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TP Link TL-PA511 500 Mbps Gigabit Single Powerline Adapter

4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Integrated power socket to allow additional devices access to power
  • Mains Filter for better powerline communication performance
  • HomePlug AV standard compliant for high-speed data transfer rates of up to 500 Mbps
  • Plug and Play, no new wires or configuration required
  • Patented Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 75%

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Technical Details
BrandPowerline
Item Weight5 g
Product Dimensions4 x 5.8 x 10.5 cm
Item model numberTL-PA511
SeriesAV500
ColorBlack, White
Number of Ethernet Ports1
Wattage6 watts
Operating SystemWindows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux
  
Additional Information
ASINB005D6ZML8
Best Sellers Rank 60,977 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight281 g
Date First Available5 July 2011
  
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Product description

Product Description

TP-Link's 500 Mbps Gigabit Powerline Adapter turns your existing electrical circuits into an extremely high-speed network without the need for wires or drilling.

With a link rate of up to 500 Mbps over electrical wires, it is ideal for all types ofbandwidth-intensive transmissions, including HD and 3D movie streaming. No configuration is required; users simply plug their adapters into their power sockets and establish networking infrastructure in a flash. Moreover, the device saves a lot of energyby entering Power-Saving mode when the Ethernet link is not transferring data.

Box Contains

Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide


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Style: AV500 Gigabit Passthrough Verified Purchase
I had originally bought two TP Link Gigabit powerline adapters, to connect my modem to my equipment downstairs, PS3, TV etc etc.. They were not this model, they didn't have the plug socket. These worked fine and I had no problems, I needed an extra powerline to connect into another room, so I went for the TL-PA551. My first unit was defective and couldn't connect to my network, so I returned it to Amazon, and fair play to Amazon a replacement was sent out immediately. The second unit worked fine and connected to the other powerlines first time. When there was only two powerlines connected everything worked well, once the third was connected and it entered sleep mode it would not wake up, it didn't matter what combination of old and new powerline I used or what room they were in, one of them would not work. I read other reviews that mentioned similar problems and the fix, which is to update the firmware, which allows you to turn off the sleep mode. I did this and have had no problems since, I've been using them for over six months now, I've not noticed any of the powerlines getting excessively hot as other reviewers have mentioned. A good brand and a good product, giving a good stable connection, I dropped a star for the sleep mode issue, but otherwise all good.
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Style: AV500 Gigabit Verified Purchase
If you want WiFi all over a large house (mine is on 4 floors) use this as your master and buy the 300 Mbps WiFi Adapters for each floor you wish to access WiFi. Full strength WiFi on every device (and more than one at once, vast bandwidth). Very easy to set up and reliable, highly recommended with full, local phone call support, from excellent english speaking accommodative girls in China.
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I bought this item to use near our TV in the living room so i wouldnt loose a socket like the regular TP extender does

However, when removing it out of the box i was a bit shocked just how big this thing actually is. But i thought this was ok as long as it did its job. And it does but.......

Because it is so big, it wouldnt allow me to fit ANY plugs next to it in a double socket, not even my tiny phone charger. Now before you read this and think 'wow this must me massive', the plug sockets throughout my newly built property are different to what are usually common place. all my sockets have the switches on the outside rather then in the middle. this means the actual sockets are closer together then they would normally be.

so.........

I didnt want to send it back because i wanted internet for my tv and also not loose a socket. so i ended up buying a few double sockets with the common place switches in the middle which was an extra £13 for two of them.

Conclusion
The product works how its suppose to, linked up great in seconds on plugin in. BUT make sure your double plug is acceptable for the size of this thing.

rated 3 stars because it cost me £13 more for double sockets
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Okay. I was skeptical. Who wouldn't be? I had grown use to having my wi-fi internet speeds and was hesitant to disrupt the status quo. But, these are so simple to use that it would be a sin for anyone not to buy them if they want top notch internet speed and a swift good bye to buffering and slow downloads.

Simply plug one into the same socket where the broadband router is, and the other in the socket beside the computer, dvd player with netflix, playstation or xbox etc. You plug the ethernet cable (supplied) into the back of these devices (they all have a port for this) and thats it. Yoy now have a direct wire between your router and your device without the need to run wires all around the house.

My download speed went from 300kps to 4meg per second instantly. DO NOT pass these up.
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Style: AV500 Gigabit
These devices certainly work, but don't expect to get anywhere near 500 Mbps connectivity, not even if you use them in the same room.

The average speed that I get between sockets in the kitchen and those in the lounge is 180 Mbps (as reported by the TP-Link tool), and real world transfer rates for things like file copies is more like 2.5 MBps (roughly 30 Mbps). My house was built in 2007 and has modern wiring, so that's not the limiting factor here.

This bandwidth is sufficient to stream DVD quality movies, but barely enough to stream HD. In all, the real world transfer rates are little better than the cheaper 200 Mbps devices.

Also, the firmware that these devices run is pretty old, and TP-LINK are very slow indeed (if ever) at updating newer versions on their website. If you are a geek and want the latest software on your devices, you might be better to look for a different brand running the same INT7400 chipset.
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I already had the paired non pass through version of this (allows your electricity sockets to be used for networking computers anywhere in the house) but the drawback is they have to be in a wall socket not an extension, losing effectively one socket. I ordered the AC pass through version to enable me to expand my network but be able to use the wall socket. It arrived on the given date, well packaged etc but the plug element was broken, would not allow the plug to be pushed in. I sent it back and received a replacement, it was a bit sticky but did allow the pug in. So, all in all, good product but perhaps a manufacturing issue on the plug?
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