Setting Up Powerline Adapters

Belkin Belkin f5d4074 200mbps powerline...
July 23, 2010 at 12:10:51
Specs: Windows 7, Q6600
Today I received the Belkin 200Mbs Powerline Adapters that I ordered but I can't get them to work properly.

Here is what I'm trying to do:

Sky Modem -> Powerline Adapter -> Powerline Adapter -> Netgear Router -> Computers/Printers/etc.

The problem I'm having is that I can't seem to get computers connected to the netgear router to connect to the Sky Modem via the Powerline Adapters.

The Netgear Router was one provided with my old Virgin package but it doesn't have any Virgin specific settings on it.

I have tried connecting the powerline adapter (at the netgear end) to both the 'Internet' port and a normal ethernet port and neither seemed to work.

Can anyone please offer any advice?


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July 23, 2010 at 13:21:01
The configuration should be:

Sky Modem -> Netgear Router -> Powerline Adapter -> Powerline Adapter -> Switch -> Computers/Printers/etc.

The Power-line Adaptors them selves need an IP address and they normally get that from the Routers DHCP or you can configure them manually but they have to be down stream of the router.

As it is the first power line adaptor is getting the one and only IP address available from the Modem but has nowhere to go as the default IP address on the second adaptor will be on a completely different network.

If all you computers are downstream of the power line adaptors you will need a switch to connect more than one computer.


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July 23, 2010 at 13:27:05
Hi Stuart, thanks for your reply.

The Sky modem has a built in wireless router in it which is downstairs and the rest of the gear is upstairs so what I was trying to do is plug the Sky Modem/Router into the Netgear Router via the powerline adapters to use the Netgear Router as a hub rather than a router (if that makes sense).

I've set the Sky Modem/Router to and the Netgear Router to

Is that not going to work?

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July 23, 2010 at 13:57:06
Makes a huge difference now that I know there are two routers in the mix.

The simplest and easiest thing to do is to get rid of the second router and replace it with a switch. A lot simpler and switches are not expensive.

If you absolutely must use the second router make sure it is on the same subnet as the first one. At present it isn't. Both routers should 192.168.0..xx. That is where your problem lies. cannot communicate with

Makes sure DHCP is disabled in the second router as well.


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July 23, 2010 at 14:00:51
Thanks, I'll give that a go. I do intend on buying a switch when I see a decent one come up on eBay

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July 23, 2010 at 15:14:59
a switch... on ebay?

you can go to your local staples/office depo and get one for $15. ebay is a pig in a poke. Sometimes you get something good, most times you get crap.

One piece was missed concerning router to router setup. You do not want to connect the 2nd router by its wan port only by its lan port to the 1st router. Otherwise dhcp won't flow from the first router thru the 2nd.

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