CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
The Zyxel PLA-400 is a compelling alternative to a wireless home network, but the competition offers faster throughput for about the same price.
The ZyXel PLA4205 power line adapter is an excellent alternative to using regular Ethernet or Wi-Fi to connect more devices to a home network.
If you like cheap-and-easy networking, Zyxel PL-100 HomePlug Turbo Powerline Ethernet Adapters are a no-brainer for a variety of home network scenarios.
The XE602 is a flexible choice for home users without Ethernet or phone wiring in every room.
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The PLN3 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter is a convenient way to extend your network via the electrical wiring. However, its bulky size and lack of a power pass-through socket might steer away home owners with cramped power outlets.
Current power-line users with large homes will benefit from the ZyXel PLA4231's network extension capabilities; however, there are alternatives that offer similar benefits for less.
The Netgear XE102 is one of the most compact power-line Ethernet bridges on the market, making it ideal for outlets in cramped corners or along baseboards.
The Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter is an excellent and fast solution to extend your home network to places where Wi-Fi signal can't reach.
The PLUSB10 is a good choice for connecting to a power-line network through a USB connection, but its bulk can make it difficult to plug into outlets in tight spaces.
While not perfect, the Actiontec PWR511K01 for now offers the best value among power-line adapter kits on the market.