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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports

  • Easy Wi-Fi Clone
  • New Wi-Fi extension based on Power line
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WPA4220KIT

Spec

Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.11b/g/n
Encryption
Powerline Security:
128-bit AES
Wireless Security:
WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Encryption
Ports
2*10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
LEDs
PWR, PLC, ETH, Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Clone
Certifications
CE, FCC, RoHS
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
Wireless + RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M + 300M
Power Supply
Maximum: 7.608W (220V/50Hz)
Typical: 7.216W (220V/50Hz)
Standby: 4.610W (220V/50Hz)
System Requirement
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7/8, Mac, Linux
Dimensions
1.60" x 3.70" x 2.10" (H x W x D)

Features

Features
Wi-Fi Clone Button simplifies your Wi-Fi configuration and helps build a seamless unified home network
HomePlug AV standard providing up to 500Mbps high speed data transmission over a home’s existing electrical wiring, ideal for lag-free HD or 3D video streaming and online gaming
Extend 300Mbps wireless connections to previously hard-to-reach areas of your home and office
Two Ethernet ports allow your TVs, game consoles, or PCs connect to the Internet
Up to 300-meter range over the household power circuit
Easy to install, just plug in and play
128-bit AES encryption easily at a push of "Pair" Button
Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizing IPTV streaming

Packaging

Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter TL-WPA4220 & TL-PA4010
6.5 ft. (2 m) Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Robert A.
  • 8/25/2014 11:13:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate: Struggling With DHCP

Pros: After messing with it for about 2 weeks, I have finally got some success and it appears to be working as advertised. See other thoughts for solution.

Cons: Took a long time to set it up properly. Tech support was a little weak, but their suggestions at least lead me down the right path to finding the solution.

Other Thoughts: I did not use the WiFi clone button this time. I manually entered the SSID and the security settings. I also left the IP of the WPA4220 alone at 192.168.1.1, this IP is outside of my main router's DHCP range (192.168.1.60-253) which I think was the key to this for one reason or another. I also ensured that the main router and the WPA4220 were on different wireless channels, 11 and 1 respectively. Although I've been told this wouldn't fix any issue, it works after not changing the IP to 192.168.1.169.

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  • Robert A.
  • 8/24/2014 6:33:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStruggling with DHCP UPDATE

Pros: After messing with it for 2 weeks it appears I uncovered some success. See apron in other thoughts. Seems to work as promised now.

Cons: Took a lot of time and effort to finally figure it out. Support was pretty weak although their suggestions led me to figuring out the solution on my own.

Other Thoughts: I chose not to use the WiFi clone button and set up my network's SSID and security manually. I kept the default IP of the WPA4220 (the wireless access point product in this kit) of 192.168.1.1- this is outside my main router's DHCP range of 192.168.1.60-192.168.1.253. I think this had a lot to do with the success of the setup. I also used inSSIDer to look for wireless channels that were the least congested and had little overlap. Apparently "Auto" on routers isn't always the best at optimizing wireless performance on regards to channel. I ended up putting the WPA4220 on channel 1 and my main router on channel 11. Things seem to be looking up.

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  • Robert A.
  • 8/17/2014 7:20:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStruggling With DHCP

Pros: Once I realized that my existing access point required me to enable the WPS button via the online interface, WiFi clone was easy.

Connecting via an ethernet cable appears to work flawlessly. I haven't encountered any issues. Though I did purchase this to help alleviate weak WiFi signal on the other side of my house. This will be covered in the Cons.

Cons: When I connect to the WPA4220 as a range extender, if I had an IP address already allocated to my device it works just fine. The problem is when a new device enters the network and is assigned an IP by the WPA4220. It gives it an IP with 169.x.x.x instead of the traditional 192.168.x.x. This causes the device to be unable to access the internet. I've had this occur on 2 laptops in my house as well as my wireless BluRay player.

Searching around the web has not led me to a solution so I'm pretty disappointed that the entire reason I bought this isn't working quite as expected.

The utility on the resource CD doesn't really help at all. It offers QoS configurations, but the web interface offers a little more general configuration than the utility does.

Other Thoughts: I have AT&T Uverse as an ISP. Most of the PCs on my network are running Windows 7. Devices connecting via WiFi vary from Windows 7 PCs to Android smart phones and tablets and iPhones. We have one macbook but I have been unable to test things with it.

I have a few pending posts on the TP-Link support forums. I replied to topics where other disgruntled customers have posted requesting that they share if they have made any progress. From what I've read TP-Link isn't doing a whole lot as far as supporting their customers on their forums right now. This problem appears to have been apparent for at least 4 months now. So hopefully this review will either spark a response, or at the very least forewarn some customers that this might not satisfy their needs as it has fallen short with mine.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We appreciate your review.

One suggestion we have is to verify the ip address of your WPA4220.

By default the IP is 192.168.1.1 and if you have any other device on the Network with the same IP address then you will see a similar problem.

You can always change this by disconnecting the Adapter from your local network, accessing it's configuration page, and changing the IP to something that doesn't conflict with anything else on your local network.

If you are getting issues like connectiving or speed problems, then you may need to relocate our verify your physical connections.

Please feel free to contact us direclty for any further support.


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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  • Arne K.
  • 7/20/2014 9:11:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTechnology still "young"

Pros: Works. Setup a breeze. Can be a great solution for difficult-to-reach places. Once it proves to work in a given situation, very reliable.

Cons: You have to physically try it to know if it will work for your situation. Unpredictable before actual installation; can turn out to work only intermittently or not at all, depending on placement, cabling, distance.

Other Thoughts: While the idea is excellent, the technology is still in development. Depending on your situation, it can be a excellent solution or not work well at all. It is not predictable before you try and find out. Once it works, if it works, it is an excellent solution. Technology has improved on reliability over the last generation, even over the 200Mbps-series.

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  • Eric M.
  • 7/15/2014 7:07:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked great.

Pros: It was easy if you don't try to do any configuration. I plugged in one end next to my router in a house in a rural area. Then I plugged the receiver in to an outlet in a camper on the property 150 feet away. I entered the password that is written on the bottom of the receiver into my laptop and the laptop connected to the Wifi. It was fast enough to stream video. The TP-LINK web site offers good support and a firmware download.

Cons: The receiver gets hot. There is no fan, just vents. I unplug it when I'm not using it.
The web based configuration did not work. It wasn't found on 192.168.1.1. I did not try the utility that comes on the small CD. The utility software does not support Linux.

Other Thoughts: This solution was cheaper and easier than any WiFi antenna.

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  • Brent M.
  • 7/12/2014 2:29:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI'm happy

Pros: Use of powerline makes it easy to expand your network.

Cons: Slightly slower than regular WIFI 2G

Other Thoughts: I couldn't get the WIFI clone to work but not sure if I was doing it right on my router, but just hooked up direct connection and got into the menu to configure everything. I had to change the base IP because my router had .1. I also had to pair the two boxes before LAN worked. I really wanted to extend the guest network but since that is virtualized in the router, you can't and this is true of any guest network. So I just setup a new SSID for my backyard with the same password. I can probably use the same SSID as my guest network but it wouldn't be limited like the guest network is so I decided to create a new one.
I had problems with one of the included cables that seemed to affect performance. I was not reaching speeds over 2MBs when copying files, then after swapping out the included cable with my own I started hitting 7MBs. The WIFI seems to do around 4-6MBs on average. My 50mbps internet bandwith potential is being reached which is the main purpose I wanted this for.
I would say it functions around 1/4 slower than my router 2G and about 3x slower than my 5G. I also flashed it to the latest version of firmware which seems to have helped the performance stay more consistent. But I had to reset the device after the flash because it appeared frozen. After reset, reconfigure and re-pair everything is working great on the latest firmware.

Overall I'm happy now. Ultimately, if you can wire an Access Point that would be best but this is a decent solution if not.

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  • Ted S.
  • 6/24/2014 12:15:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtender Heaven

Pros: Lets you go anywhere that you have a receptacle. Lets you build one heck of a network. FAST speeds.

Cons: I bought too many! I did not realize that both of these units are usable on your network. One for just wired , and one for wired and wireless. I bought 4 packs of these for a 3 story house.

Other Thoughts: You only need one main wired unit at the router. All of the others should be paired to the main, then placed out in the house where you need them.....up to 8 total

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  • Michael T.
  • 5/5/2014 6:15:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNow having issues

Pros: See previous review

Cons: Been having issues with this now. Unplugging and replugging the larger unit clear the problem - but try telling that to a kid that has to do homework online now.

It could also be my fault.

So far I have tried physically removing a Bluetooth adapter and a Rosewill Wifi adapter, no dice.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat device, Geat Price!

Pros: This is my second Power Line Wi-fi Range extender I have had the chance to test for newegg. I’ve had this device for about a month and have been loving it ever since. Let’s start with the pros:

1. This is a very simple setup device. For just its basic functions of passing the connection through the power lines in my apartment, all you have to do is plug the main end near your router and the second one plugs in wherever you need more range on your wi-fi or just to access the internet through the power line connection.

2. After initial setup, doing more of the advanced functions is pretty easy. It allows for an entirely different named network. Basically, this can help when you want to only connect to the range extender versus still trying to connect to your original wi-fi network.

3. This unit comes with 2 ethernet cables included…one to connect the one end to the router and the other is to connect to any device you want.

4. The range extender feature is nice as I can now access wi-fi on my deck outside…I normally couldn’t do that with my normal wi-fi network.

5. Speeds are pretty fantastic whether it is through the wi-fi extension or through the power line network.

Overall, this is a great device for those looking to extender their existing wi-fi and have power line connections to devices that require a wired connections like blue ray players, older non-wifi televisions and older gaming systems.

Cons: Like with most devices, this one does come with its share of cons…not big enough to take away an egg, but just suggestions for TP-Link to fix for future versions of this device:

1. The LED’s are a bit distracting if you put the device on an outlet visible to the eyes…for me, mine is hidden behind furniture, so it does not affect me unless I move it to another outlet.

2. The documentation could be a tad clearer to explain certain functions of the device, but most of your answers can be found through google.

3. Trying this on a power surge protector can be tricky…I have read forums where sometimes it works out a power surge protector and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ll just have to try it out for yourself.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this device is a great device for its price. It can extend your WiFi to help you get a better signal upstairs, downstairs or outside. This device also helps with trying to provide a wired connection wherever you want within your home, so those older devices that don’t have wifi can now get a connection to the internet.

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4 out of 5 eggsA solid product as long as you understand the limitations.

Pros: (NOTE: My home is about 11 years old, so the electrical wiring is by all accounts good and fresh.)

- Easy setup for most situations
- Adds two 100Mbit ethernet connections where ever you plug in the range extender
- Allows for an entirely new SSID if you are so inclined to keep your existing WiFi separate
- Noticed very little throughput degradation when using the powerline functionality.
- Decent free utilities on the included mini-CD.
- Solid ethernet connection going from 2nd floor office, into the garage, and then ending on the other end of a 100ft extension cable.

- Overall: A well priced product that offers solid performance when used within expectations / known limitations. (Keep reading...)

Cons: - Default IP may interfere with existing router
- The naming conventions and explanations of functions can get somewhat confusing since they are effectively packaging two separate products in this kit.
- I think it's a bit misleading for TP-LINK to state "500Mbps high speed data transmission over a home's existing electrical wiring". Think about that for a minute... They only put 100Mbit ethernet connections on the range extender. And your WiFi signal is 300Mbit. So all that probably does -in theory- is give you more overhead. However, -in practice-, I don't really think it offers much.

- Overall: Documentation could be better and there's a little too much in the "gotcha" department for most people that will buy this without really digging deep into these reviews, the forums, and understanding the setup of their current infrastructure.

Other Thoughts: I'm using a TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND router as the source, so that made it a bit tricky to test the wireless extender. "Why?" Because I already get superb WiFi coverage with it in and around my house. I really have no dead spots. It's in a 2nd floor office and I still get a 270Mbps connection downstairs in my finished basement. Even outside I still get good connection, so testing the range extender wasn't something I can fully critique. And generally speaking, I was really more interested in the ethernet Powerline function from the get-go.

I was tempted to list this as a "CON", but I can't really fault the technology and TP-LINK makes specific note about it... If you plug the sender or receiver into a power strip, surge protector, or battery backup, it's going to be hit or miss if it's going to carry a signal. Most likely, a miss.
This is unfortunate because most people will already be using a powerstrip or battery backup ("UPS") near their networking base. So you are almost forced into repurposing a single wall outlet just for the sending unit and the receiver. I'm not an electrical engineer, but it made sense after thinking about it: This technology really just wants straight copper connections with nothing in between to mess with the signal- much like ethernet cables! As soon as you introduce anything that does surge suppression, line conditioning, etc, you are introducing A LOT more electrical gates for the signal to pass through. That takes a toll on a very specific signal that needs to be transmitted intact.

When testing various powerstrips and UPS'...IF I could establish a connection...it was so broken up that it effectively rendered it useless.

The easiest way to know if you're going to be alright is to take a laptop, disable wifi, and use the ethernet connection to send continuous pings to your router. From a cmd prompt: ping -t your_router_ip. If you are getting solid responses <10ms, you should be OK. If you're seeing scattered replies >100ms, forget it- You've got something in between the sender & receiver. Leaving the ping running, simply walk around to different outlets and plug it the receiver. It will either re-establish a connection or it won't.

So what's the overall impression here? I'd be more impressed if the powerline adapter had 1Gbit ethernet, at least then you could potentially take advantage of that claimed 500Mbit speed. But as it stands, most WiFi is going to be faster than that, so what's really the point of the ethernet, especially two of them? Maybe just for a SmartTV or something?...But even most of those come with WiFi adapters now. I was looking forward to 500Mbit ethernet speeds between my MediaServer in the basement and my PC's around the house. As it stands now, I'm still settling(?) for 270Mbit WiFi speeds.

Verdict: A solid 4-eggs for a product that pretty much does what it's supposed to without too too much hassle.

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