I know I’ve sounded a little negative throughout this review, but believe me when I say that the performance of the Rosewill RPLC-500 is probably the best I’ve seen in any Powerline product I’ve reviewed or used.
Expectations aren’t high when using Powerline, a technology I consider to be a last-ditch simple networking system reserved for very specific applications. A Powerline system may be the difference between network and no network for some people, and that’s the niche that it fills. Powerline is enough when it’s enough, but that enough is for when twenty percent is better than zero percent.
At $70, the price is competitive with others in its class. It was just on sale last week at Newegg.com for approximately $50. Other companies’ units are within $10 of it for the most part, with some units being more expensive if they offer additional features such as an integrated WiFi access point or the “bonus outlet”.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Rosewill RPLC-500 500 Mbps Powerline Networking Kit a 9 out of 10 score.
– Competitive price
– Plug and play
– Attractive unit
– LEDs don’t blink like crazy
– Powerline can rarely hit its throughput, so marketing a unit that maxes at 200 Mbps as a 500 Mbps unit has always felt a little off to me
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.