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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 2403 reviews

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  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy setup

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Works, but not quickly

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I bought these to connect an office with several wired devices to a router on opposite ends of the house. Because I wasn't keen on running wires at the time, this seemed to be a more reliable and cost-effective solution than buying, say, a WiFi bridge. Setup is pretty simple; just plug each of the adapters into a free wall socket and run an Ethernet cable between the adapters and the devices. There is a pairing process but I didn't have to do that. The devices run reliably on my house wiring, but I've been disappointed with the performance. These are advertised as "gigabit" but I've seen nothing close to that when benchmarking them. Running an iperf benchmark between two machines on either end of the adapters yields transfer speeds between 67-75Mbps; a hardwired connection between those same two machines is well over 900Mbps. In all, these adapters are easy solution to connect devices in the absence of wires, but those looking to transfer big files between local workstations, or those with Internet connections in excess of 50Mbps are going to be bottlenecked.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy setup

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    No holes!

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I recently completed interior painting and installation of wood floors. I needed extend my ethernet to another television without messing up my walls or drilling holes in the floors for more wires. The Netgear Powerline 1200 added Ethernet access by simply plugging in two adapters. I now have excellent streaming for my smart TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Stable connection

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    2 thumbs UP!

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Easy to set-up! I live in an old house (plaster walls) and even with a WiFi extender speeds were slow (~25Mbps on the 5G band), and slower on the 2G which was the only band that made it to the basement were my backup drive is located. Old house = old wiring (still some knob and tubing lurking about) which, I knew would impact the Powerline. I am getting about 44 Mbps with the Powerline, considerably better than WiFi. Speed/connection is more stable with the Powerline. Backups go faster and for the computer away from the router, downloads are faster using the Powerline vs. WiFi. Very happy with it, much better than drilling holes and snaking an Ethernet cable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Plug and play

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product for easy internet connection.

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Works great! I had to move my office into the dining room. Since I'm using a desktop without wifi I had to run a line to the computer tower. This is truly "plug and play". One device connects to the router and the other one anywhere an internet connection is needed (in this case it's my dining room/ office). Works like a charm.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cons mentioned:
    Speed

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Ok I guess

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Bought it this morning, installation was super easy! However, there is no major improvement from the ASUS USB Adapter I am currently using! There is a drop in downloads and a little bump in uploads… I don’t think it’s worth this price tag! I was expecting higher uploads/downloads over the USB WIFI Adapter. I did not notice any interruption yet! Will recommend it for teleconferences and other streaming stuff!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product highly recommend

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    Posted . Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This product worked great for extending my wifi to my new garage. Plugged it into my router in the house and into the wall socket. Plugged into the wall socket in garage and added a wifi router. Went from almost no wifi from house router In the garage to wifi equal to in house In the garage. Able to stream in the garage. Great product and simple to install. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Gaming
    Cons mentioned:
    Speed

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised!

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I've had these adapters for over a month and I'm very satisfied with their performance. I was looking for adapters that delieverd a solid internet connection to my PS4 which has notoriously spotty WIFI receivers. Great for playing online multiplayer or co-op games where you need little latency. It does not give me gigabit speeds but I don't think my internet does that anyway. Still pretty fast for what I need as a casual gamer and an alternative to spotty WIFI.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Excellent! I needed a wired connections for my gaming pic and this did the job. Thanks Best Buy

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy setup

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Saved me from cords

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This was very east to install and start using right away. I work from home and was faced with having to run cords from my cable box to my office to use my company's phone. Someone suggested this item and it works great!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Works!

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This saved me from putting holes in my dry wall and running cat5 through my ceiling. The darn things work! Plugged one in my den directly to my modem and the other one in the guest bedroom to my desktop and boom, instant hard wired connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb for sons Xbox

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Our home WiFi was a bit lagging I guess, especially for my sons Xbox. We bought it for him as a Xmas present . Not one complaint yet ! No kore resetting the router. Plus he’s a 6th grader and installed it himself.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Hopeful

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    It works excellently for what it is designed to produce. Very easy to connect and sync up, however, I will have to return it because it cuts off my power, it consistently throws my breaker switch for my lights or sometimes plugs and cuts the gaming station off while playing. I have continued to play with it for four days to see if it would work through, however, not so for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Netgear Support
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      Hi AlwinSmith,

      Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback and we want you to know that your experience is important to us. We are sorry to hear that you had a difficult experience with your product. This resource should help you: https://kb.netgear.com/1096/How-to-troubleshoot-NETGEAR-powerlines-connectivity?language=en_US.

      If you need further assistance, you can contact NETGEAR Support by going to: https://my.netgear.com/support/contact.aspx and follow the onscreen instructions. Once you’ve registered your product you will be given the options of contacting Support through Phone, Chat, or email.

      Regards,
      NETGEAR Team

  • Pros mentioned:
    Gaming

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome wifi

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    It extended my WiFi, it works great! I can play my video games

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to hardline devices to internet

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I am super impressed with the quality of the internet boost I got when I used these to hardline my ps4 to the router in the next room. Amazing results

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Home Networking

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    The Netgear Powerline 1200 simplified my home networking need.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy setup, Stable connection

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    We used this to get a "wired" connection from our router, that is in the basement, up to our daughters room to plug into her PS5. Before using this she was connecting through Wi-Fi and was constantly getting kicked offline or lagging in video games. This has helped SIGNIFICANTLY. Very good for the price. It is very easy to set up, just plug in and push the buttons on the bottom within 2 minutes of each other.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Stable connection

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick easy setup, reliable performance

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I recently moved from a house that was wired for CAT5 to one that is not. Although I have a wireless N router, I wanted a wired option for more reliable VPN, video streaming, and file sharing/backups to a home NAS. I purchased two 2-packs of the PL1200 (4 devices) using a mover's coupon. I will mention that NetGear Genie allows you to see the PowerLine devices on the network map, however, it does not provide you with configuration options at the moment. I understand this will be included in a future release. In the meantime, I am utilizing TP-Link's PowerLine Utility to view the transfer rates and modify the configuration of the devices (name/password). This is not necessary, however, as all four devices recognized each other immediately after plugging into the wall socket. The devices will go into a power save mode when they are not being used. The TP-Link utility reports a rate of ~250 Mbps between devices on the same circuit. Across circuits, I see a rate of ~150 Mbps. This has been consistent for about 3 weeks. The wiring and breaker box are circa 1990's and have the three prong grounded outlets that these devices require. I am using either CAT-5e or CAT-6 networking cables and gigabit switches for other wiring. The primary PowerLine device is connected to a Verizon FiOS Gateway router, the other devices are connected to switches servicing 3 computers, Xbox, NAS. While this isn't the 1200 Mbps advertised, it is sufficient to fully utilize my 75/75 Mbps FiOS connection. Speed tests run from each PowerLine device were ~90/90 Mbps. They provide a stable connection for VPN and streaming content to the Xbox. In testing, I was able to run two VPNs simultaneously and stream Netflix without any hiccups. It would be nice for a faster transfer rate to the home NAS for backups, however, I am still able to use the NAS for streaming music and videos. Some gripes I have are: 1) to utilize an outlet, you must plug the device into the bottom outlet which is a problem for outlets that are wired to a switch, it would be nice if the PowerLine could be turned to use top or bottom outlet 2) larger plugs, such as a AC power adapter, will not fit in the top plug when the PowerLine is plugged in, you may want to consider the passthrough version if this is a problem, 3) these are somewhat pricey for the performance compared to competitors online. Overall, I'm satisfied with the purchase. These give me similar performance to the CAT5 wiring in my old house and were simple to install. You may want to shop around for models with better performance ratings or better software support.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy setup, Stable connection

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly Surprised and extremely happy

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    After purchasing a Samsung Smart TV on Black Friday, Everything worked fine, until I turn off the TV. When attempting to access my Amazon streaming service, my network settings had all disappeared, and I had to re-enter. After re-entering the settings, it would always work fine, however, I had to re-enter these settings every time I turned on the TV. The TV would not retain the WI-FI Network settings. Google searches showed that many users had this same problem, and after spending about 5 hours on the phone and chat lines with Samsung support, they were of no help whatsoever. Not going into additional detail, although my old Samsung(not a SMART TV) worked fine for years with my Amazon Fire stick, using my WI-FI. Samsung suggested connecting my TV directly to my router as a wired connection, but I wasn't going to run Ethernet cables from my 2nd floor loft to my 1st floor Family room. After discovering the Netgear Ethernet Power Adaptor, I decided to give them a try. The package includes 2 adaptors with Ethernet ports. Each device is plugged into a power outlet. One is connected to a port on the router, and the 2nd one is plugged into the Ethernet port in the Netgear device that you plug into an outlet near your TV. Two 6ft Ethernet cables are included. There is no router configuration required. The entire setup described above took less than 5 minutes. Afterward, I just changed my network settings from Wi-Fi, to hard wired in the TV network settings, and after 2 months, I have never encountered the loss of my settings again. Extremely happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Gaming

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Adapter!

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I give it 4 only cause I had a little difficulty setting it up, but overall it has done wonders for my connection for my gaming pc! My router is across the house upstairs while my computer is in my basement and i hardly have any drops in my frame as I’m playing or doing any work!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cons mentioned:
    Speed

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality item, have reasonable expectations

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    These are solid Ethernet over power adapters. I haven't had any issues with their functionality. The size is a bit over bearing and can be awkward when trying to plug a poet cable into the uncovered outlet. These will likely not give you the internet speeds you are paying for. I have a 200 Mbps plan and get about 80 through these. It heavily depends on your house wiring. If the house is old then expect that your speeds will be throttled. Newer homes may get higher. Ultimately do your research and have a reasonable expectation of speed and stability.

    I would recommend this to a friend