Sick of slow Wi-Fi? This simple $40 network adapter brings lightning-fast speed to laptops and gaming consoles

Rudie Obias
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The TP-Link AV1000 Powerline starter kit is on sale for just $40, or $10 off. (Photo: Amazon)
The TP-Link AV1000 Powerline starter kit is on sale for just $40, or $10 off. (Photo: Amazon)

With all of us hunkering down at home, your Wi-Fi network might be close to maxing out — or weak in places where you need it most.

But rather than opting for Wi-Fi extenders — which broaden range, but throttle speeds — why not use an Ethernet adapter to extend your wired internet and boost your speed? Using a hardwired link to the internet ensures the best connection and speeds. And the price is lower than you might think — on sale for just $40, or $10 at Amazon. That's a 20 percent savings and the all-time lowest price ever!

The TP-Link AV1000 Powerline starter kit is a best-selling network adapter that can help speed up your internet. In fact, the kit is so popular that it has earned a perfect five-star rating from more than 1,200 reviewers. It's also an Amazon's Choice item because of its 4.3 out of five star-review rating and its reasonable price.

Plus, if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll also get free shipping. Not yet a member? You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Here's how it works:

Plug and play

The TP-Link AV1000 Powerline is 'plug and play,' so there's no complicated set-up. The kit comes with two adapters, so just plug one into a power outlet next to your router and plug the other one in next to your computer, TV or gaming console. The adapters will automatically pair to each other. Next, plug an Ethernet cable (included) from the router to the adapter and then plug another cable from the second adapter to the device that needs the most stable connection. And that's it!

"Fast, reliable internet. This was very easy to plug in and play," raved one five-star reviewer. "You just plug one into a socket near the router, one near the electronic you're using, and pair them. The internet I have with this is far faster than the Wi-Fi on my PS4."

Amazon has the TP-Link AV1000 Powerline Starter Kit (TL-PA7017 KIT) going for just $40, or $10 off. (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon has the TP-Link AV1000 Powerline Starter Kit (TL-PA7017 KIT) going for just $40, or $10 off. (Photo: Amazon)

Blazing fast

These network adapters essentially turn your home's electrical wiring system into a wired internet network. You'll have a fast and secure internet connection with speeds up to 1000Mbps (1GB), which will also cut down on lag and interference. Each adapter has a power saving feature; when not in use, they'll automatically reduce power by up to 85 percent.

"Just plug it in for super fast Internet. So easy to use and great for those parts of the house that have dead spots. Especially useful for working from home," added a satisfied Amazon shopper. "Not Wi-Fi but rather uses the electrical lines in your household to create a network. Meaning anywhere you have a jack you get internet with device plugged in...Plug in the network cable provided into your router and one to your computer, Xbox etc. and away you go! Super fast connection..."

For just $40 (was $50), you can finally say goodbye to internet dead zones. The TP-Link AV1000 Powerline starter kit will help speed up your home's internet for your computer, TV, streaming device or gaming console at an affordable price—especially if you need reliable internet on separate floors in your home.

"We had to move my wife's 'work at home' temporary work space to the lower level," shared another five-star reviewer. "That meant two computer screens, two clients, keyboard and a phone to make and answer calls. She needed a hardwire to access the internet. I didn't want to drill holes and run cables through the floor. I did a search on alternative ways to get hardwire internet. The Powerline came up and I watched several videos on this with apprehension but ordered this through Amazon. My real concern was that my wife uses a phone system that she had to access through her company over the internet, but it all works extremely well. I'm glad I found this. I'm thinking about getting two more!"

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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