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TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps 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 200Mbps
  • Plug and Play
  • $59.99
  • $29.99
  • Save: $30.00 (50%)
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3 out of 5 eggs I had issues... 11/11/2013

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros:

This wireline ethernet adapter is ready to go out of the box. Just plug device in a wall socket near your router and another near your ethernet client, connect the ethernet cables and you're up and running.

Very low power consumption. Measured 1-2 watts during use. This is very impressive. Power consumption becomes a non-issue.

Small. They are smaller than I thought they would be. Three lights to tell you what's up.

Included software allows you to password protect the devices and add additional ones to the set, which I was unable to test. (Note: software is not windows 8 compatible. Workaroud below.) You don't need the software to get up and running, though.

Cons:

Throughput was low. Best case I was able to get was about 10mbps up/down at my home. At work, I got even less throughput - which I assume is because of lots of electrical interference in a workplace. Best I can say is ymmv. Its difficult for me to tell if the cause is the device or my environment. I suspect its environment, since others have gotten higher throughput.

Either way, that's a lot lower than the 200mbps on the box. I know everyone does it this way, and I don't blame TPLink, but the reason its rated at 200mbps is because it has 100TX ports, which when in duplex mode can support 200mbps of throughput - (100 up plus 100 down). If the wireline transducers are also capable of meeting or exceeding this throughput, then I suppose the manufurers would be technically right in calling this a 200mbps device...

For some reason I measured much lower download throughput than upload in most cases. Tried swaping the tranceivers, but it didn't make a difference. Not sure why this would be...

Other Thoughts:

My recommendation, get this only if you really need it. And if you do, I would shop for the device with the best user reported throughputs. Other than that, there's really no way to predict if things will work well for you without buying one and giving it a try. I guess be prepared to return it if it doesn't work for you.

Realworld troughput (single direction) comparison (that I've actually seen/measured, ymmv), in mbps:

Gigabit ethernet cable (with gigabit devices at each end): ~800mpbs
100TX ethernet cable: ~90mbps
Wifi N (2 antenna): ~20-30mbps
This device: ~10mbps (for me, others have had better luck!)

So for me, this would be a last resort. If it performs better for you, it could be a nice device.

Software workaround: The software relies on winpcap to find the devices by their mac addresses. (These gadgets dont get IP addresses, same as unmanaged wired switches). The version of winpcap included in the TPLink installer does not support windows 8.

The newest version of WinPcap does support windows 8, so all you have to do is install the latest verison of WinPcap from the website (www.winpcap.org), then rerun the TPLink installer. The installer will recognize that winpcap is already installed. The software then seems to work properly.

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