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ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

  • Newest HomePlug AV2 standard
  • Up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates
  • AC Pass-through Design
  • SmartLink Plus
  • Plug-and-Play Design

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Learn more about the ZyXEL PLA5215KIT

Model

Brand
ZyXEL
Model
PLA5215KIT

Details

Standards
HomePlug AV2, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u/3ab
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Ethernet port
LEDs
Power on/off
Powerline network quality
Green: Best; Amber: Better; Red: Good
Ethernet link/activity
Certifications
Safety:CE-LVD
EMC: CE, FCC
Powerline Speeds
Up to 600Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100/1000M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
2 MHz to 68 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
System Requirement
Operating system independent: Ethernet: RJ-45
Utility Software OS support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Environmental

Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C

Features

Features
Access Methods: CSMA/CA channel-access schemes

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

Power Saving Mode: Without Ethernet link or out of network usage in 60 seconds

Quality of Service (QoS):
ToS
Supports up to 4-level type QoS

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

Plug-and-Play design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles

AC pass-through design with embedded noise filter for reduced power interference

Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology

QoS enhances media streaming quality

Encrypt button for easy security setup.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
122 x 67 x 40 mm (4.8" x 2.64" x 1.57")
Weight
206 g (0.46 lb.)

Packaging

Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Ethernet cable
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty card
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Davin L.
  • 8/27/2015 11:30:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks through circuit breakers

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: These work as advertised, an excellent way to extend your network in the home. Even though I am using it with the signal passing through 2 circuit breakers I'm getting speed tests at or above my broadband speeds and that's all I care about.

The huge issue for me while doing research was that the manufacturer recommends that both units be on the same breaker (AC or mains circuit) in your home. That's a non-starter for me, generally only the outlets in one room are on the same AC circuit, I don't need help connecting devices that are in the same room, my wifi works for that obviously!

Still I decided to give it a try after reading that passing through breakers will only slow down the throughput. So I am sure I'm nowhere near the rated 600MPbs but I don't care - my broadband is much slower than that and I don't care about speed between devices in my home. FYI my home was built in the late '80s in the USA. I have read that the type of breaker makes a difference, mine might be more or less friendly with powerline networking than others.

Cons: As many have mentioned the adapter is too bulky to allow you to plug in a 3-prong cord above it in the same outlet.

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  • Robert P.
  • 8/20/2015 5:32:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent product

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Simple setup, works very well and frees up your wireless bandwidth for cell phones and tablets.
I have been using the 500 mbs Zyxel units for the past four years. None have ever failed. Throughput definitely depends on the home's age and wiring.
I am in a 15 year old home now. I unplugged my 500 mbs unit connected to my router and plugged in this new unit. It was plug and play giving me three greens meaning an over 80 mb/sec connection to my older units. Compatibility was flawless. Next I replaced an older unit with one of these connected to an 8 port GB unmanaged switch. This switch is carrying an IP camera at 30 FPS HD resolution and streaming MLB.TV in HD flawlessly. Again, it was plug and play, a good connection and more stable than wireless 2.4 or 5 ghz bands.

Cons: None that I know of, but I do not think you will get 600 MBS. But you can be happy with over 80 plus freeing up your router's wireless throughput, get them.

Other Thoughts: My internet connection at my router with speedtest is 115 mbs down, 15 mbs up. Connected to my PC on the switch as described above with 2 IP cameras also going, I was able to measure 31 MB/sec down and 11 MB/sec up with this adapter. That is more than enough for handling streaming video, netflix, gaming etc. And the throughput is always more stable than wifi.
So, for the price, these are great in my opinion.

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  • Garrett T.
  • 7/27/2015 9:04:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Truly plug and play. Plug it in and it works. The pass-thru outlet make this much more convenient than other models. I used this put my router and computer in a different room from the cable modem. I couldn't move the modem because the cable guy only put the cable in one room.

Cons: There's not a lot of clearance at the top so the top outlet in a 2-position wall socket is partially obscured. A small plug (like a lamp) will have no problem but larger plug that uses the grounding prong won't fit.

Other Thoughts: There was no detectible slow-down but my cable speed is only 60Mb so even a 90% data loss would still be unnoticeable. I would have chosen a 300Mb model (or less) but this was the only one with a pass-through outlet.

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  • Nathanial W.
  • 7/25/2015 7:58:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReview Revised

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Once I found out the issues I was having it was plug and play.
I wrote a previous review and I found out that all the plugs that I tried just weren't on the same circuit until the last one that I tried. All is working great now. Pretty much doubled the speeds I was getting on wifi.

Cons: none anymore.

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  • Nathanial W.
  • 7/25/2015 5:47:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Powers on

Cons: I don't usually write review on things, but these were so bad that I had to. I bought these expecting them to work. Plugging them in I did notice that the LAN light and power light came on. I never got the light to come on that said they were communicating. When I noticed this I decided to let them sit there for a little while to see if they would talk. They never did, I let them sit for 30 Minutes.

Other Thoughts: I contact customer support for this company and I am currently waiting for a response. If I can get this working I will bump it up a few eggs, but until then. I am sorely disappointed with this product. I was looking at RMAing this but it was going to take essentially half of what I spent on it in the first place just to get half of my money back. Not worth my time.

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  • Dhaval S.
  • 7/20/2015 8:36:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked great right out of the box

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: 1. Plug and play functionality - All I had to do is plug two of the units in to the power outlets, connect one of them to the modem/router and the other one to the computer. my computer was connected to the network in less than 3 minutes.

2. I got very good network speed - speedtest confirmed that there was no noticable difference in upload/download speed.

Cons: 1. Bulky - if you plug in one of the units into a power outlet, the other outlet can not be used with a three-prong plug as the box overlaps the ground. It may be a tight fit for some two prong plugs but in most cases, it would work. However there was no benefit of pass through outlet as I could still utilize only one outlet on the wall.

2. Encryption downgrades the speed, The indicator light was green (> 80 mbps connection per manual) before setting up the encryption, which turned amber (20-60 mbps per manual).
It was still possible to stream HD videos without any issues.

Other Thoughts: If you are setting up the encryption, Press "Encrypt" button for two seconds and release. Wait for a second or two before the unit actually starts the process and displays the blinking light. If you continue to press the "Encrypt" button and wait for the light to blink, you will end up pressing it for more than 3 seconds and depending on the length of time you hold the button, you will end up with different results like disconnecting the device from the network or resetting to factory settings.

Remember - Press "encrypt" for two seconds and release. Light will start blinking after a moment indicating the encryption process is on. Repeat the same on the unit to be paired and give it a minute or two to complete the process.

If it does not work, plug the two units into the same extension cord, connect them to modem and computer respectively and retry.

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  • Eugene R.
  • 7/13/2015 8:58:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust fine

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Easy setup and flawless operation. Especially like being able to use plug socket.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Study a lot of different options and more than satisfied I picked this one.

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  • Michael M.
  • 6/4/2015 8:55:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Impressed

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Price

Cons: Attained nowhere near advertised speeds. Worked worse than the wireless router I got to replace it. Was so slow Netflix was un usable on the TV it was connected to. Tried several outlets near the router. Still had horrible speeds by speed test. 20mb/s down and 1mb/s up.

Other Thoughts: I have other powerline adapters that I use for internet phone. They worked fine and I 've had them for years. I was hoping these would be an upgrade. A waste of money.

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  • Robert T.
  • 6/3/2015 6:24:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great - good speed 80Mbit/s

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: Plug it in and go
Easy to move around the house to different outlets
No software to load
Two adapters included.

Cons: Blocks top outlet
Utility program is weak, not friendly
Cat5 cables are very short.
Adapter is huge

Other Thoughts: Having been on wireless all the time, I had never used my on board NIC. Once I turned off all the energy saving settings it works like a champ. Also turned off the device's sleep mode, it causes drop outs. So it takes a bit of configuring. Wireless gave me 25Mbit/s and the powerline adapter is giving me 75-80 Mbit/s. Good enough for online gaming.
I almost returned this product before figuring out the culprit was my NIC energy saving 'feature'.
I'm seriously thinking about getting an extra adapter for my laptop.

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  • Karen F.
  • 5/8/2015 5:35:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Purchased But Very Happy!

This review is from: ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

Pros: I live in a 950 sq. foot condo which is about 30 years old and this kit does exactly what it is supposed to do. I use an Android Tronsmart TV box in my living room and it only supports Wireless N and does not support dual band so I figured upgrading my router wasn't the best option. Picked up this kit on sale for $50 and I am very impressed so far. Installation is a breeze and the indicator light tell you the network is up and your speeds (indicated by the color of red, amber or green).

Before installing this kit my Speedtest score from my Tronsmart out was about 3mb over wireless but 40mb over ethernet (cable running across floor from Tronsmart to my router). After installing this kit my speeds are STILL at 40mb without the ugly 50ft cable running along my floor!

The pass through outlet is a nice plus although I do wish the height from the adapters plug on the back to the top of the adapter was a bit more low profile as to not block the top outlet (on a dual outlet panel of course).

Cons: The pass through outlet is a nice plug although I do wish the height from the adapters plug on the back to the top of the adapter was a bit more low profile as to not block the top outlet (on a dual outlet panel of course). Not going to deduct an egg for this though as I was still able to squeeze my phone charger in. I am sure as the technology progresses they will get smaller and more powerful as all electronics tend to do.

Other Thoughts: I would have gladly paid more more this kit with the speeds I am getting.

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