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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: These units are built well, internally and externally. The unit, like some other units I have seen uses an Atheros chipset, and because of that it will play well with some other units and brands (but not all of them), and it did play well with some previous units I tested. In my initial test environment, which was 2 outlets in the same room, I was seeing speeds between 70 ~ 85 mbps. In a normal scenario, I had one in my basement where my internet connect is, and one in the 2nd floor of my apartment, I was getting speeds between 15 ~ 40 mbps depending on where I had the units plugged in on the second floor (see other thoughts for explanation). These units start up very fast, and given I have worked with other types of these units before they were a breeze to setup, and I think the average computer user could probably skim the manual and set them up in minutes. The other thing I like about these units, is that the status lights tell you more things than other units do, specifically the "Pick a Plug" light that indicates signal quality and helps you find a viable outlet to use. These units also offer a security feature, which is useful, especially in a setting like mine (apartment complex). See my "Other" section as well for a short bit on the 500mbps rating.

Cons: While the units do have a more verbose set of indicators lights, there are no activity lights, just lights that indicate power, connection quality, and whether or not the ethernet port is plugged in. Personally, I like activity lights, but I cannot mark this item down for the subtle lighting it offers and the signal quality light makes up for the missing activity lights. I don't have to much to say in the way of cons otherwise save for the fact that yes, an ethernet cable would be faster than using these units, but like my case in my apartment, I cannot cut holes in the walls to run cables, so these are a good solution if you're not a fan of or have trouble with wireless or just plain don't want to run cables all over the floor.

Other Thoughts: These units, like many other units boast 500mbps bandwidth, and like other units, this is a rating of system bandwidth, and is for consideration when you have more than 2 units, the best you will get out of 2 units, at maximum is 100mpbs. These units did play well with another set I had that was also based on the Atheros chipset. My testing setup was more real world than just trying to run a benchmark. I was transferring files between 2 pc's with SSDs for hard drives and knowing a baseline for when they are plugged into each other (I get speeds reaching up to 800mbps). These units, like other units need to be plugged in at the wall, not into a plugstrip, battery backup, or any other type of power filter or conditioner to work well. They can work better or worse depending where you plug them in, as all of their signal has to go back through the breaker / fuse panel in your house then out to the other unit usually, if you are lucky it does not have to go that far depending on how your house is wired. So when you have the units in other rooms, sometimes depending on what circuit they are on in your house, you will see better or worse performance. I did open one of my units to inspect the interior, I am an electronics tech by trade and I always like to pop open my review items and inspect them, however for the home user I would not recommend this as it can be a safety hazard and void your warranty. I really enjoyed testing these units, I actually plan to put them into full on service so I can have a PC in my bedroom without having to setup a wifi network and deal with it's insecurities and interference from other networks. Thanks for reading :D

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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Decent little powerline network adapters 07/01/2015

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

Pros: These units appear to be fairly quality built. They use an Atheros chipset. They work all over my apartment without much trouble. Setting up these units was a breeze and they worked right out of the box without needing any technical support or trouble shooting. I saw decent speeds as I tested them in various rooms of my apartment (I have a 1400sqft townhouse 3 floors including a basement). In the same room I saw speeds between 2 devices hitting 85mbps on live file transfers between machines. The lowest speed I was able to see was about 30 mbps between the farthest points in my place. 30mbps is still enough to watch HD streaming content, like Netflix and Youtube. The leds on these units, unlike some other devices are green, and don't act like a bright blue nightlight in the dark. Don't get me wrong, I like blue leds, but sometimes enough is enough and variety is just fine.

Cons: These units will need plugged into the wall, not a surge suppressor or battery backup, in which case this is a slight downfall, as you lose power protection and if you use battery backups your network connection will drop if the power goes out. The units advertise 500 mpbs, but this is a figure derived from having more than 2 units, which means between all devices at one time, you can be utilizing a maximum of 500 mpbs of bandwidth. That being said, many other brands advertise the same way.

Other Thoughts: Since I am an EggXpert reviewer, I decided to take apart one of my units (not recommended for a buyer to do as this voids your warranty and poses a safety hazard). I am an electronics tech by trade and internally these units seem to be very sound and solidly built. They use an Ahteros chipset, appear have proper power protection and the casing itself was rather durable and quite a challenge to dismantle. I know alot of people complain about the 500 mbps speed rating when the ports are only 10/100, but you have to consider, if you have many units, total system bandwidth. I have been happy with testing these units, and for what they do and how they work, they seem to do a good job when you consider the price / value point. Another interesting test I did, was I took them down to my friends apartment a good way away from mine (9 doors down, 150ft+ away), knowing that we shared common power lines between all the units, I was able to get 5 mpbs network speed between my apartment and theirs, which was fairly impressive, all things considered.

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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This unit looks sleek and fits in well with my home theater equipment. There are a wealth of status LEDs on the front of the unit that tell you a lot about it's functional status and they are not obnoxiously bright. The unit appears to have 2 radios in it, one for the 5ghz spectrum and one for the 2.4ghz spectrum. It has a wide variety of settings and it also has a good deal of information that tells you what the settings do when you are in the router's configuration pages. I have been using it for a month without any stability issues. It also allows you to hook up a printer and connect storages devices to the unit. I tested the unit with my iPhone, Laptop, and a few desktop computers and it held up well. My friend also used it while he stayed at my place with his Chromebook and Android phone with no issues as well. The storage feature seems nice, though I did have some issues with it ( see cons ), you can use it to setup a basic FTP server to use for personal storage.

Cons: The FTP functionality does not seem to allow you to copy large files to the unit, when trying to copy some larger ( > 4gb ) to the unit it would disconnect from the FTP client (FileZilla) and need to reconnect to resume the file transfer, I have a feeling that it was timing out on long transfers or long connections, even on LAN. While there are a lot of very useful settings on the unit, I feel that the user interface could be a bit more intuitive. The 5 Ghz wifi on the unit seems a tad flaky, however that may have been my equipment's fault, the 2.4Ghz wifi however worked just fine with each device I tested it with.

Other Thoughts: I did not test using the unit as a print server. I did try the storage with a flash drive and an external hard drive, and outside of the issues with large file transfers it did work well. This unit appears to be reliable and works well, however there were just a few things that held it back in my opinion from getting a 5 egg review from me. Cost vs. Value of the unit seems decent and most of the TP-Link items I have used have been decent.

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Date Joined: 04/19/05

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