Pros: When it works, it works well - speeds are good.
Cons: The bottom line is that it doesn't work well very often. The connection seems to randomly drop and won't come back until I replug both devices. I would advise going with a better wireless router/adapter instead.
Pros: truly plug and play. It works great right out of the box. Internet speed tests confirm it has the same speed as the base direct connected computer and ping levels. Great for gaming.
Cons: price. It is sensitive about plug locations even in the same room. The ethernet connection is on one side which was the wrong side I wanted it on. I wish it came with a longer cable.
Overall Review: The three speed light indicators are a great feature. On the first plug I tried it was orange which says it is between fifty and eighty mbps. This is great if all you need is the internet. It often went from orange to green so I know it is a great speed. I plugged it in a different slot, even technically closer to the base plug and it was red. Tried it on the xbox and there wasn't any lag but in the same slot I ran a few speed tests and it was 3mbps down and 3 up. This was wwaaayyy tooo slow since my normal cable is 25 mbps down. Not that it matter for gaming.
Pros: Works right out of the box, no configuration required. Consistent, dependable speeds. Works over less-than-modern wiring. I live in a 1925 house and the wiring in it is a horror, with multiple panel boxes and ungrounded outlets through many parts of the house. Old plaster lathe walls wreak havoc with WiFi so I thought i would give powerline a shot although I was not expecting much. Have had it installed for 3+ months and it is performing waaay beyond my expectations. Has given me tremendous flexiblity with networking, allowing me for example to put another wireless access point at the other end of the house.
Cons: Absolutely none other than what I think is a suspiciously high cost.
Overall Review: Much like wireless, I think the performance of this product is going to vary depending upon local environmental factors. Your mileage may vary. But my experience with the product in a less-than-ideal environment should prompt anyone to at least give it a try.
Pros: Plug and play, works just as stated! MUCH faster than my wireless connection that kept going out at random.
Overall Review: I wish I would have purchased these a year ago when we bought our house. The entire house has cat 5 in every room except the room where I've located my office. I almost had a contractor cut into the drywall and drop cat 5 from the room above. Sooooo glad I found this device!
Pros: Generates very little heat: This was the single biggest thing I was worried about with powerline adapters..no concern now.
Excellent throughput: I streamed a Netflix movie on to my 52" Samsung DLP (with zero quality loss), made a Vonage phone call (again..zero quality loss) and downloaded a copy of Windows 7 beta from MSDN all at the same time. Very impressed thus far.
Adapter size may be an issue for some, but i was able to plug this in in the lower right corner of a four receptacle wall outlet with the plug of power strip directly to it's left. Top two receptacles are still free.
I have this running from my Home Office to my Family room to provide internet connections to my XBOX360 and Directv DVR... required zero configuration...just plug in and go!
Cons: None thus far...
Overall Review: I wish i had bought this kit ages ago! Far out performs wireless...even 802.11n. Playing XBOX360 Live is a dream compared to with my Linksys 802.11n gaming adapter.
Only problem will come when i don't need it once my house is wired up with Ethernet.
Pros: This is nothing new to me. I already had 4 of these.
Plug one into your router and have secure wired networking anywhere on your side of your power meter.
No setup required. You don't get any more Plug-N-Play than this.
A wired network jack is only a power outlet away.
Overall Review: So convenient I had to buy more. Don't even think about buying the expensive "optional wireless adapter" for your Bluray player. A good deal on a pair of these is cheaper than a proprietary wireless adapter and expandable as far as you need.
Pros: Convenience: Just plug it in and you are surfing the web.
Cons: Speed: This was purchased as an alternative to wireless for streaming to an Xbox 360. G Router was faster so returned this product and purchased an N router.
Overall Review: This was really nice for expanding the network for the purposes of browsing and email. Just not perfect for streaming.
Pros: Plug and play, simple to use. Nice speeds, faster than WiFi. Better than stringing wires all over the house.
Real choices were: wireless or internal house wiring. The internal offered the best price/performance ratio. Next time will build the house ALL wired!