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3.0 out of 5 stars 100mbps NOT 500mbps, 17 Dec. 2013
This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Mini Network Starter Kit, Up to 500 Mbps Over Existing Electrical Lines (Accessory)
The first thing you should know about these powerline adaptors is that they are only capable of sending 100mbps through the Ethernet port, not 500mbps as advertised and printed on the box, this is very misleading. What this actually means is the total amount of bandwidth possible if you had 5 or more adaptors plugged into your network would be 500mbps combined.

The first pair were faulty and returned for exchange.

The second pair seem to be working fine, although disappointed having much lower speeds than expected and because they are used to connect the upstairs router port to a gigabit switch in the lounge they create a bottleneck, although they replaced a pair of old netgear 54mbps powerline adaptors that we're not much slower although quite inefficient.

What drawn me to these adaptors was the assumed bandwidth power, connected to a gigabit switch downstairs sounded ideal.
The compact design is excellent, they are great looking and appear to be well made.
The security and software is a plus point (note: software is clunky and probably confusing to some)
The efficient power saving features, although apparently buggy, to be confirmed.
They were on special offer at the time.

If you are happy with the lower speed and they are priced less than £20 it's a yes, but if you are looking for super fast these are not not for you.

Three stars for the misleading advertising on the packaging, if they were advertised as 100mbps each then I would still buy them and give 4 stars.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2014 22:54:26 GMT
Jack says:
The 'up to' 500mbps is the connection speed between adapters through the mains cables.

These AV500 ones are better for HD streaming over the network than the AV200 ones.

But yes the ethernet port on it is only capable of 100mbps.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2014 20:15:50 GMT
sophie owen says:
All the homeplugs are the same none do anywhere near the speed quoted so its not just these ones, the TP link, Netgear and so on are all the same.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 22:24:59 BDT
D Hewitt says:
I can't think of a reason the 100 mbps would not be sufficient for most folks' needs. We manage fine with an old pair of TP-Link 200 mbps which give real world speeds of 45 - 50 mbps. Handles HD video fine and backs up PC to server nightly without a hitch.

However, I agree that the marketing is false.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2014 21:50:27 BDT
OLLSY says:
any idea if these would be suitable to hook up a skybox F5

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2014 07:51:40 BDT
D Hewitt says:
Sure. Anything with ethernet is compatible.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2014 10:04:59 BDT
AluCard IV says:
You're that 640k Memory Guy aren't you?

Posted on 12 Jul 2014 21:20:31 BDT
Roger Peters says:
How fast is a gigabit? If you hear the prefix "giga" and assume 1,000 megabytes, you might also figure that a gigabit network should deliver 1,000 megabytes per second. If this sounds like a reasonable assumption to you, you're not alone. But unfortunately, you're going to be disappointed. A gigabit network should be capable of delivering a theoretical maximum transfer of 125 MB/s in perfect conditions. Around 100 MB /s is probably about tops in the real world.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2014 20:40:20 BDT
Jamie Briers says:
I think you just need to reconsider what you're saying a moment.

GigaBIT is in fact 1,000 megaBITS. but there are 8 BITS in a BYTE. 125 megaBYTES a second(as you said) is exactly (125*8) 1000 megaBITS.
typically, file sizes are listed in bytes, and networking is listed in bits. it is confusing, i know, but it is always this way.
It is not possible to download a 5MB file in one second on a 5 megabit internet connection. It would likely take 8.

also, getting 80% of a theoretical maximum in real world condition is actually pretty decent. only once have i used that sort of speed, and it was transferring 1TB of movies through a gigabit switch.


In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 23:12:06 BDT
Roger Peters says:
You are absolutely correct.
As you say 80% is pretty good and using all gigabit components I usually can transfer at between 90 -110 mb /s, which is pretty impressive I think.

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 17:05:00 BDT
W. Riches says:
Are you sure that these only support 100Mbps per ethernet port and that it's not due to your wiring in your house?

I ask because I have a pair of TRENDnet 200Mbps Nano powerlines, and they perform consistently at 160Mbps. Surely they don't have faster ethernet ports than the 500Mbps version?
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