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TP-Link PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack
TP-Link PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack
Price: 24.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the money, 28 Dec 2013
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I bought these to replace some old Ebuyer value 85m powerline adapters at my parents' house. I was bringing broadband from an office about 25 metres away into the house. I bought these along with the TP-Link TL-WA901ND Advanced 300Mbps Wireless N Access Point and in use together they are excellent.

Here's how I set them up:

- Plugged both adapters next to each other in a double power socket and powered them on (both adapters had the top light lit solid) - no need to connect any devices via the supplied ethernet cables yet.
- Pressed the pair button on the left-hand adapter for about 2-3 seconds and let go - the top light then started to flash on this adapter
- Pressed the pair button on the right-hand adapter for about 2-3 seconds and let go - the top light then started to flash on this adapter
- After a couple of seconds, both adapters had the top and middle lights on solid
- That's it! It took about 30 seconds

I then switched off the power to both and moved them to where they would actually be used and connected to my existing router at one socket and to my new access point at the other socket. They remember the pairing that was set up previously so need to re-pair by running between sockets at opposite ends of your house as some reviewers have suggested. I've got no experience of adding another adapter to the existing pairing, but if I ever do I'll update the review accordingly. Make sure you plug these directly into the wall sockets for optimal performance.

In use, the performance of these is excellent - it's hard to say if it's down to these or the access point, but my broadband performance into the house has improved and is 100% of what we get over in the office. Put it this way, these far outperform the broadband, so we're future-proofed in that respect.

They are also nice and compact and quite an attractive design, so that's an added bonus. Please be aware that they include 2 x 1m ethernet cables to connect to your router, switch, access point etc at each socket.

I'll update this review in time to reflect the reliability of them - so far with a good few hours of hammering they've been brilliant.

TP-Link TL-WA901ND Advanced 300Mbps Wireless N Access Point
TP-Link TL-WA901ND Advanced 300Mbps Wireless N Access Point
Price: 36.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and performance, 28 Dec 2013
I have just finished setting this up a few hours ago, having needed to quickly replace an unreliable Tenda W311R 150Mbps Wireless Broadband Router that I ordered for my parents to replace an old Sweex .G router.

I was looking for:

- Easy initial setup
- Easy configuration once set up
- Performance
- Reliability

So far this ticks all boxes.

*Initial setup*

- Plug it in to your existing network
- Connect to the default wireless network it creates (TP-LINK_AP_XXXXXX)
- Access it via a browser @ [...]
- Follow the easy setup steps and then click Finish (if you've changed the Wireless SSID or added a password during this stage, then you'll need to reconnect to the Wireless network with the new name, or newly-added password)
-- I use this as an Access Point (AP). My parents have BT Business broadband in their home office, in a different building to the house. This access point is coupled with the excellent TP-Link PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack to bring the broadband from the existing Netgear router in the office, across into the house about 25 metres away.
- I use these settings:
-- Mode: Access Point
-- Network Settings: Type: "Smart IP(DHCP)" (instead of having its own range of IPs to serve over DHCP, this AP uses IPs from the Netgear DHCP server, which works fine for me - I simply made sure that the existing Netgear router was serving enough IPs for the existing computers in the office, plus all the devices I wanted to connect in the house via this AP). The other option would be to give this a Static IP within the range of the Netgear DHCP server and then configure a different DHCP range for devices in the house, but I didn't see the point as the Smart IP works great out the box

Some of the reviews here talk about needing to connect your PC directly to this and manually setting the PC to have an IP of in order to set this up. This is only required if your existing network that you're trying to extend is using this IP. As the Netgear router in the office was configured to serve IPs over DHCP between I was simply able to plug this in, connect to the default unsecured wireless network it creates (TP-LINK_AP_XXXXXX) and configure it via [...] Factor this in before you start messing around connecting it to your PC / Mac. A lot of people simply won't need to do this and could use it out the box.

I was also pleased to see that this access point shipped with the latest firmware already installed, so I didn't need to go installing anything. Quite often routers etc arrive with old and unreliable firmware that you need to upgrade before they become usable.


Once set up, it was a doddle to set up additional security, such as wireless MAC filtering, accessible via Wireless -> Wireless MAC Filtering. First I had to click the Enable button, then add my MAC addresses one by one. One minor feature, but something I like, is being able to put a description along with the MAC address, so as you replace devices it's easy to see which ones to change / remove. Luckily this router gives you that. I've found quite a few that don't, leaving you with a big list of MAC addresses and more work trying to find what to change.

There are lots of other modes of operation that this device has, but for my needs Access Point is exactly what I want, so I've not explored all the other settings.


I haven't run any tests using the old powerline adapters that I also replaced, but on pure network speeds and range in the house, this is excellent for the money. Although I haven't used this functionality yet, being able to use power over ethernet is excellent - so for instance, you could connect the supplied ethernet cable from a powerline adapter into the supplied power-injector, along with plugging the power injector into the mains via the supplied power block that you'd normally plug into the AP. Then, run an additional ethernet cable from the power injector to the AP, which will let you install the AP somewhere more convenient for getting the best signal in your house, without worrying about not having a long enough power lead.

Coupled with the excellent TP-Link powerline adapters I mentioned above, I am getting the maximum possible performance in the house over a broadband speed test, with not a fraction of speed being lost from the office 25 metres away.


It's still early days, but so far, so good - very reliable in a few hours of constant hammering. I've been downloading movies on Sky+HD solidly since setting this up, using my MacBook Pro, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and PS3, Mum using her iPad, Dad using his MacBook Pro etc etc and absolutely no issues and rock-solid performance throughout all of this.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the market for an Access Point.

Tenda W311R 150Mbps Wireless Broadband Router
Tenda W311R 150Mbps Wireless Broadband Router
Offered by PreisCompany
Price: 20.70

2.0 out of 5 stars Good value, but unreliable, 28 Dec 2013
I ordered this ahead of Christmas for my parents to replace an old, but reliable, Sweex .G router. I bought this a few years back along with some cheap Ebuyer powerline adapters to bring the internet connection from an outdoor office into the house. I wanted to bump up the wireless network speed an hopefully improve the signal strength around the main parts of the house a little.

Setup was straightforward - the main Netgear ADSL router in the office is running on, so when I first set the Tenda router up in the house it very nicely asked me if I wanted to move its IP across to So far, so good. Setting up the necessary wireless settings, security and MAC filtering was straightforward too. For the price, the router is feature-rich and can't really be faulted. My only real criticisms are the English language is pretty awful on the documentation and settings pages, along with there being nowhere that actually told you what the username and password were for logging into the router - if I recall correctly they were "admin" / "admin".

The problems with this router cropped up in normal usage - various things would simply "kill" the internet connection from the device. e.g. doing a broadband speed test, downloading app updates on Android or iOS, downloading movies etc from Sky+HD On Demand . Basically anything where we needed to download a lot of data at once. Once the connection dropped out, the device would still be connected to the router via WiFi, but you couldn't access anything on the internet etc for about 30 seconds-1 minute. The same problem was also exposed when my Dad's old Core2Duo MacBook Pro connected to the network.

I checked the Tenda site for firmware updates and it was up to date apart from a newer version flagged as "for users in Russia". I restored factory settings and tried to set up again, but the problems persisted. I'm a software developer and very tech-savvy, but despite a lot of technical patience, I won't stand for unreliable equipment.

At this point I decided the product wasn't worth the hassle and requested a return via Amazon.

As an additional note, the range and connection strength at equivalent ranges to the old Sweex router seemed a little worse, so there really was no benefit to using this. I've subsequently replaced both the powerline adapters with TP-Link PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack and the Tenda router with TP-Link TL-WA901ND Advanced 300Mbps Wireless N Access Point. This came in at a lot more money, but it a few hours of usage I am extremely pleased with their combined performance - not a fraction of broadband speed lost across 25m from the office to the house.

I've been kind and given it 2 stars due to the features for the money, but its inability to work under normal usage means I couldn't recommend this product to anyone.

Derivatives Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forwards, Futures, Swaps and Options (The Wiley Finance Series)
Derivatives Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forwards, Futures, Swaps and Options (The Wiley Finance Series)
by Andrew M. Chisholm
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Mar 2007
I have not yet completed this book - however, as someone outside of finance wanting to bridge a gap of knowledge in this area, I found this book to be the only one written in a clear and concise manner.

I've only had to re-read a couple of early sections to get over confusion and in the main found most topics sunk in pretty quickly.

In terms of pages for money, it's expensive. However, I'd rather pay for this and understand what's going on than have a 1000 page monster that serves as nothing more than confusion.

Would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to get an understand of derivatives and their associated products. The fundamentals are actually clear once they sink in and you soon see how they relate to trading in the real world.

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