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This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
Pros: +Homeplug AV2 MIMO and compatible with AV
+ 128-bit AES Encryption
+easy to connect and pair devices, simple to tell with 3 leds
+Gigabit ports up to 1200 Mbps
Cons: -Really bulky for the size compared to other Powerlines
Other Thoughts: I really liked this unit, but the only con I will put up front is there size of the unit, but we can get over that as the unit is awesome, and these new Powerlines bring top line speeds that are comparable to gigabit ethernet, they do have the standard encryption as all the Homeplug standards do.
These units cost a little more then there older AV first gens, but they are worth it, not sure how the network would be with 16 of them, but if we can run 6-8 with no issues then this would be pretty much the standard when wanting near gigabit ethernet connectivity. What I see is that even with 4 units of these, anyone can connect a router to each of these bad boys and get great high quality wired and wireless network, where with wifi there is a lot more fluctuation. Only things that could cause concerns in future is interference, power line cable quality and possibly the encryption part.
I really wish that the future of homeplug would go more wifi style standard that is to have your own passcode and encryption options, this would really secure these devices and give one a piece of mind with there data.
My tests with internet and other AV first gen (Netgear AV500 and TP-Link AV500) devices showed that when having this AV2 in the mix that the ping and throughout put would increase, meaning that chips in AV2 are better even when having one end be AV. Ping to router shows constant of 1ms or lower when having both AV1200, if mixing powerlines of AV first gen then ping goes up to AV first gen.
My other request for network manufactures is to somehow incorporate these powerlines into high end routers. Other then that I still recommend this product highly until something new and better comes along.
Pros: + competitive price point; all points considered with that in mind
+2ghz and 5ghz
+TP-Link easy clean browser interface
+usb 2.0 port
Cons: -Feels really light, but does not mean its bad
-Top finish is a fingerprint magnet
-No wall mount ability
-not a usb 3.0 port? But probably due to cost
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty good router for AC750 configuration and the fact that at this price point your getting a router with nice removable antennas which will get you a better wifi single overall. What I did not like is that the finish on top is so glossy that it attracts fingerprints a lot, and the lack of a wall mount. I believe every router and modem should come with wall mountablity.
When I got into the browser interface I was quite pleased with TP-Links generic yet clean and fast interface, this type of interface reminds me of DD-WRT, I dislike those routers with interfaces with pictures and what not, that I feel lost as to where the features are, probably done for the individuals who might be intimidated by all the menu’s and technical words, best of both worlds would be to have advanced toggle to turn all that stuff off and bring it to clean menu style interface.
This router should be good enough for small to medium size homes or those with few devices connected, for the price you get a solid router that works. Is it the best? Of course not but within its price range it is pretty good, and this can also be a router to use to expand your wifi network be it if you have ethernet connections or using a powerline to bring a solid connection then broadcast that connection through wifi.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220 N300 AV500 Wi-Fi Powerline Add-On Extender
Pros: + 128-bit AES Encryption
+Homeplug AV compatibility
+2 Ethernet ports
+easy to pair unit to other devices
Cons: -size is bulky
-unit seems to get pretty warm (probably due to wifi)
Other Thoughts: This unit is a bit bulky, I did not focus much on wifi but more on testing the powerline results; the unit has no external antennas this probably why the wifi is average at best, but since you have the ability to do powerline and give wifi in areas where other routers cannot give a good wifi signal.
Tested this unit vs Netgear AV500 and the TP-Link AV1200.
Netgear AV500 at router and TP-Link AV500 (TL-WPA4220) got 3 ms ping few random up to 5ms but the through output nearly maxed of my internet 61-65Mbps (65Mbps max best).
TP-Link AV500 at router TP-Link AV1200 at computer : Ping 2 ms constant to router; internet 61-65Mbps, so it seems that TP-Link devices are either better than the Netgear AV500 or they just work better with each other.
In conclusion this unit is nice for what it can do, which is bring you connectivity in areas that your regular router has issues reaching to, another interesting fact about powerline devices is how much more stable your connection is and how constant the ping is vs wifi, I would watch the test results and see the wifi from router to my desktop go up and down throughout and ping to router through wifi would have quite the sporadic jumps in latency, this is with high 250-300Mbps connections, and the internet test speed varies from 57-65Mbps. What I noticed on all the powerlines is that they have most of the time constant ping or when mixing powerline technologies AV with AV2 a small increase in latency which is constant between 2-6ms were wifi would jump to 15ms and higher at times.
If you are gaming or doing anything that is critical with latency a powerline is as close to an ethernet connection as you can get.
For the price this unit can bring solid wifi for small to medium demand devices, its not 5ghz and not 1200Mbps speeds but for your average devices it will do better than the poor or none existent wifi connection from a router in a dead spot area.