So, the best Powerline adapter…which one? There are plenty of them on the market and, as a rule of thumb, they generally perform at a similar level to others within the same particular class.
Particular class you ask?
The class is the number within the title, and it’s usually an indicator of how fast it can go – theoretically.
For example, the Netgear PLP-1200 has data rates up to 1,200Mbps, and the TP-Link TL-PA6010KIT AV600 has rates up to 600Mbps…you get the drift 🙂
This is just a rough guide – some manufacturers don’t always follow these rules!
Best Powerline Adapter – Netgear PLP-1200 AV1200
So How Do Powerline Network Adapters Work?
Powerline adapters are very easy to set up. Usually it’s just a matter of plugging in and playing. At worst, all you will need to do is press a button to sync with another adapter.
Powerline adapters plug into a normal power outlet. From the Powerline, connect an Ethernet cable to your network device.
It’s usual to plug in your home router at one end, then plug in another Powerline into another part of your home and repeat the process of plugging in the other network device (computer, smart TV, games console etc) via an Ethernet cable.
The router and the other network device will communicate via your electrical cabling in your home.
Reliability and speed is normally pretty good, and can often be better than Wi-Fi.
Just be careful of interference. Very old electrical wiring, coupled with perhaps a very heavy duty electrical device (for example a floor sander or grinder) can cause interference for your network connections. In our experience, it’s only very power-thirsty appliances that will cause interference, so this shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
What Is A Powerline Wireless Extender?
Don’t think because you are using electric cables, that you can’t connect up your Wi-Fi devices.
Some Powerline adapters have wireless functionality and can be used to extend your wireless network.
Working on the aforementioned principles of extending to rooms in the home that are out of reach from your home router, it’s possible for nodes to connect via a local Wi-Fi (on the Powerline), then through the electrics to the home router. Pretty cool.
Best Powerline AV1200 & Gigabit Powerline Adapters
The PLP1200 is the fastest Netgear Powerline available. It’s a combo that consists of 3 Powerline adapters.
If you only need 2 adapters, you can always go for the Netgear PL1200
D-Links’s top of the range Powerline. Up to 2Gbps theoretical speed. This is actually the fastest Powerline around – yes even faster than Netgear’s offering.
Best Powerline Adapters (AV600 AV500 etc)
TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT AV600
The TL-PA6010KIT AV600 is a budget Powerline release, with data rates hitting up to 600Mbps. This is a big favorite of ours. Fast enough for most tasks and it certainly won’t break the bank.
If you’re on a budget, Trendnet are always a good bet. The TPL-406E2K is a basic Powerline adapter and comes in under $50.
Amped PLA2 AV500
The PLA2 is another adapter with a power outlet on the rear. Of course, this means you pay a little more, but if power outlets are a premium in your home – this is a solid choice.
The baby brother of the PA6010KIT above. This AV400 is aimed at wallet-conscious consumers who just want to get some good, solid, network action.
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