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ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've gone through 3 powerline upgrades over the years. I made the first try when the speed offering jumped up to 85 Mbps, then upgraded to 200 Mbps, and now 600 Mbps. I'm happy with the move to 600 Mbps. The speed increase is often noticeable. For Netflix, the loading bar starts off at the same speed as my 200 Mbps units, but then takes off like a rocket to finish the initial movie loading. Large file transfers are also faster. I didn't keep testing numbers, but real scenario "feel" is more important to me anyway.

The units worked with no setup other than plugging both units into wall sockets and connecting the router to one of them. They began working immediately without the need for pairing. My old Netgear 200 Mbpd 4-port AV module was even working with this new AV2 module. That was surprising as I was expecting maybe "compatibility" in terms of keeping both the Netgear AV and Zyxel AV2 transmitter modules working, but I had removed the Netgear AV transmit module to make room for the Zyxel AV2 module and the Netgear AV receive module was still working. Nice. I did have to reset my router the next morning to make the AV unit work again, but I didn't do that on initial setup so it was expected. I did have to reset the system again a week later to make the AV module work though the AV2 module continued to work. I may need to see if my AV module needs a firmware upgrade. It's not an issue for me as I will eventually buy another AV2 module to replace it.

My home wiring works fine using powerline. These AV2 modules fix wifi deadspots and unreliable wifi by using power outlets instead. Those experiencing trouble may have home wiring problems. I've read that your breaker type can even be an issue. I have breakers that are the "good" type. I've also read that using pass-through modules may help performance as the pass-through models have added filtering that may help the AV performance too. Just make sure to plug directly into the wall socker since there are reports that plugging into a filtering power strip can hurt performance. MOCA (cable tv) units are a good alternative if your home wiring doesn't work well with powerline tech and it keeps your wall sockets open.

Cons: I've only had the units for about a month and the only unexpected issue is that the units sit high enough in the wall socket that they block plugging in a grounded plug into the free wall sock. You can still plug in an ungrounded 2-prong plug, but not a 3-prong plug. That is an unfortunate design decision as there is ample space on the module to move its plug higher to give adequate clearance for full use of the upper wall socket. It seems the pass-through model must give you the pass-through since it blocks the upper socket anyway. I was hoping to use both my upper socket and the pass-through on the module. Fail. The unit works well enough otherwise that this flaw isn't work docking a star--but Zyxel-please fix it next time around.

Other Thoughts: I read some review saying the Zyxel was using AV2 technology, but the modules weren't fully utilizing the ground wire yet and that waits for new chips in shipping models. I haven't since located that review and I haven't verified that this model fully implements the AV2 standard using 3 wires, only that the unit is HomePlug AV2 compliant. Anyone have the facts? How about a review disabling the ground wire for performance comparison to itself with a ground and with a 500 Mbps system?

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SAMSUNG ML Series ML-2571N/XAA Workgroup Up to 25 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I use high-end copiers at work for syllabus production and also use the workhorse HP LaserJets so I was a little skeptical about buying this little unit. I read the reviews discussing problems installing the drivers and noise. Well, my fears are gone. The first impression was-small. The second impression was-light in lifting it out of the box, especially comparing it to HP LaserJets. I inserted the toner cartridge, connected it to my network and installed the drivers. I was expecting problems, but instead, the test page came off the printer. This unit has as small a footprint as you can expect for printing 8.5x11 sheets. It's lightweight. The noise is very acceptable. I've even been unintentionally leaving it on when shutting down the computer because it's so quiet in standby mode. I was also expecting a long warmup for the first page. The time to first page may be even a little faster than for my inkjet printer. The time to print multiple pages blows away the inkjet.

Cons: Toner cartridge $70+. Larger footprint than the small inkjets. The manual isn't clear on network setup. Limited control panel features, though software installs feature to show printer status messages on screen.

Other Thoughts: It's a real pleasure to print pages fast with crisp letters compared to inkjets. Great to connect multiple computers to the network and not fool with USB cables or printer sharing. The included PCL drivers make it feel like I'm back in the office. Postscript support isn't needed by the average person, but is included. The larger memory is great for printing large or complex documents without getting the "out of memory" message. Price good with rebate.

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Display Name: Don C.

Date Joined: 04/24/04

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  • First Review: 11/30/06
  • Last Review: 01/09/14
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