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ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

  • The newest HomePlug AV2 standard enables powerline networks with up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates
  • SmartLink Plus enhances performance and coverage through multiple-path transmission
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Model

Brand
ZyXEL
Model
PLA5205KIT

Spec

Standards
HomePlug AV2, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u/3ab
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Ethernet port
Powerline Speeds
Up to 600Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100/1000M

Features

Features
The newest HomePlug AV2 standard enables powerline networks with up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates

SmartLink Plus enhances performance and coverage through multiplepath transmission

PlugandPlay design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles

Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology

QoS enhances media streaming quality

Encrypt button for easy security setup

128bit AES encryption for network security

Multicolor LED indicates powerline network quality

Powersaving mode reduces energy waste.

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Warranty

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


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  • Collin B.
  • 6/10/2014 7:02:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZyXEL Powerline Adapter

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: Dead simple to use, really plug in and go; effective even at significant distance, two floors away still get terrific (stable) connection.

Cons: Still a fair sized brick, would be nice if connector on side rather than bottom, though I suppose every setup is better for some than others.

Other Thoughts: Promised in three days, received in one; love that.

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  • Tom D.
  • 4/17/2014 8:18:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRevised review

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: These *are* indeed interoperable with the older units

Cons: none so far - they work fine

Other Thoughts: After more messing with the configuration program, I was able to get the older units to communicate. I apologize for jumping the gun. User error :^(

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  • Tom D.
  • 4/12/2014 4:29:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFalse claim of compatibility w/200Mbps

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: The two units in the kit communicate with each other just fine.

Cons: Purchased this kit primarily because I have 4 older ZyXel homeplug adapters, the 200Mbps ones, and the information on the product claimed:

"Backwards compatible with 500Mbps and 200Mbps powerline adapters"

THEY ARE NOT COMPATIBLE!!!

I tried with and without encryption - the old and new units do not see each other.

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  • Vitaliy K.
  • 3/28/2014 7:13:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: Works as expected

Cons: Heats up and drops link speeds, as any other adapter

Other Thoughts: The adapter will function fine until it is going to heat up and if heat is somehow blocked it will start loosing speeds.

Easily remedied by moving all other items that can heat up (power supply/router/modem) away from adapter.

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  • Weimin H.
  • 12/10/2013 6:31:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsit works

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: more than doubled my network speed.

bought this to stream bluray, I have a couple of zyxel and trendnet powerline 200 AV adapters, and they are around 30 to 40 mbps, which still cause stuttering sometimes. With this new AV2 plugged into the same outlet, I am getting close to 90 mbps, and mixing AV2 with AV 200 seems fine, maybe only a little bit decrease in network speed.

Cons: none,

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  • Thomas R.
  • 8/22/2013 12:09:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth it

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: They work (just not terribly well)

Cons: Offered absolutely no speed improvement over Homeplug AV1 adapters.

Other Thoughts: Grabbed two sets of these when they first came out, hoping to upgrade my AV1 powerline devices. At best, the speed was identical to the old equipment. There was a bit of an improvement on coverage -- some circuits that could previously not communicate with others did work with these. While technically they worked fine, they're just not worth the premium -- the 600mbps claim is laughable.

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  • Rody H.
  • 8/10/2013 12:01:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorks...but slower than older Homeplug AV adapter

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: Compact compared to other powerline networking adapters. Works with Homeplug AV 500 adapters from Belkin (the Powerline AV500). Easy to install.

Cons: I ordered these expecting Homeplug AV2 adapters to provide an improvement in performance over others I've been using. I've used Belkin Powerline AV500's and have been satisfied with them in the past. I replaced them with these Zyxel PLA5205's and found that Zyxel's own utility software reports that they perform worse than the Belkin's! The performance penalty with the Zyxel's was about -13% on transmit and -22% on receive. I wasn't expecting miracles with these, but I also wasn't expecting a decrease in speed from my older adapters especially since these are priced at a premium over competing products.

Other Thoughts: Given that the performance on existing Homeplug AV 500 adapters can be better than these Zyxel adapters and that the prices on older adapters can be much lower, you should consider skipping these adapters and going with something else.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/19/2013 7:40:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsBetter standard, faster, more reliable

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: Interoperable with older devices from different manufacturers - I have a set of Netgear XAVB5101's from last year, and once I set the security key on all 4 devices the same, they could all talk with no trouble. They even show up in the others' management software, and you can potentially change the security and QoS settings on all four at once (haven't tried it because I don't have faith in the software being interoperable, but that's just a personal feeling).

*Higher average throughput - Easily get better than Fast Ethernet speeds between the two AV2 devices while they are spread throughout my home (average 180-220Mbit). When they are in the same room, they get very close to their advertised limit of 600Mbit (maxed out at 440Mbit). Connection speeds to the AV1 devices (which themselves have an advertised theoretical rating of 500Mbit) usually settles around Fast Ethernet speeds (though in the same room I could get around 330-380Mbit, which also isn't too shabby). With all four devices spread throughout the home, I'm comfortable getting Fast Ethernet speed all the time.

*More stable connection - whenever I would turn on a high-power use device (like my dryer), the older devices would go into fits of resetting, and the connection would suffer. These newer adapters don't even blink with the high power draw, thanks to the newer HomePlug AV2 standard. Having these newer devices allowed me to move my older AV1 devices to better outlets, so I'm getting the best out of both sets.

Cons: Management is a pain in the rear. The auto-secure button doesn't want work across vendors; if I try to use it on all four devices, I end up with two different networks (one Netgear, and one Zyxel). This forces me to use the management software. Like I said, the Zyxels show up in Netgear's management utility, and vice versa, however all 4 devices must be talking with the same security key before they'll recognizie one another. This means you have to use both utilities with their respective devices to set the key initially. I don't think this is intended (the security is supposed to be interoperable like the rest of the standard), so its probably down to the management software themselves.

Also, even though I'm plenty happy with the speeds and reliability of the connections, they are still far below the advertised rate. My home is a new construction, so the wiring is new and follows all the modern standards, yet I can only get close to the advertised speeds by being in the same room with adjacent plugs. I understood this before I purchased, so I won't dock an egg. A small part of me is hoping that firmware updates in the future might improve this (they certainly did with the Netgear devices), but I'm not counting on it.

Other Thoughts: With each new year, the Powerline network devices get faster and more reliable. These devices are probably the best I've ever used, and I am very satisfied with the network they provide me.

When I built my home, I could have gotten Ethernet wiring installed, but the builder charged an outrageous amount for the option, and they wouldn't let me install it myself for liability purposes. Even with a newer router, wireless is spotty at best. These Powerline devices give me a stable wired network, at Fast Ethernet+ speeds with almost no work on my part.

When you purchase these, you have to understand that the speed you are going to get will probably be far below the theoretical maximum. You should expect this going into the purchase, because this is true for pretty much everything out there that has a maximum speed listed. Sure, Wireless-N may outperform these in speed, but these devices can let you expand your home network to basically anywhere with virtually no effort, and (at least for me) the average connection speed is more than adequate for my needs.

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  • Marcus T.
  • 7/16/2013 5:49:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Mini Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5205KIT)

Pros: It works. Plugged the two units in and within about 30 seconds, I had them connected together and communicating.

Cons: Slow. I was hoping I could get better speeds than the wireless in my home. It says 600Mb/s on the packaging. I unplugged my wireless router from my switch, and plugged this device in. I was able to copy files at 6MB/s with my wireless and only got about 3MB/s with this device. Definitely not as fast as the purported speeds on the package. I realize there are many factors involved when using your house electric lines, but the bottom line is that the speeds were far from what I was hoping for. This would be a good choice if you were not able to get wireless to a location for some reason I guess.

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