Box 2, Internet Box 3, Internet-Box Standard and Internet Box plus.
Access to the router
To change router settings, most devices require menu access through the browser. How to access the router is described in the user manual. You will also find the IP address or domain name there. You must enter this information in the address line of the browser. If you are using a Swisscom router, you can make settings with the My Swisscom Assistant program.
Select a radio frequency
For a long time, WLAN routers only transmitted on the 2.4 GHz band by default. Problem: This frequency is also used by devices like smoke detectors, motion detectors, Bluetooth devices, wireless boxes and most importantly most other routers. The new routers also use the 5 GHz band and thus avoid possible sources of interference. If your router has both frequencies (dual band WLAN), your device automatically selects the most suitable frequency for your connection. This is the case with the Internet-Box 2 from Swisscom, for example.