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4.0 out of 5 stars Stuck at 11 Mbps in the TP-Link software? FIXED., 10 Aug 2012
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This review is from: TP-Link PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack (Accessory)
TP-Link PA411 AV500 Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack

Ok I went for the 500Mbps ones (but they work on the same principles as the 200 mbps ones, just faster) but was sceptical about 500Mbps over a 1940's built house, but neither the less wanted to give my Virgin Media 120mb line the best chance..

Virgin are always upgrading their broadband connection speed so I'd imagine 200 mbps would be surpassed within a year or two as they roll out 300 mbps and 500 mbps lines going forward.

PAIRING...

Ignore the instructions, just do this...
1) Connect your 1st homeplug to your broadband router via supplied network lead
2) Connect your 2nd homeplug to your other PC/Xbox/Laptop etc
3) Press the pair button on the 1st home plug in for 1 second (power LED will slowly flash)
4) RUN to the 2nd homeplug and press pair button in for 1 Second
5) Both units will flash for a minute or two (not sure why it takes this length of time, but it don't matter - go make a cuppa) and then the connection should be established. Turn on your other PC/Xbox/Laptop device etc and enjoy.

NOTE: You can add another homeplug by pairing with the 1st one.
You can also move the home plug to another socket, you don't need to do any of the above pairing etc as they are already "friends".

After this I went to get some food but came back and now wanted to test the speed of these badboys! I installed the supplied software and after a fiddly time trying to get the 2nd homeplug picked up by the software (though it still allowed network traffic - just the software couldn't see it) I was horrified to see a paltry 11mpbs!
I moved both homeplugs to an original build double power socket in the kitchen, attached the network lead from the router to homeplug no 1 and retested. They were both next to each other in the same socket and I was still stuck on 11mpbs!

FAULTY! So I slept on it and was ready to send these back. However, I had been testing all this time with the XBOX switched off assuming the speed seen in the software was between homeplugs. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. The speed reported is between DEVICES, if one is switched off, the software ALWAYS reports 11 mpbs. So to get a true speed, you HAVE TO have both devices (router and PC/Xbox/Laptop etc) switched on!

I'm now getting 327Mbps, which is still a bit shy of 500Mbps but I'm happy with that as my research on google has shown not a lot of people can get near that. For the extra 9 the 500Mbps version are a bit more future proof and a lot better if being used on a home network where speeds will exceed the broadband im using.
Happy to help anyone who needs advice, just drop me a line.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2012 10:41:20 BDT
B. Douglas says:
According to the technical specs the powerline adapters are capable of 500Mbps, but the ethernet port on it is only capable of 100Mbps. Can you confirm if there's actually a Gigabit ethernet port on the device?

Posted on 4 Sep 2012 08:33:57 BDT
R East says:
Would you happen to know if it is possible to add multiple devices? I have 3 children each with gaming facilities that I would like to enhance?

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 09:31:26 BDT
D. Marcus says:
I only have the two in total, but from what ive read you can have more.. might be worth a call to TP-Link support line, but im sure you can link more.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 09:32:25 BDT
D. Marcus says:
Yeah they are 100mbps ports, i still get 327mbps thou, not sure how that works. The 500mpbs ports ones are available though, if you want to be sure.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2012 09:21:01 BDT
You can add as many plugs as you like to the network. You will just need to pair the new one added with one of the originals paired to have it included.

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 13:35:10 BDT
Evilhomer says:
very helpful instructions on how to set these up, follow this guys instructions or face hours of torment following the book!

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 16:34:01 BDT
P. Larsman says:
I've just converted my shed at the bottom of the garden into an office. It's quite a long way from my router and my wifi signal strength (in the office) is usually "poor" and sometimes non existent. Will this product help me?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 17:11:11 BDT
D. Marcus says:
Yes, as long as ur shed is on the same mains ring as the house and is under the max length (cable not straight line) you should be good. If not you should be ok to return via amazons return policy, but check 1st

Cheers

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 17:34:45 BDT
P. Larsman says:
Many thanks! Shed powered by single cable about 20 metres long coming out from ordinary socket on house ring main. Does that sound OK?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 17:44:21 BDT
Evilhomer says:
should be fine mate.
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