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Hybrid Routers Review: Get Wi-Fi and Powerline Networks in One Device

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At a Glance

The Netgear WNXR2000 is basically a midrange Wi-Fi router bundled with a HomePlug AV brick and a special cable--not the most elegant way to integrate the two network technologies.

Pros

  • Hybrid powerline support frees up an outlet.
  • Less expensive than router, AV adapter separately.

Cons

  • No 5ghz Wi-Fi or gigabit ethernet.
  • Poor documentation on setting up HomePlug AV.
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At a Glance

One of the first Wi-Fii/HomePlug AV hybrid routers, this elegant product will support both a moderately fast wireless network for portable devices and a reliable powerline network for streaming media to consumer electronics.

Pros

  • Wi-Fi and HomePlug AV powerline support elegant.
  • Requires only one outlet; a USB port for add-ons.

Cons

  • No 5ghz 802.11n support, only 3 ethernet ports.
  • 2x2 antenna array isn't the fastest.
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