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The 12 best Powerline adapters 2014: Here are the best Powerline adapters you can buy in the UK right now

The 12 best Powerline adapter you can buy in the UK right now

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What's the best Powerline adapter you can buy today? We look at the 12 best Powerline adapters after extensive testing in real-world environments.[Updated May 27, 2014.]

Powerline is a simple-to-install digital home technology that gets you faster speeds than Wi-Fi for connecting devices to your network despite them being in different rooms to your router. It uses your home's power lines to create a network that's much faster than distant Wi-Fi, and can create new Wi-Fi hotspots to boost your home's wireless speeds.

Simply plug one Powerline adapter into a power socket near your router and attach it to the router with an ethernet cable (usually supplied with the Powerline adapter kit). Then go to the room where you want to hook up a device (maybe another PC or laptop, a smart TV or a set-top box for catch-up TV such as Sky+, Tivo and Apple TV), plug the second adapter into a nearby power socket and connect another ethernet cable from that to the device or devices.

That's it. It really is plug and play.

Some of Powerline adapters also have wireless functionality so they create a new Wi-Fi hotspot in that second room, too – so you get much faster Wi-Fi for your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Read our Powerline adapter reviews for more detail, and check out our list below for our group test results and recommendations.

For more information on Powerline speed myths, tips and recommendations read our Powerline FAQ What is Powerline – simple to set up, faster-than-Wi-Fi home network.

Best Powerline adapters 2014

12. Linksys Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit

Linksys Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit
  • Reviewed on: 22 November 13
  • RRP: £89 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Linksys Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit is a neat set of two Powerline adapters that offer decent speeds in a small, unobtrusive package but are under-featured for the price. At £89 we'd expect Wi-Fi at least, which is a shame as we were impressed by the speeds we achieved on test.

11. Solwise 600AV2 HomePlug Adapter

Solwise 600AV2 HomePlug Adapter
  • Reviewed on: 2 May 14
  • RRP: £62.30 for two
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Solwise 600AV2 HomePlug Adapter is a decent Powerline adapter, with just above-average performance at a reasonable price. The Pass-Through socket is handy, and we liked the Gigabit Ethernet – although we would have preferred more than one port. A Wi-Fi option would also have benefitted this Powerline adapter – although you could add one from a different manufacturer if you wanted this at a later date.

10. Devolo dLAN 500 WiFi Network Kit

Devolo dLAN 500 WiFi Network Kit
  • Reviewed on: 21 November 13
  • RRP: £79.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Devolo dLAN 500 WiFi Network Kit is marketed as user friendly, and it’s certainly that. Set up is simplicity itself, and you’ll be up and running in minutes. The adaptors are unobtrusive and fit in well with the look of most homes. The Wi-Fi function is a real boon – doubling the Wi-Fi signal in our test house. The app and parental controls are also worthwhile features. While we never expected 500Mbps speeds the Devolo dLAN 500 WiFi wasn’t the fastest Powerline system we tested but it should be fast enough for most purposes. You can buy one set with the base unit plus one adapter for £79.99 or another with the base unit plus two adaptors for £124.99.

9. Netgear Powerline 500 Adapter

Netgear Powerline 500 Adapter
  • Reviewed on: 1 December 13
  • RRP: £38.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Netgear Powerline 500 is a set of two average-speed, unobtrusive Powerline adapters that can be found online at a bargain price. The single Ethernet port might limit you if you have multiple devices that need connecting but you can get round this by swapping out cables where you need them. The cost sadly precludes a handy Wi-Fi function, but if your Wi-Fi is decent you can probably live without at this price.

8. TP-LINK AV500 Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through

TP-LINK AV500 Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through
  • Reviewed on: 1 December 13
  • RRP: £54.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The TP-Link AV500 Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through was one of the fastest Powerline adapters that we tested under real-world conditions. It lacks Wi-Fi and has only one 10/100 Ethernet port on each adapter but its fast speeds recommend it.

7. Netgear Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point

Netgear Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point
  • Reviewed on: 21 November 13
  • RRP: £69.99
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Netgear Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point is a 500Mbps-rated Powerline adaptor that wasn't the fastest we tested but offers good value for money compared to others in its range. It features only one ethernet port, which might not suit you if you need to attach more than one ethernet cable to your TV or set-top box. It can create a new Wi-Fi hotspot in your home, which could, according to our tests, triple your Wi-Fi speed away from your router.

6. TP-LINK 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender

TP-LINK 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender
  • Reviewed on: 1 December 13
  • RRP: £89.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The TP-Link 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender is one of the fastest sets of Powerline adapters we tested. It's not too big but offers both Wi-Fi and more than one Ethernet port, which is good for the prices we've seen it on sale for online.

5. ZyXel HD Powerline Adapter 500Mbps

ZyXel HD Powerline Adapter 500Mbps
  • Reviewed on: 22 November 13
  • RRP: £35.33 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The ZyXel HD Powerline Adapter 500Mbps is a great-value set of Powerline adapters that performed excellently in our real-world speed tests. It's the smallest Powerline adapter we've seen, and will blend into any home environment. It lacks Wi-Fi and has only one ethernet port on each adapter but it's a real bargain that performs well.

4. BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Kit

BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Kit
  • Reviewed on: 22 November 13
  • RRP: £99.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Kit performs brilliantly, offering the some of the fastest Powerline speeds over ethernet and Wi-Fi in our tests. It's simple to install, is up and running in minutes, and offers two ethernet ports. Our only problem with it is its bulk and obtrusive black design, which may not appeal in your living room.

3. Devolo 650 triple+ Powerline Starter Kit

Devolo 650 triple+ Powerline Starter Kit
  • Reviewed on: 27 May 14
  • RRP: £119.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Devolo dLAN 650+ and 650 triple+ are fine examples of the latest “600Mbps” Powerline chips, and offer fast speeds that knock the spots off using a home’s standard wireless signals. The use of Gigabit Ethernet, plus the new Powerline chips, and the clever “Range+” technology make these adapters stand out from the now quite established 500Mbps adapters. They’re not massively faster than the older adapters but they are an improvement. The lack of Wi-Fi on these adapters is, however, a disappointment. Creating a new Wi-Fi hotspot in the second room is a great feature that Devolo should add as an option to these products. If you need the three Ethernet ports we still prefer Devolo's dLAN 500AV Wireless+. Even though they're a bit slower the inclusion of Wi-Fi makes them better value. That said, the three Gigabit Ethernet ports of the 650 triple+ and the Pass-Through power sockets on both the 650+ and triple+ set these Powerline adapters apart from most of the competition.

2. Devolo dLAN 500AV Wireless+ Starter Kit

Devolo dLAN 500AV Wireless+ Starter Kit
  • Reviewed on: 21 November 13
  • RRP: £129 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

This Devolo powerline/wireless system is simple to set up – real plug and play. The best-case speeds reached over powerline were far from the claimed 500Mbps, but this is true of all powerline adaptors as much as Wi-Fi underperformance. The speed of this device will in part be determined by the unique wiring of your house, but our tests prove that speeds will likely be at least three times what you'd expect of your standard Wi-Fi when a few rooms from your router. The Devolo dLAN 500AV Wireless+ will be of particular use if you want to hardwire more than one ethernet-enabled device such as TV or Sky+ box, as it boasts three ethernet ports. Its wireless function means we still prefer the 500AV to the newer and faster 650+ Powerlines from Devolo.

1. TrendNet Powerline 500AV2 Adapter Kit

TrendNet Powerline 500AV2 Adapter Kit
  • Reviewed on: 17 April 14
  • RRP: £48.99 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The TrendNet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit features the fastest Powerline adapters we've tested so far, and the Wireless Access Point option adds super-fast Wi-Fi for good measure. Of course we like the speed, which is the whole point of Powerline, but we were also impressed that the standard adapter had Gigabit Ethernet – although more than one port per adapter would have been nice. It might be basic in its single port and lack of pass-through socket and it’s a shame that the Wireless Access Point product, which has two ports, is limited by the use of 10/100 Ethernet but you simply can’t argue with the best-in-class speed scores.

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