TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT Powerline 600Mb GB Ethernet Twin-Pack - (Enterprise Computing > Powerline Networking)
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-Very easy to connect and get started
-very fast I got just over 100mb/s (which is the limit of my internet)
-sometimes disconnects for a few seconds (quite rare)
-gets a bit warm (I'm not sure if this effects performance)
As I can't connect Ethernet this works as an alternative, compared to the wifi I was using before it have a fast and more stable connection. This is in a flat where several people are using chargers and appliances and it still works with fine. Even in fps like COD and battlefield its a big improvement. I would recommend it to others.
easy to set up
worked with my older Devolo powerline 200
If you are short of plug sockets you may need the items with a pass through socket.
And finally - DO NOT plug them into a power strip - they either won't work or run really slow - plug them directly into a wall socket.
I'm very pleased with the size of these, they fit into the plugs in my house without blocking access to the plugs next to them.
It's worth noting that although these have a gigabit ethernet port (the reason I selected this model) the ethernet leads supplied are only cat5 and not cat5e so you won't get the full potential speed using the supplied leads. I purchased two cat6 cables (available on Amazon at very good prices) in order to optimise the speed.
The speed tests that I have done showed me receiving the same broadband speed through my access point as the main router (usually around 67Mbps) which I found very impressive. I haven't tested the full data transfer speed of them over the network, only the broadband speed, but I am able to stream HD video from my Macbook to my Apple TV without any buffering or delays.
I've so far not experienced any negatives or issues but will update my review accordingly if I come across any problems.
When you first setup I would upgrade with the firmware from the website as they do cutout due to a power saving bug if you don't and this will lead you to think they are faulty if you leave it.
I have this setup to give internet to my BT youview box in my lounge that doesn't have wifi. all the subscription channels (they all require internet) work perfectly and I have connected up my laptop (100mb LAN) and it copy's files at its full 100mb speed. Works perfectly with my buffalo linkstation NAS too.
Will work perfectly with all other tp link power line adapters. As this is the fastest make sure one of these is connected to the router not any other one or you won't get the full speed around your home.
Would recommend this kit for anyone with poor wifi around the house or that box upstairs that doesn't have wifi it will sole all your problems!
Not as fast as advertised, so if you could easily lay cable down I'd go for that personally.
I've previously used TP-Link powerlines. They work well enough, but as others have commented, all of a sudden you find your network connection is disrupted for 2-3 mins. After reading comments on here and delving I reckon its down to the power saving / sleep mode.
Yes, you can survive without performing the firmware updates and using the SetStandbyMode tool to turn off the sleep mode. But I found it extremely frustrating and dropouts happened when I was doing critical work!
I need to monitor how successful the removal of the standby mode is, but for those who decide to try here is some advice:
1. Install WinPcap (otherwise you get 'Invalid DLL error' when you run SetStandbyMode) - http://www.winpcap.org/install/default.htm
2. Unzip the SwitchPowerSaveTool and run the SetStandbyMode util - http://www.tp-link.us/resources/software/SwitchPowerSaveTool.zip OR http://www.tp-link.us/support/download/?model=TL-PA511&version=V1
3. If you get 'the local device hasn't been connected' error then make sure you have your PC connected directly to the plug and the plug connected to a socket. I made sure I could connect to the internet before trying the SSM utility and swapped the plugs over when setting each of them.
Unfortunately, the tool is a windows exe. Mac users can use Parallels (like me).
UPDATE: After testing the standby mode setting, I find that the dropouts ARE less frequent. They still happen for a few mins and its easily proved its a TP Link dropout by switching to wireless and back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
been using them a while now, and have set them up for other people.
they just work, i have had no issues.
I can't imagine life without it. Very robust connection, never had any issues whatsoever.Published 7 months ago by Simeh
Works perfectly and I get speedy internet in my bedroom where WiFi is unreachable, enough for streaming HD video without a hitch.Published 7 months ago by Nimrod Priell
Didn't run a proper benchmark but the bandwidth is in excess of 100Mbps which is all I care about.
Occasionally, the network will go DOWN for almost a minute and then go back... Read more
Worked very reliably for 13 months, then one of the adapters made a loud bang and failed. On the positive side the case was not compromised and there was no fire. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fenderbender