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ZyXEL 500 Mbps Fast Ethernet Powerline Wall-Plug Pass-thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA4211KIT)

  • Backward compatible with Home Plug AV 200 Mbps
  • Easy to use Plug and Play device
  • QoS ensures uninterrupted multimedia streaming
  • Power-saving mode reduces energy waste
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The ZyXEL PLA4225KIT Powerline adapter turns your existing utility powerline into network, eliminating the hassle of cable running and unsightly Ethernet cable. With 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports, the ZyXEL PLA4225kit Powerline Ethernet Switch provides an all-in-one solution for you to connect up to four media devices, such as Internet HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs and game consoles, to the home network. So you can enjoy stable HD streams, gaming and Web surfing simultaneously with ease. The compact, pure white casing makes it a perfect fit anywhere in your house.


  • newegg Blazingly fast speed Powered by the latest IEEE 1901 technology and a Gigabit Ethernet port, the ZyXEL's PLA4225 can provide a stable high-performance network for you to enjoy multiple HD streams, multiplayer gaming and Web surfing simultaneously.
  • newegg Plug-and-play connection to up to four media devices The ZyXEL’s PLA4225 makes it convenient and easy for you to connect up to four media devices, such as Internet HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, and game consoles, to the home network through any electrical outlets in every corner of your home.
  • newegg QoS enhances media streaming quality The advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features improve the quality of multimedia streaming applications such as triple play services, HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP.
  • newegg Power-saving mode When there is no Ethernet link, the PLA4225 will enter a power-saving mode, reducing energy consumption by around 80% when compared to adapters without this function.

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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
Safety: CE-LVD
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
Kit Type
Frequency Band
2 MHz ~ 67.5 MHz
System Requirement
Utility Software OS support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
2.52" x 1.54" x 4.02" each
0.41 lbs. each
0°C ~ 40°C


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):
Support up to 4-level type QoS
Support up to 8-level VLAN priority field


Package Contents
Includes 2 PLA4211

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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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