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TP-LINK’s Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit extends an Internet connection to every room of the house over existing electrical circuitry. All devices in the room have two options to get access to TL-WPA281, whether through wireless or using an Ethernet cable. With 200Mbps Powerline link rate and 300Mbps wireless N rate, it is ideal for bandwidth consuming or interruption sensitive applications like video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls. With TL-WPA281, Internet can be available everywhere in your house.

  • newegg Up to 200Mbps, 300 Meters With advanced HomePlug AV technology, TL-WPA281 Starter Kit provides users with stable, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 200Mbps on a line length of up to 300 meters. Together with its built-in Qos and powerful AES encryption, the TL-WPA281 is a great choice for a whole home solution to connect all network compatible devices--from computers and game consoles to set-top boxes for IPTV to printers and NAS hard drives.
  • newegg 300Mbps Wireless N Rate—Extend Wireless Coverage With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps, users can effortlessly extend their network via the existing powerline and broadcast a wireless signal to another area of their home or office.
  • newegg Multiple HD Streaming 200Mbps powerline and 300Mbps wireless are ideal for lag-sensitive applications.
  • newegg Pair Button for Easy Network Security Simply by pushing the Pair button on the adapters, users can set up a hassle-free Powerline network within minutes, complete with 128-bit AES encryption for network security and data protection. It's that simple!
  • newegg WPS One Button Security Compatible with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), TL-WPA281 Starter Kit features WPS One Button Security Setup that allows users to almost instantly setup their security simply by pressing the "WPS" button on the adapter automatically establishing a WPA2 secure connection, which is more secure compared with WEP encryptions. Not only is this faster than normal security setups but more convenient in that you don't need to remember a password!
  • newegg Support QoS for Advanced Multiple-media Optimization Quality of Service (QoS) function prioritizes the bandwidth requirements of data traffic. Users can choose which type of traffic they will use -- Internet, Online Game, and Audio or Video, Voice over IP, and the QoS functions will guarantee clear, instant reproduction of that application, even when other applications are running on the network at the same time.

Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WPA281KIT




HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3/3u, IEEE802.11n/g/b
128-bit AES, WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Encryption
1 x 10M/100M Ethernet Port
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
Wireless + RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M + 300M
Kit Type
Wireless + Wired
System Requirement
OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux


0°C ~ 40°C
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing


Plug Type: EU, US, UK

Antenna: 2dBi Fixed Omni Directional

Range: 984.3 feet(300 Meters) over electrical circuit

HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 200Mbps, 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

Easily connect and secure your network with push button security('Pair' button, 'WPS' button)

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.

Dimensions & Weight

4.1" x 2.3" x 1.6"


Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter (TL-WPA281 & TL-PA211)
Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Arun C.
  • 3/14/2013 1:12:58 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCouldn't be worse

Pros: Completely Useless. Technician told me that if I have a wireless signal in this room why buy this. Also told me that if I have a high power appliance like a fridge the powerline signal will be weak and may not work.

Cons: Worse than useless. 2 computers in same 8x8 room. One connects wirelessly to original FIOS router at 18+ up and 17+ down. Other computer seems to have a week signal as it sometimes seems to loose connectivity (was not doing that when original router was closer). After I added TP Link, computer which got 18/18 now gets 5 down and 3 up. Other computer seems to be connected but did not do a speed test. Oh, one more thing, connecting a computer directly to the wireless tp link (i.e. hardwired) made no difference. The non-wireless speed is the same 5 down/3 up.

Other Thoughts: will try a standard wireless range extender, this doesnt work. Tech support is also hard to understand.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the powerline range extender.
There're still many advantages of the powerline range extender comparing to regular wireless range extender.
1. The max distance between 2 powerline adapters is 300meters, which is much further than normal wireless range;
2. In mid-far range, the power can provide faster speed than wireless connection;
3. Powerline is perfect to multi-floors environments;
4. Powerline range extender won't cut the wireless speed a half while the regular range extender will do;

We use powerline adapters in our office which also have fridge and microwave in the kitchen, but we don't encounter speed issue so far.
Maybe there's something we can help you resolve this issue.

If you wish, please feel free to contact me:

We really appreciate you taking the time to check out our TP-Link products and we hope that you will be able to check out more in the future.

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • Geronimo M.
  • 2/26/2013 5:33:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust what I needed

Pros: Does what its supposed to do, easy to install. WiFi signal is weak but just enough for my small room and the bathroom which is really close to the power outlet it is on. I actually use it to give internet to my PS3 through the one ethernet slot it has, mostly to watch Netflix. The WiFi I use for the Dish box and for my smart phone. I also like that you can choose not to broadcast the wifi SSID plus it has WPA security like any other good router.

Cons: Software for wifi unit its not compatible with Windows 8. You don't need it unless you are going to make some changes to the default values. I still have Windows 7 on my main partition so it wasn't a problem for me.

Other Thoughts: Tried to order some other units from TP-Link for my boss and they wouldn't ship to Puerto Rico. That's annoying and had to buy them through Am@zon. Had to pay shipping but items were cheaper anyways.

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  • Frederick K.
  • 2/24/2013 10:21:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome Extender

Pros: Very fast speeds wired to a PC, turns every outlet into your home into a potential wired ethernet port. Good price for a starter kit.

Cons: Can't get the wireless to work, setup is not as simple as it seems.

Other Thoughts: This works great, exactly as advertised for the wired part. Although setup was not 100% intuitive. The instructions made it seem that you can plug the receiver into any outlet in the house. After reading other reviews on here I learned that if you put the adapter and the receiver in the same room and hit the sync button you can then move the receiver into another room of the house and that is exactly what worked.

Also, I cannot get the wireless to work. I have tried to log in to the webpage probably 10 - 20 times to setup the security passwords and it always times out. I have taken off any proxies that were on my web browser and it always times out without fail. Not a big deal since my router works fine for other devices and I have my PC hard wired to the receiver, but annoying nonetheless. Still, I would absolutely recommend this to friends and family, as a matter of fact, I already have!

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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome product to Extend your Network

Pros: Low profile.
No need for additional wiring to extend the network
Wireless capable so no need for additional routers

Cons: 200Mbps(Mega bits per second) not MBPS(30 MBPS).

Other Thoughts: Easy to get the network extended. works well out off the Box and extends my network to places where I have a wireless dead zones.

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  • SOHO N.
  • 12/11/2012 2:29:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate and tip for Wireless Extender

Pros: Generally works well, but on infrequent occasions has hiccups, usually related to adding servers or shares on a connected computer not being discoverable on other parts of the network.

Cons: I had trouble with running a server over the power line bridge to the other side of my network. Power cycling the extender or resetting and re-pairing the kit seems to resolve the issue when making changes to the network.

Other Thoughts: Tip for using the Wireless Extender:
Make sure the wireless extender is set to the same standard (e.g., wireless-G or N) as any other routers or AP's within range. I had trouble with getting wireless to work reliably on the extender, but making every AP as congruent as possible makes it more stable (in my case, all APs are set to Wireless G, same SSID and same WPA security, and it works better than mixed BGN mode).

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  • SOHO N.
  • 10/22/2012 1:49:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well!

Pros: Fairly easy setup. Plugged in both devices side-by-side and paired almost instantly. The wireless N extender provides a good wifi signal in a part of my home that was previously spotty. Browser-based configuration is easy and reboots are quick.

Cons: Logging into the wireless extender is not intuitive if you cannot use the setup software supplied (i.e., using a browser on a Mac or Linux machine). I had to use my main router to discover which IP address the extender was using. This is not required if you do not wish to setup wireless security. Also, the wifi signal appears to be somewhat weaker than a typical wireless router, but this isn't a problem if it is just used for filling in relatively small areas of a building.

Other Thoughts: I'm very satisfied with this power line networking kit. I would readily recommend it to others looking to improve areas with weak/no wifi signal. The wired hub extender is a good option for a direct connection to a device/workstation or a more powerful wireless AP.

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  • Michael R.
  • 10/10/2012 7:47:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot that great

Pros: it somewhat works

Cons: cannot get wireless to function at all

often times out when trying to log into configuration

Other Thoughts: it worked immediately when i first plugged it in and h it the pairing buttons, however, as soon as I put in the cd and tried to configure the wireless everything went to hell. If I have ANY of the wireless security types selected it flat out denies access to my laptop/tablet/phone when i try to connect after putting in the password, and if unsecured they can connect but don't have internet access.

Essentially stuck using my dying wifi router as the internet input, so even with the powerline hookup I'm still subjected to the hangs/disconnects of my wifi router. If I cant figure out how to make this work like its supposed to I wasted $80.
Really doesn't help that the support faq/pictures on their website show you how to fix a different model and not this one. Overall pretty aggravated right now

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer

I would recommend you to reset the devices using the CD provided in the package and then set up the wireless settings on the device using the default ip address ( If you still have any problems you can contact me at


Thank you for supporting TP-LINK.

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team

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  • James J.
  • 9/14/2012 7:49:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Brainer!

Pros: This was so easy to setup, I was up and running in 5 minutes!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Great price, and you can add more units anytime!

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  • steven b.
  • 8/24/2012 3:11:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Plugged unit without wireless into wall, connected to modem. Pushed synch button for 4 seconds.

Plugged wireless unit into another wall outlet, held down synch button for 4 seconds. Waited a minute or so then unplugged unit and took it downstairs to where my computer is.

Plugged this unit into wall, and connected to my PC. Turned on my PC and had FAST internet.

Wireless works well. Went into the TP-Link control panel and added security password and new admin password.

Really sweet!

Cons: Didn't discover this sooner.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2012 6:01:23 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPiece of cake

Pros: Simple, straightforward installation, HomePlug compatibility.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: PnP for me - I already had a Western Digital Powerline kit running, but was looking to extend wireless to a third-floor roof deck and an additional Ethernet connection to a second-floor room on the very edge of my current wireless range. This kit did the trick - I was hopeful that the HomePlug compliance would work and it did, flawlessly. The configuration utility was easy to sort out, though it takes a modicum of knowledge to complete. If you're not adding wireless security, and don't want to change the login and password, you can actually skip the utility altogether. Truly PnP - I was streaming HD two minutes after plugging it in. Thanks TP-Link for a solid product, and thanks newegg for a great deal.

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