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Item#: N82E16833181036

ZyXEL PLA-400 HomePlug AV Powerline Ethernet Adapter Up to 200Mbps

  • Ethernet port
  • Up to 200Mbps
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Model

Brand
ZyXEL
Model
PLA-400

Spec

Interface
1 x RJ-45 Ethernet Port
Encryption
128-bit AES encryption protect the Powerline network
Ports
Ethernet port
LEDs
PWR: Power-Light
LINK: Power-Line Link/ACT
ETHN: Network connected/non-connected
Certifications
FCC, CE, UL, LVD
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Kit Type
Single
Frequency Band
2 MHz ~ 30 MHz
Power Supply
100-240 VAC, 50 ~ 60 Hz, 0.08 A
Dimensions
4.4" x 4.2" x 1.1"
Weight
0.4 lbs.
Temperature
0°C ~ 45°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

Features
Super easy Plug-n-Play setup
Outlet friendly form factor covers only one socket

Packaging

Package Contents
PLA-400
Power Cable
RJ45 Cable
User Manual
Resource Disk

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 11/4/2008 4:19:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHigh bandwith but wireless jammer

Pros: Provides high bandwidth data transfer over regular home powerline. While it runs kind of hot, have not had any failure after a year of use, the case is well ventilated so it disburses the heat well. Has a cord so its not hanging directly off you power outlet. The software and setup is easy to use.

Cons: The main reason I am bothering to write this review and have given 3 eggs instead of 5 eggs is a fact that I have not seen in any of the other reviews. If you use a wireless keyboard and mouse, high bit rate downloads causes the PLA-400 to emit enough RF interference as to cause your keyboard and mouse to become unresponsive (Logitech MX3200 and Logitech Comfort Laser Desktop both get jammed). There is no impact on regular wired keyboard and mouse sets so if you use these then its a good product match.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/7/2008 7:33:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product - works well

Pros: Easy to install. Fast. Attractive. Avoided need for additional switch at the remote location. Paired these with a PLA470 which arrived separately and later than the PLA400s. I get about 100 to 120 MB/s, which I consider good - the 200 Mb/s "rating" is a theoretical maximum and is not to be expected in the real world. See other reviews; your mileage may vary depending upon your wiring. Requires use of NET1.0 which is kind of strange.

Cons: Firmware was ancient - v1.0 when 3.05 is the current rev number. Downloaded new firmware from the web and installed without problems. If I had not done this they would not have communicated with the PLA470 when it arrived.
Instructions for use are probably not that clear to people who are not technical - see "other thoughts".

Other Thoughts: It would be easy to get in trouble installing the units to play together on a secured (private) network. The units will not communicate unless they have the same password (of course, this is the idea), so if you change the local unit's password first you cannot see the remote one to change it to match. So you have to change the remote unit's password first. It will then disappear from the network. You then change the local unit's password to match, and the remote unit will reappear. This is not at all clear in the instructions. If you do it backwards, you will have to physically swap the units (thus making the 'remote' one 'local'), and thereby getting yourself into a position to change the passwords to match.

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  • Kenneth Y.
  • 9/15/2008 7:05:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost plug-n-play

Pros: Once the firmware was updated, it was one of the most trivial installs of computer hardware I've ever done. Just don't plug it into a surge suppressor. I haven't measured throughput, but it's clearly much faster and more reliable than the wireless connection.

Cons: I paired this with a PLA-470, and they would not recognize each other until I updated the firmware on the PLA-400. That was not the easiest thing ever, as the tool I downloaded from the ZyXEL website was a bit flaky. Once I got that resolved, though, all was well.

Other Thoughts: The PLA-470 is in the addition on my house, built in the 80's. The PLA-400 is in the original house, built in 1939. It still amazes me that they can produce a clean connection at high speeds.

I had to unarchive the firmware update tool by hand and execute the program directly; running the "installer" failed repeatedly (windows XP). Once that was done, though, no problems.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/1/2008 1:44:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFar better than expected.

Pros: Extremely FAST (145 Mbps receive, 136 Mbps transmit). Plug them in, and they just work (with each other). No dropouts, lost packets, etc. Far more robust than wireless.

Cons: How do I know my TX/RX speeds? I had to install the built-in utililty to configure the ZyXel PLA-470 powerline switch I also bought. The 400s wouldn't connect to the 470. The root cause turned out to be the fact that the 400s and the 470 use different default "passwords". The configuration utility won't display default passwords. Of course, this is NOT mentioned in the documentation. Some of the network settings are vaguely described, though.

Other Thoughts: I'm renting a two-story house with no ethernet wiring and a half a dozen wireless networks already in the neighborhood. Put these in to get the kids' consoles and rest of the PCs (5 of them) on the network. Once I got all of them on the same "password" (network name, really), everything's been working great!

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  • Clark N.
  • 7/16/2008 4:40:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: Connects well to my PLA-470 switch

Cons: I have this on the very same circuit run as the PLA-470 but I don't get 200, I get 84 one way and 62 the other. Also I had to update the firmware to get this to see the 470's existence. It also gets very very very hot, the 470's heat is normal for a switch. This thing gets literally scorching. Yes, dont let your child touch this thing.

Other Thoughts: I dont understand the heat thing from an engineer's point of view, and how they could deem it acceptable.

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  • Derek B.
  • 2/5/2008 9:40:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Allows a large bandwidth pipe between rooms where it was not possible/easy to wire ethernet through a finished home. I have successfully deployed it with 2 of these units. I'm using it to stream HDTV from a Vista Premium Media Center machine located upstairs to an Xbox 360 extender on my 1080p LCD in my lower level. Works excellent and have had no issues with connectivity or slow network speeds.

Cons: As other reviewers have mentioned, the unit does get a little warm...I don't know if I would leave it sitting on carpet.

Other Thoughts: I have struggled to get a large enough pipe down a dedicated 802.11g wireless connection to support the HDTV stream on the xbox 360 extender. I was getting connection slowdowns/sluggish menus until I switched to this solution. Network tuning shows fully green bars...just like I would see if I was plugged in with a normal ethernet switch between all devices.

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  • Kenneth A.
  • 1/27/2008 1:17:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy

Pros: Easy to use. One power connector, one ethernet port.

Cons: Getting the utilities to work with it wasn't straightforward. Not as fast as I'd hoped (for example 3.3Mbps transfer).

Other Thoughts: Working good with 3 PLA-400s, and one ZyXEL NBG-318S.

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  • Kevin B.
  • 12/7/2007 12:02:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works!

Pros: The ZyXEL PLA-400 works as advertised. It does indeed provide sufficient bandwidth over powerlines to play multimedia content in realtime.

It's not a wall wart type of product.

Cons: The PLA-400 gets quite warm, however, it's my understanding that this is a common problem with this type of product. Time will tell if this will prove to be a problem in the long run.

Whether the product will work or not depends upon where you plug it in. I had it in one location, plugged into the wall, downstream of a UPS and power strip. The machine connected to the unit would discover it's IP address, etc. fine via DHCP, but was unable to ping other machines in the network. When positions of the UPS and PLA-400 were swapped, it worked fine. The wall outlets in question were approximately eight feet apart.

Latency is quite a lot higher than my wifi or wired connections . I see ping times of 0.2 ms or less to machines on my LAN and times under 1 ms to my wireless machines. In contrast, I'm seeing ping times of around 3.8 ms between the powerline units and over 4 ms between a powerline unit and a machine on my LAN. As mentioned earlier though, throughput is quite good.

Other Thoughts: I'm using two PLA-400s at remote sites in my house (where wifi coverage is spotty) and a ZyXEL NBG-318S to connect to the rest of my network. This combination has worked reliably for me.

I started out with just two ZyXEL PLA-400s and had problems with the network connections hanging for some reason. Power cycling one or (rarely) both of the PLA-400s restored connectivity. Upgrading the PLA-400s' firmware seemed to fix this problem. I've had no problems since adding the NBG-318S to the network.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/4/2007 7:23:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAnother good idea - if only ....

Pros: Nice in theory, but never could get it working as advertised.

Cons: If only it worked! 4 days of fighting, and they never could see the other attached pc's, or the Zyxel access point.RMA'd - THANK YOU NewEgg. Back to the reliable Linksys

Other Thoughts: Save your frustration, unless you have a BIG stock of aspirin. Stick with the old reliables; that's a Linksys for me.....

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  • Hari N.
  • 11/21/2007 9:36:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy to set up, works well but not 200 Mbps!

Pros: Literally plug and play!

Cons: I'm getting speeds of about 30 Mbps.

Other Thoughts: This is a cheap and easy alternative to wiring your house with cat5e cable, but it is not as fast as advertised. I'm finding max transfer speeds of about 6 MB/s. This is good enough to stream HDTV, so that's all I was after.

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