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TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT - TP-Link AV600 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (TL-PA6010KIT)

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BrandTP-LINK
Item Weight499 g
Product Dimensions18.3 x 13.6 x 8.5 cm
Item model numberTL-PA6010KIT
  
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ASINB00FEDTSZ6
Best Sellers Rank 50,179 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight499 g
Date First Available4 Sept. 2013
  
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Snrub on 1 Oct. 2013
These are among the first Homeplug AV2 models to hit the market. The Homeplug AV2 specification was ratified in 2012 but the first AV2 products did not hit the market until Q2/Q3 2013.

These particular models support AV2 SISO-500 profile. This is the base AV2 profile so there will be faster AV2 models in the future. The MIMO (multi-in, multi-out) models should be significantly faster as they use all three wires to create two line pairs whereas SISO (and all older Homeplug AV) only uses a single line pair via Line-Neutral. AV2 units are fully backwards compatible with older Homeplug AV units - although of course at slower AV speeds.

For now these are the highest performing Homeplugs on the market. Over very short distances (adjacent rooms) I find them to be significantly faster than the PA511. This advantage becomes smaller over longer distances - however they should still be tangibly faster in most scenarios.

Unfortunately Homeplugs have always been misleadingly marketed using PHY rates like 200Mbps, 500Mbps etc. These are RAW, PHY rates. In usage you will get much lower transfer speed - by usage I mean the speeds you will experience when transferring files or streaming video. The reasons for this are complex and not necessary for this short review. Suffice to say: you will not get 600Mbps throughput from these. Not even close. The speed displayed in the homeplug utility is also a RAW rate and you will get nothing close to it in actual transfers.

What you will actually achieve varies depending distance, wiring topology, local interference etc. Wall warts and certain types of lights are notorious for slowing powerline networks, but basically anything emitting RF noise on relevant frequencies will affect your SNR.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2014
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As background and following my review of the TL-PA451 the additional models I was after became available and we made a complete switch to AV500s. Our network then comprised:

TL-PA451 - single socket with pass through (to enable you to use the power socket for something else simultaneously). Non wireless. Used at the hub and one PC.

WPA -4220 - dual socket non pass-through with wireless. Used purely to extend wireless range in corners of the house for tablets and smart phones (but could be used to plug in a PC).

TL-PA4030 - three socket, non pass through. Used for two smart televisions to enable broadband access, Skybox and Apple TV connection.

One PC remains hard cabled to the router because it is in the same room.

The UK team were very helpful in explaining which models did what and when the newer three socket model was going to be available. After buying the units I experienced difficulty in cloning the wireless units, which could have been me although I was told that some routers can create a problem. Although the 24/7 support was always available I had difficulty in communicating the issue to what was an international team on a call that had the quality of poor Skype. I emailed the UK team who were extremely accommodating and arranged to have someone available on the phone to walk me through the issues I was experiencing.

The above set up has worked well and barring the odd drop put, the PC cabled via the PA451 unit is currently providing a download speed of 45 mps (down on my previous review due, I suspect, to the speed delivered at the kerb reducing) and an upload speed of 9.5 mps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SuPeRsOnIc VINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2014
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These are fantastic, hence the 5 stars. They are small, well-packaged, and easy to set up. They work great and I have had no problems. Easy to set up and use, and they do the job. I can stream Full HD 3D movies to my TV through these, and even have homeplugs connected to LAN switches at my TV stations in both living rooms which is then connected to the games consoles, TV, Sky Box, etc!

So many uses!

Recommended to EVERYONE! These are so handy to have around the house even if you don't need them right now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2014
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I'm currently an avid fan of using powerline adapters for my home network. I've found wireless connections to be too unreliable and generally unnecessary for static items such as BD players, music players, TVs, game consoles etc.

This is the latest offering from TP Link. All of my adapters are from TP Link and I've found them to be utterly reliable. This one is their latest offering and has a claimed 600mbps transfer rate with a gigabit connection. What this means is that it can transfer data at a maximum of 600mbps over your home power lines and the connector can talk to connected your hardware at 1000mbps... more than enough for you to be able to use the full speed of the adapters.
Earlier adapters would claim 500mbps but only had 100mbps connection meaning that the claimed transfer rates could never be utilised (this is worth noting) so it is always worth getting an adapter with a gigabit connection (as long as your hardware also does!)
First impressions were excellent as these are much smaller than their other models. They also look quite modern.
Set-up is simply plug & play.. no buttons were pressed.
Using the supplied management software I was able to perform a back-to-back comparison.
Over my power lines (which are across 2 consumer units) I was achieving around 150mbps using the AV200 adapters. Using a AV500/600 adapter combination, this went-up to 250mbps
Whilst the achieved speed isn't anywhere near the 600 claimed, I think this is acceptable considering my complicated home power line set-up

I've not tested actual data transmission rates across the network yet and it's worth noting that a CAT 5 cable is provided, not a CAT 6.
I have 1 main gripe. The unit is claimed to have an auto power down feature. I can confirm that is doesn't.
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