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Contributing Editor 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.

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.

Powerline Ethernet adapter roundup

The essential guide to powerline Ethernet adapters (including 12 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 12 models.

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.

D-Link DHP600AV

D-Link DHP-601AV HomePlug Ethernet adapter review: On par price and performance

D-Link's power-line Ethernet adapter is a solid value, but no one feature sets sets it apart from the pack.

Linksys PLK500

Linksys PLEK500 power-line networking review: Pricey for its performance

Linksys has earned high marks for its Wi-Fi routers of late, but there's nothing special about this power-line kit.

Netgear XAV5201

Netgear XAVB5201 HomePlug Ethernet adapter review: Squeezing better performance from an old standard

Netgear's power-line adapter uses an "enhanced" flavor of HomePlug AV, but its performance still trailed competitors based on the newer standards.


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.

Trendnet TPL408E2K

Trendnet TPL-408E2K HomePlug adapter review: Being skinny didn't make this adapter any slower

You often have to trade performance to achieve a thin form factor, but that's not the case here.


TP-Link TL-PA6010KIT HomePlug adapter review: Very fast for HomePlug AV

Proprietary enhancements make this HomePlug AV adapter faster than most of its HomePlug AV2 competitors.

tivo mega

TiVo goes ginormous, with 24TB of storage and a $5K price tag

The TiVo Mega, capable of recording more than three year's worth of programs, is slated to ship early next year, so start saving now.