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Best power-line adapters of 2014

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Power-line adapters are devices that turn a home's electrical wiring into network cables for a computer network. They come in handy when you need to bring the Internet connection to a far corner in the basement where Wi-Fi signals can't reach. A power-line connection is generally also more reliable than a wireless connection. With speeds up to 500Mbps, it's also faster. Here is a list of five of the best power-line adapters or adapter kits on the market. Note that you need at least two adapters to make the first power-line connection.

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TRENDNet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit

The Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter is an excellent and fast way to extend your home network to places where Wi-Fi signal can't reach.

Price: $39.99 - $76.88 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Linksys PLEK500 Powerline AV2 Gigabit Network Adapter Kit

With stellar performance and support for the new HomePlug AV2 standard, the PLEK500 is an easy recommendation.

Price: $95.78 - $132.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Trendnet Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter

The Trendnet TPL-406E is a fast way to extend your home network, while saving both time and money.

Price: $24.99 - $59.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

D-Link DHP-501AV PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit

Attractive, affordable, and very fast, D-Link's PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit DHP-501AV is one of the best available in its class.

Price: $199.73 - $238.59 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

ZyXel PLA4205 500 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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.

Price: $72.99 - $107.02 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

D-Link DHP-540 PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch

Compact, good-looking, affordable, and fast, D-Link's PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch DHP-540 makes a great device that extends your network both via traditional cables and electrical wiring.

Price: $82.95 - $182.86 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Netgear Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter XAV5501

If you want to get the best data throughput speeds out of your home electrical wiring and don't mind the oversize design, the Netgear Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter XAV5501 would make an excellent buy.

4 stars Excellent

Actiontec 500 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit

While not perfect, the Actiontec PWR511K01 for now offers the best value among power-line adapter kits on the market.

Price: $42.80 - $64.13 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit

The Actiontec gets the job done for those who want to quickly extend their home network without much concern about performance.

Price: $79.97 - $92.23 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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