Due to living in a multistory house, we use powerline (homeplug) adapters, which in principle works fine. We have several restrictions though:
- All powerline adapters currently in service have only one LAN port/outlet.
- We don't want to shell out money for a new ">1 LAN-port" powerline adapter, because:
- I already own a working switch and want to use it.
- I can't attach the switch to the router, but multiple devices need to be attached to the switch
For these reasons (being on the 2nd/3rd floor with multiple devices), I am forced to connect the (Auto-MDI/MDIX -activated) gigabit switch (TP-Link "TL-SG1005D") to what is probably internally configurated as "outlet" or "agent" by the powerline (devolo "dLAN® 200 AVsmart+") software? Result: It doesn't work.
I wouldn't have to care about all this if I'd use a desktop PC, but:
- I use a laptop with the above setup, which has only one (Gigabit-)LAN port
- Buying an expensive laptop docking station just for a 2nd or 3rd LAN port is not an option
Visual network layout: (PLA = powerline adapter)
Troubleshooting/solutions that I tried (unsuccessfully):
- Obviously I made sure that the powerline adapters are plugged directly in the wall as is advised to do
- I checked powerline producer website: Adapters are explicitly switch-compatible (but as an agent?..)
- I e-mailed to the support team of the powerline hardware: Still waiting...
- I updated the firmware of the powerplugs and checked my own Intel LAN laptop drivers (up to date)
- The gigabit switch has no firmware update possibility, but I reset its power
- I deactivated and reactivated my laptop's LAN adapter and tried with a fixed IP
- I am a 100% sure my GB-switch (still) works, as the transfer (cable and endpoint-wise) between my laptop and my "NAS" (drobo) does indeed work.
- I searched through Google + SU: Found several existing threadss, but none comparable to my setup.
Bonus question: If I'd alternatively connect my drobo NAS to a - spare - (W)LAN powerline adapter, could other people in the same house (i.e. people that use the same router-connection via powerline!) connect to its contents via the powerline LAN or WLAN as I myself plan to do? Normally people worry about neighbors (which is no problem), but in my case I (have to) worry about the people inside our network.