Over the years, I have watched as wireless Internet access became the norm. In homes, schools and the workplace, I was shocked to find that even the local car repair place offered their patrons free wireless Internet.
Yet in light of the slight reality check reminding us that wireless Internet is not always choice for all circumstances, I have to wonder — is HomePlug a more secure solution? After testing out the Netgear Wall-Plugged Ethernet Extender Kit XE102G for a couple of weeks now, my answer is a yes. Not only more secure as someone would need to wait until the data was released onto the Internet itself rather than your LAN, but it can also be more convenient in some circumstances.
Now I am first to admit that there is no way using Internet over power lines is going to be a fast as what you might have in a typical CAT5/6 setup right out of the router. Yet despite this, Netgear can get you up to 85 Mbps, which is not too shabby in the grand scheme of things.
So what do you think? Are you totally sold on using wireless, even on a desktop where running cable is not practical? Hit the comments, let’s get a discussion going on this whole “HomePlug” thing.