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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

  • IEEE802.3/3u, HomePlug AV
  • Elegant white shell, Nano size
  • Up to 900 feet range over electrical circuit
  • Built-in QoS
  • Up to 500Mbps
  • Plug and Play
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Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-PA4010KIT

Details

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3/3u
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Ethernet port
LEDs
PWR, PLC, ETH
Certifications
CE, FCC, RoHS
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
System Requirement
OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac, Linux

Environmental

Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

Features
Plug Type: EU, UK, US

Button: Pair Button

Power Consumption: < 2.0 W

Range: 300M in house

Modulation Technology: OFDM

HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 500Mbps, ideal for HD video or 3D video streaming and online gaming

Miniature design, smaller than most powerline adapters at the market, blends indiscreetly in front of any power outlet

Mains Filter for better powerline communication performance

No new wires, use existing electrical wiring

Up to 300 meter range over a home's electrical circuit for better performance through walls or across floors

Plug and Play, no new wires or configuration required

Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 85%

128-bit AES encryption ensures that the network is safe simply by pressing a button on paired devices

Built-in QoS assures the quality of bandwidth sensitive applications such as voice, video and online games

Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizes IPTV streaming.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
2.6" x 2.0" x 1.1"
Weight
0.75

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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5 out of 5 eggsDecent little powerline network adapters

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: These units appear to be fairly quality built. They use an Atheros chipset. They work all over my apartment without much trouble. Setting up these units was a breeze and they worked right out of the box without needing any technical support or trouble shooting. I saw decent speeds as I tested them in various rooms of my apartment (I have a 1400sqft townhouse 3 floors including a basement). In the same room I saw speeds between 2 devices hitting 85mbps on live file transfers between machines. The lowest speed I was able to see was about 30 mbps between the farthest points in my place. 30mbps is still enough to watch HD streaming content, like Netflix and Youtube. The leds on these units, unlike some other devices are green, and don't act like a bright blue nightlight in the dark. Don't get me wrong, I like blue leds, but sometimes enough is enough and variety is just fine.

Cons: These units will need plugged into the wall, not a surge suppressor or battery backup, in which case this is a slight downfall, as you lose power protection and if you use battery backups your network connection will drop if the power goes out. The units advertise 500 mpbs, but this is a figure derived from having more than 2 units, which means between all devices at one time, you can be utilizing a maximum of 500 mpbs of bandwidth. That being said, many other brands advertise the same way.

Other Thoughts: Since I am an EggXpert reviewer, I decided to take apart one of my units (not recommended for a buyer to do as this voids your warranty and poses a safety hazard). I am an electronics tech by trade and internally these units seem to be very sound and solidly built. They use an Ahteros chipset, appear have proper power protection and the casing itself was rather durable and quite a challenge to dismantle. I know alot of people complain about the 500 mbps speed rating when the ports are only 10/100, but you have to consider, if you have many units, total system bandwidth. I have been happy with testing these units, and for what they do and how they work, they seem to do a good job when you consider the price / value point. Another interesting test I did, was I took them down to my friends apartment a good way away from mine (9 doors down, 150ft+ away), knowing that we shared common power lines between all the units, I was able to get 5 mpbs network speed between my apartment and theirs, which was fairly impressive, all things considered.

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  • Gregory B.
  • 7/1/2015 5:08:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeamless. Works as advertised.

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Set up was about 2 min. Not counting walking down to router in the basement or opening the box, which took longer. Tried it all over the house. The house was built in 1932 and some of the wiring is pretty old and scary. Depending on outlet, I got between 40 and 55 Mbps download speed on Comcast download using internet speed test (Comcast rocks in my neighborhood). I get 55 Mb/s when plugged into gigabit router and cat 6 cable, so the power line adapter is keeping pace with hard wiring in this test. I even got a solid 55 Mbps in my 1960s detached garage which has to be a good 200 ft of wire from the main panel where I have the feed into the system from the cable modem. I could probably hit higher speeds if I had a server in my house I could run tests on, but sustained 60 Mb/s if fine for what I want this to do.

As flagged in the instructions, if I plug it into a powerstrip instead of straight into an outlet, download speed dropped to 15 Mb/s. I wonder if some of the posts with issues were plugged into a powerstrip instead of an outlet? There aren't many instructions, but that is one worth paying attention to.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I ordering more as soon as I finish this review.

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  • Nitin D.
  • 6/23/2015 10:51:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGoes offline at random

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Easy plug and play
compact

Cons: Goes off line intermittently, and has to be power cycled for it to work again.
I should have bought one with pass thru to accomodate other devices as I didn't have enough outlets in my intended area of the house.

Other Thoughts: I had to put it on a multi plug, not extension cord or surge strip (since I had no choice ), but it works fine. Can't find a way to measure my throughputs but don't care as long as I am able to link my devices.

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  • Long N.
  • 6/19/2015 7:36:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot very good product

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Compact and setup was very easy

Cons: Keeps breaking the connection every 10 minutes. The tech support was not very good and keep requiring you install a program to install new firmware. The installing of the program was a big issue since you have to disable everything (firewall, antivirus, etc) before it would run.

Other Thoughts: Returned it when they were not able to fix the disconnect issue. I log into work and did not want to log in over and over again every time it disconnects me.

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5 out of 5 eggsSuper small but massive performance!

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: This has got to be the smallest powerline I have ever used. Small compact form factor.

The wall plugs are very light so that it does not matter what direction the wall outlet is positioned, the device will not fall out of the wall outlet and cause a loss of connection.

The one button security is a great option and allows for security without the extensive interface to set the security of the devices.

This powerline delivered a solid and steady stream for HD content. I had a laptop on this powerline streaming HD video at 1080P and had zero lag of buffering.

I know the distance says 900ft, but I had this successfully running at a very high speed in the garage. Only a very slight drop in the speed between the house and the garage compared to being tested in the house alone.

Cons: I have no cons to report at this time. The device worked on the first try.

Other Thoughts: The fact of the power in the house being used as a way to extend the network with a hardwire connection fascinates me. I love these devices and feel they are a very good simple easy to use device for those that are afraid to do at home networking.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Powerline, False Advertising

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: First let me just say I really like power lines. They allow a consumer to have almost the same speeds and reliability as a wired connection on a completely different side of a house, all via a power outlet. This is useful especially when you’re streaming or transferring large files and don’t have the money for a $200.00+ router.
In the box you will find the two power line adapters, two Ethernet cables, and an assortment of manuals warranties, and software discs.
Starting off with the power lines themselves, you will notice they are very small and compact. I really like this as I have multiple of types of power lines and none are as thin and discreet as this one. Nice job TP-Link! They are only 52mm wide, 54mm tall, and 28.5mm deep.
I also have a TP-Link TL-PA6010Kit and one thing I really like about the TP-PA4010Kit is the pairing button. On the TP-PA6010Kit it is located on the bottom of the unit and can be a slight pain some days to push. On the TL-PA4010Kit it is location on the front bottom left of the power line.
Speaking of pairing, it was incredibly simple just like the rest of TP-Links power lines. Just plug the adapters into a wall outlet (on the same circuit) and hit the pair button. Make sure the power lines are on the same circuit and not in a power strip
Please note that you don’t need to install any software or special drivers to have these work. Really the software is just for changing the default password, firmware upgrades, and other useful features. So don’t ignore it as it can really help you when you want to customize anything and even some troubleshooting.
The software also gives you the option of Quality of Service (QoS). Users can choose which type of traffic they will use -- Internet, Online Game, and Audio or Video, Voice over IP..etc

Cons: Advertised as 500mbps, even though theoretically the highest these devices will ever get is 100mbps. Maybe from device to device you could get 500mbps though the once it hits the 10/100 Ethernet port that 500mbps goes out the window.
I searched the internet looking for an explanation though could not find any solid evidence as to why TP-Link thinks this could ever get 500mbps or even why they even advertised it as such.
Other than the false advertising there really is not a whole lot I can find wrong with this device.
TP-Link it would be nice if you could explain to people why you think this could ever get 500mbps. As I’m sure there are a lot of people asking that question.

Other Thoughts: These are great power lines. They can provide a user with very steady connections and are easy to setup. I would recommend these to someone if it matched the needs they had for sure.
Over all I will be giving this power line four eggs. There is nothing bad about the device though, that false advertising could be very unfair to anyone that does not know a whole ton about networking. And that is why I choose to take away an egg.

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2 out of 5 eggsEggXpert Review - TP-LINK AV500 Nano Powerline Starter Kit

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: The adapter itself isn't too thick, meaning it should fit behind furniture without too much hassle. It's vent holes are along the sides anyway, so no need to worry about blocking airflow.

Speaking of airflow, it only gets slightly warm to the touch. My wireless router is hotter than this thing is.

It comes with two 6 foot long cables, one for each adapter, so it has everything you need but the devices you're trying to network right out of the box.

It's very easy to use; Simply plug them in a nearby wall outlet, hook up your device to one of them, and hook the other to your router or modem and push the pair buttons on the front of the adapters. They synced up immediately for me and I was ready to go in a minute.

Cons: These are NOT the advertised 500Mbps. Even if they were, I doubt they'd be able to actually achieve anywhere near that speed. See "Other Thoughts" for details.

There is no pass-through outlet, and only a single Ethernet port for each adapter.

They're... light grey? I'm not too picky about this, honestly, but light grey is an odd color to be stuck to your wall. While the sides are white, the front of the adapters are a smooth, shiny light grey. I'm not deducting any eggs for this, I just thought I should mention it.

Other Thoughts: I tested these by transferring a 1GB test file from my main computer, to my NAS server in the same room. These were placed on the same circuit, with only a dozen or so feet of wire in-between.

For starters, I tested using these, the AV500 Nano Powerline Adapters, that this review is about. Before I even transferred the files, something didn't seem right; Both the NAS server and my computer were reporting a 100Mbps connection speed, NOT 500Mbps like this product claims to support. So regardless, I started testing. It took about 1 minute and 30 seconds for the 1GB file to transfer over this powerline with a maximum reported speed of 90.4Mbps, and an average of 86.9Mbps; Not even 1/5th of the advertised speed.

Next, I tested it against a 1Gbps Powerline I have lying around. Both the NAS and my computer reported it being a 1Gbps connection, as advertised. It managed to transfer the file in a little over 1 minute, with a maximum speed of 127.2Mbps, and an average of 121.2Mbps. That is a bit faster than the AV500 Nano, but it does not manage to achieve anywhere near it's advertised speed, either.

Lastly, as a control, I tested using a direct wired connection between my computer and the NAS server. Connection speed registered on both machines as 1Gbps, and the transfer took only 10 seconds to complete with a maximum speed of 992Mbps and an average speed of 800Mbps. In other words, it is entirely capable of nearly saturating the 1Gbps bandwidth, but the Powerline adapters are inherently slow.

On a final note I'd like to say that this isn't an entirely bad product, but it is falsely advertised to be 500Mbps when it is only capable of a maximum of 100Mbps, if it even manages to saturate that speed. It is overpriced for only being capable of 100Mbps, as you could get much better results for a similar price using an inexpensive WiFi router and wireless adapter, or a similarly priced 1Gbps powerline adapter if you cannot manage a direct wired connection. This product is just not worth it in my opinion.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent adapters, misleading advertisement

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: I was pleasantly surprised at how small the units were. Performance was good and the connection was stable and smooth. Super quick setup, just plug it in and use it right out of the box. Cables proved were very good quality and were 7ft cables. Packaging was good and secure so no risk of damage during shipping. Price is decent for the quality and performance. Moving around to different plugs around the house the connection speeds stayed the same, impressive to me that distance really didn’t affect it at all.

Cons: Poor information and gimmicky advertising. First off these are marketed as extendable, meaning I can add more to the 2 that come with this kit. But from the box, manual, Newegg page or even their website I could not find out how many I could add later. Second they advertised this as “up too 500Mbps” while the units only have a 10/100 Ethernet port. Meaning that at a max each powerline adapter can only “maxed out” provide 100Mbps to the attached device.

Other Thoughts: : Lets get this out of the way now. These are great powerline adapters. They provided me with very steady connections and were super easy to use. They came with everything needed and for a great price. I would recommend these to someone if it matched the needs they had for sure.

I have owned other TP-Link devices in the past and really have loved them all. They all performed the tasks they were designed for and I never had one fail. That being said I also like these, but I fell I would have enjoyed them more knowing what to expect ahead of time and not finding out later that they couldn’t even come close to doing what they claim. For a set to claim they will provide up to 500Mbps and only have a 10/100 port really burns me as a consumer. I would buy a product that was 10/100 only if I needed a simple connection, but if I bought this set I would have expected it to have a 10/100/1000 port as that’s the only way to achieve the 500Mbps they claim.

Now that the rant is over here is what I found from my testing. First off if you have a powerline set from another company this will not work in unison. Also do not plug them into a surge protector or a power strip. They must be plugged directly into a wall socket.

I ran my bandwidth testing with an application called “BTest”. I managed to get a pretty steady 45Mbps connection sending and receiving on these devices. Also I would like to not that it was extremely steady and smooth. I had virtually no drops or sags in the transition or receiving of data. Also that connection held at those speeds as I moved throughout the house.

Overall I would recommend these as I really found them to be great little powerline adapters. But I still feel like they are misleading the consumer by claiming these can do something they don’t even have the hardware to support. If you are looking for a connection for a PC to do a little internet surfing and browsing, then pick these up. If you want something a little faster then look elsewhere.

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  • Dylan P.
  • 5/27/2015 6:54:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks very well

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: -very small
-high quality build
-excellent data transfer speeds
-never cuts out
-i got the full extent of my internet speeds

Cons: -The LED's are brighter than a thousand suns and bother me while i'm trying to sleep.

Other Thoughts: Needs a button to shut off the LED's

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  • samuel l.
  • 5/5/2015 5:55:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsunreliable

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: setup was extremely fast. plugged them into the wall and hooked up the cables

Cons: these stopped worked after 3 months.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to check out our Powerline.

If you haven't done so already then you can feel free to contact our 24 hour techncial support hotline.

We do have a 2 year manufactue warranty to replace the device if it dies or has any issues that are not inteded.

It is hard to determine from your post what you mean by it stops working, but one of our Techs can help you trouble-shoot the device and provide an RMA if the device is in fact broken.


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

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