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Powerline Ethernet adapter roundup

The essential guide to powerline Ethernet adapters (including 10 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 10 models.

Netgear PLP1200

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

These HomePlug AV2 MIMO adapters are slower than the competition.

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.

tpl 420e2k

Trendnet TPL-420E2K power-line adapter kit review: Slower and more expensive isn’t a good combo

It sports HomePlug AV2 MIMO, but it’s no competition for ZyXel’s PLA5405KIT.

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.

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.

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 TLPA6010KIT

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.

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.

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.

HP Envy x360

HP Envy x360 review: This 360-degree laptop is about versatility, not power

This latest flippable Yoga clone delivers solid performance for the price, but it's too heavy for hardcore travelers.

Lenovo Flex 2

One-trick laptop: Lenovo’s Flex 2 is a bargain that bends backward

The Lenovo Flex 2’s touchscreen with a 300-degree hinge is a nice feature for the price. While it delivers decent benchmark results, however, its keyboard, display, and battery life disappoint.

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.

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Lenovo C260 all-in-one PC

Lenovo C260 review: This inexpensive all-in-one PC performs more like a tablet

You get what you pay for. Lenovo cut a lot of corners to produce a desktop PC for less than $500.