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Best powerline adapters of 2022: top picks for expanding your home network

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The best powerline adapters 2022 may seem like a trivial consideration, but they’re able to extend your range of coverage in a way that most other network solutions can’t, making them an absolute must-buy for anyone experiencing poor wireless at home. That’s due to the fact that they work a little bit differently than routers or mesh Wi-Fi systems

You just need to connect one directly to an ethernet cable that hooks into your router and plug it into an available power outlet. You can then plug a second (or more) unit into an outlet where you're experiencing low speeds and as long as they share the same power grid connection, you'll see that the connection is vastly improved.

Though there are other network solutions to try, if they don’t work, the top powerline adapter might be the answer to your internet problems, especially if you’re dealing with networks that just can’t reach certain areas of your home or office. Depending on the model, they can even broadcast their Wi-Fi signal.

To help you upgrade your network, we’ve rounded up the best powerline adapters here for you to choose from. And, considering they have speeds close to wired connections, this might be the perfect way to go. You'll also need one of the best Ethernet cables to set up your powerline adapter, so it makes sense to pick one up before you get started.


Best powerline adapters of 2022 in full:

Two Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 extenders on a white background

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1. Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6

Next-gen network power adapters

Specifications

Speeds: up to 2,400Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: 128-bit AES, WPA2/WPA3

Reasons to buy

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Powerline and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity
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Easy to set up and use
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Pass-through power socket
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Two Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Only dual-band wi-fi

Easily the best powerline adapter you can buy today, the Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6delivers fast speeds and all the benefits of mesh Wi-Fi technology. These kits aren’t cheap, but the combination of powerline and Wi-Fi connectivity will be ideal for homes that have thick walls that block the Wi-Fi signal.

You can manage everything via the Devolo app on your phone, giving you control over both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands providing download speeds of 100Mbps with the Ookla speed-test, and 12.5MB/s for Steam downloads. If you need to get some wiFi signal into a tricky location in your home, this is the new gold standard.

Read the full review: Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6

Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 is only available in the UK. For US and Australian consumers, check out the D-Link Powerline Adapter AV2 on Amazon.com (opens in new tab).

Devolo Magic 2 WiFi

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2. Devolo Magic 2 WiFi

Current-gen network power adapters

Specifications

Speeds: up to 2,400Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: 128-bit AES, WPA2

Reasons to buy

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Fast data speeds
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Mesh Wi-Fi
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Integrated power socket

Reasons to avoid

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Not backwards-compatible
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Only two LAN ports

While it looks very similar to the above listing, this isn't actually the same product as the Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6. Instead, this older offering still delivers fast speeds and all the benefits of mesh Wi-Fi technology, making it very worthy of second place. It’s an excellent jumping off point for the new G.hn standard, bringing to the table noticeable improvements to network speeds. It’s pricey and it’s not backwards-compatible, but those are hardly deal-breakers especially for the benefits you’re getting. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to install

Read the full review: Devolo Magic 2 WiFi (opens in new tab)

Devolo Magic 2 WiFi is only available in the UK. For US and Australian consumers, check out the D-Link Powerline Adapter AV2 on Amazon.com (opens in new tab).

TP-Link AV2000 Powerline

Another fast choice with Wi-Fi

Specifications

Speeds: Up to 2000Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: Wi-Fi, WPS, 128 Bit AES

Reasons to buy

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Very fast
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Wi-Fi included

Reasons to avoid

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Two Ethernet ports

The TP-Link AV2000 takes the award for fastest power line adaptor, with a maximum speed of 2000Mbps - though of course actual speeds will be lower. Still, it offers fantastic speeds, along with built-in dual band wireless ac networks and a pass through socket.

In the starter kit you'll get two adapters, one has a single Ethernet port, which you should use to connect to your modem or router, and the second one has two Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices.

Devolo Mesh WiFi 2

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4. Devolo Mesh WiFi 2

All-in-one PowerLine and mesh networking kit

Specifications

Bands: 802.11ac 5GHz and 2.4GHz
Connectivity: 4 x RJ-45 10/100/1000M LAN ports
Features: multi-user MIMO technology, future-proofed G.hn Wave 2 standard, access point steering

Reasons to buy

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Mesh Wi-Fi networking
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Two Gigabit Ethernet ports on each adaptor

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Unhelpful app and documentation

Extend your network through thick walls and into the furthest corners of your home or office with the Devolo Mesh WiFi 2. Boasting both mesh Wi-Fi features and versatile powerline connectivity, this device can even follow you and your mobile devices around, automatically switching you to the closest adaptor and the fastest Wi-Fi band. It even has three adaptors that give you five Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast, wired connections. This is the best powerline adapter for games consoles, smart-TVs and other devices that work best with wired connections.

Read the full review: Devolo Mesh WiFi 2 (opens in new tab)

Asus 1200Mbps AV2 1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter

5. Asus 1200Mbps AV2 1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter

Great for wired and wireless

Specifications

Speeds: Up to 1200Mbps
Connectivity: 3 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: Wi-Fi, WPS, 128 Bit AES

Reasons to buy

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Good speeds
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Wi-Fi

Reasons to avoid

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External antennae are a bit ugly

Asus may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think about networking devices, but it makes some very good products - such as the Asus 1200Mbps AV2 1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter.

As the name suggests this is a very fast powerline adaptor that is also able to broadcast a Wi-Fi network as well. Unlike other powerline adapters with Wi-Fi, the Asus 1200Mbps AV2 1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter has external antennae, which allow you to angle them for increased coverage - though it does mean the units themselves look a little bit ugly compared to some of its competitors.

TP-LINK AV600 Powerline Adapter Kit

A budget offering

Specifications

Speeds: Up to 600Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi clone feature

Reasons to buy

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Cheap
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Easy to extend Wi-Fi network

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest

If you're looking for a nice, cheap but reliable powerline adaptor, than the TP-LINK AV600 is a great choice. It's a lot less money than many of the adapters on this list, but it still manages to offer plenty of features.

For example, it can broadcast Wi-Fi, and with a Wi-Fi clone button, you can easily extend your existing wireless network. it also features two Ethernet ports, and the second adaptor in the set includes a pass through socket so you don't lose out on a power socket when using the adaptor. While the 600Mbps top speed isn't as high as others on this list, it's still enough to transfer big files and stream media around your home.

Devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac

7. Devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac powerline adapter

Super fast with Wi-Fi

Specifications

Speeds: Up to 1200Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: Wi-Fi, WPS, 128 Bit AES

Reasons to buy

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Very fast speeds
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Can broadcast Wi-Fi

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Only two Ethernet ports

The Devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac is one of the fastest powerline adapters on the market, able to reach speeds of 1.2 gigabits a second - though you should note that you won't often get those kinds of speeds, as there are numerous factors that can affect powerline speeds.

Still, this is a very fast powerline adaptor, and the fact it can also broadcast dual-band wireless ac networks makes this a very versatile powerline adaptor. The adaptor also has a pass through power port, which means you won't lose a power socket - just plug other devices into the adaptor itself.

Devolo dLAN Duo 500 Powerline Adapter

8. Devolo dLAN Duo 500 Powerline Adaptor

Another great budget choice

Specifications

Speeds: Up to 500Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: 128 Bit AES

Reasons to buy

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Cheap
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Two Ethernet ports

Reasons to avoid

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No passthrough
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No Wi-Fi

This is an excellent entry-level power adaptor that does a very good job at transmitting your network traffic over your powerlines. It doesn't boast the highest speeds, nor does it have Wi-Fi or a passthrough socket, but it does the job well considering the price, and its low cost means it's easy to add adapters to your network in the future.

Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson


Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.