Recommended Powerline Adapters for NAS

The Best Powerline Adapters for your home or Office NAS

As wonderful as network and internet connectivity is, the real snag can be when you have parts of your network located in inaccessible areas. This is especially true when you want to setup your Synology NAS or QNAP NAS in a more remote location and it is difficult to connect to your network. Perhaps the wifi signal from your router is not strong enough, you cannot drill into walls, or perhaps you want an alternative to running metres of cable throughout your house. Luckily a popular and cost-effective way around this is the use of Powerline adapters. These are devices that use the internal power connection of your building to send network signals/traffic via the circuit (so the mains-power) to those inaccessible areas.

How do you set up a Powerline Adapter to connect devices via the network?

You simply connect one adapter to a plug point and to your switch/router, and the other adapter to a mains plug point in the area you needed connectivity. Then connect an ethernet cable from the 2nd adapter to the device you want to use. That is it. no fiddling with login credentials, no signal issues, no distance issues – as long as the powerline adapters are on the same power circuit (so, all able to be switched off from the same fusebox) then you can use them. The real decider is choosing the right powerline adapter that is both compatible with your Synology NAS or QNAP NAS, as well as finding one that is the right speed for your level of connectivity. Likewise, many users will choose to use Powerline Adapters even when they have a good WiFi signal as they want to watch large media files or game online where better bandwidth and faster speeds are essential. With so many different kinds on offer, boasting their own advantages, it can get confusing. So below is a list of the best Powerline Adapters available right now.

What are the key factors to consider when buying the right Powerline Adapter for your NAS?

Choosing the best Powerline Adapter for your needs (for NAS, Online gaming, Home security or an office network) can depend on a number of key factors. All Powerline Adapters have some or all of the factors below, but the more features you want, the higher the cost. SO take a look and choose which features are the most important for you.

Powerline Adapter with Built-in Wi-Fi

Some powerline adapters arrive with antenna (external or internal) attached that turn an available wall socket into a WiFi hotspot. It is a much more plug and play friendly alternative to using an additional router (in slave/basic mode) to extend your wifi and is far more discreet.

Powerline Adapter with Power pass-through socket

If you are worried that you do not have an available mains wall plug socket to use for your powerline adapter, never fear as some arrive with a power pass-thru. This means that the adapter has a plug point built into it so you can still use the plug point for its intended purpose.

Powerline Adapter with 200, 500, 1000, 1200 and 2000Mbps Speed

This is the maximum speed that you will get in terms of connection for the device(s) that is connected to the powerline adapter. The increased speeds are more designed for multiple devices connected to the adapter. With the exception of 10GBe, the top speed of an ethernet port on any device is 1Gbe (1000Mbps), so once you get a powerline adapter that exceeds this, you won’t actually achieve these speeds as their theoretical maximums, but they’re an easy way to gauge which models are fastest. However, once you have multiple devices connected to your powerline adapter, then you will utilize that speed much better.

Powerline Adapter with Multiple Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Some more expensive powerline adapters arrive with multiple ethernet (RJ45 LAN) ports and enable you to connect several devices to it, all of which will have network and internet access. This is especially useful to offices who want to connect multiple PCs or those that want to connect up several multimedia devices in a room (bedroom, attic, etc) that is far from the router in their home.

Powerline Adapters via an Extensions Leads

DON’T BOTHER! I know it can be tempting to cut corners on this but just spend the extra on a powerline adapter with a power pass-through (mentioned above) and connect your existing extension to that. Bottomline, you cannot plug a Powerline adapter into an extension lead because signal interference drastically reduces the connection speed (usually to absolute zero).

What are the Best Powerline adapters for 2017

With literally thousands of kinds of powerline adapter available, I have looked at reviews, prices, compatibility and hardware on every single brand out there and have made a short list below of the best powerline adapters out there for each brand. I have stuck with the most popular six brands and also included the most cost-effective powerline adapter and the faster commercially available powerline adapter (at over 2000Mbps) in the market today. So if you are looking for the best powerline adapter for your NAS, gaming, your home or office, you will 100% find the right one below.

What is the best Zyxel Powerline Adapter for 2017

 Zyxel

Pass-Thru

Ethernet Adapter

AV1000

  • Expands your network for smooth HDvideo streaming and lag-free online gaming
  • Gigabit Speed with Advanced Homeplug
  • QoS for high bandwidth activities
  • Simple Plug and Play Setup
  • Pass-Thru Design for an extra power outlet
  • Multi-colored LED indicators
  • ZyXEL OneConnect App for simple management

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£59

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$59

 

What is the best TP-Link Powerline Adapter for 2017

TP-Link

AV1200 Power Line

Starter Kit

3-Port Gigabit

  • The latest powerline standard gives you the fastest, most reliable connection yet
  • Enjoy a reliable blazing-fast powerline connection at up to 1200Mbps
  • Connect one device to the built-in outlet to provide power
  • Give wired connection to your Smart TV, game console, and media player
  • Setup is as easy as plugging each device into a wall outlet

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£64

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$69

What is the best Netgear Powerline Adapter for 2017

NETGEAR

PowerLINE 1000Mbps

PLW1010-100NAS

 

  • Use your existing electrical wiring to extend your Internet access to any room in your house.Add POWERLINE access points throughout your home to create strong, reliable WiFi connections where you need them most
  • Very fast speeds-up to 1000Mbps
  • Perfect for connecting smart TVs, streaming players & game consoles
  • Ideal for 4K HD streaming & lag-free gaming
  • Connect multiple adapters to expand your wired network reliably
  • Homeplug AV2 support for Gigabit speeds through your electrical outlets for improved coverage
  • Gigabit PowerLINE WiFi speed

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£78

Buy from US

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$80

 

What is the best D-Link Powerline Adapter for 2017

D-Link

DHP-601AV

PowerLine AV2

1000 HD

  • By far the best Priced 1000Mbs Powerline Adapter available to buy
  • High speed up to 1000 Mbps, Home Plug AV2 compliant
  • Great companion with Smart TV, game consoles, media players, and etc
  • Perfect for 4K HD video streaming and gaming
  • Able to connect multiple adapters to expand wired network through the home
  • 1 Gigabit Port
  • Plug and play

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£24

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$39

What is the best Trendnet Powerline Adapter for 2017

 

TRENDnet

Powerline 500 AV

Network Starter Kit

TPL-406E2K

  • Networking with electrical outlets,Compact form factor saves space,Up to 80% power savings
  • IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u Standards,Utility OS Compatibility, Synology NAS, QNAP NAS, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP
  • Connect over existing electrical lines for homes up to 5,000 square feet with speeds up to 500 Mbps for seamless streaming of 4K UHD video streaming and online gaming
  • 500 Mbps is the maximum theoretical Powerline data rate when connected to another Powerline device.
  • 3 YEAR WARRANTY 

 

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£28

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$29

 

What is the best Linksys Powerline Adapter for 2017

 

Linksys

PLEK500

Homeplug AV2

Powerline Kit

 

  • Wired Speed Of Up To 500mbps
  • Each Adapter Simply Plugs Into A Wall Outlet & Syncs To Router
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port Per Unit
  • Includes 2 Adapter Units & 2 Ethernet Cables
  • Wired Network expansion using existing Electrical Devices
  • Easy set up on your home network
  • Up to 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet
  • Connect 1 wired device with an Ethernet port
  • Certified to Home plug AV2 500 Mbps standard, the latest industry standard
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch Port Speed
  • LED indicators for Power, Ethernet Connection and Home Plug
  • One touch buttons for easy pairing with network and reset

 

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£89

Buy from US

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$99

What is the Fastest Powerline Adapter for 2017

TP-Link

AV2000

Powerline Adapter

2000Mbps

  • 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
  • Plug and play, no configuration required
  • Currently the best Price Vs Speed Powerline Adapter in the market right now

 

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£78

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$88

 

What is the Cheapest Powerline Adapter for 2017

TP-Link

AV200 Nano

Powerline Adapter

200Mbps

TL-PA2010KIT

  • Up to 200Mbps speed for seamless HD video streaming and online gaming
  • 300-meter range over electrical circuitry for better performance through walls and floors
  • Miniature design with compact housing (28
  • Plug and Play, with no drilling, wiring, or configuration required
  • Automatic Power-Saving mode reduces power consumption by up to 75%
  • Home Plug AV standard compliant.
  • Works over circuits on the same panel

 

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£20

Buy from US

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$24

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