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TP-LINK TL-PA511KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Powerline Adapter Starter Kit w/Gigabit Port

  • IEEE802.3/3u, HomePlug AV
  • Up to 900 feet range over electrical circuit
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Built-in QoS
  • Up to 500Mbps
  • Plug and Play
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-PA511KIT

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-PA511KIT

Spec

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Gigabit Ethernet Port
LEDs
PWR, PLC, ETH
Certifications
CE, FCC, RoHS
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100/1000M
Kit Type
Double
System Requirement
OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux
Dimensions
4.1" x 2.3" x 1.6"
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

Features
Plug Type: EU, US, UK

Button: Pair Button

Power Consumption: < 6 W

Range: 300M in house

HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 500Mbps, ideal for HD video or 3D video streaming and online gaming

Mains Filter for better powerline communication performance

No new wires, use existing electrical wiring

Up to 300 meter range over a home's electrical circuit for better performance through walls or across floors

Plug and Play, no new wires or configuration required

Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 85%

128-bit AES encryption ensures that the network is safe simply by pressing a button on paired devices

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.

Packaging

Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter x 2
Ethernet cable (RJ45) x 2
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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  • Nathan F.
  • 11/13/2013 6:29:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK - I hope!

Pros: 2 kits, 4 adapters
Worked right out of the box exactly as stated in instructions.

Cons: Worked pretty good until they didn't. After a few days the units lost connections. Wouldn't reconnect by simply using the pair button on the bottom of the units. Had to unplug units and start over. Currently working, but well below 500mps - more like 50 according to the utility software provided.

Other Thoughts: Replacing wireless connections w/ poor signal. Currently not sure whether this is an improvement or not. Not sure if this is normal, if I've got a bum adapter(s), or if there's an issue w/ units going into power saving mode.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to check out and review our Router.

We are glad to see that the devices are working for you.

You will see that the speed is based on two major things, one is the distance between the Powerlines. The farther they are, the slower the speeds will become. The other factor is the integrity of the circuits in the wall. The older and weaker ther circuit, the slower the speeds.

You will also see that many electrical devices on the circuit can cause some issues and interfere with the Powerline.

If you have any issues with this device then feel free to contact me directly at 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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  • Patrice T.
  • 11/8/2013 3:34:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest purchase ever.

Pros: Incredibly easy to set up.
It works perfectly.

Cons: The plug is a little flimsy.

Other Thoughts: My internet connection at the end of the house was so weak, I could hardly use it. I tried to use a wifi extender, but this was very unreliable and performances were not that great.

I just replaced the wifi extender with these little gems. One of them is plugged into my main router, and the other one is at the other side of the house, and has an airport extreme (configured in bridge mode) plugged into it. Setup took less than 5 minutes, and it works perfectly. I couldn't be happier.

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  • Carlos T.
  • 10/10/2013 8:13:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot as fast as advertised but still very useful

Pros: Vast improvement over a 2.4 Ghz 802.11 N wireless bridge, consistently lower latency.

Cons: Does not deliver anywhere near the advertised speed, but very few technologies do.

Other Thoughts: I decided to try this powerline kit after running into some issues using a wireless 2.4 Ghz 802.11n bridge. The wireless bridge is made up of 2 Netgear WNRL3500 routers, one running standard Netgear firmware, the other running Tomato 1.28. For the most part the wireless bridge worked ok. I was able to get around 70 Mb throughput from one device wired straight into one router to another device wired straight into the other router. But there were odd pauses and hiccups, especially while gaming online. After running a ping directly from one router to the other I found that latency was all over the place. For example:

Target Name: N/A
IP: 192.168.128.1
Date/Time: 9/17/2013 7:37:30 PM to 9/18/2013 7:57:42 PM

Hop Sent Err PL% Min Max Avg Host Name / [IP]
1 86400 44 0.1 0 2204 12 [192.168.128.1]

This is the result of a PingPlotter run lasting 24 hours. This was run from one computer on one side of the bridge pinging the router at the other side of the bridge. This DID NOT go out to the internet. Even with that I got a maximum ping time of 2204. That's an over 2 second delay getting from one router to another. Worse yet was the packet loss. Add that to the normal delays and packet loss once you route out to the internet and you have a recipe for issues for any latency sensitive application (VoIP, gaming, video conference etc...)

Here are the results of another PingPlotter 24 hour run, this time over a TP-LINK TL-PA511 Kit:

Target Name: N/A
IP: 192.168.128.1
Date/Time: 9/16/2013 7:03:36 PM to 9/17/2013 7:23:51 PM

Hop Sent Err PL% Min Max Avg Host Name / [IP]
1 86400 0 0.0 1 242 2 [192.168.128.1]

The results are almost an order of magnitude better. Not only was latency significantly lower, I did not experience any packet loss.

In addition, throughput was about as good as I got on the wireless N bridge, around 70 Mbs, but a lot more consistent. With the wireless N bridge, bandwidth would vary greatly, down to about 8 Mbs at times. The powerline bridge would hover around 68-70 Mbs with not much variation. Your mileage may vary, but this definitely improved my networking environment.

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  • Samer M.
  • 8/5/2013 1:02:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsPlug and Play, Literally

Pros: Plug and play! Took the powerline adapters out of the box and plugged them into the wall. They detected and connected to each other immediately and automatically. Each adapter uses one power outlet (vs Monster PowerNet 200 which covers 2 outlets). Looks good, has a clean, elegant interface. Gigabit ethernet port is a nice feature regardless of the actual throughput. Works well when "speed" rating is high (green powerline LED), e.g. installed on 2 outlets in close proximity/same circuit, with identical performance to the Monster PowerNet 200 (both 22Mbps to the internet)

Cons: Adapter feels wobbly, unstable when inserted into wall socket due to its 2 prong plug on a raised surface. It also gets very warm/hot to the touch after a short time. Performance is 33% less than Monster PowerNet 200 (7.5Mbps vs 5.0Mbps) when "speed" rating is low (red powerline LED), e.g. installed on 2 outlets on opposite sides and different circuits of the house.

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  • Timothy B.
  • 7/29/2013 6:51:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing and easy!

Pros: Very easy to connect, fast, secure, best option when traditional "wired" ethernet is not possible. I see no difference in my 10/100/1000 using Cat 5e cable connection and the power line adapter connection. Tested my 30MB cable service using the traditional Cat 5e connection and the power line connection using various internet speed test sites. Average 32 to 35 MB on both connections.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If your workspace is not wired with Cat 5e cable this is a great option which is easy to install and fast. This is one product which actually does what it says it will.

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  • Kelly E.
  • 6/7/2013 5:00:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThese Things Rock

Pros: I purchased this product as a driver free solution to getting internet in my home office without drilling more holes and running more cable. As such, it was easy as hell to setup, connects without lag, didn't take up two plugs, worked for all my OS's including Linux, and is wicked fast.

As I programmer who deals with testing in multiple environments (I swap boot drives), I have to say that I am quite thrilled to not have to deal with another *@!&# wireless driver install for each OS. Thank you TP-LINK.

Cons: These modules currently run around 50 USD apiece. But to be fair, this pair of modules was roughly the same price as the wireless bridge solution that I was considering with a web based control interface. I wanted something that is completely driver free and therefore, OS independent.. I absolutely HATE dealing with drivers that quickly become outdated.

Other Thoughts: I have a cable Internet connection from Comcast that is supposed to max out at 50 Mb/s. This thing gave me burst download speeds of 72 Mb/s. I can definitely live with that.

As a profession programmer and a tech nut since I built my first 286 PC back in the day, I must say I am amazed I haven't tried this type of solution before. This thing is going to save me a ton of time moving code around on cloud based servers.

While I'm sure that tech advances will soon come that will make this seem outdated (gigabit wireless in 2014), I believe this is currently a wonderful solution. It's not like Comcast is going to go out of their way to increase my broadband speed to match gigabit wireless speeds anyway.

Admittedly, I wasn't moving files around in my home network (streaming from my media server) so I can't comment on how well the product does in that application, but it does a hell of a job streaming Netflix and such from the Internet and making the most of my connection.

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  • Michael B.
  • 3/4/2013 1:50:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK TL-PA511KIT AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit Up to 500Mbps

Pros: As reviewed previously

Cons: This is a bad review for Purolator Couriers. They have to be the worst courier around! Where I live the buzzers do not work so there is a sign at the main entrance that states that for deliveries to enter and knock on apartment door. The driver constantly leave a non-deliverable sticker right next to the sign!! The main door is always unlocked, but the driver never seems to try it or is too lazy to walk in and do his/her job. This may cause me to no longer use Newegg for my comuter supplies.

Other Thoughts: Purolator sucks!

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  • Michael B.
  • 3/4/2013 1:42:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK TL-PA511KIT AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit Up to 500Mbps

Pros: Inexpensive, no dropouts, easy to install. In an apartment complex with tons of other WiFi units operating, you get a lot of dropout due to interference. This doesn't!

Cons: Design makes adapters stand away from wall and causes them wobbly in the sockets.

Other Thoughts: Should have bought this first as it is so much better than WiFi!

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  • Andrew S.
  • 1/11/2013 2:26:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsspeed is NOT 500Mbps

Pros: They are very quick to setup, push one button and go. Works with 2+ devices just as easy.

Cons: Nowheres NEAR the 500Mbps these are advertisted as, the absolute highest I have ever gotten is 8M/s (64Mbps). This is a 2 year old house and from what I have read this is the absolute best case scenario to expect. With all the false advertising that are surrounding products these days this one has to take the cake. There is no way in hell this would ever get near the 500Mbps this is advertisted as, or even 1/5 of that, and that includes every single review I have ever read.

Even though this version has gigabit connections (thus gobbling more power) the fact that this ships with a CAT5 cable is very telling...

Other Thoughts: I have never read a review about anyone testing more then 2 of these and I bought 2 kits to use in 4 rooms of this house. I can say that everything works, no problems talking to each other and (I don't think) there are any speed hits going over two.

I gave this a 3/5 for the fact that it works as advertised but -2 for the horiffic speeds. If I bought a gigabit router and only got 20M/s max it would get the same response.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry that you are displeased with the connection performance in the TL-PA511KIT.

We do appreciate your feedback and although these devices typically have higher speeds than you are experiencing, we are noting this feedback and we will make any changes or adjustments we find to be necessary to improve the performance in these devices.

Thanks again!

Best Regards!
marc.elliott@tp-link.com
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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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2012 9:54:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: Easy to install, just plug it in and go.
Simple instructions.

Cons: Speed is not as fast as I had hoped.

Other Thoughts: I read about this in Max PC and thought I would give it a try to supplement my home network. I have a large home and my wireless router is upstairs in my den. My Blu-ray player was downstairs on the wireless network and the microwave would jam the wireless signal so if you were streaming something on the Blu-ray it would disrupt the movie. I hooked this up and instantly got connected to the internet and started streaming with good connection speeds and no interruptions.

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