Price: £159.99 from
If budget isn’t an issue and you want the fastest and most fully-featured Powerline kit, this one from Devolo fits the bill. It’s rated at 1200Mbps, the maximum the HomePlug 2 standard allows. Like all Powerline adaptors, however, you won’t get anything like that in real world use. Expect somewhere between a quarter and a third of that speed. That’s still fast enough for streaming high definition video, however.
The dLAN 1200+ uses what Devolo calls range+ technology, which uses all three wires in the mains circuit, instead of just two. Devolo claims this allows for longer range as well as faster transfer speeds. In addition to fast wired speeds, the dLAN 1200+ also packs the latest wifi tech; it has a built-in 802.11ac access point. That makes it a great option if you need to connect an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook to your broadband connection from somewhere its own wireless signal struggles to reach.
If you want the flexibility of being able to connect wired devices to the Powerline network, there’s good news on that front, too. One of the adaptors in the kit has two Gigabit Ethernet sockets. Use that one in the remote location, and you can hook up a NAS box or IP camera. Happily, the Ethernet sockets point upwards when the adaptor is plugged in, rather than downwards. That’s important because in adaptors with Ethernet ports pointing downwards, skirting boards can get in the way of trying to plug in the cable.
Yes, it’s expensive, but the Devolo dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac is among the best Powerline adaptors you can buy.