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The best Powerline adapters in 2017

Here’s an awesome little thing you can get that might help improve your internet speeds across all your devices.Powerline adapters are the little-known secret weapon of tech which can let you get high-speed internet anywhere in your home without having messy cables everywhere. Here are the best powerline adapters available.

What are powerline adapters?

Good question, since powerline adapters aren’t necessarily super well known at present. Powerline adapters are bits of kit that plug into an electrical outlet in your home and can carry an Ethernet signal along your home power lines.

That means that you can have your modem and router in one part of your house, run the Ethernet cable into a Powerline adapter, plug a second Powerline adapter in another part of your house (presumably next to gaming consoles, a PC or other devices) and run a second Ethernet cable from your second Powerline adapter right to your device. That way, you’re getting high-speed wired internet across any part of your home without having to run messy cables through your hallways. You can even use them to create new WiFi hotspots to boost your home’s wireless signal.

These nifty little devices can not only keep your home tidy but also put an end to any worries you may be having about the speed of your home WiFi. When certain devices, such as games consoles, rely on high-speed internet in order to function at their best, a Powerline adapter can be the solution to many frustrations. The tech itself is relatively new but is catching on fast in the UK and US, meaning more and more companies are competing to bring out their own versions of these things.

Powerline adapters come with various speed capabilities, determined by the price of the adapters you’re getting. The cheapest Powerline adapters out there are rated for speeds of 200Mbps, the mid-range will perform at 500Mbs and the most recent iterations (and most expensive of the lot) will get you speeds of around 1200Mbs. This tech is improving fast, though, and TP-Link has recently launched a Powerline adapter kit which they claim can reach speeds of up to 2000Mbps.It’s worth

It’s worth bearing in mind that all these speeds are impossible to achieve through regular use (they are absolute maximums), but you can see them as a fair barometer for the performance each adapter will give you.

So which Powerline adapters are the best ones to get for your home? Well, we’re here to take a look at some of the best and give your our opinions on what’s good and worth your time and money. Let’s begin, shall we?

Our top pick: TP-Link AV2000 2-Port Gigabit Passthrough Powerline


That TP adapter that we mentioned earlier was boasting speeds of up to 2000Mbps? This is the one. This model features two Gigabit speed Ethernet ports per adapter along with pass-through sockets on both units, allowing you to still us your plug socket for any other device as normal is a fantastic combination. The AV2000 features some of the highest speeds possible for a Powerlink adapter as of right now and it’s a seriously impressive bit of kit. It’s one of the more expensive options but you’re getting a whole lot of bang for your buck, here. The one glaring omission with this model is the lack of a Wi-Fi hotspot functionality but if you’re not going to miss that extra wireless boost, this is a superb Powerline adapter to go for.

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TrendNet Powerline 500AV2 Adapter Kit


This TrendNet adapter is intensely impressive. It’s one of the fastest adapters we’ve witnessed so far and features a Wireless Access Point option to boot, enabling you to get super fast WiFi on top of your already fast Ethernet connection. This model also features a Gigabit Ethernet port, although only one socket per adapter. Unfortunately, the TrendNet does lack a passthrough port, meaning your plug socket will, unfortunately, be dedicated solely to this Powerline adapter and unavailable to use otherwise. That being said, this is a blisteringly fast adapter and for the price, it’s very hard to argue.

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TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter


There are a few different versions of this Powerline adapter available but the one we’d recommend is the TL-PA8030P model. Although it’s the slightly more expensive of the AV1200’s siblings, it boasts a hugely generous three Gigabit Ethernet ports, far more than most of its competitors. If you should need an extra boost to your home, the WPA8630P model features WiFi Hotspot capability as well. For the surprisingly low cost, this is a tremendous value.

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Solwise SmartLink 1200AV2 HomePlug Powerline Adapter


It might not be the prettiest of the bunch but it is one of the fastest performing Powerlink adapters of our highlighted range. If you can hide it away in a corner or behind a piece of furniture, it’s hard to find fault with the Solwise SmartLink though the rather blunt design may discourage some people. It features two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a pass-through socket while maintaining a more budget-friendly price point. Having said that, these are sold as singles so keep in mind that you’ll need to pick up more than one in order to take advantage of the network functionality.

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Devolo 1200+ Powerline Adapter


The Devolo dLan 1200+ is absolutely one of the fastest Powerline adapters we’ve been able to test and also happens to be one of the nicest looking ones, too. For better or worse, it’s also one of the more expensive models on our list of top picks. The Devolo features an intergrated electrical pass-through power socket, which adds a lot to the value, as well as a WiFi and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. There’s not a lot more you could ask for from a Powerlink adapter.

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TP-Link AV500 Passthrough Powerline WiFi Kit


Yes, that’s right, this is the third time that a TP-Link Powerline adapter has made it to our list. The company is one of the pioneers of Powerlink technology and it really shows in the variety of models it has on offer. The AV500 WiFi kit is wonderfully priced for what it is. It offers a fast set of Powerline adapters that feature pass-through sockets as well as a huge three Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as a WiFi hotspot. That, along with the models unique design, makes this one to keep an eye on for sure.

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Netgear Powerline 500 (XAVB5221)


It was only a matter of time before a Netgear product made this list, really. Known for a whole host of high-quality modems, routers and other internet-enabling products, it’s no wonder that Netgear also offers a powerful Powerline Adapter. This model in particular is as simple as they come, offering WiFi Hotspot capability as well as the option of more than one Ethernet port per adapter and an appropriate price point. It might not match the speeds and features of some other models on this list but this is an excellent place to start.

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D-Link AV2 1000 HD Powerline Adapter


The D-Link AV2 500 and 1000 models are two of the most discreet Powerline adapters we’ve ever seen. They’re built to be as unassuming as possible and fit in with other electrical devices in your home. That’s a lovely feature to have, although it’s their primary attraction here. The speeds for the 500 are perfectly fine but won’t come closer to most of the other adapters on this list at all, but these make a fantastic place to start. The 1000 units on the other hand showed fantastically fast speeds that put up a real fight with some much more expensive models. Sadly, there’s no WiFi Hotspot functionality or pass-through sockets here but for the price, if you’re looking for something simple and effective, it can’t be beaten.

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So there you have it, our top picks for the best Powerline adapters in 2017. Did we miss any that really should be on this list? Feel free to let us know over on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll take a look. Be sure to sign up to the Jelly Deals newsletter, too to never miss a bargain.

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