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This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline AV200 Nano Adapter Kit, Up to 200Mbps
Pros: Finally! A powerline network adapter that just works.
Having suffered through earlier efforts of this concept of getting a network signal over power, I had low expectations for this but was pleasantly surprised.
This product is also a good option to recommend to those with not much technical ability.
Just plug it in and go!
My most minor gripe is that you still lose an outlet, but that is a minor gripe considering that you gain a network signal where there wasn't one before.
Other Thoughts: Where this product really shines is using it as a range extender when paired with a wireless access point.
In this particular instance, network over power was my last remaining option in a large house with a lot of EM interference.
Good Job TRENDnet!
Pros: Having the power supply built-in is an excellent idea!
Other electronics manufactures should take note.
It just works!
Range is decent and the speed is very close to what is advertised so you will have no disappointments there.
Cons: You will need a laptop to set this up, so if you are traveling with only an iPad make sure you have another means of connecting first.
As with any piece of gear meant for the traveler, get this thing set up, tested and working while still at home well before you hit the road.
Finally, this plug is North American only, so if you are traveling to distant lands make sure you bring along an appropriate voltage converter.
Other Thoughts: With some tweaking I was even able to use mine as a repeater, so that was a nice but unexpected bonus!
Update to latest firmware!
You will still have to pay for wireless in most hotels, but if they charge by the device, you will only pay once!
Pros: This is a very large switch that is not quite approaching rack mount dimensions (almost a foot wide), but is still large and might be slightly overkill for your average home user unless you have a dedicated equipment area.
Most importantly I had this hooked up to my home network and its existence was completely transparent, as it should be. Just plug it in and go!
The greatest part is that this switch runs reasonably cool and functions reliably at near its rated network speed. Forget the theoretical Gigabit numbers, as long as you are within 40-60 MB/Sec, you are doing fine and this switch is comfortably in that range. Just make sure your cables and everything else in your network signal-chain are up to the task.
Cons: Not really anything other than its size and weight, but depending on the environment, that can be a positive.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with the power supply being internal (wall warts generally do not have a place with professional grade equipment) and its overall sturdiness of construction and heft is good as you do not want your equipment pulled down through casual wire movement. I’m sure that is intentional as in most instances this device will typically be sitting in an IT closet somewhere happily doing its job for years to come and none of the size or weight concerns will be issues.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: James F.
Date Joined: 02/07/07
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