Powerline networking is still a fairly new advancement in the home networking field. Having only been on the mainstream market for a mere couple of years, a lot of people still don't fully understand the benefits or conveniences that this technology has to offer. Powerline networking uses nothing more than the power lines already installed in your house and a small plug-in adapter box to instantly create a network throughout your home. In many homes, especially larger homes, your modem and router may not be in a location that's convenient to run network cables to all your computers or in range of a strong wireless networking signal. These are the cases where powerline networking would really shine. Simply plug an adapter in near your router, connect it to your router, put another adapter anywhere in your home, and plug your computer into it. You've then instantly got a high-speed wired networking connection between the two!
Today I'll be sharing a lot of firsts with you; my first review for TP-LINK, who I'm excited to work with, my first full-on review of a powerline networking kit, and the first of what will be many more networking reviews to come. The PA211KIT is a complete powerline networking starter kit from TP-LINK. The kit includes two AV200 powerline adapters and all the cables, guides and software you'll need to get started. Being one of my first hands-on experiences with powerline networking, I'm anxious to give the PA211KIT a run for it's money to see where it stands against the old trusty ethernet cable!