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TL-LINK TL-PA210KIT HomePlug AV 200Mbps Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

  • IEEE 802.3/3u, HomePlug AV
  • Up to 900 feet range over electrical circuit
  • Built-in QoS
  • Up to 200Mbps
  • Plug and Play
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-PA210KIT

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-PA210KIT

Spec

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
LEDs
PWR, PLC, ETH
Certifications
CE, FCC, RoHS
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
System Requirement
OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux
Dimensions
3.6" x 2.2" x 1.2"
Weight
103g
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

Features
Plug Type: EU, US, UK, AU

Button: Pair Button

Power Consumption: <3 W

Range: 984.3feet (300M) in house

Modulation Technology: OFDM

Advanced Functions: Build-In QoS Feature, Intelligent Channel Adaptation


HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 200Mbps, enough for HD video streaming


Super Small Design with a new exterior, blends in completely in front of any power outlet


No new wires, uses existing electrical wires


Up to 300 meter range over the household power circuit for better performance through walls or across floors


Easy Plug and Play operation, No configuration required


Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 65%


Establish a 128-bit AES encryption to secure powerline communications simply by pressing the Pair button on the adapter


Built-in QoS assures the quality of bandwidth sensitive applications such as voice, video and online games


Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizes IPTV streaming


A wide range of plug type including EU, UK, AU and US ensures that it can be used nearly all over the world.

Packaging

Package Contents
2 x Powerline Ethernet Adapter
2 x Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • SIVAKUMAR K.
  • 7/30/2014 8:10:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked but died after year

Pros: Plug and Play. No brainer. Just recently ordered TP Link switch, worked well with this.

Cons: It just died. after an year. Now what do I do with the other piece? Hope the Manufacturer would help but the product is discontinued now. Dont know what to do.

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  • Ivan T.
  • 4/1/2014 2:32:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product!

Pros: These things have been working 24/7 since I bought them. Very reliable and keep the connection steady. I am pleased with the purchase

Cons: None

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  • Michael O.
  • 2/15/2014 11:18:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat networking product

Pros: Easy setup (plug in and go). Have worked flawlessly since I set them up and survived a move to a new house. Allows for a great deal of flexibility in home network layout when you can't just run Cat6.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: These have been a great addition to my home network since the day I got them. While they're not as fast as running direct cable they've allowed me to network the two rooms in my house without having to run direct cable or resort to wireless. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who needs to expand a home network.

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  • Rob O.
  • 10/21/2013 7:52:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Bought it to extend wired network to my son's room because wireless was week and wouldn't stream Netflix. Streams 1080p like a charm. I was shocked as I'd been hesitant about power line networking in the past.

Cons: none

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  • Andrea M.
  • 8/31/2013 8:14:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWas excellent product, but good luck getting service under warranty

Pros: It was initially very easy to set up and worked flawlessly for 9 months.

Cons: After 9 months one of the units suddenly dies, no lights. TP-Link tells you that under warranty you have to take it to the retailer and retailer doesn't want to hear from you. You can't even call them. Their policy appears to be they only do replacement for first 90 days.

Other Thoughts: This product worked flawlessly for 9 months. I was impressed enough to direct others to it. However it suddenly died. I tried calling TP-Link and got a Chinese woman who didn't speak much english. It took about 5 minutes for her to understand there are no lights displayed on the unit and then another 5 minutes of spelling my first name over and over. Plus she didn't seem to have any idea what to do about a replacement. It was as if she was just taking a phone message. I would advise caution buying from Newegg given that if you have a problem with the product, you just wasted your money unless you buy their extended warranty. I am going to try calling TP-Link again. At least they answer their phone, I think the biggest problem is language. If I get a replacement I can update my review.

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  • Scott L.
  • 8/15/2013 11:34:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot really exciting ...

Pros: Easy to get Ethernet where you want it.

No problems with device nodes dropping out of network.

Simple setup: Plug it in, configure it, and forget it. Highly reliable so far. I had no problems at all getting these to work in just a few minutes.

Automatically recovers and starts operating after power outages.

Comes with an easy utility for configuration and control of the nodes.

Easy solution for difficult to reach places where a network connection is needed. Adequate for temporary installations until something better can be done.

I wasn't sure how these power wiring networks worked, I'd never used them before so this was a gamble. They WILL communicate across different circuits in the house wiring, which has to be a factor of all the wiring connected to the same bus in the electrical service box. I wasn't sure about that, I didn't know if they'd work across different circuits and breakers but they do. So if you've been wondering about that also now you know what I didn't know when I ordered these.

Cons: Low speeds. The rated speed is "up to" 200 Mbps but even with a unit 15 feet from the primary connection on the same home wiring circuit as the primary I get 75 Mbps. That's less than half of the rated speed. If I got that on all of them I'd be happy enough. Further away and on different circuits I get fluctuations of between 30 Mbps and 65 Mbps. Barely enough bandwidth for streaming video from my Media Center HTPC server, buffering takes a long time before program starts to play. This is in a new house and the wiring is pristine so it's not an issue with the existing wiring.

Other Thoughts: I bought 4 of these, two sets of two units. I moved into a new home and needed networking ASAP for security cameras and HTPC functions. I've had CAT 6 installed but have been too busy to put in the wall plates, punchdowns and Ethernet switches so this was my temporary solution. As a temporary solution it's adequate.

They were a Shell Shocker purchase so for the price of a mid-range wireless router (I already have a decent wireless router) I got wired networking at 3 locations (the primary connection doesn't count, it ONLY connects to my router) where I can use Ethernet switches to branch out for multiple devices.

These do the job, they don't do it real well. I'm an IT pro and I use a lot of networking in my home so my expectations weren't real high. I didn't expect these to give as good service as a real network and they don't.

To put it as simply as possible, you get something resembling wireless speeds but with wired reliability and lack of RF interference problems like fading and dead spots.

These units are an expedient and reliable solution but not an optimal solution. If you need to get an Ethernet jack some where that one doesn't exist and you need to do it as quickly and easily as possible they're very useful. They are not a viable alternative to a dedicated CAT6 gigabit network but then I didn't expect them to be. They're a compromise and as compromises go not a bad one.

I do not regret buying them, when I get my real network up I can think of several more applications where they'll be useful. I.E. I have an outdoor gazebo where it's nice to sit and work when the weather is conducive but I don't want the headache of trying to network the gazebo. It has power so I can use a couple of these to get a connection from there and unplug them and get them out of the weather when I go back in the house.

I only gave them four eggs, taking off one egg for the speed issues mentioned above because even with an optimally wired house the best speed I get is less than half of "up to 200 Mbps". The other four eggs are for ease of installation/configuration and reliability. I'm very happy with those factors.

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  • Garrett C.
  • 6/20/2013 7:00:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVast Improvement From Wireless

Pros: Cheap Fast Connection

Brought my speeds to the same as the hard wired computer right next to the router. (200 ft powerline distance)

Cons: None yet. Please note that 200 Mb/s is for maximum capacity for the transistors. 100 Mb/s is probably going to be your max speed.

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  • Jeremy K.
  • 5/18/2013 10:51:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo IPv6 Support

Pros: Works great where it's not possible to run physical cable and where wifi is saturated.

Cons: Doesn't support IPv6!!! This means that all of my great Apple Bonjour-based auto-discovery stuff breaks crossing this device. AppleTV and Airport Express discovery for Airplay just don't work!

Other Thoughts: TP-Link support knows this device does not support IPv6, but will not do anything about it. They "sincerely recommend" buying a new upgraded device instead.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,
We apologize that the powerline adapter cannot fulfill your requirements.
This TL-PA210KIT does support 2 groups of multicast traffics. If the bonjour traffic is more than 2 groups, there may be trouble for the bonjour communication.
But we have newer version of this powerline adapters, the TL-PA2010KIT, which support up to 16 multicast groups.
I recommend you that model.
http://www.tp-link.us/products/details/?categoryid=&model=TL-PA2010KIT

If you need further info, please feel free to coantct me @ howard.he@tp-link.com

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support
http://www.facebook.com/TPLINK

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  • Jeremy K.
  • 5/18/2013 10:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Apple-Friendly

Pros: Quickly adds network connection to places where it's hard to get a physical cable. Is more reliable than wifi where there is lots of bandwidth competition.

Cons: Does not pass mDNS (aka Bonjour), so it doesn't work at all with Apple devices. Going through this device, I cannot see my AppleTV, Airport Extreme, or Airport Express devices at all. What a letdown!

Other Thoughts: This is supposedly a layer 1 device, so I don't understand why it's blocking mDNS. Maybe it's stopping all broadcasts as a bandwidth-saving measure? Whatever it is, I can't turn it off.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Jeremy,
Thank you for your review.
We've replied all your concerns on the other post.

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support
http://www.facebook.com/TPLINK

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  • Brayan C.
  • 4/29/2013 1:04:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug in, and done

Pros: There is no way you can get this wrong. You plug in one side to your router and the other side to whatever device you want to connect (and a wall outlet of course) and BOOM! It works. No set up, no CDs to insert, no passwords to memorize.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Other Thoughts: I picked this kit up to replace a wireless AP client that I had. The wireless was okay, but it kept dropping out every now and then, and even then, I wasn't getting the full 54. The speed test I ran wasn't getting the 200, but then again I wasn't even expecting a full 200, I was getting about 80 or so, which is plenty for what I'm using it for. Keep in mind that I was going clear across the 2,000 square foot home.

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