- HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3/3u
- 1 x 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
- Up to 500Mbps
TP-Link TL-PA4010 09/28/2013
This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA4010 AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Up to 500Mbps
Truly plug-and-play. If you can plug in an extension cord you can set up this device.
Compatible with other brand powerline adapters.
Compact, with auto power-saving mode.
Included management utility not compatible with Windows 8
No appreciable speed or bandwidth improvement over my 200Mbps adapter.
This device literally took seconds to set up. All I had to do was connect the included Ethernet cable to a port on my router and plug the adapter into the wall, and the three desktop computers, media streamer, and networked printer were all connected. I’ve been using the TP-Link adapter for about a week now and have not experienced any dropped connections so it appears to be reliable.
Testing the device was interesting. My goal was to see if I could see any improvement in bandwidth or speed over my five-year-old Netgear 200Mbps adapter, so I copy/pasted a large music file from one PC to another across the network and measured how much data got moved in 15 minutes, first with the Netgear adapter and then with the new TP-Link adapter. I did this with and without a Netflix movie streaming concurrently, and then I tested with and without my media streamer playing music across the network during the transfer.
The good news is that I didn’t experience any hiccups or dropped connections, everything streamed smoothly. The bad news is that I didn’t measure any appreciable difference in speed over my old Netgear adapter. In fact, using the included management utility I saw a DECREASE in bandwidth with the new adapter (200Mbps with the Netgear, 178 Mbps with the TP-Link). Now, one likely reason could be that the wiring in my house can’t take advantage of the increased bandwidth of the TP-Link adapter (even though I made certain I was on the same circuit), so your results may vary, but that wasn’t very encouraging.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-set up powerline adapter that works reliably this device will likely meet your needs, but at this point I can’t recommend upgrading to the TP-Link if you already have adapters that are doing a good job for you.
Thank you for checking out TP-Link.
We are glad to see that you have been able to get everything set up and we are happy that this device has been working out for you.
You may see a limit in speed in some ocassions. This is based on the circuitry of the home, the distance between the Powerlines, and if you are connecting a 200 Mbps to a 500 Mbps; then the fast speed you will see is 200 Mbps.
We don't have the Utility available for Windows 8 at this time, but please keep checking as we plan on releasing it. The Utility isn't crucial for setting up these devices, and is more important if you are trying to create several networks within your circuit.
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