Best Powerline Adapters 2022

Unnati Nigam
Unnati Nigam June 12, 2022
Updated 2022/06/19 at 8:04 PM

Powerline is a simple-to-install digital home technology that can connect devices to your network faster than Wi-Fi, regardless of whether they are in the same room as your router.

It connects to your home’s main power wires to create a network connection that is usually faster than Wi-Fi. Some Powerline kits can generate powerful new Wi-Fi hotspots to provide a wireless signal in rooms or areas where your router cannot.

It is simple, easy to set up, and inexpensive, especially considering how much better your home network will be for streaming HD TV, gaming, and other data-hungry devices and services. The best Powerline adapters are far superior to Wi-Fi extenders or repeaters, which simply push a weak signal further around the house. The farther you are from your internet router and the more obstacles (walls, other devices), the poorer your Wi-Fi reception will be. Distance and obstacles have little effect on the speed with Powerline, so you can use an adapter in a power socket anywhere in your home to get close to the full potential of your broadband connection. Powerline connects fast Internet to your smart devices like your TV, game console, Sky, Roku, or Tivo.

Some Powerline adapters include built-in Wi-Fi and will establish a new wireless network in the second room. This means you can get both a strong, fast signal for your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other Wi-Fi device and a wired connection for smart devices.

Netgear PLP2000


Max Throughput: 101.0Mbps
Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches
Connections: Three-Prong AC Plug and Two Ethernet
Range: 775-feet
Wi-Fi: No

It was a close call, but the Netgear PLP2000’s superior throughput edged out the TP-Link TL-extended PA9020P’s range, making it our pick for the best Powerline adapter. The PLP2000 outperformed the competition by moving more data and filling a previously unconnected garage with more than enough data to watch videos, play games, and live online.

The PLP2000 is one of the largest PL extenders available and does not include a monitoring utility, but it does include an AC outlet to compensate for the one it uses and two gigabit Ethernet ports to provide data for a TV and a computer. While it is among the most expensive PL extenders at $110, it comes with a one-year warranty and only 90 days of support, whereas its competitors include both.

TP-Link TL-PA9020P


Max Throughput: 42.9Mbps
Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.9 inches
Connections: Three-Prong AC Plug and Two Ethernet
Range: 1,075-feet
Wi-Fi: No

Because of its class-leading range, TP-TL-PA9020P Link can help fill a large home with powerline data. Although it is slower than the PLP2000, the TL-PA9020 has the ability to push data through more than 1,000 feet of electrical wiring and deliver top speed to a previously unconnected garage. Its two Ethernet ports and AC passthrough outlet ensure that it not only does not consume your home’s power but can also supply data to two devices, such as a smart TV and a computer.

While its monitoring and configuration utility allows you to customize your powerline network by renaming devices and adjusting the TL-Quality PA9020P’s of Service parameters, its thirst for electricity makes it costly to use, and its side-mounted LEDs can be damaged.

Trendnet TPL-423E2K

3. Trendnet TPL-423E2K


Max Throughput: 47.5Mbps
Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.3 x 1.5 inches
Connections: Three-prong AC Pass-Thru and 1 Gbps Ethernet
Range: 581 feet
Wi-Fi: No

The Trendnet TPL-423E2K is designed for those who value a three-year warranty over the top performance, extra range, or the ability to service two networked devices. Overall, the TPL-423E2K provides an enviable combination of low upfront cost and low operating costs, making it ideal for frugal consumers.

What the Trendnet TPL-423E2K lacks in speed and range, it makes up for with a convenient AC passthrough outlet, a useful utility, and a class-leading three-year warranty. At $70 for the set, the TPL-423E2K is a must-have for powerline device users who prioritize cost and reliability over all-out performance. Even if that function does not work, the Trendnet TPL-423E2K is affordable and guaranteed to last for years.

D-Link DHP-601AV


Max Throughput: 43.3Mbps
Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.0 inches
Connections: Two-Prong AC Plug and One Ethernet
Range: 525-feet
Wi-Fi: No

Despite its limited range and average performance, the D-Link DHP-601AV’s two-prong plug can assist in bringing data to older homes that lack ungrounded three-prong outlets. It is small and easy to conceal, with three LEDs to indicate network status but falls short by lacking an AC passthrough outlet to compensate for the one it uses. A powerline network made up of DHP-601AV units will require a networking switch to connect to more than one device because each unit has a single Ethernet port. Although several competitors offer a monitoring and configuration utility for adjusting powerline network parameters, the DHP-601AV does not. On the other hand, it sips electricity while others gulp it and could operate for as little as $2.40 per year.

Zyxel PLA5456

5. Zyxel PLA5456


Max Throughput: 54.0Mbps
Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches
Connections: Three-prong AC Pass-Thru and 2 Gbps Ethernet
Range: 750 feet
Wi-Fi: No

The Zyxel PLA5456 is a large device that combines two Ethernet ports, a useful monitoring utility, and an AC passthrough outlet. It will assist in pushing data throughout your home, but it is large and provides adequate performance and range. The PLA5456 is not cheap for the two devices, but it is ideal for buyers looking for a powerline extender that works quietly in the background.

The Zyxel may be a good fit for homes with less-intensive data needs if you do not require the higher performance required for uses like streaming video or gaming. The shorter range and limited bandwidth are adequate for basic online activities such as web browsing and social media, but they fall short of our top models.

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