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Zyxel 500Mbps Micro Slimline Powerline Adapter (Twin Pack)

by ZYXEL

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  • Plug-and-play for easy installation
  • Data transfer rates of up to 500 Mbps for video streaming and gaming
  • Power-saving mode reduces energy waste
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandZYXEL
Item Weight73 g
Product Dimensions6 x 5 x 7 cm
Item model numberPLA4201-GB0201F
Wattage4 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB00814J2O2
Best Sellers Rank 30,147 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight422 g
Date First Available7 May 2012
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The plug-and-play PLA4201 provides data transfer rates of up to 500 Mbps with 10/100Mbps Ethernet support over any home power lines. Without installing additional wires at home, users can easily enjoy multiple stable HD streams, multiplayer gaming and other network applications simultaneously in every room.

Box Contains

2x PLA-4201 Adapters

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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By G. Nisbet on 2 July 2012
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I had an old set of Peak 85Mb homeplugs which recently gave up the ghost. I'm on Virgin 60Mb broadband and was getting about 10Mb upstairs with the Peaks. I was a little apprehensive buying the Zyxel's. No product reviews and is there really an advantage buying 500Mb over 200Mb? Well with my Virgin line apparently going up to 100Mb soon I figured I'd best be ready.

So the Zyxel's arrived. They're tiny little fellas, cute as a button. Anyway, popped them into the relevant sockets. Pressed the pair button at the router end, ran upstairs and did the same at the other. One minute later I tested my laptop hardwired and got a 40Mb speed test return. Success! Now I'm convinced the wiring in my house is somewhat questionable. Also, the upstairs adapter is on a multi-socket. So to get 40Mb was quite the surprise. Kind of makes me wish I'd upgraded earlier.

So a few weeks in and the Zyxel's are solid as a rock. No dropouts, no dramas. My daughter watches Netflix USA in her bedroom and the HD stream flows perfectly. No buffering, no stuttering. Smooth as you like. When my broadband goes up to 100Mb I'll edit this review and post my results. It may be of interest to anyone who has 200Mb powerlines and is wondering if the upgrade is worth it. I shall post my findings as soon as I can.

For anyone taking the plunge regardless I can wholeheartedly recommend these. Very impressed and well worth the money. Kudos Zyxel.

Update - Can't comment on my Virgin upgrade, they did my area but missed me. Despite many phone calls they still haven't bothered. Anyway, like a few others I had a plug die on me. Sent it away under warranty and received a brand new replacement. Fingers crossed they last beyond warranty!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David on 13 Oct 2012
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Whilst typically half the price of its bigger brother the Zyxel PLA4205, which has a Gigabit Ethernet port, the PLA4201 is constrained by having only a Fast Ethernet port.

This means that whilst the PowerLine interface might have a theoretical throughput of 500Mbs the practical throughput is limited to under 100Mbs. Still sufficient for video streaming, but not the maximum achievable for file transfers.

That said its certainly compact and powers down when no active equipment is connected.

As manufacturers discontinue 200Mbs PowerLine models this 500/100 combination becomes the new entry point with 500/1000 being the premium choice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OG on 21 July 2012
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Easy to set up and works without any problems. A great way to increase your wi-fi range without having to use extra cables.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sony Victim on 14 Sep 2012
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--- RECENT EXPERIENCE ---

I bought this a little under a year ago; after initial testing I didn't use it that much, my children did. After about nine months, one unit failed entirely. I returned it and thankfully got a refund. Having read some of the recent reviews here, I will not buy ZyXel again.

--- ORIGINAL REVIEW ---

I recently bought two of these beauties from in2digital through Amazon. Delivery was as usual, faster than promised and I would happily recommend them to others.

With the two tiny ZyXel 500Mbps Powerline Adapters plugged side-by-side into a double socket in my 1st floor study, using LAN Speed Test v1.1.7 accessing data on a local PC with different data file sizes, I achieved 58 Mbps on 20 MB of data & 62 Mbps with 200 MB.

With the same laptop downstairs in the kitchen, on the same mains fuse box I achieved 50 Mbps & 53 Mbps respectively.

In the living room where my AV setup is located, running between two different mains fuse boxes, one a 20 year old RCD box and the other a much older fuse wire box with associated ancient wiring and socket, I still consistently achieve 24 Mbps on both data file sizes (not using mains cables connected through a single fuse box is specifically discouraged!).

Hard-wired to my ADSL router, using Speedtest.net, I achieve 18 Mbps.

So, whilst significantly less that 500 Mbps, these devices are faster than my internet connection, even in the worst possible circumstance, so really, who cares?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mozzer SCFC on 4 Sep 2012
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I cannot praise these little gizmos enough, the most simplistic of devices to set up and use plus the added bonus that they actually worked for me first time of asking, I have moved into my new house close to two years ago and have since struggled to get a decent signal to my desktop PC situated in the furthest upstairs corner from my router placed in the downstairs living room, I have tried every conceivable effort of getting a broadband signal to that point wireless and wired (don't ask about the wired - dodgy trades man I think as I lose my internet speed when I plug in to the socket), I have read a lot about these plugs with some saying they only work in old houses/they only work in new house due to the wiring configuration and different types of circuit, well my house is new and these babies work.....I have even broke all the rules by plugging them in to multi-plug extension sockets and they still work perfectly with relatively little loss of speed...3.5mbs downstairs and 3.3 upstairs(now you can see why I needed every little bit of speed I could get).

If you are thinking of buying this type of plug I can vouch for these.

Fast delivery and well packaged as well
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