Improving your internet connection through powerline adapters has been one of the most popular ways to extend your network by using your existing power lines behind the walls to help transfer the signal to your devices. What makes this technology so appealing is the fact that it is so easy to use and install.
Setting the two ended device up is very, very easy. You simply plug one end of the adaptor into a power socket near to your router and connect the two together using an Ethernet cable. You then plug the other adaptor into a power socket wherever you need your internet connection and again link the adaptor and your device with an Ethernet cable.
You can use this type of adaptor with any device which has an Ethernet port. This includes laptops, desktop PCs, some media hubs and even new Smart TVs. Another positive is that the connection speeds you’ll receive through the Ethernet are much greater than those you would get via WiFi, and this may even help with watching films or TV shows on your TV or computer.
Powerline Adaptors are normally labelled as 200Mbps or as 500Mbps – in this case the NETGEAR Powerline 200 Mini is 200Mbps. Although this still sounds pretty quick, you won’t actually get the full 200Mbps speed. During our tests we averaged around 80/85Mbps which is still pretty good although the wiring throughout our house is quite new so your speeds may vary. Our peak speed was around 110Mbps.
The NETGEAR Powerline 200 Mini is a decent little powerline adapter kit, and although being a little slower than expected does its job. I suggest if you are going to be streaming a lot of HD content then you pay the little extra and grab yourself a 500Mbps powerline kit.