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Does the ground fault interrupter (the third prong on a three-prong socket) interfere with Powerline performance?

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No, the ground wire does not interfere with any of the Powerline functions. The ground wire socket/third prong is a safety requirement for modern outlets and high-voltage equipment, and should not be tampered with.

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There is a possibility that the wiring may be reversed, as well, which does cause all kinds of problems.

You can purchase an outlet checker from any hardware store, and they are always a great thing to have in any case. Check every unknown outlet for problems, and it may save your equipment, and you, from damage/death in the future.

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Give this a shot. Post your findings if you would like.
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