Yardena ArarFreelance contributor, TechHive

Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

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Coax-based home networks to pick up speed

Supporting throughput of up to 2.5 gigabits per second, the new MoCA 2.5 spec promises a speedy future for networks based on cable-TV cables.

Pantelligent Smart Pan

Pantelligent Smart Pan review: This skillet delivers the goods

Outfitted with a temperature sensor, a Bluetooth radio, and WeMo integration, this sturdy no-stick skillet can help you create perfectly cooked dishes.

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Pump up your powerline: How to get the best performance from a HomePlug network

HomePlug powerline networks can sometimes reach places your Wi-Fi gear can’t. We’ll show you how to optimize your network’s performance and troubleshoot any problems you might encounter.

Monster Power Black Platinum

Monster Power Black Platinum 800 review: Surge protection with a side of networking

Monster’s line of surge protectors include everything you need to connect a network device using your home’s electrical wiring.

Key Ingredient Recipe Reader HD+

Key Ingredient Recipe Reader HD+ review: This high-end Android tablet is customized for kitchen duty

This second-generation kitchen tablet made us forget all about Key Ingredient’s terrible first effort.

ZyXel PLA5456

ZyXel AV2000 HomePlug AV2 (model PLA5456) powerline adapter review: Speedy hardware; dodgy marketing

Calling it a HomePlug product doesn’t make it a HomePlug product.

Powerline Ethernet adapter roundup

The essential guide to powerline ethernet adapters (including 7 hands-on reviews)

Powerline Ethernet adapters that use your home's electrical wiring are great supplements to Wi-Fi networks. We sort through the standards, HomePlug and G.hn, and review 7 new models.

breaking point

HomePlug AV2 MIMO stretches the definition of ‘standard’ to the breaking point

The latest version of the powerline networking standard is fast only if all the adapters you deploy are based on the same chipset.

D-Link DHP-701AV

D-Link DHP-701AV review: This HomePlug AV2 MIMO has lost the speed crown

This powerline adapter isn't as expensive as it once was. It's also no longer the fastest.

tpl 420e2k

Trendnet TPL-420E2K power-line adapter kit review: Bug fixes haven't made one this a winner

It sports HomePlug AV2 MIMO, but it lags behind the competition.

Extollo LANsocket

Extollo Communications LANSocket 1500 review: Top speed and a power-passthrough, too

You might not recognize the name, but you won’t complain about the features or performance.

TP-Link PA8030

TP-Link TL-PA8030P KIT AV1200 Powerline Kit review: This powerline adapter kit has three Ethernet ports.

You’ll find a strong feature set, including power pass-through, but performance fails to impress.

Comtrend PG9172

Comtrend PG-9172 review: The first powerline adapter we've tested that's based on the G.hn standard

It's early days for the standard competing with HomePlug, but this powerline adapter failed to wow us.

Netgear PLP1200

Netgear Powerline 1200 (PL1200-100PAS) review: Disappointing MIMO performance

These HomePlug AV2 MIMO adapters are slower than the competition.

ZyXEL PLA5405KIT

ZyXEL PLA5405KIT HomePlug adapter review: MIMO delivers the goods

Using both lines in an AC power line yields a significant boost in performance. ZyXEL is first, but the rest of the industry will get here soon.