Great points! Check out the "How We Test" article where we describe those test factors, and let us know if we missed the ones you mentioned![/quotemsg]
It isn't so much a matter of "not covered" as it is a matter of "not quantified" since you are using whatever your home wiring is. Ideally, you would use a rack with three or four separate 60' runs of 3x14, outlets every 10' on each to plug adapters into to create best-case scenarios (ex.: same room could be from 40' on L1 to 30' also on L1, longest distance through the breaker box between circuits on opposite phases would be 60' on L1 to 60' on L2), then add additional household loads at various taps (ex.: lamps with a few CFLs and LED lamps, surge suppression bars with EMI filters, PC supplies, etc.) into those two (or more) runs to replicate real-world conditions between two (or more) adapters.[/quotemsg]
Thanks for clarifying!
I agree that quantifying the runs would provide additional info on the limits of my applied testing. In this town home, the breaker is in the garage from which all wiring is run throughout the house. I did want to provide more detail for the linear length of each outlet-to-base run when writing the How We Test article, but I don't have the electrical plans. I suppose I could contact the builder and request a copy, so I'll see how difficult/time-intensive that will be to pursue and see if that info can be retconned.
I also thought about testing beyond just distance, to include load and vary using the adapters for gaming/streaming etc during heavy and light loads, but in the interest of time with respect to publication the initial focus was on (as you rightly said) unquantified distance.
I'll pass along your awesomely constructive feedback for future reviewing, and thank you for opining!