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Item#: 0ZK-0029-00002

TRENDnet TPL-406E Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter

  • 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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Learn more about the TRENDnet TPL-406E




HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u
128-bit AES Encryption
1 x 10/100 Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 port
Power prong
Power (PWR)
Powerline (PL) Connection
Ethernet (ETH) Connection
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
Kit Type
Frequency Band
2 ~ 68 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
System Requirement
Utility OS Compatibility: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP(32/64-bit)
70 x 50 x 43 mm (2.76 x 1.97 x 1.69 in.)
51 g (1.8 oz.)
0°C ~ 40°C
Max 95% (non-condensing)


Modulation: OFDM Symbol Modulation on link synchronization 1024/256/64/8 - QAM, QPSK, BPSK, ROBO Carrier

Protocol: TDMA, and CSMA/CA

Nodes: Up to 8 (max)

Overlapping Powerline Networks: Up to 4 (per electrical system)

Coverage: Up to 300 m (984 ft.)

Buttons: Sync (3 sec.) / Reset (20 sec.)

Support for IPv6

Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by up to 80%

Neighbor network support for up to 4 overlapping networks

Auto QoS support through traffic classification and multiple priority queuing.

* Maximum of 8 adapters (nodes) recommended for streaming video across your network.
** 500 Mbps 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.


Package Contents
Quick Installation Guide
CD-ROM (Utility & User's Guide)
Network cable (1.5 m / 5 ft.)

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  • ian h.
  • 8/15/2014 9:18:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Roberto P.
  • 9/4/2013 3:46:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsTrendnet tpl406e

Pros: Reasonable pricing, works as advertised

Cons: No pass-through plugin

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  • Rocco P.
  • 7/1/2013 5:17:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Replaced an older plug in unit with the Trendnet. The old one required setup, software, etc.

Just plugged in the new Trendnet units and they just worked and were at least 5x faster.....

Cons: None

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  • Dylan N.
  • 6/30/2013 5:22:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTRENDnet TPL-406E Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter

Pros: It is small and powerful. I have had it running the whole time since i have got it and have nothing bad to say about it. It runs fast and takes up a lot less space then a 50 foot long Ethernet cable. You just plug it in and press the sync/encryption button and you are good to go. I have two receivers, so you can run more then one if desired.

Cons: None its exactly as advertised.

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