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TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit, Up to 600Mbps

  • Included two TPL-408E adapters
  • 500 Mbps Power line networking
  • TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Pre-encrypted for your security
  • High performance Gigabit port
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TPL-408E2K2K

Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit
TPL-408E2K (Version v1.0R)

  • Included two TPL-408E adapters
  • 500Mbps Powerline networking
  • TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Pre-encrypted for your security
  • High performance Gigabit port
  • Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by 80%
OVERVIEW

TRENDnet's Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit, model TPL-408E2K, comes with two Powerline adapters to create a high performance Powerline network using an existing electrical system. No CD installation required - encrypted TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box. Connect one adapter to a router and plug in another adapter on your electrical system for instant internet access.

Ease of Use
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No CD Installation
Simply plug in the adapters - all TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box


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Cross Compatible
TRENDnet Powerline 500 and 200 adapters work with each other


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Compact
Compact form factor saves space around a crowded electrical outlet


Security
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Pre-Encrypted
For your security the adapter arrives pre-encrypted


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Sync Button
Press the Sync button to change existing encryption keys


Performance
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Powerline 500
500Mbps Powerline networking over existing electrical lines


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Whole Home Coverage
Connects over electrical lines for distances of up to a 5000 square foot home 984ft (300m)


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Energy Savings
Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by up to 80%


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SPECIFICATIONS

Standards

  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.3x
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • IEEE 1901/HomePlug AV2
  • HomePlug 1.0

Device Interfaces

  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Sync (changes encryption key) / reset button
  • Status LEDs
  • Power plug
    A: North America Type B (NEMA 5 - 15)
    EU: Euro Type C (CEE 7/16)
    UK: United Kingdom Type G (BS 1363)

Frequency Band

  • 2 - 68MHz

Data PHY Rate

  • 600Mbps

Networking Distance

  • 5,000 sq. ft. home or 980ft (300m) linear distance over electrical power lines

Security

  • 128-Bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)

Utility OS Compatibility

  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

Power

  • Input: 100 ~ 240VAC, 50 / 60Hz
    Consumption: Active mode: 3.9 Watts (max.); Standby mode: 0.4 Watts (max.)

Operating Temperature

  • 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)

Operating Humidity

  • Max. 90% non-condensing

Dimensions

  • A: 2.2 x 3.4 x 2in. (55 x 87 x 51mm)
  • EU: 2.2 x 3.4 x 2.6in. (55 x 87 x 65mm)
  • UK: 2.2 x 3.4 x 2.3in. (55 x 87 x 58mm)

Weight

  • A: 3oz (84g)
  • EU: 3.1oz (88g)
  • UK: 3.2oz (90g)

Certifications

  • CE
  • FCC
  • HomePlug AV

Warranty

  • Three-year limited

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

  1. TPL-408E
  2. Multi-Language Quick Installation Guide
  3. CD-ROM (Utility & User's Guide)
  4. Network cable 5ft (1.5m)

WARRANTY INFORMATION

*Maximum of 8 adapters (nodes) recommended for streaming video across your network
**500Mbps is the maximum physical Powerline data rate. Data throughput may vary by circuit wire condition overheads
***Powerline communication works only single area electric circuit. (Usually controlled by a single power breaker.)
****Power strip, GFCI outlets and AFCI circuit breakers will degrade Powerline network signals.


Learn more about the TRENDnet TPL-408E2K

Model

Brand
TRENDnet
Model
TPL-408E2K

Details

Standards
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3x
IEEE 802.3ab
IEEE 1901/HomePlug AV2
HomePlug 1.0
Interface
Gigabit Ethernet port
Encryption
128-Bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)
Ports
Gigabit Ethernet port
LEDs
Status LEDs
Certifications
CE
FCC
HomePlug AV
Powerline Speeds
Up to 600Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Frequency Band
2 - 68 MHz
Power Supply
Input: 100 - 240 V AC, 50 /60 Hz
Consumption: Active mode: 3.9 Watts (max.);
Standby mode: 0.4 Watts (max.)

Environmental

Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
Max. 90 % non-condensing

Features

Features
Included two TPL-408E adapters

500 Mbps Powerline networking

TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box

Pre-encrypted for your security

High performance Gigabit port

Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by 80%

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
3.40" x 2.20" x 2.00" (H x W x D)
Weight
3.00 oz.

Packaging

Package Contents
2 x TPL-408E
Quick Installation Guide
CD-ROM (Utility & User's Guide)
2 x Network cable (1.5 m/5 ft)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 Year
Labor
3 Year

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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4 out of 5 eggsSimple but likely slower than WiFi

Pros: Setup is easy. Just [a] cable one of the adapters into your existing home network Router or Switch; [b] cable the other adapter into the device you want to connect via power line; [c] plug both adapters into into electrical wall power outlet, [d] press (for three seconds) and release the button on both adapters; [e] wait for the adapters to sync, and you are done.

I really like the three Status LEDs: [a] Power, [b] Power Line (Unit-to-Unit Connection Speed), [c] Wired Ethernet (to your PC). Each of the three LEDs has three states (On / Off / Blinking).
The Power LED blinking indicates synchronization in progress. Ethernet LED blinking indicates Data Transmission.
My favorite is the Power Line LED which has three colors (Green, Amber, Red) indicating the Connection Speed. Red means Good; Amber means Better; Green means Best (i.e. Slow, Medium, Fast).

The kit contains two five foot Ethernet cables. It also includes a paper installation guide, and full size CD.

I only had two adapters, but the installation guide shows you how to add additional adapters (again just by pushing buttons on the adapters).

No software is required for basic configuration of the adapters (though software is required to "zone" separate networks).

Cons: I tired plugging the adapters into several wall outlet pairs, but they always "synced" at the slowest connection speed (Red).
The Red connection speed is okay for web browsing, email, and light video streaming, but is painfully slow for transferring large files between PCs (especially if you are used to Wired Gigabit speeds).
Obviously you should not expect Wired Gigabit Ethernet speeds, but I was disappointed the power line speed was slower then 2.4 GHz WiFi.

Data transfer speed is poor on the Red connection speed. I measured four file transfer scenarios. PC #1 was connected to my Router via Gigabit Wired. PC #2 was connected to the adapter. From PC#1, I pushed and pulled files to/from PC#2. From PC#2, I then pushed and pulled files to/from PC#1.
On the first pair of wall outlets, I measured 4-5 MB/sec (~40 Mbps) transferring large files. On the second pair of wall outlets, I measured 7-8 MB/sec (~65 Mbps). This is a third to half the speed I see using 2.4 GHz WiFi.
Pushing files was slightly faster (~0.5 MB/sec) than pulling files.

Just as an experiment, I plugged both adapters (side by side) into the same extension cord. The good news was, the adapters "synced" at the highest connection speed (Green). I then repeated the large file transfer push/pull experiments and measured ~32 MB/sec (280 Mbps). This is slightly under one third speed of my Wired Gigabit Ethernet.

Other Thoughts: The TRENDnet TPL-407E2K provides a built in power outlet. Unclear why the TPL-408E2K does not.

The Green Status and Power LEDs look Yellow when the Power Line LED is Red (indicating the slowest speed Unit-to-Unit). I assume this is due to "bleed through" since the LEDs are close together.

If you have a situation where WiFi can not be the solution, and you are unable to run a Ethernet Cable, the TPL-408E2K may be your best solution (if you can live with the performance degradation).

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4 out of 5 eggsThey work, but success with these can be out of your control

Pros: - Setup on of the adapters is incredibly straightforward if you're running a simple network at home (see cons). I plugged the adapters into electrical outlets in adjoining rooms on the same electrical circuit and sync'ed them up following the instructions in the box.
- After running for roughly half an hour, I checked to see if the plug would be getting warm or hot, but it was cool to the touch.
- Besides, the box includes two 5-foot network cables, just the right length for the purposes I intend to test, but might be frustrating if you want a longer cable.

Cons: - Success with the devices is sometimes out of your hands, you will be at the mercy of the wiring in your home.
- A complex home network makes using the Powerline 500 a bit more challenging. I found that with custom network names and DNS settings, the Powerline 500 took more time to set up than I'd like. I was getting frustrated until I realized that I'd spent years getting my network set up "just so" and that adding different gear might be a bit more complicated.

Other Thoughts: I tested the Powerline 500 AV2 kit at two houses: mine and at a relative's house where the house wiring is much more organized. This change in testing location also gave me opportunity to test the connection over a longer distance to see how it performed.

Standard ping-rate testing was set aside for a more real-world, human-relatable test: children. My kids have really gotten into watching video content posted by their coaches and teachers, and I hear about it every time the video is buffering. EVERY TIME. For those without kids, you may run into the same challenges with roommates who may or may not have contributed any funds toward the internet access or network gear at your place, but the behavior is likely the same: AWWWW MAN! The internet is SO SLOW! Why is it buffering, this is probably the best part of the show and its buffering! BUFFERING!

Here's where the real testing starts. I called the kids into the room, opened up YouTube, and let them search for whatever thing they had been watching a few days before. I was pleasantly surprised that the video did not initially buffer and the kids seemed fine until it started to slow down. Now, this could have been a network slowdown in the neighborhood or solar flares or gremlins, so we just jumped to another video and everything was running fine for the remaining 10 minutes of the test.

With test number two, I went to a relative's house and asked to test the PowerLine 500 adapter there. I wanted to see if the electrical connection from the house to the garage would prove to be problematic, but knowing that the line was dedicated to run just from the house to the garage with no other appliances or rooms on the circuit, I had high hopes.

With the same testing scenario, same laptop, and same videos, I set up the adapters on separate plugs in the garage, synchronized them in place, then took one into the house and hooked it up the DSL modem. Once back in the garage, I fired up one of the videos. Buffering. BUFFERING. Oh, there it goes. Perhaps the adapters needed more time to sync if they've been unplugged? Stopped the video, pushed the SYNC button again, ran into the house and pushed the other sync button and waited a few minutes.
Out to the garage again and restart the video. Hmm, not too bad. A bit of buffering, but let's stop the video and check email. No problems. Email sync is reasonably fast. A quick check on that auction site and back to a video. OK, this is not too bad. Certainly much easier than setting up an Ethernet connection out here or getting another Wi-Fi router nearby.

All things considered, the Powerline 500 does what it sets out to do and offers good features. Although there are some small issues, I believe most users will find it an easy product to set up and use. I can say that when operating on the same electrical circuit (20 or 40 amp alike) best performance was achieved when on the same circuit.

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5 out of 5 eggsTRENDnet TPL-408E2K

Pros: The TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit contains two adapters. Connection is as simple as plugging each into a wall socket and connected the included 5 ft ethernet cables from the adapters to the router/switch and computer. It automatically establishes a connection and there is no need to download/install drivers. The plug only takes one outlet slot, leaving the one above open, and the entire adapter is only 2.2 by 3.4 by 2 inches. The white plastic color does not stand out against a common outlet.

The power consumption during use is about 4 Watts per adapter and confirmed with a Kill-a-watt, hibernation is lower. The units do get somewhat warm and there are ventilation holes on the plastic case. The product is well supported and the warranty is listed as three years. The connection is gigabit and is possible to get up to 500 Mbps. The actual transfer rates depend on quality of wiring, length of connection, noise, etc. In my use, I found in use transfer rates of about 7 MB/s (megabytes per second). During testing, I added additional extension cords, power strip adapters, and as expected the transfer rates decreased. Although the transfer rates are not as fast as a direct wired connection, this is sufficient for my uses and easily streams HD media files. The connection has been highly reliable over a period of several weeks and did not need resetting or any other intervention.

Cons: It gets warmer than I expected and perhaps could benefit from a larger heat sink for cooling, but the 3 year warranty indicates the heat should not be a concern.

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5 out of 5 eggsGREAT

Pros: Easy set-up. Take them out of box, connect to router, plug into AC plug, and up and running. Nice LED lights keep you posted on status. Enclosed CD has full manuals, install help, etc.
I plugged a Trendnet 8 port gigabyte switch into the receiving unit, and have 7 ports available to power up all devices in my remote "man cave". Wife is happy. No more wires running thru house.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have used dozens of powerline kits. This one, so far, works great.
I have used Trendnet now about 15 times for various gear, and I like this company a lot. Good prices, good value.

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5 out of 5 eggsFinally, a working solution to a good solution

Pros: * Fast auto connect installation. In connecting my camera to my network, I literally had to do nothing more than plug everything in. The adapters automatically found and connected to each other and the camera synced right up onto my network. No issues. Easy.

* Works through my GFCI powerstrip surge protectors and on different electrical circuits, despite the footnote on the box warning that they need to be plugged into outlets controlled by a single power breaker. I could be lucky, or my situation unique but this is what I needed to happen.

* Each adapter has LED indicator lights to let you know if you are powered, connected, and running.

Cons: * The two included CAT 5 Ethernet cables are only five feet in length. I have to use one of my own ten foot cables to connect my camera to the adapter as it was about eight feet away from the wall outlet. Otherwise I have not yet experienced anything else I would consider to be a con.

Other Thoughts: Having purchased powerline networking products in the past, I was skeptical about this set working the way I needed it to, on different electrical circuits. You know, when you go to your circuit breaker box in your garage and there are switches for separate sections of your house? For instance, one switch may say “living room” and the other may say “upstairs bedrooms”. The living room and upstairs bedrooms are on separate circuits. My past powerline networking adapters would not connect two devices if plugged into separate electrical circuits within the house. These new Trendnet powerline adapters on the other hand are working just fine while plugged into separate electrical circuits. I’m not an electrician so I can’t tell you why, all I know is that no matter what electrical outlet within my house I use, they will connect. Not only that, but they also connect through surge protector appliances (something I’ve always heard interferes with data signals).

I currently have one adapter plugged into an upstairs surge protector, its connected Ethernet cable running into a switch, when runs into my router. The 2nd adapter is plugged into another surge protector which is downstairs and plugged into the electrical outlet of a different circuit line. Its Ethernet cable is plugged into a Wi-Fi camera offering it a direct Ethernet connection into my network, as the Wi-Fi signal where it’s located was too weak to allow it to connect to my network wirelessly. This powerline adapter has fixed that connection issue perfectly and I get great video from that camera now. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

The included utility CD will install a network driver and then a utility program onto your computer. This is not necessary for your adapters to work. They will work out of the box. The driver simply lets the utility see the adapters on your network. The utility simply lets you do things you probably won’t need such as making your powerline network private, upgrading the adapter’s firmware, remotely resetting them, and providing technical data to customer support should you need it. I would suggest leaving the CD in the box (but save it just in case).

I didn’t test the data speeds of these adapters between two PCs as 500Mbps is the maximum theoretical powerline data rate and that is subject to circuit wire conditions. I would only be testing the powerline data capabilities of my own house, and not these adapters’ capabilities. Trendnet suggests using a maximum of 8 adapters for streaming video across your powerline network

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5 out of 5 eggsNot a Fan, Now I am

Pros: Plug and play set up and quick install. Out of the box I plugged in the two TPL-408E2K adapters and I was auto connected and up and running. I am using these in a home with two stories and I have not had any issues. I only have had them for a day and honestly I have never been a fan powerline networking but these seem to work as advertised. I'll update my review if I encounter any problems.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Included CD-ROM!!! it's nice to have directions if your having network problems and can't download user manuals.

Energy efficient is a bonus.

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  • Dorothy F.
  • 2/5/2015 9:45:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little gaget

Pros: Very easy to use. Plug and play and is compatible with the a popular name brand's competitor's adapter I already had in one room. These work like a charm for significantly less, I bought 3 sets of them.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: My home has multi levels, teenagers who use data like crazy and an entertainment network throughout streaming music and video. I had purchased the lower priced Diamond adapters and when I called for support was told there must be an issue with my electrical circuits, so I returned them. But no problem with these, they work like a charm. Only had them for a couple of weeks, we will see how they hold up, but for the price I highly recommend them.

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  • Robert M.
  • 11/8/2014 8:48:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast & easy to set up

Pros: Did not work in my condo, so I gave the units to a friend who lives in single-family home where they have been providing reliable and blazing performance. Easy set up. They lost sync with each other only once in the past eight months. Unplugged and re-plugged in the units; problem solved.

Cons: None

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  • Chris P.
  • 11/5/2014 6:32:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFits my needs perfectly

Pros: Got it for a reasonable price, compact and I can plug it in upside down. I am able to stream 1080p media through it just fine (though normally just use Netflix)

Cons: I did have to experiment with where to place the adapters. One had a non-negotiable placement behind the media PC. The other was supposed to go in an unobtrusive spot in my office. They couldn't connect well. I ended up having to try several outlets around the house before I got a really good connection. Now I have a cat5 wire running to one of them that isn't where I would like, but everything runs great.

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  • Eric S.
  • 9/14/2014 11:09:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLasted all of 5 minutes

Pros: Seemed like a good price for the advertised features.

Cons: One of the pair lasted about 30 seconds before powering down.

Other Thoughts: Plugged the two units in and they auto-synced, thought everything was up and running. About 30 seconds later, lost network connection: one of the units had no lights. Unplugged everything, let it sit 2 min and tried again. Same unit powered down within 30 seconds. Now it won't power up at all. Unfortunately beyond the return timeframe.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

We are sorry to hear that you had an issue with the TPL-408E2K. If you require assistance with the return or exchange please email me at Adrian@trendnet.com. We’ll have someone assist you with the RMA process for warranty services as soon as possible. Please include your contact information and a link to this review.


Regards,

Adrian
TRENDnet Support
http://www.trendnet.com/support

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