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Cons: ANY power intensive device in the same outlet will render connection useless
Speed averaged mid 50Mbps, which is on the low end relative to some of the other 500Mbps kits out there
Manual was not great
Looks like firmware is still in version 1.0
Other Thoughts: I live in a new apartment. Didn't want to put in the effort to wire up the place as I didn't know how long I'd live there.
Plugged these in, and with an old laptop sharing the outlet, connection dropped every second. When I removed the laptop plug, connection worked fine.
I used the free totusoft lan test program. Max throughput was in the high 50's from living room to bed room, about 40 feet. Both computers recognized a gigabit ethernet connection, with the only intermediary being an Asus RT-N56U router. With an older laptop running w/ a 100Mbps NIC, speed was ~35Mbps.
This is obviously a lower price competitor compared to the other options out there, so I expected a somewhat worse performance. However, I am somewhat disappointed that the performance drop was so significant. smallnetbuilder.com has a chart of AV kit speeds, and most of the 500Mbps kits hit > 80Mbps. So the ~55Mbps speeds I got was >30% slower. Speeds were quite similar to the Actiontec kit which is at the same price point.
On a Mbps/$ basis, this unit was in line with the others, but it wasn't the bang for the buck purchase that I thought it would be. However, it was a step up from the 200Mbps kits. I'd say that if you were looking for a powerline product in between the 200Mbps and 500Mbps categories in terms of both performance and cost, this kit is an option.