ZyXEL PLA4215 - 500Mbps Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Kit Todays Deal £19.98 @ Ebuyer
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ZyXEL PLA4215 - 500Mbps Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Kit Todays Deal £19.98 @ Ebuyer

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Found 24th Apr 2014
500Mbps Gigabit Passthrough
You're still left with a socket when you plug this in. Not a bad price as they are the similar pricing as the straight off plugs.

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Mixed reviews... could do with a powerline adapter, but not sure whether to get this or not. Any got experience with these?

Hot for an excellent price for a passthrough with gigabit ports!

For the price this is an excellent deal for kit and passthrough even if through ebuyer. Just purchased 2 kits to see me through my house move before laying cat 6.

IMHO all powerline adapters have foibles of some sorts (i have used a few). At least this one actually has gigabit ports!
Edited by: "swatboy79" 24th Apr 2014

500Mbps, pass through and Gigabit ports. Any reason why this should not go red hot?

Banned

Crazy price!

Great deal even if the product isn't getting the best reviews but what's happening to ZyXEL? Prices on all their powerline products are plummeting!

Just bought these for myself as WiFi is still sometimes flaky.

Searched for some reviews of these but I couldn't see where are the fuss is?

What are the issues that people are seeing?

EDIT: Ah I see the reviews left on reevoo stating that with some setups sometimes it fails to work 24/7. Hopefully this shouldn't be an issue for me.
Edited by: "Ulti" 24th Apr 2014

veeeery slow, slower than other 200MBPs

Will this work with On Networks Powerline adaptors such as this one?

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

Answered my own question, seems it is.

Ordered a pair, thanks.

I've had my Zyxel PLA200's running without hitch for years. The first generation were junk and kept stopping working but when they went back Zyxel sent out the updated version and they've been solid for years.
Never ever had to do anything with them. Powerline adaptors are great if they work for you (although Radio Hams winge, but such is life!)

Got these the last time they were on offer at eBuyer a month ago (£34 ) and haven't had any issues so far. Pretty limited instructions and the software supplied on the cd wouldn't work for me (win 7 64 bit), however these can be found online easily enough.

Definitely not 500mb speed but quicker and more reliable than wi-fi for my spare room

Bit the bullet and ordered

Ordered this. Thanks

Just what I was looking for, couldn't afford to lose a socket. Ordered, thanks!

These are worth it just for the pass-through aspect alone. Think there maybe stock problems as unable to place order.

do you get 2 of these plugs if ordered or just one plug...as the picture on the site shows 2 plugs

500mbps ... gigabit ethernet port ... passthrough power point - what's not to like

Would like to see some 'real-world' test results for these, but I'm feeling a little lazy this afternoon.
I'll look some up later.

It'd be nice to see how these compare to the TP-Link, Solwise and Netgear alternatives.

If the consensus is good, I'm going to have to hit 'buy'.

Banned

Jagsy

do you get 2 of these plugs if ordered or just one plug...as the picture … do you get 2 of these plugs if ordered or just one plug...as the picture on the site shows 2 plugs

Its a twin pack so you get a kit of 2

Oh oh... the Ebuyer site is malfunctioning. Just as I want to buy them

I've currently got speeds of around 38mb/s in my area fibre optic and pretty sure that's close to the max so it's never going to go quicker most likely

Was wondering if there were any advantage of me getting these over 200mbps ones? Understand they'd be more future proof etc but wouldn't the 200mbps max out my connection anyway? Or would these provide a quicker connection some how due to the better speed or gigabit ports?

One of the reasons I bought some is for the gigabit network connectivity. I know it won't reach the heights of proper cabling, but, at least it will be faster than my current 10/100 plugs. And passthrough is VERY welcome as, I don't have many power points where this will be used. Considering this cost nearly half what my 200mbps plugs cost a couple of years ago, I am very happy for the upgrade!

Good spot. Ordered, thanks.

hasan6958

I've currently got speeds of around 38mb/s in my area fibre optic and … I've currently got speeds of around 38mb/s in my area fibre optic and pretty sure that's close to the max so it's never going to go quicker most likely Was wondering if there were any advantage of me getting these over 200mbps ones? Understand they'd be more future proof etc but wouldn't the 200mbps max out my connection anyway? Or would these provide a quicker connection some how due to the better speed or gigabit ports?



The bandwidth of the powerline adapter itself won't affect your internet speeds at all, I imagine, due to the slower internet speeds available. You'd only benefit with 500Mb vs 200Mb from an internal network point of view e.g. if you were transferring files between 2 computers via the powerline adapter, or streaming from an internal media server etc.

The gigabit ports would ensure that you could get speeds over 100Mb ethernet ports to actually utilise the potential bandwidth of the adapter. Of course, the actually speeds you get will also depend on your internal wiring, but hopefully that helps clarify the benefits of the faster ports and higher bandwidth

redarrowrules

Will this work with On Networks Powerline adaptors such as this … Will this work with On Networks Powerline adaptors such as this one?http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/networking/networking/powerline-home-networking/on-networks-pl500-199uks-powerline-adapter-kit-twin-pack-21506047-pdt.html



Hello, Yes the products from these two manufacturers should be 100% compatible.
HTH.

Hot.

Was looking for a passthrough, 500Mb Gigabit, for under£20 and here it is finally!

P.S >

Does anyone know if plugging in an extension lead into the pass through would affect the bandwidth/transfer speeds?

cxxr

P.S Does anyone know if plugging in an extension lead into the pass … P.S >Does anyone know if plugging in an extension lead into the pass through would affect the bandwidth/transfer speeds?



I've heard of them working ok providing they're not surge protected - if they're surge protected then bandwidth is severely limited. Don't quote me on that though, but I don't think extension leads/multi-adapters are recommended.

hawksface

I've heard of them working ok providing they're not surge protected - if … I've heard of them working ok providing they're not surge protected - if they're surge protected then bandwidth is severely limited. Don't quote me on that though, but I don't think extension leads/multi-adapters are recommended.



I understand plugging the actual homeplug into the extension lead affects the bandwidth, but I mean the other way round i.e extension lead>into>Passthough socket on homeplug.

Anyone done this with any problems?

cxxr

I understand plugging the actual homeplug into the extension lead affects … I understand plugging the actual homeplug into the extension lead affects the bandwidth, but I mean the other way round i.e extension lead>into>Passthough socket on homeplug.Anyone done this with any problems?



That would be fine. Also, FWIW, plugging the HomePlug into an extension lead is fine, but if you plug in lots of noisy transformers or use a surge-protecting device or a power filtering device then you may experience a reduced throughput or lose connectivity entirely.

Where I have two sockets and lots of things to plug in, I keep the extension lead with transformers on it separate from the one with the HomePlug on it.

Edited by: "josephmccowie" 24th Apr 2014

cxxr

I understand plugging the actual homeplug into the extension lead affects … I understand plugging the actual homeplug into the extension lead affects the bandwidth, but I mean the other way round i.e extension lead>into>Passthough socket on homeplug.Anyone done this with any problems?



Wouldn't that kind of make the 'passthrough' part totally redundant ??

AdamBrunt

Wouldn't that kind of make the 'passthrough' part totally redundant ??



I don't see how plugging an extension lead into the passthrough port of the Homeplug makes the passthrough port redundant, that actually seems a really practical use of it. If you mean plugging it into an extension lead, then I guess so, but you could still use the passthrough port. The 'into an extension lead' issue is pretty much gone now that passthrough adapters are commonplace.

josephmccowie

I don't see how plugging an extension lead into the passthrough port of … I don't see how plugging an extension lead into the passthrough port of the Homeplug makes the passthrough port redundant, that actually seems a really practical use of it. If you mean plugging it into an extension lead, then I guess so, but you could still use the passthrough port. The 'into an extension lead' issue is pretty much gone now that passthrough adapters are commonplace.



AdamBrunt did state, as per the reply he made to "cxxr," that using the passthrough part in the way "cxxr" was thinking would make the idea of a passthrough point redundant. Quite correct. Luckily, using the passthrough part shouldn't affect a homeplug's network/internet.

I've used extensions with normal homeplugs and they can be iffy. In some cases, it works just fine. However, in some, it doesn't let any activity through at all! It really is pot luck. That's why it's better to err on the side of caution and use homeplugs on their own socket.

Order mine thanks OP

hawksface

The bandwidth of the powerline adapter itself won't affect your internet … The bandwidth of the powerline adapter itself won't affect your internet speeds at all, I imagine, due to the slower internet speeds available. You'd only benefit with 500Mb vs 200Mb from an internal network point of view e.g. if you were transferring files between 2 computers via the powerline adapter, or streaming from an internal media server etc.The gigabit ports would ensure that you could get speeds over 100Mb ethernet ports to actually utilise the potential bandwidth of the adapter. Of course, the actually speeds you get will also depend on your internal wiring, but hopefully that helps clarify the benefits of the faster ports and higher bandwidth



Ah that's great thanks a lot I require a new set anyways so will be most likely worth the extra £5 for them anyways over the 200mbps. I intend on possibly getting a system set up to move files like my pics etc across to possibly a NAS too so will order these I think

These are rubbish - I've had two of them fail on me - will not buy Zyxel again.

audioslim

I've had my Zyxel PLA200's running without hitch for years. The first … I've had my Zyxel PLA200's running without hitch for years. The first generation were junk and kept stopping working but when they went back Zyxel sent out the updated version and they've been solid for years.Never ever had to do anything with them. Powerline adaptors are great if they work for you (although Radio Hams winge, but such is life!)



Just to add to this, I have a pair that I bought two years ago; one of them packed up recently (no other problems) and Zyxel sent out a newer replacement set immediately.

Very good price for these. I haven't seen a 500Mbps set without passthrough for this price!
The one criticism I have of them is that they are HUGE!

hasan6958

I've currently got speeds of around 38mb/s in my area fibre optic and … I've currently got speeds of around 38mb/s in my area fibre optic and pretty sure that's close to the max so it's never going to go quicker most likely Was wondering if there were any advantage of me getting these over 200mbps ones? Understand they'd be more future proof etc but wouldn't the 200mbps max out my connection anyway? Or would these provide a quicker connection some how due to the better speed or gigabit ports?


If you also plan to stream HD Video from device to device within your internal network LAN from device to device then these should give stutter free smooth HD Video - at this price i think its a no brainer to future proof yourself with 500's instead of 200's

good price
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