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What is a PLC adapter?
The PLC adapter, also known as Powerline Adapter, is a home-made technical device that creates a fast Wi-Fi connection network, even in areas where the router signal does not reach.
To do this, the PLC adapter will connect to a plug-in in your home, which is a connection network, which, in most cases, is much faster than the normal Wi-Fi connection.
It is not necessary that the device you want to connect to the network is plugged in, because many of these PLC adapters provide wireless connection services without cable (as if they were a router).
How do I install a PLC adapter?
To install a PLC adapter, you just have to follow these simple steps:
- Connect the PLC adapter to a socket near the router and connect both devices with an Ethernet cable.
- Go to the room where you want the signal to arrive and plug in the second PLC adapter there.
- Connect the second PLC adapter via an Ethernet cable to the device you want to connect to the Internet.
Do I need a Wi-Fi connection to use a PLC adapter?
As we mentioned above, some PLC adapter models do not require a wired connection for Wi-Fi router, that is, they come with built-in Wi-Fi connection.
This means that you can get a fast and stable internet connection for your laptop, smartphone, tablet or any other device that is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks.
What should I keep in mind before buying a PLC adapter?
- We recommend a model that comes with an integrated plug so you do not lose that outlet.
- The speed of connection is important: the cheapest usually offer 200 Mbps, the midrange 500 Mbps and the most expensive 2000 Mbps.
- It is also convenient that if you buy a high-speed model you will verify that your Ethernet connection is the latest model.
In PCWorld we have checked the operation of different models of PLC adapters, so do not miss our guide on what, according to our experience, are the best PLC adapters of 2018.
PVP: One-Port Kit (TL-PA7010KIT), $ 49.98; One-port with Texture Socket (TL-PA7010PKIT), $ 55.99; Two ports and passthrough (TL-PA7020PKIT), $ 59.50; A port with Wi-Fi hotspot (TL-WPA7510KIT), $ 99.99
Powerline adapter’s TP-Link AV1000 series is a highly recommended quality option. In some speed tests we find it faster than the TP-Link AV 1200 adapter, so we prefer this option.
It is available in four versions: the original KIT of a port TL-WPA7010, KIT of a port TL-PA7010P, via power supply, with KIT TL-PA7020P through-hole and two ports Gigabit Ethernet, and KIT TL- . WPA7510 You can create a new and fast Wi-Fi hotspot in your home.
If you need a model with WiFi, then it is worth the extra cost, like plug models. While in the mid range of the TP-link, it offers great value at very optimal speed.
The design of these PLC adapters is compact and thoughtful, they will not be completely taken care of once they are connected.
AV500 was a bit slow when we tried it, although its speed still seemed acceptable. The AV2 1000 HD model offers fast connection, although it does not offer built-in Wi-Fi connection.
The quality of this product is good, the reason is that we recommend this PLC adapter.
- RRP: $ 119.99
We were impressed with the incredible performance of the TP-Link AV2000 adapter. The integrated plug (for which you will not lose any power outlets) and two gigabit ethernet ports in each adapter make this powerlink one of our favorites.
It does not include the built-in WiFi function, but if you already have an acceptable WiFi connection, then there should not be any major inconvenience.
If you are looking for a kit of PLC adapters for beginners with more than one Ethernet port and integrated plug, then the TP-Link Powerlink is more than the recommended option.
- RRP: $ 119.99
Devollo PLC Adapter is one of the fastest powerlines we have tested. This is undoubtedly the flagship of the brand, which has become one of the most powerful PLC adapters on the market.
Its bandwidth is up to 1,200 Mbps. It will get the maximum speed of 1.2 GB in your home network. We were happy to see how Devollo has integrated Wi-Fi in this model, so that you can restrict access to the network to the devices you have chosen, and with additional security features such as wireless network timer Includes active or disable. switch.
If you have visitors and request access to your network, you can share your connection in a very simple and practical thanks to an easy access system for guests who integrates Devollo into this new PLC adapter model.
In addition, Devollo has an application available for both iOS and Android, which will allow you to manage your connection configuration from your mobile devices.
This second unit comes with integrated plug, plus built-in Wi-Fi and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. This means that even though it is expensive, your purchase is worth it.
- PVP: $ 59.99
The price of this PLC adapter is most convenient, especially if you do not need a connection to be extremely fast.
If you are looking for more than a network Internet connection, its ability to reach your wireless connection makes it a highly recommended adapter.
We would love to see more than one port per adapter as well as integrated plugs. Even so, we still think that this is a good option for those who have a more adjustable budget.
- RRP: $ 99.99
Although the NetGear PLC adapter does not have built-in plugs, and sometimes lacks of Ethernet ports, we were surprised by its results in our speed tests.
Its price is ideal for PLC adapter which offers built-in WiFi. Although this facility can be found in the cheap PLC adapters, it is also true that they will not offer you the speed that Netgearline provides.
If you do not need more than one Ethernet port per adapter, but you need to improve the speed of Wi-Fi in your home, Netgear Powerline is an option to consider WiFi 1000 adapter.
- RRP: US $ 96.99
We prefer the version, a tad more expensive, TL-PA8030P, because it offers three port Gigabit Ethernet.
If your home’s Wi-Fi connection is weak, consider purchasing WPA8630P because it gives you the ability to add a new Wi-Fi hotspot to your home (such as it was another router).
If, on the other hand, the Wi-Fi connection of your home is acceptable, you do not need a new router, so in this case, the TL-PA8030P model will be sufficient.
- PVP: From $ 59.99
Despite its features without any luxury: a single ethernet port per adapter, inability to work without cable, is still meaningful for its connection speed.
Two models are available: TPL-40E2K and to some extent TPL-421E2K, which comes with the practical feature of Built-In Sockets.
- RRP: From € 129
Using the latest G.hn network standard, it improves other PLC adapters, and with advanced mesh capabilities (fast roaming, band address, synchronization of settings, and reasonable usage time), able to excel in large homes For those who require more than one additional WiFi point.
Small homes (where you do not need an extra Wi-Fi hotspot or just one) can get the same performance with affordable systems which are not just powerlines.
Wi-Fi ASUS PL-AC56 AV2 1200 Powerline Extender has performed well in our wired speed tests. We were slightly disappointed with the Wi-Fi approach because their outdoor antenna suggested that we would be a wireless champion.
Asus says that its product is capable of improving the signal strength at a greater distance than the adapter with the built-in antenna.
The design of this model is much more raw and rudimentary (less thoughtful) than previously mentioned models.
We think its price is quite expensive, though it has all the top tools of the PLC adapter: three Gigabit Ethernet ports, built-in Wi-Fi and plugs.