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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.

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.

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.

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.

Actiontec MegaPlug AV Powerline Gaming Kit HPE200AV

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.

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.

Netgear RangeMax Next Wireless-N Gigabit Router WNR3500

This workhorse router had very good performance and great software, but too few features for the price.

Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N

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

D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router

The DIR-655 is a top-performing router with useful extras like drive and printer sharing and a Wi-Fi guest zone.

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.

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.

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.