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TP-Link TL-PA551KIT AV500+ Gigabit Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through Starter Kit

by TP-Link
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  • Integrated power socket to allow additional devices access to power
  • HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 500 Mbps
  • No new wires, easy Plug and Play operation, no configuration required
  • Patented Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 85 %
  • Twin Pack helps establish a basic powerline network
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Technical Details
BrandTP-Link
Item Weight780 g
Product Dimensions6.4 x 12.6 x 4.2 cm
Item model numberTL-PA551KIT
ColorBlack
Wattage6 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB00ASJRQQY
Best Sellers Rank 6,903 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight916 g
Date First Available29 Nov 2012
  
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What This Product Does

The TP-LINK 500Mbps Gigabit Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through Starter KIT, TL-PA551KIT turns your existing electrical circuitry into a high-speed network with no need for new wires or drilling. No configuration is required, simply plug your adapter into your power sockets and you can establish networking infrastructure in a flash. With speeds up to 500Mbps, TL-PA551KIT provides robust, speedy connections essential for bandwidth intensive media applications. What's more, its integrated power socket allows an additional device or power bar to be connected to the adapter as though it were a normal wall socket.

Built-in Power Socket for Maximum Convenience

With its Integrated Power Socket, the new TL-PA551KIT from TP-LINK provides real convenience for your home network. The integrated power socket allows an additional device or power bar to be connected to the adapter as though it were a normal wall socket.

500Mbps for Bandwidth Intensive Applications

With its Gigabit Ethernet Port, Homeplug AV standard, and speeds up to 500Mbps, the TL-PA551 enables applications such as simultaneous multimedia streaming, multiplayer gaming, and multiple HD video streams.

Easy to Use, Easy to Secure

Simply by pushing the Pair button on the adapters, users can set up a hassle-free Powerline network within minutes, complete with 128-bit AES encryption for network security and data protection. It's that simple!

Reduce Power Consumption Up to 85%

The TL-PA551, a new-generation Powerline Adapter, with its practical design and sophisticated Power-Saving Mode consumes less power when compared with existing Powerline Adapters. When there is no data transmission or reception occurs over a certain period of time, it will automatically switch from its regular "Working" Mode to "Power-Saving" Mode that will reduce its energy consumption by up to 85%*.

*Actual data will vary because of the network conditions and environmental factors.


Support QoS for Advanced Multiple-media Optimization

Quality of Service (QoS) function prioritizes the bandwidth requirements of data traffic. Users can choose which type of traffic they will use -- Internet, Online Game, and Audio or Video, Voice over IP, and the QoS functions will guarantee clear, instant reproduction of that application, even when other applications are running on the network at the same time.

Which is the right TP-LINK powerline adapter for you?

  AV500 AV200
  TL-PA551KIT TL-PA411KIT TL-WPA281KIT TL-PA251KIT TL-PA211KIT
FEATURES SPEED OVER POWERLINE 500Mbps 500Mbps 200Mbps 200Mbps 200Mbps
GIGABIT PORT        
WIRELESS SPEED     300Mbps    
ADDITIONAL POWER SOCKET      
ONE BUTTON ENCRYPTION
PLUG AND PLAY
APPLICATIONS NAS HARD DRIVE
MULTIMEDIA STREAMING
MULTIPLAYER GAMING
STB & IPTV Multiple Multiple Multiple Multiple Multiple

Box Contains

2x Powerline Ethernet Adapters
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Sinclair VINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2013
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I am currently running four of these in my house with no problems whatsoever.
Setting them up could not be easier:

-Plug in each adapter where you want it
-Attach the network cables, one connects to your internet hub or router, the other to the device you want to connect to the internet/network (could be Sky, Apple TV, etc)
-Switch them on
-Press the button on the bottom of adapter connected to your router/internet hub
-Now go to the other adapter and press the button on the bottom of that
-The powerline adapters should now be paired

Occasionally the connection drops out (this does not happen very often), but I've found that if you simply turn off the main adapter and pull it out from the wall socket, then put it back in again and turn it on, the connection will re-establish itself. Like I said, this does not happen very often, maybe once every two weeks.

I am currently streaming full HD content on this will no problem at all, so I could not recommend these adapters more highly.

However, one things to be wary of is the age of the mains electric circuit at your home, our house has recently been re-wired, so it is lightening fast, but I have spoken to people with old houses who have not had the same experience. I'd buy these from somewhere that allows returns just incase you are not happy with the speed you get.

Being able to connect a plug as well as network cable is a big bonus with these adapter, as you will find that you are quickly using up electrical sockets with these!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D Verrall on 5 Mar 2014
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Bought these when I upgraded to BT Infinity 2 fibre broadband.
Run a Cat6 cable from the BT HomeHub5 to the powerline PA551 adapter and another Cat6 from other powerline PA551 to PC which was only an on-board 100mbs controller. That all worked fine and had no problems.

I decided to buy a Intel gigabit PCiE network adaptor for my PC to increase the data speeds and make the most of the Gigabit ports on my Homehub5 and powerline PA551 apatators.

The problem came when I shut down the PC and after 5mins the PA551 would go into 'PowerSave Mode'!
Turn the PC back on again and the PA551 would not start up and I would have to unplug it to fire it up. I tinkered with my Intel network adaptors power settings and then the BIOS with no luck.
So, finally I rung the TP Link helpline who emailed a link for a firmware update:

UPDATE>>> firmware update does not work. Will reset to factory settings and return to Amazon for refund.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Invincible Potato on 24 Jun 2013
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This was very easy to set up - plugged one in and passed the router power through it and connected the router to the power line adapter, connected the other to a computer in a room about 8 meters away and pressed the little button on both power line adaptors. Within 30 seconds, they had found each other and I now have a fully working network.

I haven't given it 5 stars purely because I am getting nowhere near Gigabit speed (I'm getting a sustained 7MB/second). Gigabit is up to 125 MB/second on paper but realistically using a conventional router I would probably expect speeds of around 40-60 MB/ second. I'm using 2 brand new premium CAT6 cables and both computers report that they are connected at 1Gb/s.
That said, it could well be down to the wiring in my house which is decidedly old - but still couldn't justify the extra star.

Anyway - the good:
Very very easy to set up - pretty much plug in and play.
Extensible (just buy more and make them discover each other)
I have been spared the misery of drilling CAT
It seems quite happy sitting over some radiator pipes under my plug socket (there is a bit of clearance - about 2cm between the body of the adaptor and the wall)
It looks sexy!

The bad:
Be very sure that this will plug in ok. It's got quite a large footprint going downwards and the network cable port is sitting at the bottom end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Gauden on 28 April 2013
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As a wired solution to connecting one part of the house to another via ethernet, this worked a treat. I have one end connected to a BT Home Hub, the other to a 5 port ethernet switch. I get maximum data transfer between the devices with zero drop out. These worked straight out of the box, and as bought as a pair, they didn't need to be paired by me, just plug and play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael Heron on 27 Feb 2013
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The flat where I live has relatively thick walls, and the wireless router comes in at the opposite side of the house from my computer. I spent a long time trying to get some kind of wireless setup working properly, including range extenders, but never quite managed to get a satisfying internet experience. However, these beautiful things have completely solved the problem for me. They're so easy to set up, so easy to use and so fast and flexible that it may as well be witchcraft - you plug the devices into the wall, press a switch to sync them, and then connect them to the ethernet port of your computer. Boom - you're connected to the network. I've been using variations of these for a year or so now, and I have had absolutely zero problems.

These particular devices are much better than the ones I had previously because of their passthrough - the sole problem with the previous powerline adapters I had was that they took up a wall slot and didn't work especially well on a gangplug[1]. These devices solve that problem beautifully - they're a little on the large and clunky side (which may cause a problem if your wall plugs are set low down on the wall) but that is the sole minor criticism I have.

I am absolutely in love with these devices - if you've struggled, as I have for years and years, with unreliable wireless, slow connections and huffy routers, you will find a genuine improvement in your online quality of life by switching to these.

[1] They do work, it's just a little erratic at times.
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