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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

  • 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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Model

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Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-PA4010KIT

Details

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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

Environmental

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Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing

Features

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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.

Dimensions & Weight

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Dimensions
2.6" x 2.0" x 1.1"
Weight
0.75
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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5 out of 5 eggsGreat product,easy setup.

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: These are very easy to setup.Plug them in and pair them up and you are good to go.I have four set up and with no problems on any of them.Nice thing is,no more wires running through the house.

Cons: Don't really have any cons.They do what they say they will do.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend these for anyone with more than one computer in the house or game consoles,smart tv's or whatever your using that needs internet access.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks ok, but not 500Mbps

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: They're small and work well.

Cons: The advertised speed is 500Mbps, but the port negotiation speed is only 100Mbps at the most.

Other Thoughts: I currently use the adapter kit to provide internet to one of my Raspberry Pis being used as a smart table. This allows me to eliminate an Ethernet cord leaving the table. Speeds and stability are as-expected (no connection or packet loss).

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4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: - Incredibly easy to setup. If it takes you more than a minute to unpack these adapters and get them plugged in, there's a problem!
- Depending on where I tested them I saw speeds ranging between 42-81Mbps. (42 being the furthest I could run the adapters and 81Mbps one room over.)
- 2 solid weeks of testing and streaming hd movies over Netflix with all but a minor hiccup or two in the form of a brief disconnect.

I want to note that I got to test a different pair of power line adapters a few years ago and the reliability of the connection is definitely improved with this model.

Cons: - While these do say “up to 500Mbps” in the description, if you read the specifications tab you'll see that the adapters come with 10/100 ports. This means the best speed you'll see is 100Mbps. I find this misleading enough to deduct half an egg.

Other Thoughts: There really isn't a lot to say about a product like this. They're far more convenient than running cat-5 through your house to a non-wifi device. In my case my media player was wireless capable however it's at the furthest end of the house from my router. While the signal was mediocre on a good day, I would find movies buffering any time someone used their cell phone or laptop over the wireless. That's no longer an issue.
They work; they work well. If you're looking for an easy fix for your networking needs and wireless isn't an option then you found it.

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5 out of 5 eggsEasily extend your network with TP-Link.

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: The TL-PA4010KIT is truly a Nano setup. The kit consists of two small powerline adapters. They are plug and play. As soon as you plug them both in, they connect and establish a network. This takes less than a minute. You can increase security by using the pair button to establish a private group. Establishing the private group also took less than a minute.

I tested the powerline adapters using several locations around my house. I achieved my best speeds when the adapters were closer to each other. The farther away they were from each other, the slower the connection. The hardwire connection on this kit is 100Mbps. That limits the connection speed. I was able to achieve a 91 Mbps speed during testing. The best speed I could achieve with real world use was 81 Mbps. Those speeds are more than enough to stream an HD movie from the popular streaming services. I ran several online speeds tests. The test using my desktop connected to my router was the same speed as the test using a machine connected using the powerline adapters. My ISP connection is 35Mbps. The powerline adapter is faster than that.

You can connect a total of 16 of the TP-Link powerline adapters on the same network.

TP-Link offers a powerline utility to use with their adapters. The utility has a status tab that will show you the MAC address of an adapter, the network name, the password and the firmware version. The network tab shows you the connection speed and will allow you to change the device name and password. There is an advanced tab that has settings for Quality of Service(QOS) options. I did not notice a difference when I changed those settings. The last tab is the System tab. From here you can upgrade the firmware, reset the device or change the network name.

Cons: These adapters do not have a pass through for the ad plug so you will lose one plug in your wall socket. This kit is uses the AV500 standard. The 500 in the name comes from the theoretical speed of 500 Mbps when using the standard. TP-Link states this in the documentation. Just remember that no one gets those speeds in real life on any AV500 powerline adapters.

Other Thoughts: Powerline networking allows you to extend your network using the wiring in your house. There are several versions of powerline networking. Any powerline kit with an AV500 specification will operate between 70-90 Mbps. There are faster versions such as AV2 which can achieve speeds from 150 to 250 Mbps. There is a tradeoff. The AV2 kit will cost you more.
Powerline adapters fill a specific need. You cannot use them in an environment where you need high bandwidth. If you need to move large files around, like 40 GB Bluray files, it will take a while. For reference, a wired 1Gbps connection is 10 times as fast as the powerline connection speeds you will get with this powerline kit. For browsing the internet, checking email and streaming movies, this kit will get the job done.

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5 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT Powerline Adapter

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Works very well in a small apartment, 3 or 4 rooms apart with a kitchen and appliances in the middle. Connection was a solid 100Mbps (network), as advertised. Flawless connection streaming HD videos for several hours. Uses low power consumption. I love the small form factor design. Fits perfectly on any outlet, taking up very little space. Set up took no time at all. The computer connected to the network and the Internet within about 2 seconds after plugging in the Ethernet cord to the network port.

Cons: None so far. The adapters worked immediately right out of the box.

Other Thoughts: If you have a need for powerline adapters, you won't go wrong with these. I was very impressed with the easy and quick setup. Just plug it in and start surfing.

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4 out of 5 eggsWired ethernet connection where you don't have one!

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Setup was easy. Plug one directly into a power outlet near the router and plug an ethernet cable into the unit and the other end into an open port in the router. Plug the other unit directly into a power outlet near where you need the ethernet connection. Once both are plugged in, hit the pair button on them.

Connection between the units can be encrypted or unencrypted.

Connection was stable and I only ever had to unplug one unit once and that was after a brown-out.

The units don't have the third prong (ground) so they can be plugged into the outlet either up or down.

You can have up to 16 on your network (one plugged into the router and fifteen scattered around your home).

These units worked across multiple circuits in my home.

Cons: The units are advertised as reaching up to 500Mbps over powerline, BUT the ethernet jacks on the units themselves are only 10/100.

This could be considered false advertising. Or at least misleading.

Actual speeds don't normally reach 100mbps since most people don't have internet connections that fast, BUT you do notice this slower speed when transferring large files between devices on your local network.

Other Thoughts: Overall, these powerline adapters are convenient when you want a wired ethernet connection somewhere in your home where one isn't present.

Setup is easy and performance is good enough, BUT you never will get the speed shown on the box.

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4 out of 5 eggsnice but could be one better

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

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I was asked to review these ethernet power line adapters and thought they would be a nice way to do secure network in my home with very little work. Boy was I surprised when I took a look at the quick guide. A little picture with an adapter and a power strip with a frown. I don't know about you but my power plugs all have power strips! Think about it cable router, wifi router, printer, TV, computer, stereo receiver, etc,etc all in one area. Most want to use a power strip. Well first I want to tell you I went through the trouble of rearranging power upstairs where my laptop was, clearing a power plug just for the adapter then came downstairs to see if i could do the same, not a chance so I took a chance. I paired the adapters together on a power strip by my router then moved one upstairs. I was surprised when they worked. At first I thought it was not up to speed but as I browsed more and more things started speeding up. I suspect Microsoft update was working in the background so I left it alone to let everything finish in the background. When I came back I went to my favorite speed test program to check things out. First I tested wifi to internet speed, normal speed. Now for the wired adapters, wow! Super slow. I guess I'll have to find a way to run it without the power strip. This is a time when I wish I was in a home with more outlets. Well I found a outlet I could remove the power strip and add the adapter. When I went back to the laptop and opened a internet page I could instantly tell it was back up to speed. I went to a speed test page and got the fastest speed ever for my laptop. I now checked access to my server holding all my videos and pictures. Very nice! Speed is great, like using the server itself to view the files. This is worth every penny for a easy wired network.

Cons: Only 2 cons, one is it takes up a power outlet and 2 it can't work through a surge protector

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent powerline adapter!

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Small, portable and very compact. Extremely easy to set up. They can be plugged in either way into the outlets. Comes with an installation CD and ethernet cable. Has a 300 meter wired range within the household but that is an estimate and real world tests will probably show a lower range. Pair button makes it easy to pair the adapters and support for 16 total adapters is included. I am glad this one includes 128-bit AES encryption because the first adapters that did not come out onto the market did not include such encryption. Ran a few tests with my router plugged into the basement adapter and my laptop connected to the receiving end on the main floor. Connection was smooth with no slowdowns whatsoever. Video streaming, file sharing etc all worked without a hitch. There is a speed limitation though and I will explain that in the Cons section.

Cons: The advertised speed of 500 Mbps cannot be realized with a 10/100 ethernet port plus given the fact that real world tests almost never reach theoretical advertised speeds. In effect you are limited to speeds less than 100 Mbps. However this is enough for most forms of streaming such as HD 1080p. If you are looking to push that limit then you are out of luck.

Other Thoughts: The biggest selling point of this device is that you don't need to run large cables from room to room and to bypass any interference or limitations that wireless connection may have. However range is a big limitation when it comes to the wiring throughout the house. The greater the length of cable, the more resistance and signal degradation you are going to see. This is a standard powerline adapter overall and should suffice for most networking needs of those in the market to get one.

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4 out of 5 eggsFast enough for most applications, but not as fast as advertised

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: Small
Uses very little power
Seems to be quite stable, no dropped connections in several days
Pairs very quickly both secured and non secured
Turns off when there is nothing connected

Cons: Nowhere near 500 MBPS. They only actually come with 100 MBPS ports, very dishonest marketing by TP Link as far as I’m concerned. Observed transfer speeds is lower than I get with a single band 2.4 ghz wireless N access point.
Latency dramatically increases during heavy transfer, not suitable for anything that needs lower latency. I was going to use this for my xbox, but I’m better off letting it get on the wireless N network and fighting for bandwidth with the other devices on there.
Might be sensitive to bad wiring, mine was new, and even then I didn’t max out the 100 mbps port.

Other Thoughts: All of the below tests were done using iperf3, to a wired gigabit server, using it -P 5 and -T 60 option. I performed the tests both directions, with a continuous ping running to the server, and I will note the upper and lower values for each transport medium.

1 gbps wired netgear switch (control)
During bandwidth test:
965 mbps max, 935 mbps minimum
~6 ms latency ping
No bandwidth test:
.2 ms latency ping

Ubiquiti access point (867 mbps 80 mhz channel AC)
During bandwidth test:
370 mbps max, 295 mbps minimum
~25 ms latency ping
No bandwidth test:
1 ms latency ping

Ubiquiti access point (130 mbps 20 mhz channel N)
During bandwidth test:
80 mbps max, 65 mbps minimum
~25 ms latency ping
No bandwidth test:
1 ms latency ping

TP Link powerline (secured)
During bandwidth test:
65 mbps max, 30 mbps minimum
~90 ms latency ping
No bandwidth test:
~8 ms latency ping

TP Link powerline (unsecured)
During Bandwidth test:
52 mbps max, 25 mbps minimum
~90 ms latency ping
No bandwidth test:
~8ms latency ping

None of the tests exhibited any dropped icmp packets. I tested the powerline adapters in a recently remodeled basement, with both adapters on the same circuit. Based on the poor bandwidth/latency results, I’d only use in my environment for something like a tablo antenna dvr, something that needs reliable access to ~25+ mbps of bandwidth, in a remote area that wouldn’t have access to wireless, and could withstand some increased latency during periods of heavy transfer. A network printer, or a small NAS could also be good use cases for these adapters. In my house though? I’ll keep using my pair of Ubiquiti access points.

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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing little buggers for not a lot of cash.

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: If you haven’t tried Powerline Adapters in a few years, there has been a great improvement in speed and standardization (see other thoughts). I’ve recently moved from a fully wired house with at least one ethernet outlet in every room to one with no hardwired ethernet. Wireless just doesn’t cut it everywhere (like stuff in a media-center cabinet) and these powerline adapters will typically allow for streaming uncompressed 1080p Blue-ray with little or no buffering.

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE and SETUP
They are very compact, are two prong so can be put them into the outlet up or down, don’t block the other outlet, and are extremely inexpensive. They are a top seller on multiple online sites. They come with ethernet cables and a utility CD that you are unlikely to need. There is one Ethernet port per adapter. Setup consists of plugging them in and attaching the network cable. This pair will automatically recognize each other. Buying and adding more might require pushing the pair button.

GUTS and CLASS
Chipset is QCA AR7420/AR1540. Protocol class is AV500.

NUMBER OF DEVICES and SECURITY
You can buy them in a kit of two (this one) with the AES 128 encryption key preset between the two adapters. If you want to expand, they are also available as a kit of three or individually. If you set them all with the same encryption key, they can all talk together. Specs supposedly support up to 16 adapters on the same security key and possibly up to 64 adapters total - I haven’t tried that. In an apartment building you could use different keys and be secure if you think other powerline networks are in use on the same electrical circuit. If you use a lot of these together, then the QOS options might come in handy.

WHOLE HOUSE?
Unlike old powerline adapters, these can work across multiple phases and circuits in a house. They will not cross a service transformer. Speed decreases with wiring distance - but these should talk through a thousand feet of wire.

Cons: Cons are not too bad but there are a couple things to be aware of:

1) Over the last several years, there have been multiple powerline standards. Some are incompatible. The most common ones are various versions of “HomePlug”. There is also a standard called “G.hn”. “Homeplug” and G.hn can coexist on the same wires but don’t talk to each other. The old “Homeplug” adapters were quite slow. The new ones are great. If you have any old technology Homeplug adapters they will likely talk to each other but performance on the fast ones will degrade. At this price, get rid of the old one’s and buy the new faster ones.

2) The advertised link “Speed” has no real relation to real life data throughput. You may wonder why a 500 Mbps device has a 10/100 ethernet port. That’s because, after protocol overhead, the actual data up/down throughput I measured on these paired adapters ranged between 45 to 88 Mbps at various distances. Now, that’s not too different from the hyped-up wireless router marketing stuff. Remember, that uncompressed Blue-ray at 1080p rarely requires more than 50 Mbps and “HD” Netflix is a lot less than that (you should be able to do multiple simultaneous streams).

3) Transformers block the signal. These worked through most of my GFI’s, consumer UPS’s (Tripp Lite and APC), and power blocks, but they did not work through my Panamax Home Theater Rackmount Power Conditioner or my APC server rackmount SmartUPS.

Other Thoughts: Here are the approximate advertised vs maxed-out real-life throughput speeds in Mbps for some modern “Homeplug” type adapters. Anything older you should throw out and replace -- like things labeled “Homeplug 1.0” or “Homeplug 1.0 w/ Turbo”.

Name Usual Labeled Link Speed Typical Real Life Data Throughput
“HomePlug AV” 200 30 - 60
“HomePlug AV500” 500 40 - 90
“HomePlug AV2” 600 120 - 250
“HomePlug AV2MIMO" 1200 250 - 400
So, rule of thumb - just like wireless routers - take marketing number and divide by 4 to account for protocol overhead.

I find that this reviewed model, which is AV500, is more than enough for my uses (streaming video, youtube, netflix, security cams, x-box) and is quite cost-efficient. The next model up, is way faster, has a gigabit port, but is also a fair a bit more expensive.

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