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TP-LINK TL-WPA281KIT AV200 With 1 LAN port 300M Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit

by TP-LINK
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  • 300Mbps Wireless N Rate-Extend Wireless Coverage
  • HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 200Mbps
  • The super small design blends discreetly in front of any power outlet
  • No new wires. Easy Plug and Play operation with no configuration required
  • Fully compatible with other TP-Link powerline products
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandTP-LINK
Item Weight5 g
Product Dimensions5.8 x 10.5 x 4 cm
Item model numberTL-WPA281KIT
Wireless Type802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Wattage6 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB0067GS29W
Best Sellers Rank 17,883 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight581 g
Date First Available4 Oct. 2011
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Wireless Coverage Extension

What This Product Does

TP-LINK’s Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit extends an Internet connection to every room of the house over existing electrical circuitry. All devices in the room have two options to get access to TL-WPA281, whether through wireless or using an Ethernet cable. With 200Mbps Powerline link rate and 300Mbps wireless N rate, it is ideal for bandwidth consuming or interruption sensitive applications like video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls. With TL-WPA281, Internet can be available everywhere in your house.

200Mbps AV Ensures Smooth HD Video Streaming

1. Wireless Coverage Extension

With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps, users can effortlessly extend their network via the existing powerline and broadcast a wireless signal to another area of their home or office.

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2. 200Mbps AV Ensures Smooth HD Video Streaming

As a true 200Mbps AV product, TL-WPA281 is ideal for HD Video Streaming, Online Gaming or any other bandwidth or interruption sensitive applications.

3. Plug and Play

Users can plug the TL-WPA281 into a power socket with no configuration required. Just one plug away, users can enjoy a fully functional network!

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Get more information about TP-LINK's Powerline Adapters

AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter TL-PA511 300Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender TL-WPA281 AV200+ Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter With AC Pass Through TL-PA251 AV200 Mini Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter TL-PA211 AV200 Mini Powerline Adapter TL-PA210

AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter

TL-PA511

300Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender

TL-WPA281

AV200+ Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter With AC Pass Through

TL-PA251

AV200 Mini Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter

TL-PA211

AV200 Mini Powerline Adapter

TL-PA210

Box Contains

2 meter RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Quick installation guide
Resource CD
300Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit TL-WPA281 & TL-PA2010

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By me on 14 May 2013
I know nothing about this sort of stuff, so this review is to help real dummies like me. Fortunately my wife is tech savvy (maths teacher geek) and saved me a lot of wasted time.

We have a blackspot upstairs where our already weedy wifi signal (the perils of village life) registers at most 1 bar, making watching iplayer or Netflix very frustrating. Heard you could 'boost wifi signal around the house' so researched it, and found that pure 'wifi extenders' (as I discovered they're called) suffer with a lot of signal dropout, which underlines the main problem with wifi.

Saw 'Powerline' extenders online but didn't know what it meant. Then browsed in maplin where the nice man explained that half of their wifi extenders get returned due to poor signal, in exchange for powerline extenders. I understand 'powerline' to mean it runs through the electric circuit of the house. That may be obvious to many of you, but like I say, I'm a techno dummy.

I think this means the extender socket is effectively wired to the router and therefore should not have signal dropout. Then the only issue is if you use it in wifi mode, the device you want to use needs to be near enough to the extender - I believe it covers 150m and I'm using it mainly in the same room, so I'm hoping it should never be a problem. There is also an Ethernet port on the extender (and a 2nd cable is supplied) if you wanted to connect a device to the extender to have it wired for maximum speed and reliability.

Where my wife saved me time was by telling me not to bother 'configuring the extender' as it suggests in the (laughable) 'quick start' instructions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chicken on 8 Sept. 2012
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My brother suggested these extenders as a way to get a strong wifi signal throughout the house and said they were the best gadgets he'd bought in a while. I have to agree that they are an excellent product and now I have full strength wifi upstairs whereas before the concrete walls dampened the signal. However, even though I'm quite techno savvy I found the setup a little tricky so hopefully this will help other buyers.

1. Initially I just plugged in the 211 adapter into a power strip extension lead and the ethernet cable from the router to 211. All of the power sockets in the front room where my cable broadband is are on the skirting boards and that is a great disadvantage with this design as the adapters don't fit esp with an ethernet cable stuck in the bottom so I had no choice to use a power strip.

2.Plugged the 281 wireless adapter in upstairs and pressed the pairing buttons. Remember it's 1 sec on the 281 and 3-8 secs on the 211.

3. To configure the 281 settings you can either use the supplied mini cd or plug in an ethernet cable to the 281 and a Win based laptop then type in the default IP address into your web browser. However, TP-Link states the default IP address is 192.168.1.1 but many routers use this as their default address as well. I found that I couldn't enter the settings utility using this address so had to use the cd. Once into the settings I could see the default address was actually 192.168.1.81!!! Even though it's a bit of a pain I decided to assign static IP addresses to all my devices. I changed the 281's SSID to the same as the wireless router's and set a password. Also changed the powerline network name from the default HomeAV network. After rebooting the 281 to save the settings the pairing was lost so you have to re-pair again.
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127 of 138 people found the following review helpful By The Fat Monk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 May 2012
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These are a neat, solid pair of adapters. If you are not too worried about security over the powerlines themselves, then simply plugging these in will establish a wired network for you.

Pairing is simply a case of clicking the 'pair' button on each adapter within the times specified in the instructions.

Once connected you can connect to the wireless adapter via yor existing network in orer to set up the acces point side of things (so long as 192.168.1.1 is not already in use on your network this will be the default address of the wireless access point). I used this to extend the wireless reach from my existing Wireless modem/router (a BT home hub). I simply set the same SSID and the same password (WEP and WPS supported despite WEP not being officially part of the wireless-n standard, which is good) and I can now roam into dead spots that existed around the house and maintain wifi coverage.

The wireless access point also has an ethernet port on the base so can actually be used for a wired connection at the same time as providing wireless access - this is not mentioned in the product write up or visible in the pictures, but is a very useful additional connection.

Speed over the wireless-n and the wired connections is far more impressive than the 85Mbps adapters that I currently have in use, but if you are new to powerline adapters you should note that the quoted speed of these devices is the combined send and receive speed, so 200Mbps is actually 100Mbps in each direction.

I've been buying a fair bit of TP-Link kit recently and it's all performed very well. One of the small hubs/switches I have feels a bit light and flimsy, but these really do feel very well built.
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