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ZyXEL PLA5215 600 Mbps Powerline Gigabit with AC Pass Through Adapter - Twin Pack

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  • The newest HomePlug AV2 standard enables data transfer rates of up to 600 Mbps
  • Plug-and-Play design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles
  • AC pass-through design with embedded noise filter for reduced power interference
  • Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology and QoS enhances media streaming quality
  • Encrypt button for easy security setup and 128-bit AES encryption for network security

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Technical Details
BrandZYXEL
Item Weight204 g
Product Dimensions6.7 x 12.2 x 4 cm
Item model numberPLA5215-GB0201F
Wattage5.00
  
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ASINB00ECBSQQS
Best Sellers Rank 81,924 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight739 g
Date First Available25 July 2013
  
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The ZyXEL PLA5215 AV2 600 HomePlug starter kit with Pass-thru improves networking performance by more than 20% comparing with the 500 Mbps powerline technologies for better multiple HD media streaming. Just plug this pair of ZyXEL PLA5215 HomePlug adapters into the electrical outlets and connect to your network devices, you can immediately enjoy HD multimedia streaming, multiplayer gaming and other network applications simultaneously in every room. HomePlug AV2 with Gigabit Ethernet port - With the latest HomePlug AV2 technology, the ZyXEL PLA5215 HomePlug starter kit provides speeds of up to 600 Mbps and backward compatibility with HomePlug AV- and IEEE 1901-based products. In addition, each ZyXEL PLA5215 is equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port to provide a stable high-performance network for simultaneous HD streaming, gaming and Web surfing. You can easily extend Internet access to any room with just a power outlet.

The AC pass-through design provides the convenience to deploy a home network without compromising the existing power outlets by minimizing the interference from other home electric devices. The embedded noise filter also enables the ZyXEL PLA5215 HomePlug to suppress noise from all connected electronic equipment to enhance network quality for multimedia streaming. The advanced Quality of Service (QoS) feature improves the quality of multimedia streaming applications such as triple-play services by traffic prioritizing HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP services.

Box Contains

2x ZyXEL Powerline Ethernet Adapter
2x Ethernet Cable
Quick Start Guide
Support CD
Warranty Card



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By Old Timer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2014
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Reading the previous reviews of the PLA5215 Poweline adapters did not fill me with confidence, so I'm happy to report they worked first time with no problems encountered.

1) I plugged one unit into a wall socket near my router and connected it to the router with an Ethernet patch lead. Almost instantly the green LEDs indicating power and network were lit.

2) The other unit I plugged into a 4-way trailing socket strip in my living room, which is not recommended by ZyXEL but I'm generally short of power sockets in my old house. From this second unit I connected an Ethernet patch lead to my WDTV Live media player.

3) I checked that the media player had internet connection and that my computer could see it as a network device. All was well, the installation was complete.

On file transfer speeds, I just don't have the software to make scientific tests, so I'll give a practical example. An 867MB movie transferred from computer to media player in 5 minutes 30 seconds, which may not sound too impressive. Previously though, using an (allegedly) 300 Mbps Wifi adapter in the media player, transferring the same file took 12 minutes, more than twice as long. So as far as I'm concerned the ZyXEL PLA5215 units are doing what I want them to do, and without the uncertainty that has always plagued me with WiFi connection to that media player.

Longevity of the devices is something I'm not yet in a position to comment on, but I will return to update this review if I experience any problems.

Edit 30/9/2014: Six months on the units are still working fine.
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when getting fibre broadband the router had to move downstairs, which left me without coverage in most of the house. This saved me from doing a complicated cable installation. Fantastic performance (real 250-450Mbps). Can only recommend.
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Really great value for these - probably the cheapest I've found them anywhere.
They perform great - I upgraded from a couple of old Comtrend powerline boxes and the speed difference was amazing. I have a PC in a cabin at the bottom of the garden, and these not only work all the way down to there, but also give it full speed access to my fibre broadband, just as if it was directly connected to my fibre router.
Only thing to watch out for was that I had left one of the comtrends plugged in upstairs which was obviously causing some interference and resulting in sub-ADSL speeds. Switching that off and everything runs amazingly fast now - great for HD video streaming, etc.
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Bought two sets to add to the existing 600Mbps already in use so we can get our spare room office sorted out, which is some way from the router. They have the added advantage of the Pass-Thru, so saving an electrical point. Work perfectly for our purpose and would recommend these for people who have several networked computers and accessories.
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I've been using power line networking for about 3 years or so now, but regularly upgrade for better speed.

These are the fastest adapters in my setup now at 600mbps. The other adapters are a mix of 500mbps and 200mbp depending on what I'm connecting. Devices that are shared such as my media server and NAS get faster speeds whereas laptops and viewing devices such as TV and Bluray get the slower adapters.

This is the fourth manufacturer in my setup now. I have a mix of TP-Link, D-Link and Netgear as well as this ZyXel pair. All work perfectly together with the encryption enabled (preventing someone from eavesdropping or hopping onto the powerline network from outside the house - which isn't supposed to be possible but could be a concern for some on an un-encrypted link).

They are not the smallest adapters I have but having the pass-through socket is a bonus.

A note for new users, the 600mbps is combined send and receive speed so is a little misleading - you can only have a total of 600mbps traveling via the adapter (ie 300 send and 300 receive). With a maximum total speed of 600mbps the Gigabit pass-through is a bit pointless really (though it /may/ help in the connection negotiation with your broadband router).

They're very easy to set up, if they are the only two adapters you'll be up and running litterally in seconds. If you are adding to an existing network just be sure to get the encryption button presses the right way around (press the encrypt button on the NEW adapter for 3 seconds, then when the power light on the NEW adapter starts flashing press the encrypt/link/pair button on an adapter on the existing encrypted powerline network). If you get it the wrong way around you'll end up creating a new pair of adapters that are separate from the rest of your network.

Recommended.
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I have a set of TP-Link AV500 powerline adapters that generally work well, but a few weeks back I was trying to stream a LARGE 1080P video file and there was stuttering every few minutes. Now this is still an improvement over my experience with WiFi which stuttered every few seconds on even some 720P video files.

So I bit the bullet and ran thirty metres of Cat 5e cable from the computer room upstairs with my NAS in it, snaking all the way down to my front room where the TV, and media PC, are located. This worked well, although it looks terrible - next house, or major refurbishment, I'm going to wire every room in the house with cable behind the skirting boards or otherwise hidden. Maybe not the bathroom. Anyway, I'm consistently getting 800mbps over cable, compared to about 40mbps from my old 802.11g WiFi and about 90 mbps from the TP-Link AV500 powerline adapters.

The AV500 powerline adapters have 100 mbps ethernet ports, so even though they're claimed to be 500mbp capable, this actually refers to total bandwidth available. ie if you had six of them plugged into a perfect home electrical ring main, they could handle a maximum "flow" of information within the network loop of 500mbps, but no individual adapter is going to be capable of delivering more than about 100mbps because of the limitation on the port.

Theoretically, the ZyXEL AV600 with its gigabit port should be capable of delivering ten times this. It does not. In fact in my, not particularly scientific, experiments it was only marginally quicker than my existing AV500 adapters, doing well to manage 100mbps at all.
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