TRENDnet 500 Mbps Compact Powerline AV Kit - Twin Pack - £14.99 - eBuyer
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TRENDnet 500 Mbps Compact Powerline AV Kit - Twin Pack - £14.99 - eBuyer

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Found 16th Dec 2014Made hot 16th Dec 2014
The Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit, model TPL-406E2K, uses any electrical outlet to create a secure high-speed network. Connect the first adapter to your network and plug the second adapter into any outlet on your electrical system for instant high-speed network access.

The compact form factor saves space around crowded electrical outlets. This adapter automatically connects to other TRENDnet Powerline AV adapters with no installation required - TRENDnet recommends pressing the 'Sync' button to automatically change default encryption keys.
Use up to eight adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling. The power save mode reduces power consumption by up to 80%, and quality of service (QoS) technology prioritises video, audio, and online gaming.

LED displays convey device status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced 128-bit AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.

Includes two TPL-406E adapters
500 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet
Compact form factor saves space
Up to 80% power savings
Use one unit to transmit, and up to seven additional units to receive a network signal
Standards:
IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u
1 x 10/100 Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 port
2 - 68 MHz
Features:
Up to 500 Mbps (full duplex mode)
Up to eight nodes maximum
Up to four overlapping Powerline networks per electrical system
Key features of the TPL-406E2K:
High-speed networking over an existing electrical system
Adapters automatically connect using an encrypted Powerline signal
One-touch sync button changes encryption keys
Three LED indicators: power (on/off), Powerline connection, and Ethernet connection
Share data-intensive files, play games, download music, and more at fast data transfer rates
Advanced 128-bit AES encryption to ensure total network security
Box Contains

2 x TPL-406E adapters
1 x Multi-language quick installation guide
1 x Utility CD-ROM
2 x 1.5m Ethernet cables

55 Comments

I already have 2 Netgear AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapters, so can I plug in these two and connect 2 more devices to the internet?

iwd

I already have 2 Netgear AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapters, so can I … I already have 2 Netgear AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapters, so can I plug in these two and connect 2 more devices to the internet?


Yes, in theory these are supposed to be universal but I have always stuck to one brand. Pretty sure it'll slow to max 200mbps if you added these to your existing network, although Powerlines never provide anywhere near that in the first place.

this has been here several times before.. but the post costs put them into expensive price..
unless you buy lots of other things from ebuyer. it's not worth it.

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griggiel

this has been here several times before.. but the post costs put them … this has been here several times before.. but the post costs put them into expensive price..unless you buy lots of other things from ebuyer. it's not worth it.



Its free postage?

sorry just seen can choose free delivery now for super save.... but might not get for Christmas.

first option if try on phone is £7 delivery charge...

10/100Mbps ethernet ports - so if you're looking for a fast network (IE transferring bulky files across these) then this may not be for you, but for other "just to connect to the internet", these would be ideal.

Great deal

iwd

I already have 2 Netgear AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapters, so can I … I already have 2 Netgear AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapters, so can I plug in these two and connect 2 more devices to the internet?


Yes. Homeplug is a standardised protocol like Wifi - any Homeplug AV compatible unit can communicate with any other (older non-AV spec units cannot).

There are actually only a small number of Homeplug chipsets anyway.

The 500Mbps units will 'talk' to the 200Mbps units at slower 200Mbps speeds. But the two 500Mbps units will communicate with each other at 500Mbps speeds. So depending on your layout and the devices in use, you can still benefit somewhat.

Noob query - Could I plug a spare router into one of these to extend my wifi far away from my main router?

SFJnet

Noob query - Could I plug a spare router into one of these to extend my … Noob query - Could I plug a spare router into one of these to extend my wifi far away from my main router?


You can. I use TP-Link ones and use an old ADSL router to extend my network (connected to an ethernet port on the router, not the ADSL port).

Any of you have experience with ZyXEL AV2 MIMO 1200 Mbps homeplugs?

I was thinking of paying an extra £40 if the speeds are much better?

Its nearly 2015 where is my pass through?

JRBWales

You can. I use TP-Link ones and use an old ADSL router to extend my … You can. I use TP-Link ones and use an old ADSL router to extend my network (connected to an ethernet port on the router, not the ADSL port).



Is it simply 'plug n play' or did you have to change SSID names and other acronym type things for the routers?

I have a pair of 500mb/s homeplugs, but latency and speed is worse than on wifi. Is it worth investing in faster homeplugs, or is my home wiring to blame?

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renegadefunk

I have a pair of 500mb/s homeplugs, but latency and speed is worse than … I have a pair of 500mb/s homeplugs, but latency and speed is worse than on wifi. Is it worth investing in faster homeplugs, or is my home wiring to blame?



Probably your wiring. Are the plugs both on the same ringmain?

The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get about 90 max.

Davison89

Its nearly 2015 where is my pass through?



pass through sockets make the unit bigger (the PCB either needs to be larger to accommodate holes for the incoming plug, or sit below the socket entirely), so it's not always a good thing.

As almost all sockets fitted nowadays are doubles anyway, is it really that much of a downside to have one of these in one socket and a small extension in the other if you need a few sockets in the vicinity?

Are this any good?I need extend my wifi.

empyphil

The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get … The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get about 90 max.



Your mileage will definitely vary. In my previous flat these were fast enough to home stream 1080P Steam games. In my new flat, home streaming is completely out of the question and the connection frequently drops out. In the end I gave up and just wired the place with ethernet cable.

Edited by: "flusteredpie" 16th Dec 2014

quadres

Are this any good?I need extend my wifi.



You want a wifi extender mate. These just give you a wired connection anywhere with a plug socket.

I have some home plugs and are much better than wifi!

THANKS

SFJnet

Noob query - Could I plug a spare router into one of these to extend my … Noob query - Could I plug a spare router into one of these to extend my wifi far away from my main router?


As JRBWales said, yes you can, here's how.

But it's much easier [at a price] to attach one of these on top (hence the benefit of a pass through powerline adapter) and extending your wifi AND have all devices connect to the same network:

amazon.co.uk/gp/…30W

You could plug a NAS to the ethernet port of the extender and share it throughout.

lilbeastie

pass through sockets make the unit bigger (the PCB either needs to be … pass through sockets make the unit bigger (the PCB either needs to be larger to accommodate holes for the incoming plug, or sit below the socket entirely), so it's not always a good thing.As almost all sockets fitted nowadays are doubles anyway, is it really that much of a downside to have one of these in one socket and a small extension in the other if you need a few sockets in the vicinity?



The room my PC is currently located has 2 singular sockets, 1 either side of the room, so it really would be a problem if i had wires running over the middle of the floor to the PC wouldn't it. Pass through is a convenience no matter what and that's a fact, even if you had 2 plugs, especially seen as these cant run through an extension.

ollie87

CommentProbably your wiring. Are the plugs both on the same ringmain?


Not entirely sure. They work, but significantly slower than wifi and direct router connection.
Thanks for the reply.

empyphil

The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get … The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get about 90 max.


Yes can confirm, I have these in my house and they get about 90-95 max. Still a great price for them though, they've always worked perfectly for me in past year.

Home plugs are great when they work well but can be hit and miss.
I have four of these plugged in at home, the router connection home plug is directly below the one that connects to my desktop machine and the connection is reported at 450 Mbps (via the supplied software).
The others which are 3m away from the router home plug are reported as connecting at 11 Mbps which is hideously slow.
It's just a matter of luck (and how the wiring is laid out) if they work at any reasonable speed.

I've now ordered a wireless bridge in order to stream HD video.

wasabimaster

As JRBWales said, yes you can, here's how.But it's much easier [at a … As JRBWales said, yes you can, here's how.But it's much easier [at a price] to attach one of these on top (hence the benefit of a pass through powerline adapter) and extending your wifi AND have all devices connect to the same network:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00APZZ30WYou could plug a NAS to the ethernet port of the extender and share it throughout.



Thanks! That's a very sweet looking little thing!

badger1010

The others which are 3m away from the router home plug are reported as … The others which are 3m away from the router home plug are reported as connecting at 11 Mbps which is hideously slow.It's just a matter of luck (and how the wiring is laid out) if they work at any reasonable speed.I've now ordered a wireless bridge in order to stream HD video.



11Mbps is not an actual speed, it's what they say when they're in standby.

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Davison89

The room my PC is currently located has 2 singular sockets, 1 either side … The room my PC is currently located has 2 singular sockets, 1 either side of the room, so it really would be a problem if i had wires running over the middle of the floor to the PC wouldn't it. Pass through is a convenience no matter what and that's a fact, even if you had 2 plugs, especially seen as these cant run through an extension.



Just plug the home plug into an extension lead. Works fine for me.

Davison89

The room my PC is currently located has 2 singular sockets, 1 either side … The room my PC is currently located has 2 singular sockets, 1 either side of the room, so it really would be a problem if i had wires running over the middle of the floor to the PC wouldn't it. Pass through is a convenience no matter what and that's a fact, even if you had 2 plugs, especially seen as these cant run through an extension.



lostwebb

Just plug the home plug into an extension lead. Works fine for me.



This. The only extension leads that don't work are surge protected and/or rf filtered ones, as they attenuate or remove the signal completely.

Since double sockets are almost exclusively fitted nowadays and have been for many years, if you only have single sockets around the place you may well get poor signal from powerline kit in any case. But you may be lucky.

Or, if you insist you need a pass through socket, stop looking at COMPACT adapters and expecting them to come with the same features as their (usually) larger or more expensive counterparts!
Edited by: "lilbeastie" 16th Dec 2014

Which one better this one or drink 500 for extra £1

I bought these last time they were on offer, they work as intended but latency and speed is a lot slower than WiFi sadly.

rallypoint

Which one better this one or drink 500 for extra £1



the trendnet ones have free delivery, the dlink do not. But I imagine there pretty much the same.

empyphil

The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get … The advertised speeds are just way off in home plugs, 500 meg ones get about 90 max.



Note its the network speed that is 500meg not the interface your plugging into. Virtually all the adapters only have a 100Mbps connector so getting 90 real throughput is about maxing it out.
To get to the 500meg your going to need multiple adapters transferring at the same time and good wiring to boot

voodooboard

11Mbps is not an actual speed, it's what they say when they're in standby.



Interesting, however it will not stream HD video so the figure is irrelevant.

chalky242

Is it simply 'plug n play' or did you have to change SSID names and other … Is it simply 'plug n play' or did you have to change SSID names and other acronym type things for the routers?



The main thing was to set the router's IP address in the same range as my ISP's router (192.168.0.x - some are 192.168.1.x - I use 251,252,253 or 254 for x, but it can be anything not in use) and turn off the DHCP server on the second router. I would say for convenience, set the wireless security settings the same on each additional router as the ISP’s router (although with different wireless channels manually set if possible for each one you plan to use unless they are a considerable distance apart - I have three and try to leave two or three channels free in between i.e. ch1..ch.4...ch.7, etc.). I have found a smartphone Wi-Fi analyser is useful to help if you have a lot of neighbours with wireless because you can check if there are some channels less congested. I have noticed a lot of routers like channel 1 for example. It is also worth checking the signals at different times of the day as well, as some people switch their equipment off in the day while they are out and they can cause poor performance later in the day when they power up again! This isn’t fool proof, but you can get a reasonable understanding of the invisible Wi-Fi “landscape” in your home.
I use a different SSID for each router so I know straight away which one I connect to, but the down side is each has to be individually setup on each device you connect, which can become a chore and I haven't got around to changing them!
There are a few guides around on how to do it and once you are ok with the concept, it's really quite straight forward and combined with powerline adaptors (they work great for me and I have installed them for numerous friends and family with great success - no extension leads!) a cheap and cracking way to get decent wireless coverage.
I hope this gives you a few ideas.

I have a different brand 500 twin Powerline set.

It works great with decent speeds, but I get quite a few random disconnections in use (maybe a dozen a day)

I have to wait about a minute or two for it to connect to the internet again. Annoying

Is this normal for these adaptors or does it sound like a dodgy set?

Are they affected by surges from fridges,freezers do you think?

Question: If I plugged this in my house and my neighbour upstairs plugged the other one, would they sync? To extend the case, could I do this with the house on the other side of the road?
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