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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but only because I'm a geek, 12 Mar 2014
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-WPA4220T KIT AV500 Powerline 300M Wi-Fi Extender/Wi-Fi Booster/Hotspot with Two Ethernet Ports, Three Units Pack (Easy Configuration, Wi-Fi Clone for Smartphone/Tablets/Laptop) (Accessory)
Packaging - excellent. Instructions - well... with patience, tolerable. Not for the faint-hearted non-techie John Does.

The main marketing point of this product seems to be the plug-and-play capability, which seems to work only partially.

The powerline pairing works just fine - managed to pair the powerline module and three wifi extenders within a few minutes.

I couldn't get the Wi-Fi autopairing work with three different NetGear Wi-Fi routers (all three support WPS button connection).

Once I found the IP address of the device, I was able to log in and set up the Wi-Fi parameters within minutes. I love the fact that the device reboots super fast (unlike traditional APs, that take several minutes to restart).

Network speed via powerline will not be the advertised 500MBps, but somewhere around 200-300. I am connecting through about 10m of powerline, on the same circuit breaker.

Wi-Fi speed varies but signal is reliable ~10m outside the house (brick walls) at 72MBps (extender and target device were both in "n" mode).
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2014 19:04:15 BDT
The AV500, refers to 250 is each direction. All manufacturers use that marketing gimic.

Wireless AC 1900 routers, are similar only worse, they take Wireless N speed, then add on Wireless AC Speed, then double it for each direction.
You'd need 4 devices on the router 2 N, 2 on AC and both working flat out to achieve that rating.
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