The 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter, model TPL-401E, uses any electrical outlet to create a secure building-wide high speed network. Connect one adapter to your network and plug another adapter into any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access.
Connect adapters quickly using the convenient one-touch Sync button. Use up to 16 adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling.
A Gigabit Ethernet port maintains high performance wired connections. Manage each Powerline adapter on your network with the included Windows utility. LED displays convey device status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced 128-bit AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.
Fantastic product. Works well for streaming.
Pros: Works very well, as advertised. (4) 1 gigabit ethernet ports are very useful if you have more than one device in a single room. These devices are Plug n' Go. They offer decent speeds to remote areas of a home or small office which would otherwise not have networking available. Lastly, they're pretty consistent as far as reliability and speed.
Cons: Custom encryption can be a pain to setup. The Utility is a bit poorly designed, requiring WinPcap be installed to capture network data. Gigabit ports are great if you are networking 4 devices off of one adapter. Otherwise, it's kinda useless over powerline. Above I state that speeds are consistent and reliable. They are however they are far from the 500Mbps. Max speeds I've seen so far for the distance that my data is travelling is about 150 Mbps. It's a good solid 150 though.
Other Thoughts: I've been skeptical about data traffic over powerlines because of EM interference. However, I am a recent convert and believer that this works well. I just moved into a new home and the networking layout was less then optimal. These devices now allow me to stream HD to my DVR which is literally across the house on two different floors.
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Best $120 ever!
Pros: This is by far the best investment I have ever made. I took a chance on these considering I have never used this type of technology before. Before I plugged these in, I was using Wireless on my laptop and I was getting 30Mbps down when I can take my laptop and plug it directly into my modem and receive 50Mbps down. Once I had these working, I ran a speed test and I was now getting 50Mbps down through the powerline. AMAZING!
Cons: One of the Ethernet cables that came with one of the adapters didn't work as it was not transferring data. I unplugged it and plugged in one of my own Ethernet cables and it worked immediately. Not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to buy 2 of these. I know previous buyers have only bought 1 by mistake. Additionally, I wish they would better test the Ethernet cables they provide to you. If I didn't have another cable to test with, it would of been a pain to go find one because I refuse to buy overpriced Ethernet cables from retail stores.
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Oops - order them as pairs
Pros: I haven't plugged it in but I've used others like this - I need to order the matching unit so I have a pair.
Cons: My BAD - this is a single unit and you need to order them as a pair.
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For convenience, security, and ease of use.
Pros: For conveneince, security, and ease of use. Beats Wireless N+ by far! encryption/decryption eats up speed of wireless and wired, but, Wired is faster. Older homes/most homes, are NOT wired with category(cat)5e or cat6 twisted pair for 10/100/1000 ethernet, nor do most have fiber for networking.
Cons: cannot use power strips with spike protection(joules) as the spike protector power strip filters out the ethernet communications as 'noise' as the filters are 'dumb' e=ir filtration and the ethernet packets tcp & udp are collateral lost. IF you have a full house electricity filter for spike protection wired correctly at your main circuit-breaker panel, then you may be ok, IF you use spike strips internally on big equipment so that even though you isolated the house from external power spikes from the power company and tree downings on lines sending spikes, and brown-outs causing fluxes in e=ir relationship, then you still can get spikes from hair dryers, vacume cleaners, drills, saws, other kitchen type appliances with big-draws, electric weed-wackers, etc.
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