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LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

  • Wired network expansion using existing electrical outlets
  • Connect 1 wired device
  • Up tp 10x faster than Fast Ethernet
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Learn more about the Linksys PLEK500

Model

Brand
LINKSYS
Model
PLEK500

Spec

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3/3u/3ab
Ports
1-Port Gigabit
LEDs
Power, Ethernet, HomePlug
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100/1000M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
30-86 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
Dimensions
3.57" x 2.48" x 1.36"
Weight
0.24 lbs.
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 85%

Features

Features
Up to 500 Mbps wired speed

Gigabit 10X Faster than Fast Ethernet

Universal connectivity with 1 remote port

Connect devices with a push of a buttin

Instant wired connectivity for PCs, game consoles, Blu-ray players and other Ethernet-enabled devices

LED to indicate active internet connection

Compact white design discretely plugs into your power outlet

Perferct for creating a network connection anywaywhere in your home

2 Powerline adapters included

For optimal performance, pair with any Linksus Wireless-N Router.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Mathieu B.
  • 9/26/2014 7:55:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDisconnects

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: Very easy to setup

Cons: Frequent disconnects that lasts about 10 seconds when used intensively.

Other Thoughts: It may be due to some house appliances, but I couldn't find out which.

Your own setup may greatly influence the performance. I got good performance otherwise. To avoid the same mistake I did: you need to plug powerlines in the wall outlet directly and not through a powerbar or the transfer rate will be much lower.

I was expecting a device of this price/brand to handle the different variations of current from other appliances, and I am a bit disappointed in that aspect.

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  • Paul S.
  • 8/27/2014 9:56:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsconnected!.

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: it sits flush to the wall, so it can not wiggle free.
leaves just enough space so a power bar will fit above it. (must be the straight plug type)
better technology that allows it to be 50% faster than homeplug av (or always faster than homeplay AV, the two prong variety.)

WILL work other homeplug AV products because it is Homeplug AV certified.

gigabit port!... (see other thoughts) and this will make all of the other units faster.

Cons: only single port, thus needs a switch to add ports to it.

Other Thoughts: your wiring will determine the speed.
but in a recent house of 4000 square feet (build around 2004) you will get a minimum of 100 Mbps, and a maxiumum of 250 Mbps.
(and this is from the utility that is supplied on the linksys site. linsys powerline av2 utility)

you will get about 50% to 100% better speeds compared to a homeplug AV, such as an intellon enabled product. (the no longer sold WD Livewire)

it is easy to get other units to sync with it, plug in the Linksys plek 500, then plug in the other unit, then press the sync button on the plek 500 for about 10 seconds , then go to the other unit and press the sync button.

if you have more than six units, sync each unit separately after six... (oddly enough, it will recognize more than six units (at least 8; 4 plek 500's and 4 homeplug av) but you need to sync them when there are less than 6 units total connected.)
if will connect more than 6 units!... only applys to syncing them.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 1/27/2014 7:30:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsreally good

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: simple easy to use

Cons: if you have bad wiring it will be slow

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  • Nathan R.
  • 1/10/2014 9:56:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsEasy setup but far from advertised speeds.

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: Super easy setup. It really couldn't get any simpler. Plug into wall and either hook it up to your router and your pc. Easy as that. Instantly recognized the other adapter in a couple rooms away.

Cons: Far below advertised speeds. I have the Linksys WMP600N on the same PC and my speeds have always been good but living in an apartment building it is starting to get cluttered with everyone having a wireless router. I wanted to try these out to see if I could get both stability and speed without having to rely on my wireless card. While my wireless card can cap out around 75 mbps across my personal network these powerline adapters could only manage 30 mbps at their best. I tried changing outlets and setting them up again but no luck. My average speed was around 15 mbps. I suppose if you are desperate and have no other option these may work but for the 100 dollar price tag I think they aren't worth it. I will be returning these as soon as possible.

Other Thoughts: These may work in a brand new apartment or in a new house but in my apartment I had absolutely no luck getting what I would call "good speeds for the money".

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  • Frank P.
  • 10/11/2013 10:28:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this product

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: Fast performance, easy setup, all around good product. Even when the power goes out and comes back everything stays connected.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: I love this product so much I'm looking to buy extra units to expand my network.

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  • Adam P.
  • 10/7/2013 7:16:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove 'em

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: Plug 'n Play

Cons: None so far

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  • Mr. A.
  • 9/23/2013 9:52:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsas close as Gigabit that you can get

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: The change from wireless to wired with this device is notable and seamless. (almost) GB all the way.

Cons: Because I do not have cable I use over the air antenna and this device interfieres with the signal somehow. Not a big deal and it is not related with the speed or the network connection.

Other Thoughts: if you want a wired connection and you have GB all the way to your NIC card then this is the way to go.

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  • Brady T.
  • 7/12/2013 8:19:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA Little Less than Expected

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: New AV2 technology with a gigabit port gives theoretically superior speeds.

Cons: Like all powerline kits, real world speed really depends on your own setup.

Other Thoughts: Be careful about your needs. Based on the reviews I read for this, I was expecting network speeds exceeding 200mbps. However, I've only been able to get about 125mbps on my LAN.

It's enough to stream any sort of HD content, but if you've got demanding network requirements, this probably isn't the best out there. But then again, if those are your needs, you'd best be running a wire anyway.

This kit meets my needs perfectly, but I am disappointed I couldn't get much past the 100mbps mark. So, I am only giving this three eggs.

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  • Don B.
  • 6/26/2013 10:43:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsDoes AV1 products reduce throughput?

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: I know--not a forum.

Cons: Not a forum.

Other Thoughts: Can you connect a pair of your AV1 products into the same network (security code) and see if the PLEK500 performance goes down?

I am not yet ready to replace every connection with AV2 products. I have also found grounded versions of Homeplug AV to provide better performance than the two prong versions.

Thanks

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  • Chris T.
  • 6/24/2013 7:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible !!!

This review is from: LINKSYS PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit

Pros: If you want the short version BUT THESE they are awesome !!!

If you want the explanation here it is. My goal was to send large files (1.25 – 2.0 GB) mp4 and mkv to my media server that is upstairs in my house. My PC that is used to create these files is downstairs and cutting up the walls to run Ethernet is not an option. First I tried every form of wireless (N150, N300, N900 & even AC) all the wirelees was great for surfing and sending a few MP3’s to the media server. All the wireless SUCKED with movie transfers and copying my itunes folder to the server (40gb)

Finally I tried Powerline. Got a set of 200mbps (different brand and they worked well) a movie would transfer in 6 – 7 minutes but it was slow to web surf while this was occurring. I saw that Linksys released the first AV2 spec powerline and thought let’s try them out.

A movie now transfers in 2 – 2.5 min (and no lag while surfing and transferring at the same time). Connecting speed is between 210 mbps to 240 mpbs. Having used both 100 megabit Ethernet and eventually gigabit Ethernet in my previous home I’d place the transfer rate on these as substantial faster than 100 megabits and not as fast as gigabit. Note: these are observations not measured throughput, however I have observed a lot of networks so I am confident is stating that if you are looking for powerline adapter that can move some serious data, these should not disappoint. The PLEK 500 is expensive, but it’s also the only AV2 spec kit available – as with automobiles speed doesn’t come cheap.

Cons: The PLEK 500 is expensive

Other Thoughts: the first AV2 spec powerline - closest to wired GB Ethernet I could file

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