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TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

  • Includes two TPL-308E adapters
  • 200 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet
  • Compact form factor saves space
  • Power Save mode reduces power consumption by up to 70%
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The 3-Port 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter uses any electrical outlet to create a secure high speed building-wide network. Connect computers, printers, gaming consoles, televisions, and DVRs to the three Ethernet ports on the bottom of the adapter.

Connect one adapter to your network and plug another adapter in to any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access. Synchronize adapters quickly using the convenient one-touch connect button. Use up to 16 adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling.

LED displays convey device and port status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.

The Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter, model TPL-308E, uses an electrical outlet to create a secure high speed network. Two adapters are needed to start a network. Connect one adapter to your router and plug another adapter into an outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access. The compact form factor saves space around crowded electrical outlets. This adapter automatically connects to other TRENDnet Powerline AV adapters with no installation required -TRENDnet recommends pressing the 'Sync' button to automatically change default encryption keys.


Learn more about the TRENDnet TPL-308E2K

Model

Brand
TRENDnet
Model
TPL-308E2K

Spec

Standards
IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV, IEEE 802.3/3u
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
1 x 10/100 Mbps Auto-MDIX port
LEDs
Power (PWR)
Powerline (PL) Connection
Ethernet (ETH) Connection
Certifications
CE, FCC
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
2 MHz ~ 30 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
System Requirement
OS: Windows 8, Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP (32/64-bit)
Dimensions
2.76" x 1.97" x 1.69"
Weight
2.2 oz.
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C

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 4 (max)

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

Coverage: Up to 300 m (984 ft.)

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

Includes two TPL-308E adapters

200 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet

Compact form factor saves space

Power Save mode reduces power consumption by up to 70%

Use one unit to transmit, and up to 3 additional TPL-308Es to receive a network signal.

Packaging

Package Contents
2 x TPL-308E units
Quick Installation Guide
CD-ROM (Utility & User's Guide)
2 x Network cables (1.5 m / 5 ft.)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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5 out of 5 eggsTRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Very Affordable
Plug and Play
They actually work

Cons: I can not come up with one con.

Other Thoughts: When I received these powerline adapters I took them straight to work to put them to the test. I have to be honest I was not very optimistic . I have had bad experiences with these types of products in the past. Well i can honestly say I was very surprised at how well the technology has come in the last 7 years since I first was exposed to products like this. Inside my work office we could not get them not to work. What I found out was as long as they are sending signal through the same breaker box they would work. I had them plugged into power strips, different circuits and one guy I work with took them home and used them from his house to his garage and said they worked perfectly. We usually got between 30mbs to 85mbs depending on how much it had to transmit the signal through. Going through different circuits obviously will dropped the speed down. I would also like to mention they will not work through battery backup systems. I work for a small IPS and we were so impressed that we bought bunch for the office for when we run into impossible cable run jobs. So if running cat5 cable is out of the question these little guys are definitely a solid option. You are not going to get ground breaking speeds out of them but they will get you connectivity, decent through put and very respectable pings. I would recommend these to anyone being they are simply plug and play and work pretty much flawlessly

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  • Arpit P.
  • 4/2/2014 8:47:09 AM
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  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Works Great... no issue till now.... how this will g for 4-6 more yrs

Cons: none

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  • David M.
  • 3/29/2014 9:28:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGood product at a great price

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: This pair of adapters immediately established a link when tested side by side. So I took one to the other end of the house where the Samsung Smart TV couldn't get a good wireless signal. Once again it immediately established a link. Also, I caught this pair on special at half-price.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: After a little while, the green link light went orange indicating the signal wasn't a strong as it could have been, but it still worked and has been working ever since. I haven't tested the network speed as it's working plenty fast.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2014 12:54:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing!!!

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: About as simple as it gets....literally plug and play! These little guys rock. Stable and fast.

Cons: Didn't get these sooner.

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4 out of 5 eggsBest alternative to wired ethernet.

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: - Units are smaller than other powerline adapters
- Consistent, hight speeds
- Works over long distances on different sub-panels as long as you're using both in the same house

Cons: - The "200Mbps" speed claimed on the box doesn't make sense, given that the ethernet port on each unit is only 10/100

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Other Thoughts: The units worked very well in my home AFTER figuring a few things out.

This is the next best thing to having a home wired with ethernet. You don't have to deal with wireless which can sometimes be flaky and slow.

I was able to use these adapters in:
- outlets on the same circuit in rooms next to each other
- outlets on the same circuit on opposite sides of the house
- outlets on different sub-panels on opposite sides of the house

Speeds were plenty fast for browsing the net, uploading / downloading files, movies, etc., streaming videos with Netflix and Youtube. The speed was nowhere close to the 200Mbps listed on the box though and the ports are only 10/100Mbps.

The units are small and do not block power outlets as long as they are plugged into the bottom outlet.

The only problem I had (and one that took me two weeks to figure out) was that my home has a built in "whole-home" surge protector down in the basement that I didn't even know about.

The units would not connect when this surge protector was on. I had to call my homebuilder and have them remove the surge protector. I have standard surge protectors on everything that would need them anyway since I did not know I had this whole-home protector.

Once that whole-home surge protector was removed, the units worked fine.

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4 out of 5 eggsQuick and easy

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Quick and easy install
Works
Good Alternative to running a Ethernet line across your house.
These Power line adaptors do work if your house is wired correctly, Provides decent speeds across long distances.
Easy setup
Encoded for security
Directions are understandable
Includes everything you will need to setup
Simple design

Cons: I would not plan to stream large files, they will tend to stop and start.
Not good for gaming
Will not work if plugged into power strip/ surge protector
Only getting 56mbs transfer rates

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this for a homeowner that needs a quick, temporary network connection away from Router.

Reason for 4 eggs is that the transfer rates did not match Trendnet's stated speeds.

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5 out of 5 eggsTRENDnet TPL-308E2K Adapter Kit

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Plug and play and they work right away. Energy efficient and encrypted. Came with two 5' Ethernet cables. I was able to stream video and movies hours at a time, no interruptions. Connection strong even when there are two walls and a kitchen full of appliances in between.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Obviously anyone with a wireless router and extra USB ports would not need these but they are great for desktops without WiFi or no wireless router. These Ethernet adapters work well and are highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 eggsHandy and Simple

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: The adapters are pretty small, lightweight an compact which makes it easily portable and gives it sort of a low profile when plugged in. LED lights are easily noticeable and conspicuous.

Setting up is a breeze, pretty much plug and play. May take a second or two for the signal to be set up.

Speeds were solid when situated in a certain room. Certain variables do exist with speed and connection when using this adapter. I will explain more below. My router is kept in an adjacent room to my desktop and when using the adapter in the two rooms the over all speeds ranged from 80-90 Mbps (Average 87 Mbps). I connected this to my Xbox 360 and PS3 and games play well online. There is a little lag in some games but overall the connection is pretty stable.

Encryption is a big plus with this, I guess just in case someone tries to hijack your connection via electrical wiring.

Supposedly energy efficient. No way for me to really test that though and obviously not a big selling point with this adapter. Other adapters that I have owned have overheated and stopped working for a while but I haven't seen any such problems with this adapter

Software installation is breeze but I somehow feel it really isn't necessary since this a a plug and play device.

Good to use in areas where Wi-Fi simply does not cut it.

Cons: Could have been faster but apparently there are different tiered products with different speeds. Faster being more expensive. It is alright considering most wired broadband connections at home are under 100 Mbps but still it would be nice to have faster speeds for the purpose of networking and file sharing.

Other Thoughts: So first off, your speeds and connection strength will vary based on the electrical layout of your house. Simply put, when the adapters are placed in close proximity to each other, for example adjacent rooms the connection is usually solid. However when place in different floors for example basement vs main floor, the connection drops and the speeds are not that great. This may not be true for everyone, like I said it really depends on the electrical layout of your house.

The full speed of the adapter also cannot be fully utilized due to limiting factors such as port speeds, cables etc. To make full use of the speed on this device your devices will need to have 10/100/1000 mbps ports aka Gigabit ethernet. It's not really necessary for internet per say but if you are looking to maximize speed for file transfers, you need to have those particular ports. Let's not forgot standard cables as well, you need Cat 5 or higher cables to support faster speeds as well. Overall this is a solid product, didn't really expect much from it with regards to the features. Price range is alright and it is great for anyone looking for a connectivity solution for basic internet and networking.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great! Software So-So

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Pros: They're pretty small and aren't too visually simulating (just plain and simple).

Setup is relatively easy too, just plug them in, have the main one hooked to your internet source, and the rest just-work (given you're electrical wiring is ideal).

Also, this adapter works decently with Steam's In-Home Streaming Beta (for 720p anyway; haven't tried anything higher).

Cons: The included software was a bit of a hassle for controlling the adapters.

The first issue with it was the version of WinPcap that was included (4.1.2). It doesn't seem to work properly at all on Windows 8.1, and I wasn't notified that it even tried to install.

The second issue involves updating the firmware on the adapters. You have to manually do each adapter. Ideally, being able to push the firmware to all adapters at the same time would of been great.

Other Thoughts: When updating the firmware, the adapter should turn off (all lights off) and then turn back on, and do this twice before the process is complete. If all the lights don't turn off at least once during the process, the update didn't happen, regardless of what the software says.

A DirecTV HD-DVR I have complained pretty frequently of not being able to establish a connection through the adapter, but this could be due to the wiring of my house.

As for how to properly get the Trendnet software working, you first download the latest firmware package (1.0.0-06 at the time of writing), and run the Setup executable. Then you download the latest version of WinPcap (4.3.3 at time of writing), and install it (if it tells you a previous install is present, let it uninstall it). After that, reboot. The app should now work and detect the adapters properly.

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5 out of 5 eggsMore preferable to wifi.

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Small

Runs cool

Energy efficient

Easy to set up and use

Real plug and play

Encrypted

Signal remained constant throughout

3 year warranty

Cons: Lucky to see more than 50mbps

Manufacturer suggesting 200mbps from an adapter with a 10/100mbps port

Other Thoughts: I live in a large single story house with an attached garage where my son likes to play and his Wii is setup. Unfortunately Wifi coverage in the garage is spotty at best and the wife will not allow me to bang holes in our walls or trail a long cat 5/6 cable from the router to the Wii, so my only alternative is Powerline.

Unfortunately my experience with Powerline to date has not been good. In the past the adapters have been too large and prevent anything else from being plugged in to the wall socket, also Powerline adapters have to be plugged directly in to a socket, not via a surge protected extension or ups, so using these near electronic devices is generally limited by the number of sockets available.

The last adapter I tried to use was a 500mbps version so I felt like I was taking a step back using a 200mbps adapter, however as I have not really experienced any Powerline adapter running at faster speeds than 70mbps I was happy to take a chance.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the size of these adapters, they are tiny compared to what I used before, I was able to plug them in and still get use out of the other sockets.

Setup was easy, I had a Cat 5 cable from my router going in to one adapter (which was plugged in to the wall socket) and the other power adapter (plugged in to a wall socket) had a Cat 5 cable going in to my sons Wii in the garage, as well as my laptop (for testing).

The adapters synced automatically and I was ready to go. Before I had a chance to do much of anything the Wii was telling me that there was a software update, so I downloaded it and installed it. The Wii knew it was online before I did.

I brought up Netflix and watched a movie without issue. This was not possible when I had a wifi adapter plugged in to the Wii.

Finally I plugged in my laptop and ran Totu Softs Lan Speed test. This allows me to send and receive specific files across my lan and gives me an excellent idea of speed.

Average read and write from my laptop to my desktop via the Powerline adapter was 29mbps and 38mbps and with a wireless N adapter I was seeing average read and write of 3.8mbps and 9mbps at the same location.

Pretty convincing win for Powerline. My son was happy and that makes me happy.

Let’s point out the obvious here. These Powerline adapters are not as fast as dedicated cat 5 or 6 connections but certainly superior to wifi connections at distances of 30 ft or more from the router (I have an Asus AC router).

For the price you can’t go wrong, cat 5 cables alone will set you back a lot more than these adapters.

Final thoughts: These Powerline adapters are supposedly rated by the manufacturer as 200mbps, however the Ethernet ports on the adapters themselves are only rated 10/100mbps. Marketing spin me thinks.

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