I agreed to test a HomePlug system, one that extends Wi-Fi to any dead spots in the home.
Here's my situation: I agreed to test a HomePlug system, one that extends Wi-Fi to any dead spots in the home (it's the Netgear 802.11g extender). Basically, you connect one receptacle to your router at one end, and plug in into the home's electrical grid. Then you plug a second unit, which I'll call a wireless signal spreader, into any other outlet in the home, thereby extending the Wi-Fi signal to the dead spot.
Here's where the problem arose. Just prior to attempting this test, I upgraded the wireless network in my house (to a Linksys SRX MIMO-based model). This router works so well that there are no dead spots in the house. I even went out to the (detached) garage with my laptop. Same situationthere's a strong signal out there as well.
I guess it's a good problem to have (not having any dead spots), but it does leave me in a bind as to how to test this HomePlug unit. Maybe I can move the router to a less centrally-located spot. But it seems kind of backwards, creating a problem where one doesn't exist.
Maybe I'll just wait for the HomePlug AV products to roll out (that spec was recently ratified). There are certainly places in the house where I'd like to extend the cable system without running new wires.