TP-Link TL-PA211KIT

Today we will take a look at TP-Link TL-PA211KIT which is ethernet over a powerline adapter from TP-Link. What does this mean? It makes it possible to use powerlines to carry your ethernet and therefore making networking houses without CAT-cabling very easy. Let’s take a look how well it performs in our tests.

About TP-Link:

Check their homepages at www.tp-link.com for more details about the company.

Specifications:

HARDWARE FEATURES
Standards and Protocols HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u
Interface 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
Button Pair Button
Plug Type EU, US, UK, AU
LED Indicator PWR, PLC, ETH
Dimentions( W x D x H ) 3.6 x 2.2 x 1.2 in.(93×56×30 mm)
Weight 103 Grams
Power Consumption < 3 W
Range 300m in house
SOFTWARE FEATURES
Modulation Technolody OFDM
Advanced Functions Build-In QoS Feature,
Intelligent Channel Adaptation
Encryption 128-bit AES Encryption
OTHERS
Certification CE, FCC, RoHS
Package Contents Powerline Ethernet Adapter x 2,
Ethernet cable (RJ45) x 2,
Resource CD,
Quick Installation Guide
System Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux
Environment Operating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing

Features:

– HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 200Mbps, enough for HD video streaming
– Super Small Design with a new exterior, blends in completely in front of any power outlet
– Twin Pack design good for establishing a powerline network initially
– No new wires, uses existing electrical wires
– Up to 300 meters range over the household power circuit for better performance through walls or across floors
– Easy Plug and Play operation, No configuration required
– Patented Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 65%*
– Establish a 128-bit AES encryption to secure powerline communications simply by pressing the Pair button on the adapter
– Built-in QoS assures the quality of bandwidth sensitive applications such as voice, video and online games
– Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizes IPTV streaming
– A wide range of plug type including EU, UK, AU and US ensures that it can be used nearly all over the world

The Product:

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TP-Link TL-PA211KIT comes in a greenish cardboard box.  The face of the package has pictures of the units while the backside has information and the main specifications of it.

TL-PA211KIT
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Inside the cardboard box we find two pieces of adapters, two ethernet cables, and manuals. TL-PA211 is completely driver-free and transparent for your computer so driver-cd is not bundled with it.

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Comments

  1. Mike Velez says:

    I have had some experience with PLMs in the past, and can give a few hints for connectivity/throughput. 

    UPS’s – avoid plugging PLM’s into these.
    Surge strips/protectors – avoid plugging PLM’s into these. 
    Separate Phases – try to avoid this.
    Extension cords of any kind – try to avoid these.
    Outlet “splitters” – avoid these. 

    Basically, always plug directly into the wall outlets. any sort of bypass/passthrough will hinder or completely negate connections. these units can be extremely positive, if used properly, in my experience.

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