Don't-Miss Networking Stories
[Editor's note: The following review is part of Macworld's GemFest 2009 series. Every day until the end of June 2009, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems...
While it offers USB printer sharing and comprehensive routing features, the SMC Barricade has little else to recommend it, with below-par setup and performance and a relatively high price tag.
The lack of a connection-quality indicator and a wall-mount option hamper this otherwise very capable powerline kit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Belkin's Wi-Fi router is easy to set up and has handy features, but it delivers poor short-range performance.
Linksys supplements this router's very good performance and features with optional parental controls.
Multiple ethernet ports and a convenient desk-mount option, together with solid performance and plug-and-play setup, put the Belkin kit at the head of the powerline networking class.
The DIR-655 is a top-performing router with useful extras like drive and printer sharing and a Wi-Fi guest zone.
This workhorse router had very good performance and great software, but too few features for the price.
The D-Link’s UPA technology offers far higher throughput than competing HomePlug kits, as well as push-button encryption setup and informative LEDs.
This capable powerline networking kit delivers very good performance for high-definition video streaming and gaming, but it doesn't stand out from the pack.