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ZyXEL 600 Mbps Powerline AV2 AV600 Gigabit Pass-Thru Adapter, Starter Kit - 2 Units (PLA5215KIT), up to 600Mbps

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  • Newest HomePlug AV2 standard
  • Up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates
  • AC Pass-through Design
  • SmartLink Plus
  • Plug-and-Play Design

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Superior Powerline Gigabit Adapter with Extra Plug-Upgrade Home Network

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The ZyXEL PLA5215KIT 600Mbps Powerline Gigabit Pass-thru Ethernet Adapter Kit improves networking performance by more than 20% comparing with the 500Mbps powerline technologies for better multiple HD media streaming. Just plug the two PLA5215 adapters into the electrical outlets and connect to your network devices, you can immediately enjoy HD multimedia streaming, multiplayer gaming and other network applications simultaneously in every room.

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  • The newest HomePlug AV2 standard* enables powerline networks with up to 600Mbps* data transfer rates
  • SmartLink™ Plus** enhances performance and coverage through multiple-path transmission
  • Plug-and-Play design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles
  • AC pass-through design with embedded noise filter for reduced power interference
  • Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology
  • QoS enhances media streaming quality
  • Encrypt button for easy security setup
  • 128-bit AES encryption for network security
  • Multi-color LED identifies powerline network quality
  • Power-saving mode reduces energy waste
  • TR-069*** standard for remote management and automatic configuration updates
  • Includes two (2) PLA5215 600Mbps Powerline Adapters
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Features

HomePlug AV2* with Gigabit Ethernet port

HomePlug AV2* with Gigabit Ethernet port
With the latest HomePlug AV2* technology, the ZyXEL PLA5215 provides speeds of up to 600Mbps* and backward compatibility with HomePlug AV- and IEEE 1901-based products. In addition, the PLA5215 is equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port to provide a stable high-performance network for simultaneous HD streaming, gaming and Web surfing. You can easily extend Internet access to any room with just a power outlet.


AC pass-through design with embedded noise filter

AC Pass-Through Design with Embedded Noise Filter
The AC pass-through design provides the convenience to deploy a home network without compromising the existing power outlets by minimizing the interference from other home electric devices. The embedded noise filter also enables the ZyXEL PLA5215 to suppress noise from all connected electronic equipment to enhance network quality for multimedia streaming.


QoS enhances media streaming quality

QoS Enhances Media Streaming Quality
The advanced Quality of Service (QoS) feature improves the quality of multimedia streaming applications such as triple-play services by traffic prioritizing HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP services.


Power-Saving Mode

Power-Saving Mode
When there is no Ethernet connection or active network usage in 60 seconds, the ZyXEL PLA5215 will enter the power-saving mode that consumes only 0.5-Watt to save energy by over 80% when compared to adapters without this function.


*The theoretical maximum channel data transfer rate is derived from HomePlug AV2 specifications. Actual data transfer rates may vary between network environments with different distance, network traffic, and noise on electrical wires, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions.
**The SmartLink™ Plus feature is limited by the ground pin environments with different connectivity, distance, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions. Since the CE ground pin usage definition has yet to be clarified, SmartLink™ Plus is not currently supported on the EU and UK models.
***Available by future project-based requests.

What's in the Box

Comparison Chart

Model PLA4101 PLA4201 PLA4205 PLA5205 PLA5215
  Zyxel Powerline adapter Zyxel Powerline adapter Zyxel Powerline adapter Zyxel Powerline adapter Zyxel Powerline adapter
Powerline Data Rate 200Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps 600Mbps 600Mbps
Homeplug AV Compatible Y Y Y Y Y
IEEE 1901 Y Y Y Y Y
QoS - Y Y Y Y
Form Factor Mini Mini Regular Regular Pass through
Ethernet 1 x Fast 1 x Fast 1 x Gigabit 1 x GbE 1 x GbE
Noise Filter N - - Y Y
Push Button Encryption Y Y Y Y Y
KIT Model PLA4101KIT PLA4201KIT PLA4205KIT PLA5205KIT PLA5215KIT
 
Zyxel Powerline adapter
Zyxel Powerline adapter
Zyxel Powerline adapter
Zyxel Powerline adapter
Zyxel Powerline adapter

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Model

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Brand
ZyXEL
Model
PLA5215KIT

Details

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Standards
HomePlug AV2, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3/3u/3ab
Encryption
128-bit AES Encryption
Ports
Ethernet port
LEDs
Power on/off
Powerline network quality
Green: Best; Amber: Better; Red: Good
Ethernet link/activity
Certifications
Safety:CE-LVD
EMC: CE, FCC
Powerline Speeds
Up to 600Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100/1000M
Kit Type
Double
Frequency Band
2 MHz to 68 MHz
Power Supply
100~240VAC, 50~60Hz
System Requirement
Operating system independent: Ethernet: RJ-45
Utility Software OS support: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Environmental

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Temperature
0°C ~ 40°C

Features

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Features
Access Methods: CSMA/CA channel-access schemes

Range: Max. range up to 300 meters over power line

Power Saving Mode: Without Ethernet link or out of network usage in 60 seconds

Quality of Service (QoS):
ToS
Supports up to 4-level type QoS

The newest HomePlug AV2 standard enables powerline networks with up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates

SmartLink Plus enhances performance and coverage through multiple-path transmission

Plug-and-Play design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles

AC pass-through design with embedded noise filter for reduced power interference

Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology

QoS enhances media streaming quality

Encrypt button for easy security setup.

Dimensions & Weight

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Dimensions
122 x 67 x 40 mm (4.8" x 2.64" x 1.57")
Weight
206 g (0.46 lb.)

Packaging

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Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Ethernet cable
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty card
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
powerline

Pros: fair price on sale. connects and sets up connection faster to router/modem.

1 to 2 mbps speed upgrade with av2 technology over first gen powerline networking. gets warm but it has a vented design.

eco/green mode. green leds are not blinding. they are at perfect lumination.

Cons: like other reviewers have stated, this unit blocks a plug in your outlet. this is the worst part about the unit. that is a make or break in deciding to buy this.

Other Thoughts: had an older zyxel unit in the past that died in about half a year. I hope this one is more reliable.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ZyXel AV600 - These are amazing

Pros: These are the best powerline adpaters I've ever used, but you have to understand my set up. The unit near the router is located in the far side bedroom and must travel the length of the house to reach the interior electrical panel. It must go through that panel, and get to the exterior main breaker panel. It leaves there and travels 125 feet to my detached workshop. These are the only powerline adapters that are stable with this distance and difficulty. Others have worked for a day or so, but I've been going for a week and a half now with no issues at all. The LED flashes red which means that it's not the best connection but it has remained connected the entire time. Speeds of between 9-10 mbps with my internet speed being only 15. Considering the distance, I find this to be acceptable without question. Able to stream without buffering.

Cons: As others have stated, these are large adapters. If you have a three-prong plug above the adapter then it will not fit. If it's a two-prong, then it should fit. That's the only con for me.

Other Thoughts: This is my third set of adapters and these are by far the best. If you are trying to reach a detached building on your property, then you should give these a try. If you are using inside the same house, these should be perfect.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works through circuit breakers

Pros: These work as advertised, an excellent way to extend your network in the home. Even though I am using it with the signal passing through 2 circuit breakers I'm getting speed tests at or above my broadband speeds and that's all I care about.

The huge issue for me while doing research was that the manufacturer recommends that both units be on the same breaker (AC or mains circuit) in your home. That's a non-starter for me, generally only the outlets in one room are on the same AC circuit, I don't need help connecting devices that are in the same room, my wifi works for that obviously!

Still I decided to give it a try after reading that passing through breakers will only slow down the throughput. So I am sure I'm nowhere near the rated 600MPbs but I don't care - my broadband is much slower than that and I don't care about speed between devices in my home. FYI my home was built in the late '80s in the USA. I have read that the type of breaker makes a difference, mine might be more or less friendly with powerline networking than others.

Cons: As many have mentioned the adapter is too bulky to allow you to plug in a 3-prong cord above it in the same outlet.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent product

Pros: Simple setup, works very well and frees up your wireless bandwidth for cell phones and tablets.
I have been using the 500 mbs Zyxel units for the past four years. None have ever failed. Throughput definitely depends on the home's age and wiring.
I am in a 15 year old home now. I unplugged my 500 mbs unit connected to my router and plugged in this new unit. It was plug and play giving me three greens meaning an over 80 mb/sec connection to my older units. Compatibility was flawless. Next I replaced an older unit with one of these connected to an 8 port GB unmanaged switch. This switch is carrying an IP camera at 30 FPS HD resolution and streaming MLB.TV in HD flawlessly. Again, it was plug and play, a good connection and more stable than wireless 2.4 or 5 ghz bands.

Cons: None that I know of, but I do not think you will get 600 MBS. But you can be happy with over 80 plus freeing up your router's wireless throughput, get them.

Other Thoughts: My internet connection at my router with speedtest is 115 mbs down, 15 mbs up. Connected to my PC on the switch as described above with 2 IP cameras also going, I was able to measure 31 MB/sec down and 11 MB/sec up with this adapter. That is more than enough for handling streaming video, netflix, gaming etc. And the throughput is always more stable than wifi.
So, for the price, these are great in my opinion.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works Great

Pros: Truly plug and play. Plug it in and it works. The pass-thru outlet make this much more convenient than other models. I used this put my router and computer in a different room from the cable modem. I couldn't move the modem because the cable guy only put the cable in one room.

Cons: There's not a lot of clearance at the top so the top outlet in a 2-position wall socket is partially obscured. A small plug (like a lamp) will have no problem but larger plug that uses the grounding prong won't fit.

Other Thoughts: There was no detectible slow-down but my cable speed is only 60Mb so even a 90% data loss would still be unnoticeable. I would have chosen a 300Mb model (or less) but this was the only one with a pass-through outlet.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Review Revised

Pros: Once I found out the issues I was having it was plug and play.
I wrote a previous review and I found out that all the plugs that I tried just weren't on the same circuit until the last one that I tried. All is working great now. Pretty much doubled the speeds I was getting on wifi.

Cons: none anymore.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Disappointed

Pros: Powers on

Cons: I don't usually write review on things, but these were so bad that I had to. I bought these expecting them to work. Plugging them in I did notice that the LAN light and power light came on. I never got the light to come on that said they were communicating. When I noticed this I decided to let them sit there for a little while to see if they would talk. They never did, I let them sit for 30 Minutes.

Other Thoughts: I contact customer support for this company and I am currently waiting for a response. If I can get this working I will bump it up a few eggs, but until then. I am sorely disappointed with this product. I was looking at RMAing this but it was going to take essentially half of what I spent on it in the first place just to get half of my money back. Not worth my time.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Worked great right out of the box

Pros: 1. Plug and play functionality - All I had to do is plug two of the units in to the power outlets, connect one of them to the modem/router and the other one to the computer. my computer was connected to the network in less than 3 minutes.

2. I got very good network speed - speedtest confirmed that there was no noticable difference in upload/download speed.

Cons: 1. Bulky - if you plug in one of the units into a power outlet, the other outlet can not be used with a three-prong plug as the box overlaps the ground. It may be a tight fit for some two prong plugs but in most cases, it would work. However there was no benefit of pass through outlet as I could still utilize only one outlet on the wall.

2. Encryption downgrades the speed, The indicator light was green (> 80 mbps connection per manual) before setting up the encryption, which turned amber (20-60 mbps per manual).
It was still possible to stream HD videos without any issues.

Other Thoughts: If you are setting up the encryption, Press "Encrypt" button for two seconds and release. Wait for a second or two before the unit actually starts the process and displays the blinking light. If you continue to press the "Encrypt" button and wait for the light to blink, you will end up pressing it for more than 3 seconds and depending on the length of time you hold the button, you will end up with different results like disconnecting the device from the network or resetting to factory settings.

Remember - Press "encrypt" for two seconds and release. Light will start blinking after a moment indicating the encryption process is on. Repeat the same on the unit to be paired and give it a minute or two to complete the process.

If it does not work, plug the two units into the same extension cord, connect them to modem and computer respectively and retry.

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