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TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit

  • Includes two TPL-406E adapters
  • 500 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet
  • Compact form factor saves space and power save mode reduces electrical consumption by up to 80%
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Learn more about the TRENDnet TPL-406E2K

Model

Brand
TRENDnet
Model
TPL-406E2K

Spec

Standards
IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV, IEEE 802.3/3u/3x
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
1 x 10/100 Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 port
LEDs
Power (PWR)
Powerline (PL) Connection
Ethernet (ETH) Connection
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
2 ~ 68 MHz
Power Supply
100~240V AC, 50~60Hz
System Requirement
OS: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP(32/64-bit)
Dimensions
2.76" x 1.97" x 1.69" each
Weight
1.8 oz. each
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
Max 95% (non-condensing)

Features

Features
Modulation:
OFDM Symbol Modulation on link synchronization
1024/256/64/8 - QAM, QPSK, BPSK, ROBO Carrier

Protocol: TDMA, and CSMA/CA

Nodes: Up to 8 (max)

Overlapping Powerline Networks: Up to 4 (per electrical system)

Coverage: Up to 300 m (984 ft.)

Buttons Sync (3 sec.) / Reset (20 sec.)

High speed networking over an existing electrical system

Adapters automatically connect using an encrypted Powerline signal

One-touch Sync button changes encryption keys

Share data intensive files, play games, download music and more at faster data transfer rates

Support for IPv6

Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by up to 80%

Auto QoS support through traffic classification and multiple priority queuing.

Packaging

Package Contents
2 x TPL-406E
Quick Installation Guide
CD-ROM (Utility & User's Guide)
2 x Network cable (1.5 m / 5 ft.)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Thomas T.
  • 7/15/2014 10:37:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value and performance

Pros: Plug it in, it works. No fuss, no software installation needed for routine setups.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I tested this in my house, and compared short and long wiring paths. On a 20 mbps DSL line, I measured 17 mbps directly at the DSL modem, 16.8 mbps via the Powerline using a fairly short wiring path (about 30 feet, on two circuits, so there were two breakers in the path), and 15.4 mbps via the Powerline over the longest path (about 100 feet of wiring, including two power panels and three breakers.)
No complaints at all. This is my first experience with this kind of ethernet-over-power line tech, and I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it works.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/8/2014 8:38:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsa great solution

Pros: Couldn't get my Apple TV to keep a wireless connection even though it is only 30 feet from my router. Plugged the two adapters into single outlet, pressed sync buttons, moved them to new outlets, plugged in Ethernet cables...voila! Couldn't have been easier. Apple TV works as if it were plugged directly into router.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: When syncing, the adapters seem to make a high pitched noise. Unless I am sitting next to them I can't hear it at all. Almost a non issue.

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  • Xavier G.
  • 7/4/2014 10:12:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsIn love with it

Pros: Does exactly what you're expecting from it!
My internet went from an unstable 2-5mbs download to a stable and strong 17mbs
I'm completely amazed by how simple it was to install it and to see it work so well!

Cons: Ethernet cables that came with it were an ugly yellow, which is not awesome since they are visible... Nothing extremely important, but eh... would have been better white or black!

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  • Stephen K.
  • 7/1/2014 4:56:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHomePlug AV compatible ????

Pros: Finally got it to work
Giving it 5 eggs to offset my 1 egg review.

In reality I'd give it 4 .... taking away 1 for the time and frustration of getting it to work for my purposes.

5 stars to trendnet for getting back to me within 3 hours with a manual way using the utility to get this to work with the WD Powerline.

Cons: Took awhile to get it to work

Other Thoughts: New Review
After some time (4hrs) using the manual mode in the utility I was able to get the devices to work together. Like I said it took a while ... for whatever reason I had to connect each device directly to the router to discover the other device so I could set the password of each device. I had to do it separately with only the WD connected and separately with only the trendnet connected. Once I got the passwords input I was able to connect one device and see the other 3 devices - than used set all devices and they all worked.

Old Review

Pros: None for what I wanted to use it for.

Cons: I've been using the original Western Digital Powerline Adapter for over 3 years and needed to extend out to other locations. The WD is no longer available. The specs on the Trendnet says its HomePlug AV compliant - The Trendnet works fine stand alone but will not play with the WD Powerline. Defeats the purpose of AV Home compliant devices not playing with each other. I have tried every possible reset of the devices but nothing I did worked. I also plugged both Trendnet and WD devices into the router and reset multiple times in hopes I can get them to work together. So for now I'm back to where I was before I started.

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  • David C.
  • 7/1/2014 7:23:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the price

Pros: Extremely easy to put into service, low cost

Cons: Network speed is nowhere close to the advertised 500 Mb/sec. I consistently get 71 Mb/sec, even with the devices side-by-side in the same outlet. But considering my u-Verse is only 12 Mb/sec (on a good day....), it is quite adequate for my needs. No high-speed data transfers needed in the house.

Other Thoughts: I was a bit concerned when I saw some folks had difficulty getting their units to work out of the box. Such was NOT the case with my installation. Everything "just worked" from one end of the house to the other without any fiddling. Used them to install a second wireless router to improve coverage in the house. I have updated the firmware, as some folks found that to resolve issues. Doing so didn't break anything but current firmware is usually a good idea in an event.

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  • Stephen K.
  • 6/30/2014 1:40:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHomePlug AV compatible ????

Pros: None for what I wanted to use it for.

Cons: I've been using the original Western Digital Powerline Adapter for over 3 years and needed to extend out to other locations. The WD is no longer available. The specs on the Trendnet says its HomePlug AV compliant - The Trendnet works fine stand alone but will not play with the WD Powerline. Defeats the purpose of AV Home compliant devices not playing with each other. I have tried every possible reset of the devices but nothing I did worked. I also plugged both Trendnet and WD devices into the router and reset multiple times in hopes I can get them to work together. So for now I'm back to where I was before I started.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Valued Customer,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com so we can resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
www.trendnet.com/support

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  • Phillip H.
  • 5/19/2014 12:03:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: none

Cons: Couldn't get the pair to sync up in the same room; firmware wouldn't upgrade; documentation poor. Absolutely no point in keeping it; I'd never trust it.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi PH,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
www.trendnet.com/support

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  • Michael F.
  • 3/30/2014 8:59:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to install and then ignore

Pros: Just plug them in, connect the cables, and it works.

I haven't directly tested the communication speed, but it's fast enough for a Roku 3 to stream HD video. The units are plugged into different electrical circuits in our apartment, so it's communicating across the breakers.

It works well enough that I'm thinking I should buy some more of these things; the WiFi bands are getting mighty cluttered these days. (A quick scan while writing this review detects 40 WAPs.)

Cons: The documentation comes on a CD-ROM, and the utilities only support Windows. You may not need the utilities (I didn't) so that's not a deal-breaker, but it's still annoying (and short-sighted).

Seems like optical drives are becoming a rarity more quickly than manufacturers realize. None of the notebooks/internet-capable devices I've bought in the last couple of years came with an optical drive.

Other Thoughts: These start out using a default shared key for encryption. They will auto-generate and share a new (pseudo)-random key at the push of a button. (You have a 2-minute window to push the button on all the units.)

I'm assuming that there's not going to be any fiddling needed with these things. If there is, I don't know if I'll even bother, since I'll have to find a Windows machine to be able to use the utilities.

They should look into making the devices support SFTP or summat. All you really need is some way to move a configuration file on and off the thing.

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  • John H.
  • 2/24/2014 1:54:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThey work easy peasy

Pros: Easy Peasy: plug and play...says it all.

Cons: None.

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  • Amanda L.
  • 2/1/2014 9:01:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStable connectivity without trouble

Pros: The setup was instant - completely plug and play. Granted, I'm not using it for a computer, but there was no additional setup to connect it to my home network other than plugging both ends into the wall.

Another major pro for this device is that the network speed is plenty good enough for streaming video.

Cons: I haven't encountered any. Other reviewers mention issues with the devices powering off sporadically, but I haven't had that happen.

Other Thoughts: This device completely solved the issue I had been having with my Vizio TV. The WiFi signal into that room was too weak (or the WiFi adapter on the TV is junk) to keep a stable connection, even though there is only about 5 feet and a wall between the TV and the router. Using this device gives the TV a wired connection's stability without having to drill a hole through the wall.

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