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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the answer to all evil!, 30 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit - Twin Pack (Accessory)
I recently bought a Samsung Smart TV and found that the wireless connection in our bedroom was not good enough to use the Smart element of the TV (needs 10Mbp believe it or not!). We currently have a virgin broadband router that consistently produces about 30 Mbp when tested by speedtest.net. The speedtest on the wireless in the bedroom was at about 6-7 mbp so I thought that these units would solve my problem by providing a wired speed nearer to the 30mbp we get downstairs. Connecting and pairing the two units was incredibly easy and yes they do work well (even in plugboards). However the speed in the bedroom was only 12-14 Mbps - a considerable improvement on the wireless speed, but no where near the actual speed coming out of the router. Clearly there is considerable speed loss the further the signal needs to travel along the mains wires (different ring mains etc) So buy these with your eyes wide open - if you have a poor wireless signal they will probably increase the speed but be aware it is not the same as plugging in an ethernet cable direct from the router into your PC, Smart TV etc.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2013 11:36:16 BDT
Ken Speed says:
I get Internet on my main tv via a £60 Sony blu ray player and TP link . Plays love film and I player HD no problem even though my broadband never exceeds 3.8 Mbps. I have a Samsung smart tv which is also fed by TP Link . Absolutely hopeless . Struggles with Love Film and seizes up if I player HD selected. The TP link is great(also plugs in to my Sonos system to bypass wireless links). Samsung Smart? Not very bright as far as I'm concerned.

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 02:43:54 BDT
Oh I just bought a Samsung Smart TV which arrived yesterday. I know I have only had it a couple of days but my maximum speed here is 6.9 mb and the other speed is between 2 and 3 (not sure which is upload and which is download). Anyway, I did have a few problems today with it breaking up. I noticed this was probably the busiest time of the evening when this happened when neighbours who live along this stretch of road would be likely to be using their equipment. Almost all of us are with BT. As soon as it got to about 11 pm I had no problems at all. I am not sure whether it is going to help at all to buy TP-Links. The speeds on my wireless things are almost the same as the wired speeds. I did note on the Amazon details for the TV I was sure it stated that only 2 mb speeds were needed but when the product arrived I noticed in the instructions it quoted a minimum of 10 mb. I am going to see how it goes. Are you sure you did not have something else in the room interfering with the signal at all. I watched 4 whole comedy programmes this evening with no problems at all. I only had a problem with one out of 5 programmes. Let me know how you get on. Good Luck with it all. I do hope you don't have to give up on the Smart TV as the options it gives are absolutely amazing - it is such a pleasure to be able to watch comedies instead of the usual horror type things which are generally on during the late evenings. The Samsung TV's now give you both BBC and ITV catch up and can be used for Love Film and Netflix too! and tons of other things. Really amazing! Oh and now I am just reading the comments underneath - I do not think I was using HD and have not tried Love Film or Netflix. Have only tried the catch up for BBC and ITV and also YouTube worked very well too.

Posted on 6 May 2014 09:39:26 BDT
I'm getting half the speed on this compared to router speed. I think you're right..the dodgy electrics in this house are probably to blame.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014 12:40:41 BDT
G. Farr says:
I've just bought one of these for the same reason, I have a Samsung Smart TV, but as my bedroom is the other side of the house to the router I cant make the most of the smart features. also have virgin media will be interesting to see what happens.
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