Powerline – brief definition


Powerline (Powerline Communication - PLC) describes a technology for using the power grid for data transmission. Without the need for complex and often expensive LAN cabling, a network can be implemented wherever power outlets are available. Alternative names for Powerline are PowerLAN and dLAN (direct LAN).

Wi-Fi is a convenient form of home networking. But depending on the nature of the living space, it cannot always be used optimally, as thick ceilings and walls significantly weaken the signal. Retrofitting LAN cabling, meanwhile, is associated with effort and expenses. This is where Powerline comes into play.

What is Powerline or PowerLAN?

PowerLine Communications technology, or PLC for short, uses the conventional 230 V power lines of an apartment or house as the medium for transmitting Internet data. For transmission, the data is converted into signals and sent via the power lines. State-of-the-art technology ensures that the power and data networks do not interfere with each other. Thus every power outlet in the living space becomes a possible access point for high-performance Internet.


LAN via sockets? No problem! Powerline adapters from devolo use the three wires of the electrical circuit (phase L, neutral N and protective earth PE). In combination with the G.hn standard, this enables a fast and stable gigabit powerline network with currently up to 2400 MBit/s. Depending on the product, Wi-Fi can then be used at any access point in the house. And even a LAN cable can be connected.