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Editors' Choice: Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit

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Editors' Choice: Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit

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The WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit is arguably the best powerline adapter kit for homes to date. It's fast, comparatively affordable, and offers plenty of network ports.

How will I adapt to those that help you expend your local network via your home electrical wiring? Today, I'm showing the best one to date. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo and this is the Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit from Western Digital. This kit is the first among home plug AV Powerline adaptor that earns CNET's Editors' Choice Award. Now, there are a few reasons why this kit is the best. First of all, it comes with two identical adaptors, each has four network ports. This means you can use up to four Ethernet ready devices at the far end of the powerline connection. At the near end where the other adaptor is connected to your router, instead of losing one network port for it, you now actually gain three. This is because the adaptors can also work as a four-port hub. So, out of the box, the kit can support up to seven devices. The Livewire kit's adaptor, though rather bulky, also has a nice design with detachable power cables. This allows users to place the adaptor away, clear from the power socket. The adaptors have an on/off switch and a sync button. Pressing on these buttons within two minutes from each other will create a private network between the two adaptors, preventing other home plug AV adaptors from connecting to them. This is a good security feature in case you want to keep others living in the same apartment building, for example, from tapping into your local network or the Internet connection. The Livewire adaptors are also a great where it matters the most--performance. In our testing, the two produced the highest throughput speeds among powerline adaptors we've reviewed. For these reasons, at around $110, the WD Livewire Power kit is possibly the best bang for your buck on the market. For more information on it, check out the in-depth review at CNET.com. Once again, my name is Dong Ngo and you've just seen the first look at the Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit from Western Digital.

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