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ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

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  • Fully compatible with existing HomePlug networks
  • QoS ensures uninterrupted multimedia streaming
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Compact and easy to use, the ZyXEL PLA4201KIT mini powerline adapter enables you to expand and upgrade your home network to wherever the utility power line runs, within up to 300 meters distance. Up to 500Mbps throughput eliminates the bottleneck for HD media streams, multiplayer gaming and other bandwidth-intensive network applications, while QoS enhances media streaming quality. Enjoy ultimate peace of mind with high level of security from 128-bit AES encryption. The multi-color LED identifies powerline network quality.

  • newegg Compact design for easy setup and instant plug-and-play The new mini-size ZyXEL PLA4201 gives you the flexibility to turn power lines into a home network. The compact design allows hassle-free installation without blocking other power outlets. With a pair of plug-and-play PLA4201, you can easily extend your home network through any electrical outlet for Internet access from HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs and game consoles.
  • newegg Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming Powered by the IEEE 1901 technology, the ZyXEL PLA4201 can provide a stable high-performance network for users to enjoy multiple HD streaming, multiplayer gaming, and Web surfing simultaneously.
  • 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 by prioritizing HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP traffics.
  • newegg Power-saving mode When there is no Ethernet link, the PLA4201 enters a power-saving mode with just 0.5 watt consumption to reduce the energy waste by around 88%.
  • newegg Superior Security 128-bit AES encryption delivers confident protection against spying and data theft, while encrypt button allows you to easily set up a secure connection.



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.


Learn more about the ZyXEL PLA4201KIT

Model

Brand
ZyXEL
Model
PLA4201KIT

Spec

Standards
IEEE802.3/3u, IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
1 x 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
LEDs
Power on/off
Powerline network quality
Ethernet link/activity
Certifications
CE-LVD
CE, FCC
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
2 MHz ~ 67.5 MHz
Power Supply
100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

US type: Two pins for US 120 V
System Requirement
Deployment requirements:
Devices with 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port
Operates system independent

Utility software OS support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
Dimensions
1.97" x 2.36" x 2.75" each
Weight
0.16 lbs.
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

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

Upgrade Home Networks Effortlessly with the Most Compact Powerline Adapter

Compact design for easy setup and instant plug-and-play

Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming

QoS enhances media streaming quality.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2014 1:02:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood... when it worked

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: - Cheap
- Get the job done

Cons: - Not reliable, kept dropping connections

Other Thoughts: Was lazy to run a ethernet cable to the basement, so got these instead. They were great when they worked, but they were losing connection several times a day and had to be power cycled to get the connection back. After a few days of hassle, decided it wasn't worth it and returned them and got a 50ft ethernet cable - now Gigabit speeds for $5 - yeah!!

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  • Lisa D.
  • 2/19/2014 9:46:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great and instantly

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: Connected instantly which was very nice, plugged in the side that goes to the router first, then the end that goes to my computer. My house is a three level house, and my router is in the basement. My room is in the opposite corner of the house and on the top floor, so the maximum distance I could get and it worked flawlessly. Tested this vs a straight ethernet cord, and I got the same speeds. My antenna connector on my wifi card built into my motherboard broke or something and stopped connecting to the internet, so I was running off my phones usb hotspot for a long time. The speeds are atleast triple and my phone was a 4G LTE hotspot. My home internet isnt the fastest but I maxed out my download and upload with this so it works great and no lag.

Phones 4G LTE Hotspot:
Ping: 83
DL: 1.76mb/s
UL: 0.10mb/s

Powerline Adapter:
Ping:23
DL: 5mb/s (Max my internet can do no matter what)
UL: 0.75mb/s (Max my internet can do no matter what)

Cons: Ethernet cords for both sides are only 2 feet long

Other Thoughts: Would definetly buy more if needed for other computers in the house. Cannot be plugged into a power strip, needs to be straight into the wall which can be a pain for some due to the short cords.

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  • peter t.
  • 1/12/2014 2:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks great

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: Much improved over AV200 Netgear unit and 3-4 times faster than first gen netgear unit from 2007. Internet download speeds increased from 18MB/sec download to 40-50MB/sec download (matching speeds for PC connected to router through gigabit switch). Easy to use, didn't bother with bundled software. Just plugged units in and they found each other within a couple minutes and paired. Have not turned on encryption yet.

Cons: none.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/28/2013 4:46:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad experience

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: None so far.

Cons: Units will not pair, no matter which outlets I plug them into (even the same outlet, let alone the same circuit) they will not pair up. Secondly, I installed the CD software on one of my Windows Vista PC's and now I keep getting a pesky message popping up that says some USB item is not working properly, but there is no un-installation routine for the program that I can find. :<(

Other Thoughts: Hopefully I got a defective unit. From everyone else's review, it appears that these are good units. I have emailed the ZyXEL support mail box and these are supposed to be warrantied for 2 years. I have only owned for about 6 months, but it takes forever to see if you are the one who is not installing them correctly, or if you happened to get a bad unit. If ZyXEL takes care of me, I will update my post.

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  • James M.
  • 11/27/2013 1:40:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInvest in this instead of wireless

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: As soon as I plugged them in they started working, it reduced my lag in game from 60 ms to 20 ms, it boost my online speeds from 20 download 15 upload to 30 download 25 upload. It also completely reduced my jitter to 0! Best networking buy I've ever had!

Cons: The only con is the cables that came with them are too short. They were so unreasonable and I had to go out and buy longer ones.

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  • Jeff G.
  • 11/7/2013 5:35:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: Easy to pair and worked with no effort. I use this to connect my Yamaha AV to my computer. Streams music beautifully.

We did some painting that required us to remove one of the units. When we returned the unit, it resumed its connection like it was never removed.

Cons: None so far and I don't expect any.

Other Thoughts: Both devices are on the same circuit so I know it helps. I don't know if it is mandatory that it be on the same circuit as I've received different opinions. I do know that the speed will be reduced if it is able to connect on a different circuit.

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  • Huy N.
  • 10/5/2013 9:56:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: Cheap
Easy setup

Cons: Short network cable

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  • Thomas H.
  • 10/3/2013 12:30:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsit's ok

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: no problems

Cons: none

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  • John S.
  • 9/19/2013 10:46:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for Netflix on Roku!

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: Plug N Play right out of the box! Plug ethernet cable into router and powerline adapter. Plug powerline adapter into wall socket (NO SURGE SUPRESSOR ALLOWED). Go into next room. Plug ethernet cable into second powerline adapter and Roku box. Turn on TV and watch streamed Netflix with no ethernet cable needed.

Cons: Why did I wait so long to buy these?

Other Thoughts: Instant success! Never found anything else to be so easy. I use these Mini Powerline EtherNet Adapter's to stream netflix to my Roku box. They work flawlessly. They will be just as good used with your computer or Blue Ray player. They are much better than WiFi for streaming content. Try them. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. This is so simple a child can do it. I didn't even take the included CD out of the wrapper. I did not try the secure setup software. I see no need for it to stream Netflix movies!

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  • Marcus E.
  • 9/17/2013 3:14:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked great until they died

This review is from: ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)

Pros: Simple plug-and-play, you don't really need the driver CD unless you want to use the Firmware Update utility. Built well enough in terms of quality, and the speed was pretty good as well. Obviously not up to snuff with real Ethernet, but it gets the job done.

Cons: One of the adapters stopped working completely, no lights at all, and smells like burned electronics. Perhaps a capacitor blew? Guess I just got unlucky.

My other minor complaint is that it's a wall wart shape so you'll need to plug it in the lower outlet or upside down if you want to use both outlets on a wall socket; not too much of a annoyance but sometimes can be a bit tricky.

The way the LEDs work is someone redundant and slightly confusing; you have a Power LED, which is obvious, but then you have a "HomePlug" LED and a Network LED; the HomePlug LED flashes when communicating with another powerline adapter, and the Network LED flashes when communicating with the network. But, if you're communicating with the network, aren't you obviously communicating with the powerline adapter in the first place? Interesting choice to say the least, but it's in no way a deal breaker (unless you have a mental complex against excessive LEDs).

Other Thoughts: While these adapters are great and no-frills, wish one of them didn't die so suddenly. I've contacted ZyXEL support and will follow up on how well they do.

-2 eggs for the spontaneous failure. I still would recommend these despite the hardware issue.

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