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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

  • Easy Wi-Fi Clone
  • New Wi-Fi extension based on Power line
  • Much more stable and fast
  • Ideal solution for multi-level structure
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WPA4220KIT

SPEC

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.11b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
Powerline Security:128-bit AES
Wireless Security:WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Encryption
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
Ethernet Port
Ports
2*10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
LED
PWR, PLC, ETH, Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Clone
Button
Pair, Reset, Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Clone
Power
Maximum: 7.608W (220V/50Hz)
Typical: 7.216W (220V/50Hz)
Standby: 4.610W (220V/50Hz)
System Requirements
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7/8, Mac, Linux
Dimensions
1.60" x 3.70" x 2.10" (H x W x D)
Weight
0.95

Feature

Features
Wi-Fi Clone Button simplifies your Wi-Fi configuration and helps build a seamless unified home network
HomePlug AV standard providing up to 500Mbps high speed data transmission over a home’s existing electrical wiring, ideal for lag-free HD or 3D video streaming and online gaming
Extend 300Mbps wireless connections to previously hard-to-reach areas of your home and office
Two Ethernet ports allow your TVs, game consoles, or PCs connect to the Internet
Up to 300-meter range over the household power circuit
Easy to install, just plug in and play
128-bit AES encryption easily at a push of "Pair" Button
Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizing IPTV streaming

Environmental

Operating Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Operating Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing
Storage Temperature
-40 degree C~70 degree C (-40 degree F ~158 degree F)
Storage Humidity
5%~90% non-condensing

Packaging

Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter TL-WPA4220 & TL-PA4010
6.5 ft. (2 m) Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Henry N.
  • 12/8/2014 12:05:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBe Aware

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: Small and compact.
WiFi
AV500 Mbps*** See "Other thoughts"
300 Meter Distance on the AV500
Easy Installation

Cons: 10/100 RJ-45 Jacks ***it's not gigabit! 100mbps is as fast as your gonna get with these ports, sorry.
Repeaters/Extenders loses 1/2 of bandwidth from router (this is always the case however, a normal thing)

Other Thoughts: *Take note that the AV500Mbps advertised is only 500Mbps through the electrical wires. The TL-PA4010 and the TL-WPA4220 ONLY have 10/100Mbps RJ-45 jacks. Theoretically, if you had different adapters or devices with 10/100/1000 gigabit ports you could reach a throughput of 500Mbps via the powerline. You will not get 300Mbps nor 500Mbps if you use the TL-PA4010 and the TL-WPA4220 together. That is to say if you are thinking like any normal human being and the context here is INTERNET! The advertisement is talking about local intranet bandwidth. So if Room A had Wireless N and Room B had Wireless N then using the TL-WPA4220 you could transfer files between the two rooms at 300Mbps. Get it? The AV500mbps technology is subject to gigabit ports which are NOT INCLUDED.

If I am mistaken, please correct me, but I have tried and researched this cause I bought into the whole 500Mbps. I have a 200Mbps connection with the ISP but unfortunately I cannot come even close to that because of the 10/100 limitation. And if I use my modems wifi 5Ghz bandwidth I still cannot get close to 200Mbps cause extenders/repeaters naturally lose the full potential of the wireless router, giving users half of whats being throughput. So my 200Mbps becomes 100Mbps at BEST! I'm getting close to 50Mbps,... pst, more like 30 when you factor in splitters and all the other little nit-pick things that slow down bandwidth.

Besides that. hardware is solid. Hope this actually helps someone. Remember that this is a "Starter Kit".

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4 out of 5 eggsI’m impressed! A cheap solution to a vexing problem

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: First some background – I have been a firmware engineer in the telecom industry. I’ve written drivers for Ethernet cards and firmware with Wi-Fi. I probably know more than most, but still would not consider myself an expert.

First the setup was really fairly easy to setup and run. If you are doing generic web browsing or basic streaming you’ll probably find this a fairly decent device. You can setup the range extender via your browser and if you’ve setup a web based router you should have no problem.

I set it up to go from my router in the basement up two floors on the other side of the house to a bedroom where the connectivity isn’t that great. I connected a laptop (wired and wireless), and a tablet and Wi-Fi phone connection. All worked fairly well given the previous problems I have had.

I was getting somewhere in the range of 30-50MBps depending on how I was connected and the test time. Under best case scenarios you can sometimes about 80-90% of the rated speed with Ethernet but in practical terms of real use what I saw was reasonable.

As 4K TVs (Quad HD) are coming into existence this holiday season, it is worth noting that Netflix is now streaming at Ultra HD and the connections will require about 15Mbps, so this device could realistically handle one or more connections (good!).

I like the two Ethernet plugs on the Wi-Fi as opposed to one which often isn’t enough and forces you to buy a switch and eat another valuable wall socket to plug it in with.

Cons: The cons listed really didn't affect my rating very much because the price of this device if fairly low. Product designers are always vexed by the cost of perfect vs. good enough. In my opinion they struck a nice balance.

First it’s only 100 Mbps which is still okay for most applications but if you are using it between you and your online storage you will find its really not all that great. If you have multiple streaming devices on the other side you may find it’s also not that great.

I do video editing and download lots of very large software bundles and logs, I would not consider using it on the other side unless speed wasn't really much of a consideration. My guess is that I am probably not an average user in most cases however.

It’s also stated that line suppressors may cause problems – this may be an issue for some though I use a whole house suppressor at my fuse box (the only way to go). But if you are in an apartment or can’t do something like this, you may find this to be an issue.

Other Thoughts: I think it’s important to note that even though the throughput is rated at 300Mbps that you will see at maximum 100Mpbs speeds as you are connected via a 10/100 port when wired. This should mean that you can connect several clients running at full speed before you start to take a performance hit. As I had no way to test this, I don’t know how it would work – but theoretically it should be okay.

I believe this device is going to end up connected to large flat panel TV on the wall and a Roku and small dedicated PC to use on the screen. I've often had dropouts that I believe are related to my (existing) Wi-Fi connection and believe this device may make it more stable.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent for Extending Network with Decent speed

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: Easily extends wireless or wired network throughout the house. I used the WiFi clone to set up the extender and it works perfectly. I put one extender in the back of the house where I have built a workshop and needed to extend my wireless signal. I get full 5 bars reception in my shop compared to the 2 bars I was getting just using my router. The other is in my daughter's bedroom where, for some reason, she has a dead spot in the corner where her computer is located...now she has 5 bars also, but can plug in using the network card if she decides to. Overall, it works well and hasn't dropped signal wirelessly and has had no issues running hardwired, either.

Cons: The only problem I have, is the speed is not as fast as connected directly to the router. A ran Speedtest.net on my main computer connected directly to the router and get 60Mbps, and with the extender, the best I could get wireless or hardwired was 32Mbps. I move the laptop and connect it directly to the router and it also downloads at 60Mbps, so it's something to do with the extender. Although, 32Mbps is not too shabby.

Other Thoughts: Downloading through the network from another computer, the best speed I could get was 5.42MB/sec. It does stream HD video with no lag, so it's a pretty low price to extend your network wirelessly, through your house's electrical system, or a combination of both.

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  • Emanuel C.
  • 9/11/2014 6:34:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: Works great without having to run a cable for an AP. Setup several of them for clients and haven't had any issues.
Also you could setup up to 4 in one location if you have multiple WiFi dead spots. 2 Ethernet ports on the extender side is always a big plus.

Cons: None so far. If the WiFi clone procedure does not work for you, just run the utility of the CD to set it up.

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  • William I.
  • 9/8/2014 5:51:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSub-panel and distance problem

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: Looks like a neat solution for simpler setups.

Cons: We have three routers and 2 sub-panels in our home. The only locations where there was a plug available were at too great a distance (200 feet) and across a sub-panel. I'm guessing since the signal had to propagate throughout our entire vast electrical network, it wasn't strong enough to get 200 feet out to my back garage.

Other Thoughts: It did work as expected in the house where it isn't needed. Basicly, it worked in locations close enough so that the wifi signal was already sufficient, where wifi gave out, this couldn't reach. It would be a suitable 2nd access point, but I already have verizon, apple airport express, and dlink wired in in the corners of the house.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for your review.

You are correct as these devices are unable to send data to another circuit or across any kind of sub-panel.

In these cases it is just best to place the device as close as possible to a dead-zone where it still lies on the circuit of the Powerline with Internet access.

We are sorry that you are unable to get the full use out of these and it may be best to look into a range extender to increase the range of your WiFi Router.

If you have any issues or concerns then feelf ree to contact us directly.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • Robert A.
  • 8/25/2014 11:13:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate: Struggling With DHCP

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: After messing with it for about 2 weeks, I have finally got some success and it appears to be working as advertised. See other thoughts for solution.

Cons: Took a long time to set it up properly. Tech support was a little weak, but their suggestions at least lead me down the right path to finding the solution.

Other Thoughts: I did not use the WiFi clone button this time. I manually entered the SSID and the security settings. I also left the IP of the WPA4220 alone at 192.168.1.1, this IP is outside of my main router's DHCP range (192.168.1.60-253) which I think was the key to this for one reason or another. I also ensured that the main router and the WPA4220 were on different wireless channels, 11 and 1 respectively. Although I've been told this wouldn't fix any issue, it works after not changing the IP to 192.168.1.169.

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  • Robert A.
  • 8/24/2014 6:33:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStruggling with DHCP UPDATE

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: After messing with it for 2 weeks it appears I uncovered some success. See apron in other thoughts. Seems to work as promised now.

Cons: Took a lot of time and effort to finally figure it out. Support was pretty weak although their suggestions led me to figuring out the solution on my own.

Other Thoughts: I chose not to use the WiFi clone button and set up my network's SSID and security manually. I kept the default IP of the WPA4220 (the wireless access point product in this kit) of 192.168.1.1- this is outside my main router's DHCP range of 192.168.1.60-192.168.1.253. I think this had a lot to do with the success of the setup. I also used inSSIDer to look for wireless channels that were the least congested and had little overlap. Apparently "Auto" on routers isn't always the best at optimizing wireless performance on regards to channel. I ended up putting the WPA4220 on channel 1 and my main router on channel 11. Things seem to be looking up.

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  • Robert A.
  • 8/17/2014 7:20:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStruggling With DHCP

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: Once I realized that my existing access point required me to enable the WPS button via the online interface, WiFi clone was easy.

Connecting via an ethernet cable appears to work flawlessly. I haven't encountered any issues. Though I did purchase this to help alleviate weak WiFi signal on the other side of my house. This will be covered in the Cons.

Cons: When I connect to the WPA4220 as a range extender, if I had an IP address already allocated to my device it works just fine. The problem is when a new device enters the network and is assigned an IP by the WPA4220. It gives it an IP with 169.x.x.x instead of the traditional 192.168.x.x. This causes the device to be unable to access the internet. I've had this occur on 2 laptops in my house as well as my wireless BluRay player.

Searching around the web has not led me to a solution so I'm pretty disappointed that the entire reason I bought this isn't working quite as expected.

The utility on the resource CD doesn't really help at all. It offers QoS configurations, but the web interface offers a little more general configuration than the utility does.

Other Thoughts: I have AT&T Uverse as an ISP. Most of the PCs on my network are running Windows 7. Devices connecting via WiFi vary from Windows 7 PCs to Android smart phones and tablets and iPhones. We have one macbook but I have been unable to test things with it.

I have a few pending posts on the TP-Link support forums. I replied to topics where other disgruntled customers have posted requesting that they share if they have made any progress. From what I've read TP-Link isn't doing a whole lot as far as supporting their customers on their forums right now. This problem appears to have been apparent for at least 4 months now. So hopefully this review will either spark a response, or at the very least forewarn some customers that this might not satisfy their needs as it has fallen short with mine.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We appreciate your review.

One suggestion we have is to verify the ip address of your WPA4220.

By default the IP is 192.168.1.1 and if you have any other device on the Network with the same IP address then you will see a similar problem.

You can always change this by disconnecting the Adapter from your local network, accessing it's configuration page, and changing the IP to something that doesn't conflict with anything else on your local network.

If you are getting issues like connectiving or speed problems, then you may need to relocate our verify your physical connections.

Please feel free to contact us direclty for any further support.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • Arne K.
  • 7/20/2014 9:11:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTechnology still "young"

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: Works. Setup a breeze. Can be a great solution for difficult-to-reach places. Once it proves to work in a given situation, very reliable.

Cons: You have to physically try it to know if it will work for your situation. Unpredictable before actual installation; can turn out to work only intermittently or not at all, depending on placement, cabling, distance.

Other Thoughts: While the idea is excellent, the technology is still in development. Depending on your situation, it can be a excellent solution or not work well at all. It is not predictable before you try and find out. Once it works, if it works, it is an excellent solution. Technology has improved on reliability over the last generation, even over the 200Mbps-series.

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  • Eric M.
  • 7/15/2014 7:07:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked great.

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

Pros: It was easy if you don't try to do any configuration. I plugged in one end next to my router in a house in a rural area. Then I plugged the receiver in to an outlet in a camper on the property 150 feet away. I entered the password that is written on the bottom of the receiver into my laptop and the laptop connected to the Wifi. It was fast enough to stream video. The TP-LINK web site offers good support and a firmware download.

Cons: The receiver gets hot. There is no fan, just vents. I unplug it when I'm not using it.
The web based configuration did not work. It wasn't found on 192.168.1.1. I did not try the utility that comes on the small CD. The utility software does not support Linux.

Other Thoughts: This solution was cheaper and easier than any WiFi antenna.

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