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Slightly faster than its competitors, but significantly more expensive

Slightly faster than its competitors, but significantly more expensive

The D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Network Extender Kit (model DHP-701AV) is a bit of a disappointment. Supporting the latest PowerLine AV2 2000 standard, the kit promises to deliver up to 2,000Mbps, but in our testing, its real-world speed maxes out at just about 400Mbps.

To be fair, at that speed, the DHP-701AV is currently the fastest power-line kit on the market, edging out the Netgear PL1200-100PAS by about 10Mbps. But at some $160, the D-link is about double the Netgear’s price, too. Furthermore, the two included adapters are bulky, making it difficult to find a suitable wall socket to plug into.

With that in mind, I wouldn’t recommend getting the DHP-701AV kit until its price comes down. While it’s still a fast and convenient way to extend your wired network without running network cables, it’s not a better deal than the Netgear PL1200-100PAS, which is only a tad slower but easier to use with any wall socket. Or you can check out this list of top power-line adapters for one that fits your budget and needs more closely.

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