Best power-line adaptersUpdated April 14, 2014 2:39 PM PDT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.