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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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4 out of 5 eggs Easiest way to wire devices 09/15/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: SETUP: The setup of this powerline adapter kit is remarkably easy. Push and hold the button for 3 seconds and within 2 minutes do the same on the other. They pair and you are good go. This makes wiring components in your home extremely easy. Even more so than configuring a wireless adapter.

RELIABILITY: For the duration of my testing, I used this in the "Office" setup from the below listed test scenarios. I've been gaming for a week, surfing the internet, and watching videos. I have had no perceived latency or issues as compared to my normal 1Gbps wired connection. I get full use of my 25Mbps internet connection (30Mpbs as tested to speedtest.net)

Cons: CONNECTION SPEEDS: The connection speed is less than advertised. Installing on the same electrical segment seems to be the only scenario below that would vouch for using this type of connection over a wireless connection so long as you are not on the fringes of your wireless range. My testing shows while on the same electrical segment the speeds were pretty decent, but is only a portion of what a 1Gbps wired connection delivers. When moving the powerLine adapter to other segments of my home, the bandwidth reduces from that figure to half. This makes a wireless option more appealing, with the exception of my upstairs opposite side of the house. This is the fringe of my wireless range and the powerLine adapter makes sense and provides more throughput than a wireless connection.

Other Thoughts: CONCLUSION: I do think this adapter kit is really neat, reliable, and easy to setup. Below are some examples where I can see this being the best option:
1) Wiring stationary devices that do not have wireless adapters.
2) Wiring devices where wifi reception is poor.
3 )Wiring between cable/dsl modem to router so it can be placed in a more optimal location so long as the Powerline allows maximum internet bandwidth.
4) Need for the simplest way to wire device.


TESTING:
I tested 3 scenario’s and 2 tests per at 3 locations in my home. The tests included a 500MB file transfer through a simple windows file transfer, and also a test via LAN SpeedTest software. One test uses MBps while the other Mbps, so please keep that in mind. I also note the Wireless connection speed and frequency.

Test machine: Dell Latitude, i5, 8GB RAM, SSD, Wireless N (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Test destination: Intel NUC i3, 16GB RAM, SSD, 1GB LAN connection

Basement same room/power segment:
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PowerLine:
Windows File Xfer: 200 Mbps Down/300 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 40 MBps Down/55 MBps Up

WiFi: 300Mbps 5ghz
Windows File Xfer: 110 Mbps Down/120 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 15 MBps Down/20 MBps Up

WiFi: 130Mbps 2.4ghz
Windows File Xfer: 66 Mbps Down/90 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 10 MBps Down/10 MBps Up

Office 1st floor above router in basement:
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PowerLine:
Windows File Xfer: 92 Mbps Down/110 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 14 MBps Down/12 MBps Up

WiFi: 300Mbps 5GHz
Windows File Xfer: 110 Mbps Down/180 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 24 MBps Down/20 MBps Up

2nd floor opposite of router:
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PowerLine:
Windows File Xfer: 100 Mbps Down/110 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 14 MBps Down/15 MBps Up

WiFi: 27Mbps 5ghz
Windows File Xfer: 14 Mbps Down/40 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 5 MBps Down/1 MBps Up

WiFi: 130Mbps 2.4ghz
Windows File Xfer: 60 Mbps Down/40 Mbps Up
LAN SpeedTest: 6 MBps Down/8 MBps Up

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Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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Pros: -Overclocked to 4.6GHz with little effort @ 1.332V (best stable setup is the pre-configured 4.6GHz profile on my GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming)

Cons: No stock cooler. Not like I would use it, but if I needed something in a pinch it's not there.

Other Thoughts: -No real performance increase over my 4770K-i7, however, it clocks higher so that is were the performance increase comes in.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2800C16D-16GVG
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Pros: -Runs at advertised speed and voltage with no problems.
-XMP profile detects by UEFI BIOS
-Can't get much faster RAM while still running at 1.2V
-Still short enough to clear the bottom of my cooler (Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Running on a GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming motherboard with an i7-6700K @ 4.6GHz.

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