Stop Using WiFi & Switch To A Powerline Networking Kit

Basically how powerline networking works is you extend your home network using your existing electrical wiring. Most kits have 2 adapters, but you can use multiple in your home if you’d like. One adapter plugs into a outlet near your router where your internet comes in. Run a ethernet cord to the powerline adapter. Plug another powerline adapter where you’d like internet. For example a computer, TV, devices, etc.

If your home is all 3 prong outlets. Then these are the top 2 kits to pick from. They are faster than the 2 prong adapter. But some of them will take up the space on both plugs on your outlet. Look for those with a power outlet pass-through. So you can still use the plug for whatever you’d like. But don’t plug these adapters into a power strip. The performance will degrade if you do this.

TP-LINK AV2000 Powerline Adapter Kit, 2-Port, Gigabit w/ Power Outlet Pass-through, up to 2000Mbps (TL-PA9020P KIT)

  • Home Plug AV2 standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 2000Mbps, supports all your online needs
  • 2×2 MIMO with Beam forming establishes multiple simultaneous connections for you to enjoy higher power line speeds and greater stability
  • 2 Gigabit ports create secure wired networks for desktops, smart TVs or games consoles
  • Integrated power socket ensures no power outlet goes to waste
  • Plug and play, no configuration required
TP-LINK AV2000 Powerline Adapter Kit, 2-Port, Gigabit w/ Power Outlet Pass-through, up to 2000Mbps (TL-PA9020P KIT)

  • Expands your network for smooth 4K video streaming and lag-free online gaming
  • Gigabit Speed with Advanced HomePlug AV2 and MIMO technology
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting multiple devices
  • QoS for high bandwidth activities
  • Simple Plug and Play Setup
  • Pass-Thru Design for an extra power outlet
  • Multi-colored LED indicators

My setup where I’m currently living has 2 prongs downstairs in many areas. But upstairs there is 3 prong. So if you are limited to plugging a powerline networking kit into a 2 prong outlet somewhere in your house. Don’t get a 3 prong version. Go with the TP-Link AV600 Powerline Adapter Kit, it’s only $40 on Amazon. If your wiring is very old, I’ve read that you may have issues or not work.

I’ve been using it for a several months & never had an issue. Faster speeds than WiFi & more reliable. Sometimes I unplug the adapter & take it upstairs. Every outlet I’ve tried it works. Just have to re-sync it. Which involves plugging it in the wall and then connect the ethernet to your computer or device of choice. Then hold a the button on the adapter for 1 second, then your set.

I prefer the flat ethernet cables, since they flex easier & you can run them under rugs, under doors, etc. I have a 25 foot flat ethernet cable & keep it wrapped up when I don’t need the full length.

Big thank you to TheWireCutter.com for doing all this testing on these units.