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Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Secure (5)
  • Easily expanded (4)
  • Highly compatible (3)

Cons

  • Difficult setup (4)

Best Uses

  • Home networks (7)
  • Small offices (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (3), Professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (5), Mac (4)

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5.0

Quick and mostly troublefree

By bedrock

from San Francisco

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easily Expanded
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Highly Compatible
  • Secure

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Networks

    Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

    This is the third set that I've bought, and I, and the friends I have set this up for, have been pretty happy with how this has helped to extend wifi into the corners of their homes. It was pretty easy to set up and get going. Just two caveats: 1) test at different sockets in your house to extend it to where you need a signal. In my house we have a mix of new and old wiring to a circuit box and a socket on one side of the wall didn't work, but another did and 2) be sure you don't accidentally hit the buttons as they can turn certain functions off. I spent about 5 minutes figuring this out, but it may be frustrating for a person who's had less experience and patience handling these types of devices. But once I got it set up and going, it's been smooth going since!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    4.0

    BetterSignals

    By Internetjunkie

    from Brooklyn NY 11210

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Expanded

    Cons

    • Difficult to Set Up

    Best Uses

    • Home Networks
    • Small Offices

    Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

    Does not work with Windows 8, needs to be connected manually by calling Linksys.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    5.0

    Swept away years of hassle & frustration

    By Jack Kessler

    from Berkeley, CA

    About Me Casual user

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Expanded
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Networks

      Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

      This thing made an end to years of weak signals and unreliable feeble wireless range extenders (various Netgear devices). It gives a stronger faster signal which covers at least half the house while the router signal covers the other half. If additional extenders are needed they do not require the maddeningly slow and unreliable daisy-chaining that wireless range extenders do. This device makes wireless range extenders as obsolete as the telegraph.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Unbelievably easy to install and setup!

      By J.Rob

      from Nashville, Tn

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Secure

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Networks
        • Small Offices

        Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

        Had this thing up and running in less than 2 minutes. Linksys has a program called "Linksys Powerline utility" that you plug in to your computer and you can set you SSID and security right there. I plug the unit into my router and the other unit in to an outlet upstairs and within a minute I had 25Mbps downloading in places I never had signal in before.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        Works great!

        By 2Fish Creative

        from Ithaca, NY

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Secure

        Cons

        • Difficult to Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Highly Secure Networks
        • Home Networks

        Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

        Needed better wi-fi signal downstairs from router. Don't have the best internet to begin with, and with multiple users we were running into download & connection issues. This was a reasonably priced work-around. Only complaint is that it took a bit of research to figure out the correct set-up. You can set it up so that you don't broadcast the SSID, as well as tweak other areas of security, so entire home network is secure (even if SSID is broadcast). The req's don't indicate that you need to plug into the same circuit, I found that out in the (limited) directions. I couldn't plug into the same circuit and it is working though. Everyone is happy!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        Pretty satisifed

        By aarontgrogg

        from Germany

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Expanded
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

          Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

          In a four-story house, our only Internet outlet in the house is on floor two. And our TV is on floor four. We have a wireless router, but from the fourth floor, the signal could get pretty spotty, and would often result in breaks in streaming for re-buffering. Installing this was way easy, took only about 20 minutes (most of it just waiting for the devices to boot and find the wireless), and increased our signal strength by more than 6-times! My only knock would be that the Powerline created a new wireless connection, rather than simply extending my existing one, so, when upstairs, I have to change connections, and when downstairs, change back. Pretty easy on my Mac, not sure about PC. BOTTOM-LINE: Well worth it if you're having wifi connection issues anywhere in your house.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Works, with some quirks

          By Brian L.

          from Avon, CT

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult to Set Up

            Best Uses

            • Highly Secure Networks
            • Home Networks
            • Small Offices

            Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

            I've only had it a couple weeks in my home, used with a Linksys 2500 wireless router. The setup instructions are poorly done so this product may be difficult for a novice to install but the Linksys web site does have more extensive details easily available. It works well so far except our power went on and off a few times in a minute or two due to an accident on a street nearby. Once the power was restored, I had to do the setup again from scratch because the two components were no longer communicating. I'm hoping that won't always be the case.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Works as Advertised

            By Chet

            from Cumberland, Rhode Island

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Secure

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

                I received the normal prompt shipping, received it on time as I normally do from B&H. The setup from Linksys (Cisco) was easy. The Powerline AV wireless works great, watched Netflix on an Ipad in an area I was not able to before. Great!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                3.0

                Not as easy to set up as advertised

                By Satisfied Customer

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual user, High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Does what its supposed to
                • Secure

                Cons

                • Difficult to Set Up

                Best Uses

                • Extend existing network
                • Home Networks

                Comments about Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit:

                Was not as easy to set up as advertised. Needed to call user support to have them walk me through security setup between the two units. But they were able to do that relatively quickly. Once it was up in running it extended my home network to other parts of house which didn't have any coverage. When roaming my house with my computer or iPad, transition from main access point to new access point is not seemless. I often have to turn wireless off on computer/iPad and turn it back on when I'm around the new access point (and visa versa) to get the best connection. Its a little annoying but as long as I'm in one area for a period of time it not a lot to do to continue to get a very good wireless coverage.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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