A few weeks ago, I gave a glimpse into the new Arizona house that was running on a late 2000s-era Netgear Powerline adapter to connect the AV closet in the theater room to the office/ bedroom at the far side of the house. Upgrading to more modern TP-Link adapters was underwhelming for 15 years of technological advancement. A lot of folks had a lot of great feedback. For many, they experienced the same as I did. For some, they swear by the technology, especially if they are outside of the US. Others noted that I should have used G.hn Wave 2 adapters. As such, I bought a few NexusLink G.hn Wave 2 2000 Powerline adapters, and it was time to try out the technology to see what kind of performance we would get.
NexusLink G.hn Wave 2 2000 Powerline Adapters
The NexusLink units are similar in form factor to the TP-Link units we looked at in the previous piece. Here are the TP-Link adapters:
Update: We have a quick (under 30 seconds) video of these here:
Here are the NexusLink adapters:
On the front we get status LEDs and a pass-through plug.
On the back, we get the wall plug and the label.
On the bottom, there is a single Ethernet port. One of the nice features of Powerline networking is that it tends to be very plug-and-play.
I also want to point out that NexusLink has other adapters. For example, the NexusLink GPL-2000PoE does not have a pass-through plug, but instead provides power for PoE+ devices.
On the back, we can see the plug and label with the Comtrend label still visible underneath.
Here are the two PoE+ ports.
I can imagine that is quite useful for a use case like adding a PoE camera to a garage or another area that may not have WiFi.
We will have links to these adapters at the end of this piece, but we paid $65 for the pair of adapters and $90 for the PoE adapter. $65 for a pair of units to plug in and get going easily is great. That is also a lot of the appeal for folks buying something like this. The previous owner still had ancient Netgear Powerline adapters from around 2009 since it was easy to use.
The big question is performance. Is G.hn faster? The answer is a lot of maybe, and it depends on which metric you use.