Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit (PWR51WK01)

The Good The Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit quickly extends a home network for both wired and Wi-Fi clients. It's easy to use and more effective than traditional Wi-Fi range extenders.

The Bad The kit uses slow Ethernet and Wi-Fi standards, and there's no instruction on how to customize the default Wi-Fi network. One of the adapters is very bulky.

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

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 5.0
7.1 Overall

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Actiontec PWR51WK01 Powerline Wireless Network Extender Kit
Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit (PWR51WK01)
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Review

Quick and easy network extension

The Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit (retail model PWR51WK01) is a sure, and easy way to extend your network, both wired and wireless. It's a good fit for a large home with concrete walls, or separate households in an apartment building that want to share a single Internet connection.

It's far from perfect, however. The kit uses slow Wi-Fi and Ethernet standards and hence provides connection speeds only fast enough for casual Internet sharing and mild file sharing. Additionally, the included adapters don't come with a pass-through power socket, and one of them is very bulky.

In all, if you're looking for a quick and effective way to extend your home network, at the current street price of around $90, the PWR51WK01 is a very good buy. For more choices on power-line products, check out this list.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $90
  • Brand ActionTec Electronics
  • Type Wi-Fi range extender
  • Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor external
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