on 12 December 2013
Having used a TP Link for quite a while to get the internet from my office to my home, using the electric wiring, some 50 yards away, after it gave up the ghost I immediately ordered two more of the same ilk. The service from Amazon, as many will know was exceptional - ordered around 4pm and received at 12.30 the following day. And with no post charges it's better that getting transport to the shops - and cheaper.
But back to the product. Try as I might pressing the buttons on the two parts, they just would not connect. The lights showed that all was well with the sender, but no internet would come through. I did as was suggested, using a short cable and pressed at varying times and in varying ways, but nothing. The things just would not work. And going back to the various reviews I realised this was an all too common fault, with many sending the product back.
But then I realised that the new sender would work with the former receiver, proving the it was that that was at fault. So rather than send it all back and be without internet, I left it as it was. I have to admit that at this time I have something going that I would not like to be without in the house in the evening, hence the decision.
But only two stars, as only half of it worked!
Certainly not recommended, as from other reviews it just is not a reliable product.
on 9 June 2012
This product worked first time. Plug in at both locations, press the button on the underside of each unit, bingo. Thats it. Could not be simpler. You do not even lose the plug socket as each unit has a pass through connection. Highly recommended. I even got an improvement in my broadband speed at the remote location. Win, win, win.
on 13 April 2013
I bought these to solve a specific problem: My wireless router is located downstairs and I needed an Internet connection for a device located in my bedroom, where the wifi signal isn't great. This TP Link TL-PA251 kit solved the problem brilliantly!
The pass-through power sockets were a must, as I couldn't afford to lose access to a single power socket in my bedroom, or downstairs, next to my router. In this gadget-riddled age, they're always at a premium, aren't they?! Note that the instructions specify that the adaptors should be plugged directly into wall sockets, and not into power extension lead sockets.
Some not-so-good observations (AKA nitpicking):
- The supplied RJ45/Ethernet cables aren't very long. They're about a metre in length, so if your router and/or device are further away from a power socket, you'll need to get longer cables.
- I found it difficult to plug things into the pass-through power sockets on both adaptors, specifically, inserting the earth (top) pin. It may just be down to the plugs but I had to use some force to insert them into the pass-through sockets. Also, the power lead from the plugged-in device hangs down and obscures the middle LED , which indicates a connection between the two adpators.
Considerations for bedroom users (oo-er, missus):
If, like me, you want the TP Link TL-PA251 kit in order to get Internet access in the room you sleep in, there are a couple of things to consider. Firstly, as others have said, the LED indicator lights are pretty bright, but they sort of need to be so that they can be seen even in bright daylight. After a few minutes of network inactivity, the adaptor goes to sleep in a power saving mode which is indicated by the power LED slowly blinking on and off. Personally, I didn't find this distracting enough to prevent me getting to sleep. However, both the Ethernet and adaptor connection LEDs flash furiously with network activity, so, if you're into downloading stuff while you sleep, I suspect it could be a bit like trying to get to sleep in the middle of a Disco lightshow. Of course, if the LEDs do bother you that much, you can always stick a Post It note, or something, over them.
The other consideration for bedroom users only applies if you’re like me and have sensitive hearing – you can hear faint sounds that others can’t seem to hear. The adaptors make a barely audible sound which I actually didn’t notice until I’d had them installed for a couple of days. In the dead quiet of night when going to sleep, I can hear a faint, high-pitched beeping which is basically in sync with the blinking of the power LED, when the adaptor’s asleep in power saving mode. I do find this a bit annoying but it hasn’t really affected me getting off to sleep, I don’t think. Hopefully, I’ll just get used to it after a while.
After all my nitpicking, I did consider deducting a star from my rating, but decided this would be unfair as the TP Link TL-PA251 kit does do the job I got it for, and does it really well, i.e. I now have a rock-solid, full speed, wired Internet connection in my bedroom.
Before ordering, I did wonder whether the 30+ year old wiring in my house would be a problem, but thankfully, my worries proved unfounded.
I should also mention that a Windows app that lets you configure the TP Link TL-PA251 kit is also supplied, although I doubt most people will ever need to use it as everything works great, right out of the box. There are several preset configurations offered to optimize the adaptors for Internet access, online gaming, audio/video streaming etc., as well as some fine-tune settings to keep the geeks happy. Note that the configuration app is supplied on mini CD (possibly for cost/packaging reasons), so you won’t be able you use it with a slot CD/DVD ROM drive.
So, the TP Link TL251 kit: 5 stars and highly recommended, especially when considering the modest price tag compared to similar offerings from other manufacturers. Job’s a good ‘un!