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Powerline install easy or not so easy
on 21 February 2016
These worked perfectly out of the box and made me wonder about some comments about pairing problems and adding extra adapters.
I bought another pair of adapters (TL-PA4010). I managed to pair these to the TL-PA4030 using the "Pair Buttons" without any trouble.
To check them I loaded the TP-Link powerline utility.
1st problem: you have to run the utility as an Administrator.
2nd problem: I could not understand why I could not see the adaptor that was connected to the router (only 2 adaptors on), yet Internet access was there! It took me a while to realise that the adaptor the PC is connected to does not appear in the utility, it is referred to (when missing) as the local adaptor.
So if you want to give your local adaptor a name, it has to be done from a different PC! Or swap the Ethernet lead between adaptors.
3rd Problem: I decided to rename the Powerline network name using the utility. Immediately afterwards all communication ceased!
Not 100% sure why because I discovered the answer to Problem 2 last. I think maybe the utility renames all adaptors but not the local one.
So it can take ages to setup!
My TL-4030Kit didn't include the TP-Link Utility CD but the TL-PA4010 did. It can be downloaded from:
If you want to personalise your network, setup the adaptor name and network before pairing extra adaptors.
Hopefully this info will help others to setup a Powerline network.
Addon: Naming a network only seems to work locally i.e. for one PC, so it seems like a pointless exercise.
I'm now using my laptop and although it can "see" the other 2 adaptors, there is no network or adaptor names!
Almost forgot, how fast are they ? Well since I'm upgrading from 200AV, I wasn't expecting 500Mb/s.My broadband is 30Mb/s
and it can keep up with that,. PC to PC transfer with compressed data (.jpg) about 1MB/s. I'm happy with that.