Home Networking over Power Lines

I have my DSL and main computer network setup in my basement, however I have a TiVo in my bedroom that I wanted networked. Additionally I like being able to login to work from my bedroom on my laptop when I get paged in the middle of the night, not having to get dressed and go down to the basement for a five minute fix. I have a wireless network setup, however the coverage in my house seems not to be too consistent. Because I rent, I didn't want to go to the effort of running cat-6 networking cables to setup a "proper" home network.

Instead I decided to take a gamble and ordered the Netgear 85Mbps Wall-Plugged Ethernet Adapter Kit ( XE103G-100NAS ) from Amazon. I had read some customer reviews stating that the two adapters need to be on the same electrical circuit, which is not the case for me - but the product specs didn't say that and I was hoping that since they are on the same electrical panel it would work. Sure enough, it was plug and play - a 2 minute installation.

I also ordered a D-Link DUB-E100 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 10/100 Adapter to get the TiVo hooked into the network. This device was listed on the tested and supported list of USB ethernet adapters on both TiVo's and D-Link's web site. Unfortunately the newer "Revision B" device that I received is actually not supported under TiVo and D-Link customer support confirmed that unless TiVo adds the driver for the newer revision into one of their software updates, it cannot be made to work. Of course I could hack into my TiVo and install the driver myself, but if I had that much interest in hacking my TiVo I'd be running MythTV. So instead I wrote off the D-Link adapter and picked up a Linksys USB100M EtherFast 10/100 Compact USB Network Adapter which is working just great.

Now that my TiVo is online, I have been playing around with Amazon Unbox but I'll save that for a later update.