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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

  • IEEE802.3/3u, HomePlug AV
  • Elegant white shell, Nano size
  • Up to 900 feet range over electrical circuit
  • Built-in QoS
  • Up to 500Mbps
  • Plug and Play
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-PA4010KIT

Spec

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3/3u
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Ethernet port
LEDs
PWR, PLC, ETH
Certifications
CE, FCC, RoHS
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
System Requirement
OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac, Linux
Dimensions
2.6" x 2.0" x 1.1"
Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

Features
Plug Type: EU, UK, US

Button: Pair Button

Power Consumption: < 2.0 W

Range: 300M in house

Modulation Technology: OFDM

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

Miniature design, smaller than most powerline adapters at the market, blends indiscreetly in front of any power outlet

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.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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3 out of 5 eggsVery easy setup, but slow data rate

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: 1. Nice packaging. Inside the box, you will find the two wall plug adapter units on top (plugged into a shelf).

Underneath the shelf are two Ethernet cables, manual and CD. The two included Ethernet cables are about 6 feet in length.

2. Very easy to setup, no software required.

The "kit" includes two "wall plug" units. Just cable one unit into your Router. Cable the other unit one into your PC. Plug both units into wall outlets. Push the button one the first unit, then the second. The units should pair within a minute.

3. Expandable, you can add additional units to the "network" (to attach more PCs) by pushing the button on any existing unit, and then on the unit you are adding.

4. The units are not "polarized" so you can plug them into the wall either long side Up or long side Down. However, I measured better speeds when both units were plugged into the wall the same way (i.e. either both Up or both Down).

Cons: 1. The Data Rate speed is slow. I measured the following Speeds:
Upload to Wired PC: 2.1 - 2.4 MB/sec or about 20 Mbps (i.e. sending a file).
Download from same: 3.7 - 4.5 MB/sec or about 35 Mbps (i.e. receiving a file).

2. Speeds were slightly slower if the two units are plugged into the wall outlets reversed (i.e. one Up, and the other Down).
I measured 2.0 MB/sec (Upload, i.e. sending a file) and 3.5 MB/sec (Download, i.e. receiving a file).

3. On your PC, the Ethernet adapter connects to the unit at 100 Mbps (not Gigabit) so the theoretical maximum data rate would be ~10.0 MB/sec.

Other Thoughts: 1. I measured the following Ping times to a Wired PC. First ping of 12ms, then 3ms for additional Pings.

Pinging 192.168.1.100 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.1.100: bytes=32 time=12ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.1.100: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.1.100: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.1.100: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=128

2. WiFi speeds are typically 3X-4X higher (~12 MB/sec). Its unclear where using Power Lines really make sense.

If for some reason WiFi does not fit your application, this is a reasonable solution for Internet browsing (where your Modem is typically the bottleneck).
However, if you are use to Gigabit wired (or for that matter 10/100 Wired and WiFi) speeds, you will be disappointed with the time required to transfer large files.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Powerline.

We are glad to see that the setup was easy for you and that it was functioning as it should.

You are correct as the ports are Fast Ethernet 100mbps, but the connection between the two Powerlines are 500mbps.

This speed between the two adapters allows for a greater bandwidth of frequencies to lower the probability of of interfernece from other electrical frequencies.

Feel free to contact our 24 hour tehcincal support team if you are having any issues or concerns.


Best Regards!

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

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2 out of 5 eggsHighly Portable, Very Slow Transfer Rate

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: My conclusion is that this type of networking is not very efficient where bandwidth is a concern, as I expected. It is, however, very portable in that you can move to any room quickly in the house, even to great distances, without needing to worry about a wifi signal or running a cable.

Cons: Conclusion:

In essence, this seems more like a temporary solution rather than a permanent solution. A good wireless access point or gigabit ethernet cable is a better solution for long-term equipment. The transfer rate (~5MiB/sec) is simply way too slow to be useful for any kind of heavy load.

Latency:

With the powerline adapter, I am getting 3.3 millisecond latency; with the gigabit RJ45 ethernet cable, I am getting 0.15 millisecond latency; finally, with wireless, I get 1 millisecond latency. Knowing this, having a network through the powerline in the house presents much higher latency thana normal wireless or wired connetion. However, the difference of a few milliseconds isn't much of a concern.

Bandwidth:

What truly matters with this product is how fast it can transfer data, how reliable it is, and how far it can reach. The machine I am reaching is physically ~80 feet from the outlet that the signal is originating from. At this distance, I am able to transfer at 4.6 MiB/sec. This isn't very fast, and one can argue that a wireless signal would be much faster. In regards to connection issues, I have none at all -- it's perfectly stable at this distance.

I decided to check how fast it would be at an outlet close to the original source, I have tested it in two other outlets. The outlet I have in the living room is 30 feet from the original source; it is capable of 4.8 MiB/sec at this distance. At an outlet merely 15 feet from the source in the same room, I am capable of a quick burst of 25 MiB/sec which eventually levels out at 4.8 MiB/sec.

Other Thoughts: This is the variant with a 100 Mbps (12.5 MiB/sec) ethernet port. Considering how this is unable to reliably attain 100 Mbps speed, purchashing the gigabit variant (1000 mbps) would not be of any benefit.

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  • Seth R.
  • 4/8/2014 7:24:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks...ish...

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: It's solid if you need a network connection in the same room and don't feel like running wires across the room.

Cons: If you have a surge protector to protect your investment it doesn't work at all.

Other Thoughts: I tried to use the system to connect my router to my server in my basement because I'm too lazy to run the cables down to the basement and wifi signals don't travel that well inside my house.

It worked up by my router when I tested, but it would not work at all when I connected it to the surge protector in the basement (which the instructions said it would have a problem). So prior to buying keep that in mind if you have a surge protector of any kind you are better off not buying this.

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  • Nathanael D.
  • 4/7/2014 9:30:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBridges separate panels!

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: It just works, even where you think it wouldn't. Setup couldn't be easier.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I was apprehensive about this working in my scenario, because I realized just after ordering these that the two outlets I wanted to use for bridging were not only on separate breakers, they were on separate panels. My 1950's era home had an expansion done in the late 60's, and that expanded part of the home had it's own panel as a result. I know that the two panels only share a connection at the main drop from the electric company for our house. So I was surprised to see the two units pair up with that relatively distant connection. I made sure I secured them together since the signal may be going outside the house too. But I was dumbfounded to find that my 100 mbps fiber connection was getting through the power lines with only a 3% hit compared to direct ethernet from my transceiver. That is incredible. Suffice to say, I'm very pleased. If they break next week, I'll not be pleased, and will surely update this review... but way to go TP-Link!

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  • Hyeon P.
  • 4/3/2014 7:47:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks Great but the Speed

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: - It's very easy to connect (Plug-in and it works)

Cons: - Disconnects quiet often. (It works back if you plug it back in)
- The speed is very slow. (It says 500Mbps .. but I really doubt that it keeps up that link speed.) I've got 1/3 of the speed from the modem.

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  • Ben M.
  • 4/3/2014 6:05:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: Plug and Play
Installation couldn't be easier
No wires to run

Cons: They recommend you plug this directly into an outlet, and not a surge protector as you could experience packet loss.

Other Thoughts: Will probably by another set for other rooms in the house.

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  • Chris K.
  • 4/2/2014 4:37:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: Just bought the adapters, Plugged them in and saw about double the performance from my old Netgear adapters.

Cons: None so far, but I just got mine.

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  • Andrew L.
  • 3/28/2014 6:16:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMoves bits as needed

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: Provides consistent ping replies and full bandwidth for my 50mb internet connection
VOIP runs smoothly over it
VPNs run smoothly over it
They operate peacefully across circuits
Operates a little over room temperature

Cons: Working to come up with a con... the units seem to just work. I have unplugged them once or twice in network troubleshooting, but it seems like other gear in the house was causing the trouble.

Other Thoughts: My house is 20 years old. One adapter is plugged in the basement and the other upstairs. The upstairs adapter feeds an 8 port unmanaged switch, which keeps a few systems running all day long and the VIOP 24/7. This has been a great addition to the network for the last 3 months.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 3/20/2014 12:31:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy install. Works Perfectly

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: This item works wonders. I didn't think that it would work as well as it does, but all i had to do was plug it in, and it worked right out of the box. I have a gaming pc that i recently built, but i unfortunately didn't get a motherboard with wifi built in, so this was the cheaper option, rather than buying a wifi card. I don't even noticed any lag in the connection whatsoever.

Cons: The only con i can think of is that it isn't supposed to be plugged into a surge protector, so i had to do some rearranging of wires, but it works fine so no valid complaints.

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  • Kenneth M.
  • 3/17/2014 8:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot stellar results

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: Small, simple to set up, inexpensive.

Cons: Unreliable. Included manual is very brief and does not have much info. The downloadable manual (also on CD) is hard to follow and in broken English. Getting the pair of modules to link is easy but they don't stay linked. Any line noise can cause them to disconnect. If the selected outlets are different phases of house power they won't connect.

Other Thoughts: I've been a network engineer for over 20 years. I had high hopes for these since I have a room where wifi doesn't work well and I can't hardwire. I got these to connect for one day, then nothing. I can get them to link within the same room but not reliably. I can only assume it has to do with the wiring in my house, or that the units are just not reliable. Bottom line for me, if you want to try some inexpensive wireline modules it will be a 50/50 shot as to how well these will work.

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