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ZyXel PLA-401 v2 HomePlug AV Powerline Wall Mount Ethernet Adapter & ZyXel PLA-470 HomePlug AV Powerline Switch

While not an official kit, our combination of ZyXel powerline adapters delivered the goods, including a four-port ethernet switch, connection-quality indicator light, and useful software.

Netgear XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit

For connecting a single ethernet device to your network, the Netgear's design, ease of setup, and software utility make it the pick of the powerline litter.

TrendNet TEW-633GR 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router

This router has very good overall performance and simple setup, but it lacks extra features (such as USB drive sharing or printer sharing) that we expect in this price class.

D-Link DHP-303 PowerLine HD Network Starter Kit

The D-Link’s UPA technology offers far higher throughput than competing HomePlug kits, as well as push-button encryption setup and informative LEDs.

Better Together: Wi-Fi and Powerline Networking

By combining a Wi-Fi router and powerline equipment, you pair the convenience and mobility of wireless with a dependable way to stream video or save files to a network drive. Our tests reveal the best of both kinds of gear.

FileMaker Pro 10 Database Software

FileMaker's ease of use and powerful features are an unbeatable combination for home-office and small-business users.

Buyer's Guide: Powerline Networking

While not as well known or widely used as Wi-Fi or Ethernet, powerline networking—using your existing home electrical wiring...

Buyer's Guide: Wi-Fi Routers

Once you’ve hooked up your most speed-critical devices via Ethernet, it’s time to think about what should connect wirelessly...

Buyer's Guide: Ethernet Switches

Every AirPort base station these days has three free Ethernet ports (in addition to the one that connects to your broadband...

8 Laptop Bags That Zip Through Airport Security

These new TSA-approved checkpoint-friendly bags mean you don't have to pull your laptop out at airport security.

Create Your Own Blu-ray Video Discs

From shooting great video with your HD camcorder to playing the footage back on your HDTV, here's how to turn your own home videos into high-def Blu-ray masterpieces.


Popcorn Hour A-100 Media Streamer

Economical and featured-filled media streamer has a relatively rudimentary interface.


Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router With Storage Link WRT600N

Linksys's dual-band router is one of the first draft-802.11n routers to support simultaneous 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz networks, making it a great choice for supporting both legacy Wi-Fi gear and future streaming media devices.

D-Link Wireless N Router DIR-615 vB2

Though it has strong features and an attractive price, this entry-level draft-2 802.11n router was rather slow and failed to complete some of our long-distance tests.

New 802.11n Routers: The Best Wi-Fi Yet

The best new 802.11n wireless routers deliver strong performance, coverage, and compatibility--but picking the right one for your network is more complicated than ever. Our lab tests reveal the top choices, whether you are looking for a basic bargain or consider speed and range paramount.