Don't-Miss Networking Stories
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.
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'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.
[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...
Slimline 3G wireless-access device travels easily, but its software is a mixed bag.