The 10 Best Powerline Network Adapters of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: TP-Link AV2000 TL-PA9020PKIT at Amazon

"With...its high-speed data transfer rate of up to 2000Mbps, you'll never have to worry about poor signal performance again."

Best Speed: Extollo LANPlug 2000 at Amazon

"This ultra-fast 2Gbps low-latency adapter is for users who need the fastest speeds."

Runner-up, Best Speed: D-Link Powerline AV2000 Passthrough DHP-P701AV at Amazon

"A rock-solid network adapter with blazing fast speed."

Best Gaming: Extollo Powerline LANSocket 1500 at Amazon

"Exactly what gaming fans need: a powerline network adapter with both high performance and low latency."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Zyxel PLA5456KIT at Amazon

"Will offer dramatically improved coverage for game consoles and televisions, including streaming Netflix in 4K."

Best Value: Netgear Powerline PL1200-100PAS at Amazon

"More than ready to handle 4K and HD streaming, and lag-free gaming."

Best Budget: TP-Link AV1000 at Amazon

"A great choice for those who only need to extend one or two devices and don't want to spend a lot of money."

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Netgear Powerline 1000 at Amazon

"With speeds up to 1000Mbps, the Powerline 1000 boasts enough horsepower to deliver expansive coverage and fast performance."

Best for Multiple Devices: TP-Link AV1300 at Amazon

"With three Gigabit Ethernet ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, this can extend a whole section of your network to every corner your home."

Best Video Streaming: D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline AV2 at Amazon

"Powers speed up to 1000Mbps, which is ideal for multiplayer gaming, larger file transfers and HD video streaming."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: TP-Link AV2000 TL-PA9020PKIT

TP-Link AV2000 TL-PA9020PKIT

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4.3
What We Like
  • Solid design

  • Good wired speeds

  • AC throughput

What We Don't Like
  • Plug switching issues

With the TP-Link AV2000 TL-PA9020PKIT powerline adapter kit and its high-speed data transfer rate of up to 2000Mbps, you'll never have to worry about poor signal performance again. Setting up the TP-Link is a snap: The first adapter gets plugged into the wall and router via Ethernet cable and the second adapter gets plugged into a wall outlet near the device(s) you want to signal boost. With two Gigabit ports available, you can connect to two devices at one time such as a video game console and television. The inclusion of pass-through technology allows the electrical outlet to remain usable even when the adapter kit is plugged in.

One-touch pairing features 128-bit AES encryption for maintaining a secure signal alongside intelligent LED indicators for notifying users about the strength of their connection. Compliant with Home Plug AV2, the 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.7-inch TP-Link features 2x2 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) beamforming technologies creating simultaneous and pointed connections for minimal impact to Internet speed while using multiple devices. Beyond performance, there’s good news for energy-conscious users: The TP-Link will power down when not in use, cutting energy use by up to 85 percent.

Best Speed: Extollo LANPlug 2000

What We Like
  • Extremely fast

  • Great range

  • Low latency

What We Don't Like
  • Problems with multicasting

  • No passthrough plug

  • Single Ethernet port only

If ultrafast performance is your main priority, Extollo’s LANPlug 2000 provides a solid 2 Gbps of throughout with some of the lowest latency we’ve seen in a powerline network adapter. This makes it great not only for 4K UHD streaming, but also ideal for multiplayer online gaming, and it can handle multiple smart TVs, game consoles, or PCs on the other end. Sadly, there’s no passthrough plug so you’ll need to take up at least one AC outlet in order to use it.

You’ll also need to supply your own hub if you want to connect multiple devices, as the LANPlug 2000 only offers a single Ethernet port, which is kind of disappointing for an extender with this kind of performance. Otherwise, however, setting it up is really just a matter of plugging it in and you’re good to go. There is one important caveat, however, in that numerous reports have suggested that the LANPlug 2000 doesn’t handle multicast traffic properly, which means you may not be able to use a Chromecast or share an iTunes library to your Apple TV, as these rely on multicast. Extollo says this has been addressed in more recent firmware updates, but it’s not clear if it’s fully resolved.

Runner-up, Best Speed: D-Link Powerline AV2000 Passthrough DHP-P701AV

3.9
What We Like
  • Connection quality indicator LED

  • AC Passthrough

  • Easy setup

What We Don't Like
  • Large

  • Expensive

Offering the latest in AV2 MIMO 2000 technology, the D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 DHP-P7101AV is a rock-solid network adapter with blazing fast speed. Capable of hitting speeds up to 2000Mbps (2Gbps), the P7101 can handle 4K/HD multimedia, transfer large files and take on online gaming without skipping a beat. The integrated pass-through socket is ideal for ensuring that no outlet goes to waste and, with a built-in noise filter, you’ll hardly notice the P7101 presence in a hallway or near an entertainment center. The P7101 offers the same energy-friendly design as its competition and it shuts down after a few minutes of inactivity, saving up 85 percent of power consumption. Setup remains simple as ever, thanks to a plug-and-play approach that has one adapter connecting to the router and the second connecting to a wall outlet near the devices that are hungry for an Internet signal boost. Additionally, there’s one touch security for added network encryption, which secures the D-Link against any potential network intrusions that could compromise the entire home network.

Best Gaming: Extollo Powerline LANSocket 1500

4.3
What We Like
  • AC passthrough

  • Fast transfer speeds

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky


When it comes to online gaming, you want a super strong signal to ensure a lag-free experience. And the 2.5 x 1.5 x 4.5-inch Extollo Powerline LANsocket 1500 is exactly what gaming fans need: a powerline network adapter with both high performance and low latency. Ideal for both gaming and online video streaming, the inclusion of MIMO and beamforming technology works to provide each device connected to the Internet with the best possible signal. The addition of 512Mbit (64MB) of DDR memory helps maintain and boost signal strength, which makes it one of the most reliable network adapters available today. The plug-and-play installation allows users to be connected and online within minutes and the pass-through outlet means you’re still able to connect a second connection to the outlet. All in all, with speeds up to 2Gbps, there’s no question the Extollo is ready to tackle whatever signal challenge lies ahead.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Zyxel PLA5456KIT

Offering pass-through and Home Plug AV2 2000 compliance, the Zyxel PLA5456KIT is an excellent powerline networking kit. Featuring two Gigabit Ethernet ports for multiple device connectivity, the front of the Zyxel features LED status lights for notifying users of signal strength on its 7.4 x 9.2 x 3.8-inch design. Plus, with MIMO technology, the Zyxel will offer dramatically improved coverage for game consoles and televisions, including streaming Netflix in 4K. Setting it up is easy, so you'll be up and running right after creating the hardwired connection into the router with the first adapter and placing the second adapter at or near the device seeking a performance boost. Offering speeds up to 1800Mbps, the Zyxel can easily be monitored through the downloadable smartphone app. You can even block potentially intrusive devices to keep your network connection secure. 

Best Value: Netgear Powerline PL1200-100PAS

3.5
What We Like
  • Easy setup

  • Good speeds

What We Don't Like
  • Poor socket placement

  • Obtrusive design

Capable of offering up to 1200Mbps speeds, the Netgear Powerline PL1200-100PAS is more than ready to handle 4K and HD streaming, and lag-free gaming. It can even connect multiple adapters to continuously expand the network signal throughout a home. The inclusion of MIMO and beamforming technology adds simultaneous signal connections directed at active devices on the network and provides them the best possible signal strength. The 6.54 x 7.28 x 3.23-inch PL1200 sets up with a plug-and-play approach. Just connect the first adapter to the router via Ethernet cable and the second adapter into an outlet near the device you want to provide with a performance boost. Once both connections are set, the PL1200 does the rest while offering a one-touch button for encrypting the network to protect against intrusion. Like competitive models in this space, the Netgear adds an energy-friendly mode that powers down after a set time of inactivity, which helps minimize the impact on your energy bill.

Best Budget: TP-Link AV1000

What We Like
  • Pass-through plug

  • Power-saving mode

  • Easy configuration

What We Don't Like
  • Single port only

  • Bulky size

  • Sensitive to electrical wiring issues

The TP-Link AV1000 is a solid choice for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money and don’t need blazing fast speeds for multiple devices. While it’s not as fast as some of the more expensive models, it still offers 1 Gbps of throughput which will be more than sufficient if you only need to extend one or two wired devices into another part of your house. It’s also a bit large, but there’s a pass-through AC plug which means you won’t be wasting an outlet, and a power saving mode means it sips electricity when not in active use.

The AV1000 also features the same plug-and-play configuration as TP-Link’s other powerline adapters, which means you should be able to get going in a couple of minutes just by plugging them straight in and connecting your router on one end and your smart TV, game console, PC, or even a small hub on the other. It should be more than fast enough to handle 4K UHD streaming for up to two or three devices, although your mileage may vary depending on the electrical wiring in your house as reports suggest this one is a bit more sensitive to wiring problems and electrical noise. 

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Netgear Powerline 1000

If you want to extend your wired network, the Netgear Powerline 1000 is an excellent budget choice. Utilizing the existing electrical wiring in your home, internet is delivered to nearly any area that’s lacking signal. In a day and age when so many devices require fast internet to properly function, this inexpensive solution can be a lifesaver. With speeds up to 1000 Mbps, the Powerline 1000 boasts enough horsepower to deliver expansive coverage and fast performance.

Easy to set up, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be ready to go with the Powerline 1000 in a few moments. The included adapter plugs directly into your modem or router. The Powerline 1000 Wi-Fi adapter is then plugged into any outlet near a coverage dead zone. You can set it up anywhere in a home regardless of where walls and doors are located; but obviously, the best performance is found with the fewest number of obstructions.

What makes Netgear's budget-friendly products so great? Simplicity. This is a plug and play device that has almost zero barrier to entry. Performance is ideal for 4K streaming or multiplayer gaming online. 

Best for Multiple Devices: TP-Link AV1300

What We Like
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • Built-in Wi-Fi Extender

  • Power-saving mode

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up two outlets

  • No passthrough plug

  • Sensitive to electrical wiring issues

Even though many powerline adapters offer extremely fast speeds, few are designed to handle multiple devices nearly as well as TP-Link’s AV1300, which not only offers three Gigabit Ethernet ports but also includes AC1350 Dual-Band Wi-Fi, letting you extend your Wi-Fi network into that hard-to-reach corners of your home.

Offering 1,300 Mbps of throughput, it can handle 4K UHD streaming and online gaming without missing a beat, and the built-in wireless extender means you can get much faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi into places that 5 GHz frequencies can’t usually penetrate. It’s also really easy to set up; the powerline aspect is completely plug-and-play and you can wire up three devices over Gigabit Ethernet without needing to add your own hub. A Wi-Fi Clone feature also automatically copies the SSID and password from your router so that all of your Wi-Fi devices can connect right away without any need to reconfigure anything. 

That said, it’s worth keeping in mind that the AV1300 is a bit bulkier than many other powerline adapters, since it includes Wi-Fi hardware too, so it will likely take up two outlets, and doesn’t offer a passthrough plug either. Like many powerline adapters, your maximum performance will also vary depending on the electrical wiring in your house.

Best Video Streaming: D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline AV2

Small and compact at 3.4 x 0.2 x 2.4 inches, the D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline AV2 1000 is a standout offering for HD streaming. While the D-Link lacks a pass-through power socket, the focus here is on the compact design alongside AV2 technology that powers speed up to 1000Mbps, which is ideal for multiplayer gaming, larger file transfers and HD video streaming.

Adding an additional level of security to your home network, the D-Link features one-touch security that automatically encrypts its connection at 128-bit AES, although there’s no software available for smartphones or PCs to monitor the network to detect and prevent intrusion. What the D-Link lacks in software and pass-through it more than makes up for with a rock-solid signal performance that handily works with HD video while allowing additional units to be connected to create an umbrella signal around the house eliminating dead spots.

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What to Look for in a Powerline Network Adapter

Speed - One of the first features that should be considered when purchasing a powerline network adapter for your home is its speed; ensure your unit supports faster “gigabit” Ethernet speeds. If you are a gamer, look for units that offer “low latency” rates.

Security - You are utilizing your home’s electrical wiring to transfer data, so it is essential that you purchase a network adapter that secures the information traveling through your walls. Most adapters offer some level of encryption such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) — look for this in the description or on the box.

Usability - Lastly, consider whether a powerline network adapter is a correct solution for your needs; these network adapters only work when they are on the same circuit. For example, if you plug one adapter into your living room and the other into your home office, and they are on separate electrical circuits, the solution won't work for your situation.

Test Results: TP-Link AV2000 TL-PA9020PKIT (Best Overall)

4.3
What We Like
  • Quick and easy setup

  • Good download/upload speeds

  • Cost-effective solution

What We Don't Like
  • A little bulky

TP-Link AV2000 TL-PA9020PKIT
TP-Link AV2000
TP-Link
TP-Link AV2000

“It's a really good alternative to running additional networking cable if you're trying to get a connection in another part of your house,” one reviewer revealed. He added, “For something that's relatively inexpensive, it's removed a lot of frustration.” Our testers particularly liked how simple the setup was and their improved connection speeds. The adapters are a bit bulky, which is good to be aware of if you’re trying to place it behind a sofa or other furniture, noted one reviewer.