Netgear Powerline 1200 Network Adapter Review

Tyler tests out the Powerline 1200 from Netgear that has arrived with unique features and a very reasonable price.

Published Tue, Jun 23 2015 9:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 6:59 PM CST
Rating: 87%Manufacturer: NETGEAR
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With the launch of the latest Powerline networking technology, Netgear, like many other vendors, has launched their 1200Mbps solution. The PL1200 as Netgear has branded this latest kit carries some unique features that set it apart from the rest.

The Netgear PL1200 along with the latest Powerline technology supporting speeds up to 1200 Mbps also carries plug and play functionality and one touch security. MIMO or multiple streams are used within the Netgear platform allowing users to connect multiples of adapters to expand your network with reliability. Adding to the package, the PL1200 kit features smart technology that allows the adapters to power down when not in use saving energy over older solutions.

MSRP of the Netgear PL1200 is listed at $79.99 with a one-year warranty.

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Packaging for the Netgear PL1200 carries an image of the kit to the left with marketing information to the right. The top of the packaging displays the performance at up to 1200 Mbps.

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Scope of delivery includes both adapters, two Ethernet cables, and a quick start guide.

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The adapters, like most, house three LEDs on the front. Each of the LEDs denote a specific function including power, connectivity, and security.

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The bottom of the adapter houses the Ethernet port, reset, and security button.

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Like I have stated in past reviews, Powerline 1200 technology makes use of the third prong for its increased performance.

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Performance of the kit was quite good. When compared to our previous best kit, the TRENDnet TPL420, the Netgear solution is right on par with it from start to finish at 400 Mbps.

In the last month, we have seen Powerline 1200 solutions come flying through the lab. With our first being the TRENDnet that was quickly followed up with Comtrend and now Netgear. Out of all these kits, we have seen the Netgear device fits right up there as one of the better units in terms of build quality. One touch security makes setting up these adapters really simple and allows users to quickly extend their home network, without the need for an intense amount of Ethernet cabling.

Performance of the PL1200 was right with that of the TRENDnet solution as we found above in our chart. Throughout testing, we saw the Netgear kit hover around 400 Mbps, which seems to be the average for this technology so far. Adding to the functionality of the PL1200 kit is the ability for these units to shut down when not in use, saving energy and precious network bandwidth.

Overall, Netgear has done a great job in the design and functionality of this kit, and adding to it is the amazing MSRP of just $79.99.

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TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build86%
General Features87%
Bundle and Packaging82%
Value for Money95%

The Bottom Line: If you are in the market for the best Powerline 1200 solution at the best price, it's going to be hard to beat the Netgear PL1200 kit.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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