Do Powerline Adapters work with anti-surge extension leads (power strips)?

Your Powerline Adapters will only work properly if you plug them directly into a wall socket, and not into extension leads.

Most models of Powerline Adapters have a plug socket, which means you won't lose a mains socket after it's been plugged in.

There are two types of anti-surge extension leads on the market in the UK.

  1. The basic models provide simple protection for a surge increase in mains voltage
  2. More expensive models have this feature, but also include a filter which provides protection against EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) or RFI (Radio Frequency Interference)

Every house has different wiring set ups, and it is impossible to say which anti-surge protectors will work with Powerline Adapters and which won't. Our test lab and user tests have shown that the more expensive strips with EMI/RFI filters are more likely to prevent Powerline Adapters working than the basic strips. The 'Status' or 'Data light' on the Adapters will show red if there's a problem.

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