Solved Powerline adapters - running costs

April 30, 2014 at 19:13:59
Specs: Windows 7
We presently use 4 TP-LINK (500Mbps) powerline adapters - for router/PC/laptop/TV - and since we have been using them our electricity bills have gone through the roof. It 'may' be coincidence, but do you know if they do take up excessive power? I leave all the units on for fear of having to constantly reset. Thanks.

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#1
April 30, 2014 at 22:52:44
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They are specified as consuming less than 2 W, so for 4 that is about one-eigth the consumption of a low-powered light bulb. I'd guess your problem lies elsewhere.

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#2
April 30, 2014 at 22:59:07
Just to be certain I would recommend a power meter, plug device into it and you will see what power they are taking.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/electric-...

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#3
May 1, 2014 at 01:41:54
Good idea. I'll give it a go.

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#4
May 1, 2014 at 01:43:46
OK. Thought as much. The 'elsewhere' problem is probably British Gas. Thanks!

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#5
May 1, 2014 at 12:20:53
If a powerline adapter was the issue it would be running VERY hot and you would have soon noticed. It would have to be faulty and would surely fail - a most unlikely reason for your issue.

Watch your electricity meter. If it is a modern type it would be flashing very frequently on heavy load, or if the old type the disk would be spinning fast. You should be able to see what sets if going (if applicable). You can determine the load in W or kW from the difference between two readings - just a few sums.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
May 1, 2014 at 13:24:48
I've been using Devolo second generation (85Mbps) version for a few years now. Have to day electricity costs (in the UK) have never entered my head and I seriously doubt they would amount to much...

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#7
May 1, 2014 at 14:56:57
I 'think' I've got it sussed. Thanks. I'm about to take on B.Gas. Wish me luck.

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#8
May 1, 2014 at 15:44:33
wot woz it you sussed out as the cause?

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#9
May 1, 2014 at 15:57:23
I'm pretty sure the electric clothes dryer (purchased almost to the day that i installed the TP-LINKs) that we'd been told would only cost a couple of pence an hour, is the culprit. Didn't think of that until earlier tonight, but it ain't doin' a couple of pence per hour - an' that's a fact! Have to check back on previous bills and see if I can work something out with B.Gas. Must do the Health Lottery the weekend ;o(

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#10
May 1, 2014 at 16:09:47
You might be right, any heating source uses a lot. The wattage rating will give a clue, although it might be thermostatically controlled (hence not using max all the time).

EDIT:
Most heavy bill are due to "what is being used". Meter faults and bill errors can occur but these are not the norm.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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