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TRENDnet TPL-406E Powerline AV500 Nano Adapter, up to 500Mbps

  • 500 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet
  • Compact form factor saves space
  • Up to 80% power savings
  • Advanced AES data encryption
  • Two adapters are needed to start a network

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Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter
TPL-406E (Version v1.0R)


  • 500Mbps Networking from an electrical outlet
  • Two adapters are needed to start a network
  • Compact form factor saves space
  • Up to 80% power savings
  • Use one unit to transmit, and up to seven additional TPL-406Es to receive a network signal*
  • Advanced AES data encryption



The Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter, model # TPL-406E, uses any electrical outlet to create a secure high-speed network. Two adapters are needed to start a network. Connect one adapter to your router and plug another adapter into any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access. The compact form factor saves space around crowded electrical outlets. This adapter automatically connects to other TRENDnet Powerline AV adapters with no installation required — TRENDnet recommends pressing the "Sync" button to automatically change default encryption keys.

Use up to eight adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling. Power Save mode reduces power consumption by up to 80%. Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes video, audio, and online gaming. LED displays convey device status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced 128-bit AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.


TPL-406E TPL-406E
  • Compliant with IEEE1901 and HomePlug AV standards
  • High-speed networking over an existing electrical system
  • 1 x 10 / 100Mbps Auto-MDIX Ethernet port
  • Adapters automatically connect using an encrypted Powerline signal
  • One-touch Sync button networks changes encryption keys
  • Three LED indicators:
    Power (on / off)
    Powerline Connection: green (best), amber (better), red (good), off (no connection)
    Ethernet Connection: solid (connection), blinking (transfer activity), off (no connection)
  • Connect one 500Mbps** Powerline AV Adapter to the Internet and then plug in up to seven* additional 500Mbps** Powerline AV adapters for instant connectivity
  • Share data intensive files, play games, download music and more at faster data transfer rates
  • Advanced 128-bit AES encryption to ensure total network security
  • Support for IPv6
  • Supports up to 16** IGMP based IPTV streams
  • Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by up to 80%
  • Neighbor network support for up to four overlapping networks
  • Network signal transmits up to 300m (984ft.)
  • Auto QoS support through traffic classification and multiple priority queuing
  • Optional management utility compatible with Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), and XP (32/64-bit) operating systems
  • Three-year limited warranty
Standards IEEE 1901, HomePlug® AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u
Interface 1 x 10 / 100Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 port Power prong
A: North America Type B (NEMA 5–15)
EU: Euro Type C (CEE 7/16)
UK: United Kingdom Type G (BS 1363)
Frequency Band 2Hz ~ 68MHz
Modulation OFDM Symbol Modulation on link synchronization 1024/256/64/8 - QAM, QPSK, BPSK, ROBO Carrier
Protocol TDMA, and CSMA/CA
Speed Powerline: up to 500Mbps**
Ethernet: up to 200Mbps (Full Duplex mode)
Utility OS Compatibility Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP(32/64-bit)
Nodes Up to Eight (max)
Overlapping Powerline Networks Up to Four (per electrical system)
Coverage Up to 984ft. (300m)
Security 128-Bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)
LED Power (PWR) Powerline (PL) Connection
Best (Green)
Better (Amber)
Good (Red)
No connection (Off), Ethernet (ETH) Connection
Buttons Sync (3 sec.) / Reset (20 sec.)
Dimension(L x W x H) A: 2.76in. x 1.97in. x 1.69in. (70mm x 50mm x 43mm)
EU: 2.76in. x 1.97in. x 2.48in. (70mm x 50mm x 63mm)
UK: 2.76in. x 1.97in. x 2.48in. (70mm x 50mm x 63mm)
Weight A: 1.8oz (51g)
EU: 2.0oz (56.7g)
UK: 2.4oz (68g)
Power Source 100VAC ~ 240VAC, 50Hz - 60Hz
Consumption Active mode: 2.2W (max)
Standby mode: 0.5W (max)
Temperature Operating: 0°C ~ 40°C (32°F ~ 104°F)
Storage: -10°C ~ 55°C (14°F ~ 131°F)
Humidity Max 95% (non-condensing)
Certifications CE, FCC

What's in the Box

  1. TPL-406E
  2. Quick Installation Guide
  3. CD-ROM (Utility and User's Guide)
  4. Network Cable 5ft. (1.5m)

* Maximum of eight adapters (nodes) recommended for streaming video across your network.
** 500Mbps is the maximum theoretical Powerline data rate. Actual throughput will vary depending on environment.
*** Networked Powerline devices need to be plugged into power outlets that are on the same electrical system.
**** GFCI outlets and AFCI circuit breakers may degrade Powerline network signals.



Learn more about the TRENDnet TPL-406E

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 1/31/2016 12:53:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdisconnecting frequently, slow

Pros: disconnecting frequently, slow

Cons: disconnecting frequently, slow

Manufacturer Response:


We are sorry to hear that you are having an issue with the Powerline adapters. You can try different outlets and disconnecting electronics around the units to see if you can identify a device that may be causing interference and then relocate the unit or the device. Please also ensure you disconnect chargers that aren’t actively charging devices as they can cause interference on Powerline networks. Also avoid using GFI outlets and outlets on AFCI breakers as they can also impact your Powerline network.


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2014 4:28:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than expected

Pros: Fast connection
plug and play
Works as advertised

Cons: Large, and doesn't have power passthrough so it kind of consumes a whole power outlet by itself.

Other Thoughts: I've always been a little skeptical about powerline adapters because of interference and possible issues with older homes and such, but i was pleasantly surprised to have no issues whatsoever with the one's I got. I was able to connect my home theater PC to my desktop, for Steam Home Streaming. I thought that the connection might not be reliable enough for it, but It works flawlessly. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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  • Jeremy W.
  • 12/14/2014 7:26:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Hard to list considering I never got it to work

Cons: Really bad documentation and software wasn't helpful either. The entire quick guide and manual assumes perfect operation, provides no real trouble shooting tools or information.

The guide mentions several times the importance of the encryption key and that both must match. However there is no way to confirm or change the host device. Even though to change any clients, its password must be confirmed for proper syncing of keys.

According to the light patterns on the signal strength, the signal strength was good, but the software itself it shows 2 bars. Even when in the same room on the same breaker.

No way to verify the 2 devices were syncing or talking to each other. Even tried setting the Network on the host, swapped the host and client around and set the client to the same network to attempt to get these to work.

Other Thoughts: Would have been nice to see it work. Always preferred wired to wireless connections. Main reason I decided to try this.

Manufacturer Response:


The units by default have the same key. Pressing the synch button changes the key and synchs units. If they were installed on GFCI outlets or on outlets with AFCI breakers it could cause some connectivity issues. Avoiding these may help. You can also try different outlets or disconnecting electronics around the units to see if you can identify something that is causing interference. You can manually change the keys using the utility to ensure they both match. If you need assistance with them please email and we will have someone assist you as soon as possible. Please include a link to this review.


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  • Hamid S.
  • 12/7/2014 3:39:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: - Easy to install, just plug and play
- Solid build, it seems like a quality product
- Solid and consistent internet speeds

Cons: None really

Other Thoughts: I got 3 of these adapters cause I couldn't find a kit on newegg that has 1 base and 2 adapters, so I just bought these after reading people's good experiences with these. So far they are working great, no speed drops or disconnects, am able to play games and stream movies solidly.

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  • israel b.
  • 9/1/2014 12:45:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: works good plug and play

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: its good fro what i need it for bitcoin mining :)

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  • ian h.
  • 8/15/2014 9:18:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not deliver the bandwidth

Pros: easy connect and small size

Cons: utility reports 100+mbps connectivity between devices but the reality is a stream of 6mbps could not be maintained. I purchased to improve the speed of a wireless network but unfortunately the wireless network outperforms these power line adapters

Other Thoughts: Upgrading firmware did not help. Most annoying part is the utility reports a faster speed than the devices are capable of achieving

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Valued Customer,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
TRENDnet Support Team

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5 out of 5 eggsupdated

Pros: trendnet customer service really seems to care about the end user and offered to replace my defective unit.

Cons: initial failure.

Other Thoughts: i updated my review to show that trendnet actually cares about the end-user as i was contacted and offered troubleshooting replacement options.

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  • George H.
  • 1/2/2014 10:43:35 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscool technology I never knew about

Pros: good speed. Never used powerline before and never heard of it till a week ago. Pretty easy to set up. You need to by at least 2 units that will connect with each other. Buying one unit alone makes no sense. All units come with a default network ID so they will work out of the box - but it is recommended you change the ID (or anyone in the same building who might use powerline might end up on your network). To change the default network ID you just hold the button in for 3 seconds. The light will flash for 2 minutes and during that time you have to hit/hold the button on any other powerline unit on the network (I think up to 8).

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Reason for purchasing: My ISP only allows 1 cable modem (1 mac address) or I have to pay extra. My condo is rather long so it is difficult to get good wifi coverage through out and there are a ton of electrical devices interfering. I bought 2 powerline + 2 wireless routers.

My setup is a cable modem in the front of the condo plugged into a wifis wan port. That wifi's lan port plugs into the powerline. In the back of the condo I have another powerline that plugs into a second wifi's lan port (NOT wan). Pretty simple to configure.

Below are my internet speeds. I have not tried benchmarking on my internal network which might be a better test of the powerline since it might be my ISP limiting speeds. In any case these speeds are good enough for my needs.

wireless front apt (router netgear WNDR3400v2)
ping: 31 ms
down: 21 mbps
up: 12 mbps

wireless back of apt (router:trendnet TEW-752DRU)
ping: 14 ms
down: 35 mbps
up: 12 mbps

wired back of apt (router:trendnet TEW-752DRU)
ping: 12 ms
down: 38 mbps
up: 12 mbps

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  • Peter D.
  • 10/25/2013 12:11:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Results

Pros: Extremely easy setup, was literally just plug-n-play.

I have a 2 story house, ISP modem is in the top floor in my office and I needed internet 2 floors down in my basement. WiFi was horrible down in the basement, so I got 2 of these to try. My ISP gives me 25mb down and using these I now get about 10-15mb down in the basement. That speed is perfectly fine for me, and is expected as my network is spread on different circuits and goes through the breaker box. I plan on getting a 3rd one to run internet to another room that is hard to reach WiFi too.

Cons: None.

Speed degradation was expected as I'm going across multiple circuits.

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5 out of 5 eggsTrendnet tpl406e

Pros: Reasonable pricing, works as advertised

Cons: No pass-through plugin

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