Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Kit

Powerline ethernet adapters are theoretically the perfect approach to retrofitting an existing building with wired ethernet. The premise of being able to simply plug two adapters in to the existing power outlets and instantly have a wired network covering several hundred feet has a great appeal. The Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit is a product that looks to provide this functionality and at the same time promises speeds of up to 500Mbps. We take a quick look after the break.

Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Kit Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Kit
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Opening the Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit yielded no surprises. Provided in the kit were the two powerline adapters, two short ethernet cables, the instruction booklet, and CD-ROM. The adapters themselves were similarly devoid of anything notable, containing only the ethernet port, 3 indicator LEDs, and two buttons – one for syncing the adapter and the other for resting.

About Trendnet:

Trendnet is a California based company that specializes in providing networking equipment for both home and commercial use. While their company vision is to “build innovative, easy to use and reliable Networks,” they provide many different products including 3G wireless routers and wireless security cameras. Trendnet sells their 250 products to over 125 different countries. You can learn more about Trendnet by visiting their site at

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* Includes two TPL-401E adapters
* High speed building-wide networking over an existing electrical system
* 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX Gigabit port
* Connect one 500Mbps*
* Powerline AV Adapter to the Internet and then plug in up to 15* additional 500Mbps** Powerline AV adapters for instant building-wide connectivity
* One-touch Sync button networks adapters quickly
* Share data intensive files, play games, download music, and more at ultra fast data transfer rates
* Advanced 128-bit AES encryption to ensure total network security
* Power Saving mode reduces electrical consumption by 80%
* Neighbor network support for up to 4 overlapping networks
* Compatible with both 120 volt and 240 volt electrical systems
* Tri-color LED indicator
* Network signal transmits up to 300 meters (984ft.)
* Auto QoS support through traffic classification and multiple priority queuing
* Configuration utility compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP (32/64-bit) operating systems
* 3-year limited warranty
* Maximum of 16 adapters (nodes) recommended for streaming video across your network. Additional adapters may decrease performance. ** 500Mbps is the maximum theoretical

Powerline data rate.  Actual throughput will vary depending on environment.  *** Networked Powerline devices need to be plugged into power outlets that are on the same electrical system.****It is not recommended to use this product on electrical systems that use AFCI circuit breakers or plugged into GFI protected outlets as this may cause performance degradation or loss in connectivity.


HardwareStandards IEEE 1901, HomePlug® AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3abInterface 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 Port, Power ProngFrequency Band 2 ~ 50 MHzModulation OFDM Symbol Modulation on link synchronization, 1024/256/64/8 – QAM, QPSK, BPSK, ROBO CarrierProtocols TDMA and CSMA/CASpeed

* Powerline: up to 500Mbps**

* Ethernet: up to 2 Gbps with Full Duplex mode

Utility OS Compatibility Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP(32/64-bit)Nodes Up to 64 (max.)Recommended: Up to 16* per powerline networkOverlapping Powerline Networks Up to 4 (per electrical system)Coverage Up to 300m (984ft.)Security 128-Bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)LED

Power (PWR), Ethernet Link/Act (ETH)Powerline (PL) with Connection Quality Indication
* Best (Green)    * Better (Amber)    * Good (Red)

Buttons Sync, ResetDimension (L x W X H)
* A: 98 x 72 x 55 mm (3.9 x 2.8 x 2.2 in.) per unit    * EU: 98 x 72 x 70 mm (3.9 x 2.8 x 2.8 in.) per unit


* A: Total Weight: 300 g (10.6 oz) / Per Unit Weight: 150 g (5.3 oz)    * EU: Total Weight: 310 g (11 oz) / Per Unit Weight: 155 g (5.5 oz)

Power Source

* A: 100~230V AC, 50~60Hz    * EU: 220~240V/ 5A AC, 50Hz


* Active mode: 4.69 Watts (max.)    * Standby mode: 0.85 Watts (max.)

* Operating: 0° ~ 40°C (32° ~ 104°F)    * torage: -20° ~ 70°C (-4° ~ 158°F)
Humidity Max. 90% (non-condensing)Certifications CE, FCC

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  1. You may install the utility on its CD, which views the connection status realtime.
    The speed is highly related to the wiring condition of your house.

  2. For the wireless disconnection problem, please change the wireless channel for a try.
    You may need the help of a free software, inSSIDer, which scans all wireless networks around you. So that you can avoid the occupied channels.

  3. Hi again. I forgot to mention that I’m an engineer at TP-LINK, so you can trust my
    suggestions in previous comments for TL-PA211! Also, it’s important to note that Powerline
    technology can be affected by other high-frequency devices, such as hair dryers
    and microwaves. This is true of all Powerline products.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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