Powerline works by using the power cables of your home to transfer data and Internet signals around the house. You just plug one into a power socket near your modem/router, and then connect it using the supplied Ethernet cable. D-Link’s latest Powerline adapter starter kits are the Powerline AV 500 HD Mini Starter Kit DHP 601AV and Powerline AV2 1000 HD Gigabit Starter Kit DHP 509AV.
D-Link AV 500 HD Mini : 500-Mbps (mega bits/second), one 10/100 Ethernet port/adapter
D-Link AV2 1000 HD Powerline adapters: 600-Mbps (mega bits/second), one Gigabit Ethernet port/adapter
The Powerline AV2 1000 HD Gigabit Starter Kit is much the faster of the two, as its chip allows for a theoretical 600Mbps, compared to the AV 500 HD Mini’s 500Mbps itself no slouch, even though in our tests it was below average. The AV2 Powerline also applies faster Gigabit Ethernet ports, which removes the 100Mbps speed limit you get with slower 10/100 Ethernet ports.
There are many environmental factors that limit Powerline speeds to around 100Mbps age of wiring of your home, other draining gadgets plugged in, and the adapters’ own limiting technologies such as the speed of the Ethernet port. For instance, a Powerline adapter that uses the older 10/100 Ethernet standard will have a maximum speed of 100Mbps whether its claimed speed is 200Mbps or 1,200Mbps. Gigabit 1000 Ethernet solves at least this limiting factor.
The AV 500 HD Mini produced just-about acceptable speed scores of between 50-55Mbps, but the AV2 1000 HD scored terrifically by beating even our benchmark 1,200Mbps Powerline set up, with a score of 116Mbps. For the fastest home network you should aim for at least a 600Mbps Powerline with Gigabit Ethernet, just like the D Link Powerline AV2 1000 HD Gigabit Starter Kit.
The AV2 1000 HD adapters are a bit larger but were blazingly fast when tested, even beating a 1,200Mbps set of Powerline adapters! You do not get extra Wi-Fi or pass-through power sockets but at these prices the D-Link Powerline adapters are very good value, and will surely speed up your home network.