I've tried the powerline route before, but it was inconsistent in speed. It will also depend on the wiring in your home, mine is probably bad. It maxed out around 5megabytes/s only. So I switched to an RE6500 extender and replaced the standard antennae with the bigger linksys antennae. It retains a good speed even with 2 cement walls with a distance of 15 feet. I wouldn't suggest it for gaming though.