powerline adapter (extend Ethernet)

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Is anyone using a powerline adapter to extend Ethernet to their shack?  If so, do you see any noise associated with these?  Any other issues?

Wifi has proven to not be reliable and I get disconnected from my Flex usually every hour or so.  With the Maestro coming soon (this year?), I would like to have a more reliable connection.  I plan to run Ethernet to my shack, but haven't wanted to dig through 18 inches of insulation and drill through the top plate.
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I tried power line adapters and found there was an increase in RF noise. Could be just the brand or model I chose, but am leery now. 

My Flex and shack PC are wired to an Apple Airport Extreme set up as a wi-fi extender. The rig and computer have DHCP reservations, so get the same IP address, and can talk to each other mo matter the wi-fi situation. I use 5 GHz from the main Airport Extreme as the "trunk line" to connect to the internet, so it stays away from all the 2.4 GHz noise and competition. 

Much easier than running cable, and quiet, too. I get a good 500 Mbps on the 5 GHz path, so am pretty happy with it.

Good luck!

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Speaking for myself, I have had nothing but appalling RFI from every PLT device that I have ever used.

I use a PLT device to extend my cable TV into my bedroom and have to unplug both ends when I want to go on the air.

The British regulator (OfCom) has published some new regulations regarding acceptable levels of interference but I think that there are still many old PLT devices which cause bad interference.  BT's one which they use to extend their ADSL to the TV set-top box seems to be one of the worst offenders!

Until this week, I was running both my 6500 and my Dell Inspiron laptop on the same wired LAN through a NetGear switch.  If I tried to use the laptop as a wireless device on my 2.4Ghz WiFi network then the latency was so bad that the laptop kept dropping offline.  I added an 802.11ac (5Ghz) dongle this week and it all works well now.

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