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Linksys PLK300 PowerLine AV Ethernet Adapter Kit

The lack of a connection-quality indicator and a wall-mount option hamper this otherwise very capable powerline kit.

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.

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.

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.

SMC Barricade N ProMax Draft 11n Gigabit Broadband Router SMCWGBR14-N

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.

Belkin N+ Wireless Router F5D8235-4

Belkin's Wi-Fi router is easy to set up and has handy features, but it delivers poor short-range performance.

Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N

Linksys supplements this router's very good performance and features with optional parental controls.

Belkin Powerline AV+ Starter Kit F5D4075

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.

Cancel Your Cable, Watch TV on an Xbox

Can one program installed on your PC beat cable providers at their own game? Read one man's personal quest to avoid a crummy digital upgrade box.

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Eye-Fi Share Video Wi-Fi SD Card

Wireless-enabled SD Card makes sending images and video to the Web simple and quick.

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AirRadar 1.1.7

[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...

T-Mobile WebConnect USB Laptop Stick

Slimline 3G wireless-access device travels easily, but its software is a mixed bag.