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ZyXEL PLA4211 Mini Powerline Pass-Thru Ethernet Adapter Up to 500Mbps

  • HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps RJ-45
  • Up to 500Mbps
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HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u
128-bit AES Encryption
1 x 10/100Mbps RJ-45
Power on/off
Powerline network quality
- Green: Best, Amber: Better, Red: Fair
Ethernet link/activity
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
Kit Type
Frequency Band
2 MHz ~ 67.5 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
2.52" x 1.54" x 4.02"
0.41 lbs.
0°C ~ 40°C
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing


Access Methods: CSMA/CA channel-access schemes

Range: Max. range up to 300 meters over power line

Power Saving Mode: If link is inactive for a period (default setting: 60 seconds)

Quality of Service (QoS)

Plug-and-play, compact design

Up to 60% improved performance by IEEE 1901 500 Mbps technology

AC pass-through design with an extra power outlet

Backward compatible with HomePlug AV 200 Mbps

Embedded noise filter for reduced power interference

QoS enhances media streaming quality

Power-saving mode reduces energy waste

Encrypt button for easy security setup

128-bit AES encryption for network security

Multi-color LED identifies powerline network quality.


Package Contents
Powerline Pass-Thru Ethernet Adapter
Ethernet cable
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty card

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  • John L.
  • 2/10/2014 12:26:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork great

This review is from: ZyXEL PLA4215 500Mbps Powerline Pass-Thru Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 500Mbps

Pros: They work like they are suppose to, no issues

Cons: none

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  • John L.
  • 1/10/2014 9:23:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

This review is from: ZyXEL PLA4215 500Mbps Powerline Pass-Thru Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 500Mbps

Pros: Power-line Ethernet is a great invention and ZyXEL does nice job with their product builds. I have a total of 5 of these devices through out the house and they work perfectly. I recommend 500Mbps minimum because there is considerable loss over distance.

Cons: Not free

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  • Brian S.
  • 9/25/2012 7:24:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great. Better than WiFi.

This review is from: ZyXEL PLA4215 500Mbps Powerline Pass-Thru Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 500Mbps

Pros: You plug these in and go. They work right away. Unlike WiFi, they require no setup. To enable encryption, just press the encrypt button on one of the units and do the same with the other unit within 2 minutes. Nearly foolproof. Speeds are much better than WiFi and signal is more stable. For a 100Mb/s LAN, expect to see at least 50Mb/s across the adapters. I was also able to set up a network connection with my neighbor's apartment in the same building -- I think we are on the same electrical main. This 500Mb/s adapter does seem to work faster than the earlier 200Mb/s AV spec adapters. ZyXel make high quality network gear and support online and by phone is excellent. I have had good luck with their wired firewall and WiFi routers as well.

Cons: The plugs on these are three prong, so you can only plug them in one way -- you can't flip them upside down to keep the second wall socket free. Note to Zyxel engineers -- it would be nice if you could pull the plug out, flip it upside down, and plug it back into the adapter. Also, these are large adapters and may partially block the second plug on a wall socket. They only leave enough room to plug in an ordinary flat plug in the second socket. These adapters should be redesigned to conserve space for the second wall socket plug -- check out the newer Trendnet adapters to see what I'm talking about. These adapters will work through a surge protector, but I noticed that the performance is greatly diminished. For best results, you need plug them directly into the wall socket and you may want to avoid having them plugged into the same socket as a motor driven device or fluorescent lamp – anything that will generate RF. You might want to experiment to see which wall outlets work best.

Other Thoughts: Powerline is the way to go if you want to connect over long distances or on different floors, or don't want to mess with setting up and securing a WiFi connection. Powerline is also the way to go if you want to stream video to your TV and don't have a hard wire Ethernet connection. You will get much better performance compared to WiFi and a more stable connection.

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