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ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

  • Newest HomePlug AV2 standard
  • Up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates
  • AC Pass-through Design
  • SmartLink Plus
  • Plug-and-Play Design
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Learn more about the ZyXEL PLA5215KIT

Model

Brand
ZyXEL
Model
PLA5215KIT

Details

Standards
HomePlug AV2, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u/3ab
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Ethernet port
LEDs
Power on/off
Powerline network quality
Green: Best; Amber: Better; Red: Good
Ethernet link/activity
Certifications
Safety:CE-LVD
EMC: CE, FCC
Powerline Speeds
Up to 600Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100/1000M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
2 MHz to 68 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
System Requirement
Operating system independent: Ethernet: RJ-45
Utility Software OS support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Environmental

Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C

Features

Features
Access Methods: CSMA/CA channel-access schemes

Range: Max. range up to 300 meters over power line

Power Saving Mode: Without Ethernet link or out of network usage in 60 seconds

Quality of Service (QoS):
ToS
Supports up to 4-level type QoS

The newest HomePlug AV2 standard enables powerline networks with up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates

SmartLink Plus enhances performance and coverage through multiple-path transmission

Plug-and-Play design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles

AC pass-through design with embedded noise filter for reduced power interference

Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology

QoS enhances media streaming quality

Encrypt button for easy security setup.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
122 x 67 x 40 mm (4.8" x 2.64" x 1.57")
Weight
206 g (0.46 lb.)

Packaging

Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Ethernet cable
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty card

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Michael M.
  • 6/4/2015 8:55:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Impressed

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Price

Cons: Attained nowhere near advertised speeds. Worked worse than the wireless router I got to replace it. Was so slow Netflix was un usable on the TV it was connected to. Tried several outlets near the router. Still had horrible speeds by speed test. 20mb/s down and 1mb/s up.

Other Thoughts: I have other powerline adapters that I use for internet phone. They worked fine and I 've had them for years. I was hoping these would be an upgrade. A waste of money.

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  • Robert T.
  • 6/3/2015 6:24:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great - good speed 80Mbit/s

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Plug it in and go
Easy to move around the house to different outlets
No software to load
Two adapters included.

Cons: Blocks top outlet
Utility program is weak, not friendly
Cat5 cables are very short.
Adapter is huge

Other Thoughts: Having been on wireless all the time, I had never used my on board NIC. Once I turned off all the energy saving settings it works like a champ. Also turned off the device's sleep mode, it causes drop outs. So it takes a bit of configuring. Wireless gave me 25Mbit/s and the powerline adapter is giving me 75-80 Mbit/s. Good enough for online gaming.
I almost returned this product before figuring out the culprit was my NIC energy saving 'feature'.
I'm seriously thinking about getting an extra adapter for my laptop.

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  • Emir H.
  • 5/8/2015 5:35:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Purchased But Very Happy!

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: I live in a 950 sq. foot condo which is about 30 years old and this kit does exactly what it is supposed to do. I use an Android Tronsmart TV box in my living room and it only supports Wireless N and does not support dual band so I figured upgrading my router wasn't the best option. Picked up this kit on sale for $50 and I am very impressed so far. Installation is a breeze and the indicator light tell you the network is up and your speeds (indicated by the color of red, amber or green).

Before installing this kit my Speedtest score from my Tronsmart out was about 3mb over wireless but 40mb over ethernet (cable running across floor from Tronsmart to my router). After installing this kit my speeds are STILL at 40mb without the ugly 50ft cable running along my floor!

The pass through outlet is a nice plus although I do wish the height from the adapters plug on the back to the top of the adapter was a bit more low profile as to not block the top outlet (on a dual outlet panel of course).

Cons: The pass through outlet is a nice plug although I do wish the height from the adapters plug on the back to the top of the adapter was a bit more low profile as to not block the top outlet (on a dual outlet panel of course). Not going to deduct an egg for this though as I was still able to squeeze my phone charger in. I am sure as the technology progresses they will get smaller and more powerful as all electronics tend to do.

Other Thoughts: I would have gladly paid more more this kit with the speeds I am getting.

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  • L.A. W.
  • 5/7/2015 7:35:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Works out of the box with no changes (software) required to the connected devices.
Easy to set up.
Comes with everything needed for a trial set-up. (the supplied ethernet cables are not long enough to reach receptacles more than a couple of feet away)
Provides good feedback about connection.

Cons: The supplied cables are rather short, so be prepared to use your own.
The device pretty much masks much of a quad outlet, so you may have to move some power cables.
The performance indicators (leds) are really only good as a warning of low performance. They indicate green (the best connection) for anything over 80Mbps. Since the device is advertised as capable of up to 600Mbps, you are left with a very large gap; that is "good" is anything more than 13% of advertised.

Other Thoughts: I bought the device to try to get internet connectivity to a shop in a detached garage. My WiFi antenna is at the furthest point in the house from the garage and provides very spotty reception for even my most sensitive WiFi devices.

As the house is over 60 years old with wiring that has never been fully updated and has a generator that complicates the connections among the various panels, I was not sure the ZyXEL would work. In short, it does.

I had to find spare ethernet cables to reach the desired outlet from my router and replace a bad cable that I pulled out of the junk drawer. Otherwise it was a matter of plugging it in, noting the presence of power, ethernet, and a green indicator for performance (see above) and logging in. I am seeing about 25-30Mbps to the internet initially and have not had a chance to time a file transfer to see what the real link performance is.

Overall, it solved my problem.

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  • Gregory C.
  • 3/12/2015 7:38:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: These adapters were very easy to install and worked well.

Cons: I have Uverse TV and these adapters really interferred with it to the point I had to remove and return them.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2015 5:42:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest networking product I've used

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Great product! Plugged it in over six months ago and never had to reset or unplug it to get it working like with other solutions. I use it for Xbox one and it works great.

Cons: None

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  • Philip M.
  • 11/11/2014 1:43:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple to setup and no problems

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: It does what I expected it to do and is easy to setup even with the built-in encryption.

Cons: Takes up most of a whole outlet plate.

Other Thoughts: I use it to stream Netflix and other online services to my living room, and it does exactly what I wanted it to do. This item shows "out of stock" right now, but I'll probably order a couple more for my upstairs office.

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  • youn c.
  • 10/22/2014 7:20:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great, 2x faster than wireless

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: easy install. download speed more than double my previous wireless connection

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: great product for someone who wants to increase internet speeds from a wireless connection

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  • Ryan S.
  • 10/16/2014 9:19:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Powerline Adapters I've Used

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: - Never drops throughput like other powerline adapters.
- Extremely fast wired network performance.
- Passthrough means you can plug in your power strip without disrupting the functionality of the adapter.

Cons: - Expensive if you don't find it on discount.

Other Thoughts: I've used different powerline adapters from various manufacturers (D-Link, Zyxel, TP-LINK, TRENDnet, ActionTec, and Belkin).

I have never been happy with any of them for more than 6 months until I found this product. It is more reliable by far and faster than every other kit I've used. Highly recommended.

Other adapters have suffered from frequent connection loss, dropped packets, and other ongoing issues that forced me to unplug the units at least weekly to keep them working moderately well.

You absolutely MUST get a powerline adapter with AC Pass Through. If you have one of these plugged in and plug in something else above or below it, it causes problems. With the pass through, I have entire power strip plugged into the adapter and have zero issues (on one end I have my cable mode, router, TV, and game consoles plugged into the connected power strip. On the other, I have my main computer, multiple monitors, multiple external hard drives, and a printer plugged in).

I also have a couple of floating non-pass-through ZyXEL AV500 units that I'll use for a laptop if necessary, and these connect well with the network.

If I see this go on discount for $80-$90 here on NewEgg again, I'll pick up another pair.

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  • Radu S.
  • 10/6/2014 10:41:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsSpeed well below advertised

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Extremely easy installation

Cons: Very low speeds (30-40Mbps) over the electrical panel, I was expecting a degradation but not to the point of being unusable.

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