Best Powerline Adapters

Netgear Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point XAVB5201

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Best Powerline Adapter for Cheap Wi-Fi Extension

Key Features

  • Two adapters, one with 802.11n Wi-Fi built-in
  • Single output Ethernet port
  • Homeplug AV compliant

The Netgear Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point provides what is perhaps the most basic desirable Powerline solution for most users: it provides a reliable wireless signal in a remote part of your house.

The package includes two compact adapters, with one just providing an Ethernet socket and the other an Ethernet socket and Wi-Fi – just plug one end into your router and the other where you need better Wi-Fi. This isn’t a pass-through set, though, so make sure you have enough plug sockets.

Setting up the Wi-Fi connection is a bit cumbersome as the required code is written on the back of the Wi-Fi plug (yes the bit that faces the wall), but it’s easy enough and you’re good to go in a few minutes. You can then configure the connection using the Netgear app or just by going to the plug’s IP address in your browser.

The major stumbling block for this kit is overall performance, which is far from the best, with it only delivering 8.8MB/s over Powerline. It did manage 4.8MB/s over Wi-Fi, though, which was a clear improvement over the 3.29MB/s of our normal connection. What’s more, the better range of Powerline means this difference would only increase across larger houses or office spaces.

That performance is countered somewhat by the bargain price of this kit, too. Coming in at just £29.99, it’s a great low cost solution for those that simply want a more reliable WiFi signal in a remote part of their house or office.

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At time of review the Netgear Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point XAVB5201 was available for £92.99.

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