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Powerline Ethernet TP-LINK Kit Review

30 March 2012 135 Comments

Powerline Ethernet is an amazing technology where instead of using standard Ethernet cables to do your networking in your house / office it uses your existing electrical lines to do the networking hence you can extend your network easily in places where it might be difficult to pull Ethernet cables or areas with patchy WiFi reception. In this video posted below I do the review of 200 Mbps Powerline Kit from TP-LINK.

Unboxing video of the TP-LINK TL-PA201KIT

I feel the Powerline ethernet technology is a very interesting but sadly not many people know about the same and right now as Powerline is fairly a new technology the price for the powerline adapters is a bit high, as it is the case with any new technology but as time passes and more users adopt this technology the prices are sure to come down, currently this 200 Mbps Powerline Kit from TP-LINK sells for about Rs 5,200 or about US $100.

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  • shafishaheer212 said:

    hi ranjit,where can i buy this product in hyderabad?

  • shafishaheer212 said:

    hi ranjit,where can i buy this product in hyderabad?

  • Constepatdyak said:

    hello ranjit, i live in an apartment 6-7 stories high, and im on the top level. Can i still use a powerline adapter? does that matter compared to if i lived in a house?

  • Malar Maran said:

    finally its here in India

  • prabhatism said:

    what does one do in the remotest place ??
    some thing to think about :P

  • prabhatism said:

    what does one do in the remotest place ??
    some thing to think about :P

  • geekyranjit said:

    @shafishaheer212: No idea check the local tp-link authorized re-sellers may be you need to place an order coz not many ppl know about these powerline products.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @Constepatdyak: Yes it will work in an apartment why not I am testing it right now in an apartment I am on the 5th floor as long as your electrical wiring is available in the location where you required the connection it will work.

  • prabhatism said:

    how does this work
    i mean to say that how does it pick up internet connection from the power line ???

  • prabhatism said:

    how does this work
    i mean to say that how does it pick up internet connection from the power line ???

  • geekyranjit said:

    @prabhatism: It does not pick internet from power-line, you connect one powerline adapter to your home router and connect it to a normal power socket and the other power-line box to the power socket where you require internet access….. think of it as a wired ethernet cable but here it runs on your internal electrical wiring so you can access internet anywhere you have power socket works upto 300 Meters.

  • prabhatism said:

    thats nice

  • Ashok S said:

    why is this product discontinued?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @ashoktvm2007: No idea the updated model to this one is TL-PA211KIT.

    I had just asked tp-link to send a powerline unit for demo so that I can explain the powerline concept and I guess they had this model in stock… the TL-PA211KIT is the newer updated model to this.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @ashoktvm2007: No idea the updated model to this one is TL-PA211KIT.

    I had just asked tp-link to send a powerline unit for demo so that I can explain the powerline concept and I guess they had this model in stock… the TL-PA211KIT is the newer updated model to this.

  • Zqosh said:

    Hi @geekyranjit
    just love your videos.
    Ok.
    You know today 7th of march, i pad is gonna launch.
    Would you be reviewing it within a month or when it will be launched hear in india?

  • Zqosh said:

    Hi @geekyranjit
    just love your videos.
    Ok.
    You know today 7th of march, i pad is gonna launch.
    Would you be reviewing it within a month or when it will be launched hear in india?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @Zqosh: Don’t know if I will be doing a review for the new iPad coz that will be reviewed by zillions of users and big media…… so don’t know as for now would I do that or not.

  • Zqosh said:

    oh you replied.

  • shafishaheer212 said:

    hi ranjit,where can i buy this product in hyderabad?

  • Constepatdyak said:

    hello ranjit, i live in an apartment 6-7 stories high, and im on the top level. Can i still use a powerline adapter? does that matter compared to if i lived in a house?

  • malarmaran007 said:

    finally its here in India

  • Malar Maran said:

    finally its here in India

  • prabhatism said:

    what does one do in the remotest place ??some thing to think about :P

  • geekyranjit said:

    @shafishaheer212: No idea check the local tp-link authorized re-sellers may be you need to place an order coz not many ppl know about these powerline products.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @Constepatdyak: Yes it will work in an apartment why not I am testing it right now in an apartment I am on the 5th floor as long as your electrical wiring is available in the location where you required the connection it will work.

  • prabhatism said:

    how does this work i mean to say that how does it pick up internet connection from the power line ???

  • geekyranjit said:

    @prabhatism: It does not pick internet from power-line, you connect one powerline adapter to your home router and connect it to a normal power socket and the other power-line box to the power socket where you require internet access….. think of it as a wired ethernet cable but here it runs on your internal electrical wiring so you can access internet anywhere you have power socket works upto 300 Meters.

  • prabhatism said:

    thats nice

  • ashoktvm2007 said:

    why is this product discontinued?

  • Ashok S said:

    why is this product discontinued?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @ashoktvm2007: No idea the updated model to this one is TL-PA211KIT. I had just asked tp-link to send a powerline unit for demo so that I can explain the powerline concept and I guess they had this model in stock… the TL-PA211KIT is the newer updated model to this.

  • Constepatdyak said:

    thanks!

  • Zqosh said:

    Hi @geekyranjitjust love your videos.Ok.You know today 7th of march, i pad is gonna launch.Would you be reviewing it within a month or when it will be launched hear in india?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @Zqosh: Don’t know if I will be doing a review for the new iPad coz that will be reviewed by zillions of users and big media…… so don’t know as for now would I do that or not.

  • Zqosh said:

    oh you replied.

  • Constepatdyak said:

    thanks!

  • scoopyabcdefghi said:

    Q&A: hey i have Atheros AR5006RG wireless network in my Toshiba A100 laptop…. and a week back my wireless network was just dropping its connectivity even after manually configuaring the IP add. i updated the drivers and worked brilliantly… but today i got the same problem… please help…

  • scoopyabcdefghi said:

    Q&A: hey i have Atheros AR5006RG wireless network in my Toshiba A100 laptop…. and a week back my wireless network was just dropping its connectivity even after manually configuaring the IP add. i updated the drivers and worked brilliantly… but today i got the same problem… please help…

  • abhim7 said:

    You said pairing at one time in the video.
    What is the meaning of that ?

  • AndiGS94 said:

    You can even mod these and use it with a greater range using a stand-alone telephone cable ;)

  • maddinenimanohar004 said:

    Can I connect another router to the other Powerline?(Powerline module behind your TV set)

  • geekyranjit said:

    Yeah sure……. in-fact many ppl do that where they have a large house to extend their WiFi range.. just connect another WiFi router to the other end of the powerline adapter.

  • maddinenimanohar004 said:

    Can you make another video showing how to do that?

  • Manohar Martin said:

    Can you make another video showing how to do that?

  • stjj6641 said:

    won’t electrical interference in the household’s powerline interfere with the signals? it is just as good as using wifi.

  • geekyranjit said:

    Who gave you an idea that this powerline equipment is using WiFi it uses your electrical wiring to transmit the signal, in-fact you can just connect it directly to the plain non-Wifi router and use the same and no it does not interfere with your normal electrical signals, if you notice I connected the second adapter & from that power outlet my TV my Xbox360 / WDTV and even AVR receiver is connected and they work fine.

  • shreyans94 said:

    @geekyranjit does tp-link pay you for advertising their products? if not then how do you earn by doing reviews?

  • shreyans jain said:

    @geekyranjit does tp-link pay you for advertising their products? if not then how do you earn by doing reviews?

  • geekyranjit said:

    Are you crazy or always try to post stupid and mean comments…. I review a lot of products and none of the companies pay me to do the same….. any I do not think so I have to answer you or anyone how I earn my living…… but if you think I am making my living by making video review you are just crazy, I do it as its my passion ppl have been taking my advice for electronic stuff for over 10 years now hence I felt doing vid reviews is a good idea.

  • wow1808 said:

    What is the pricing

  • Manohar Martin said:

    Configuration process?
    I’m not a “geek”

  • TheArcade12 said:

    You forgot to mention the price

  • abhim7 said:

    You said pairing at one time in the video.What is the meaning of that ?

  • eatpepsimobile said:

    the products are supplied by the companies for review purposes … you can also ask them to send over a sample to review, only you have to show your credibility by number of clicks on your videos or web pages etc… the product is mostly returned to the company after a certain duration … but sometimes the reviewers review stuff they bought … you can look up many reviewers in India … like Igyaan etc … sometimes the reviewers make money of the ads on their websites and the youtube …

  • geekyranjit said:

    What is there to make another video about a simple thing like that, you just connect the ethernet wire that I connected to the laptop to the WiFi routers WAN port if you want to connect another WiFi router.

  • geekyranjit said:

    Actually if u just have 2 adapters without even hitting the pair button they should connect automatically but if they don’t u can click the pair button also hitting the pair button encrypts the connect between the 2 adapters, also if you want to add another adapter to your network like 3rd or 4th then u need to hit the pair button.

  • geekyranjit said:

    Actually I had mentioned the price in the unboxing video, this kit its about US $100 or about Rs 5,200.

  • JoeBreeze22 said:

    hey ranjit how well will it work in a apartment complex?

  • geekyranjit said:

    It works fine in an apartment it does not matter apartment or individual house….. why do you ask that….. in-fact all the testing was done in the apartment as I live in a apartment.

  • maddinenimanohar004 said:

    Configuration process?I’m not a “geek”

  • Manohar Martin said:

    Configuration process?I’m not a “geek”

  • maddinenimanohar004 said:

    Configuration process?
    I’m not a “geek”

  • geekyranjit said:

    There is no configuration processor for the power-line u just plugin in the 2 adapters it’s like just pulling a ethernet cable from one end to the other for setting up a WiFi router Refer to any other videos on youtube how you setup a WiFi router.

  • wow1808 said:

    Thanks for information

  • sachin naik said:

    Thanks for information

  • utkarshshah10 said:

    nice speakers @3:00

  • Manish Joshi said:

    Ranjit I like your video and will try it out, but are TP-LINK power adapters available in INDIA?

  • geekyranjit said:

    Yes this unit was supplied to me by Tp-link India.

  • georgejjacob said:

    Hi Ranjit,
    Nice video, I liked it very much and I have decided to give it a try but I have a doubt – I have a 3 Phase connection in my house and I want to connect my media player and router – the electrical connection of both the router and tv is from 2 different phase – so please tel me if this powerline network adapter will work ?

  • George J Jacob said:

    Hi Ranjit,
    Nice video, I liked it very much and I have decided to give it a try but I have a doubt – I have a 3 Phase connection in my house and I want to connect my media player and router – the electrical connection of both the router and tv is from 2 different phase – so please tel me if this powerline network adapter will work ?

  • manishjoshi1968 said:

    Ranjit I like your video and will try it out, but are TP-LINK power adapters available in INDIA?

  • Manish Joshi said:

    Ranjit I like your video and will try it out, but are TP-LINK power adapters available in INDIA?

  • geekyranjit said:

    Yes this unit was supplied to me by Tp-link India.

  • georgejjacob said:

    Hi Ranjit,Nice video, I liked it very much and I have decided to give it a try but I have a doubt – I have a 3 Phase connection in my house and I want to connect my media player and router – the electrical connection of both the router and tv is from 2 different phase – so please tel me if this powerline network adapter will work ?

  • George J Jacob said:

    Hi Ranjit,
    Nice video, I liked it very much and I have decided to give it a try but I have a doubt – I have a 3 Phase connection in my house and I want to connect my media player and router – the electrical connection of both the router and tv is from 2 different phase – so please tel me if this powerline network adapter will work ?

  • geekyranjit said:

    @georgejjacob I also have a three phase connection but all the testing I did was on a single phase…… ideally it should be on the same phase….. luckily I still have the unit with me….. I will to day check it with a different phase and see how it works and update you about it……. just email me in the evening so that I do not forget about the same.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @georgejjacob I also have a three phase connection but all the testing I did was on a single phase…… ideally it should be on the same phase….. luckily I still have the unit with me….. I will to day check it with a different phase and see how it works and update you about it……. just email me in the evening so that I do not forget about the same.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @georgejjacob: I did test it on a completely different phase and it worked fine but the performance was not that great just around 9 Mbps…… with the same phase I was getting about 45 Mbps, In-fact I tried it in another flat which has a complete different meter wiring all-toghter and there also it worked but again low speeds just 8-9 Mbps.

  • geekyranjit said:

    @georgejjacob: I did test it on a completely different phase and it worked fine but the performance was not that great just around 9 Mbps…… with the same phase I was getting about 45 Mbps, In-fact I tried it in another flat which has a complete different meter wiring all-toghter and there also it worked but again low speeds just 8-9 Mbps.

  • TheRamboss said:

    i would watch but i can’t understand him

  • TheRamboss said:

    i would watch but i can’t understand him

  • TheRamboss said:

    i would watch but i can’t understand him

  • Vivek said:

    Hello Ranjit,

    Thanks for this very informative post.
    I need one more clarification.
    If I am staying in an apartment complex, can some one else in the building tap into my connection. Is there a way of securing my connection so that I can restrict others from accessing my connection.

  • fuguf1sh said:

    These are great until lightning strikes. Lost one TP Link unit, an ethernet switch, and my ethernet port on my Apple TV.

  • fuguf1sh said:

    These are great until lightning strikes. Lost one TP Link unit, an ethernet switch, and my ethernet port on my Apple TV.

  • TFR1234 said:

    Hi
    Can i connect cable directly to adapter then get my modem to other floor then i connect cable from other adapter to my modem ??!!

  • TFR1234 said:

    Hi
    Can i connect cable directly to adapter then get my modem to other floor then i connect cable from other adapter to my modem ??!!

  • TFR1234 said:

    HiCan i connect cable directly to adapter then get my modem to other floor then i connect cable from other adapter to my modem ??!!

  • Pouquiloury said:

    hi Ranjit, this kit comes with a small cd/dvd, when should I use this ? I use the kit to connect a dreambox (not a computer) with my router.

  • Pouquiloury said:

    hi Ranjit, this kit comes with a small cd/dvd, when should I use this ? I use the kit to connect a dreambox (not a computer) with my router.

  • Shreeps said:

    Hi Ranjit,
    Very crisp and informational review. I have a couple of questions and it would be great if you could answer them. I understand its been quite some time and you may not have the powerline kits with you but I thought I’d take the chance.
    1. I read somewhere that you cant use powerline adapters if the power outlet on which it is connected is connected via a surge protector or UPS devices since these will kill the “spikes” which are used to transmit the internet signals. Can you verify this?
    2. Slighlty off topic, but do you have details on what configuration you will have to make if attaching a second wifi router to the paired powerlink device (I am thinking of using the powerlink devices to extend the internet range to a room upstairs and connect a router so that not just my PC but also my iPad and smartphones can use the wifi connection (no LAN ports on those devices) in that room where the current wifi signal is too weak. Specifically details about ip addresses assignation, dhcp etc.

  • Ranjit (author) said:

    @Shtreeps: Yeah it is suggested that you do not use them with powerline surge protectors coz it will hamper the throughput, also it is suggested that these power-line adapters are used on the same phase for example on the same phase I get about 35 Mbps transfer when I put them on different phase the throughput will drop to around 5 Mbps.

    Yeah regarding your 2nd point yes you can do that, what I did is not exactly that but connected the other end of the power-line to a 8 port hub and using that now power 5 other devices on the other end.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit

  • foxtrotA1 said:

    Hi – Thanks for doing this video, it helped us b

  • susan mather said:

    Hi – Thanks for doing this video, it helped us b

  • foxtrotA1 said:

    Oops, I also had a question. I was just given the Belkin Powerline Starter Kit that’s a Gigabit. Says up to 1,000 Mbps. Is there any potential problems w/too much attempt at data transfer speeds? I’m only asking this because all the other products I’ve seen so far are much lower as re the data transfer p/second Any comments about this? Thanks for taking the time … Adios.

  • susan mather said:

    Oops, I also had a question. I was just given the Belkin Powerline Starter Kit that’s a Gigabit. Says up to 1,000 Mbps. Is there any potential problems w/too much attempt at data transfer speeds? I’m only asking this because all the other products I’ve seen so far are much lower as re the data transfer p/second Any comments about this? Thanks for taking the time … Adios.

  • susan mather said:

    Hi – Thanks for doing this video, it helped us b

  • susan mather said:

    Oops, I also had a question. I was just given the Belkin Powerline Starter Kit that’s a Gigabit. Says up to 1,000 Mbps. Is there any potential problems w/too much attempt at data transfer speeds? I’m only asking this because all the other products I’ve seen so far are much lower as re the data transfer p/second Any comments about this? Thanks for taking the time … Adios.

  • marcogerra said:

    best video so far on this product

  • marcogerra said:

    best video so far on this product

  • marcogerra said:

    best video so far on this product

  • geekyranjit said:

    Thanks!

  • bjorrie96 said:

    What is wrong with the the adapter if the second light, the PLC-light does not work. I have been using this product for gaming and just one day the middle light didnt work anymore, i went to the shop but the said the adaptor is NOT broken? Can you help me…

  • bjorrie96 said:

    What is wrong with the the adapter if the second light, the PLC-light does not work. I have been using this product for gaming and just one day the middle light didnt work anymore, i went to the shop but the said the adaptor is NOT broken? Can you help me…

  • krazysaudi said:

    Thanks for the nice review!

    I’ve been using TP-Link products for almost a year now and found them rich in features and cost only fraction of CISCO cost. (I was a cisco user for 10 years)

    For example, TP-Link MR3020 3.75G router cost me $30 and it’s working as Access Point, 3G router, Repeater and Wifi client!

    If I want to buy a CISCO device that works the same, I should pay at least $150 to get all of these features.

  • krazysaudi said:

    Thanks for the nice review!

    I’ve been using TP-Link products for almost a year now and found them rich in features and cost only fraction of CISCO cost. (I was a cisco user for 10 years)

    For example, TP-Link MR3020 3.75G router cost me $30 and it’s working as Access Point, 3G router, Repeater and Wifi client!

    If I want to buy a CISCO device that works the same, I should pay at least $150 to get all of these features.

  • amitgore said:

    Sir,
    I want to know if I can use odd number of adapters?
    Cause all the kits come in pairs. So if i connect one adapter to my router and then can i connect 2 or 4 adapters in different rooms simultaneously? Will it work?
    Does it work like a switch and assigns IP on its own?
    Does the adapter in kit are identical or separate ? means the one which should be connected to router has some additional button/feature than other?

  • amitgore said:

    Sir,
    I want to know if I can use odd number of adapters?
    Cause all the kits come in pairs. So if i connect one adapter to my router and then can i connect 2 or 4 adapters in different rooms simultaneously? Will it work?
    Does it work like a switch and assigns IP on its own?
    Does the adapter in kit are identical or separate ? means the one which should be connected to router has some additional button/feature than other?

  • Gunbardo said:

    Wait, I don’t get why you need such high bandwidths? I mean, my modem that I use, subscribed to a local service subscriber, only has Internet speeds capable of up to 6mbps…. So 200mbps? Don’t really understand, currently the fastest internet connection is through optical fibre and they are still only up to 100mbps, so can someone explain to me??

  • Gunbardo said:

    Wait, I don’t get why you need such high bandwidths? I mean, my modem that I use, subscribed to a local service subscriber, only has Internet speeds capable of up to 6mbps…. So 200mbps? Don’t really understand, currently the fastest internet connection is through optical fibre and they are still only up to 100mbps, so can someone explain to me??

  • Sacerktracho Hernandez said:

    I didn’t understand what you just said, but for seeing what you just did. i’m buying this Shit!!!.. I’m tired of wireless lan ..

  • Sacerktracho Hernandez said:

    I didn’t understand what you just said, but for seeing what you just did. i’m buying this Shit!!!.. I’m tired of wireless lan ..

  • ZEDNANREHIGH said:

    Do you have to Subscribe to any plans or is there an Activation fee to have internet for this ??

  • ZEDNANREHIGH said:

    Do you have to Subscribe to any plans or is there an Activation fee to have internet for this ??

  • fupend said:

    fucked “technology”

  • fupend said:

    fucked “technology”

  • ianann said:

    Why are you eating your words and talking fast?

  • ianann said:

    Why are you eating your words and talking fast?

  • maniishpawar said:

    Quick question, what if we get such unit from USA, as it is cheap there. Will it work? have you tested any unit brought from USA? please share

  • maniishpawar said:

    Quick question, what if we get such unit from USA, as it is cheap there. Will it work? have you tested any unit brought from USA? please share

  • 6541Alex said:

    This helped me a lot! thanks!

  • Funkreport said:

    WARNING: PLC devices causing serious technical faults. It turns your home AC power istallation, and all connected houshold equipment into transmitting antennas.
    Stay away from PLC if you don’t want to be surrounded by high power, high frequency radiation 24/7!
    PLC can also disturb the radio communication of security forces, airplanes and other radio communications. We are sure that in near future PLC will be illegal to sell and buy. So better save your health, your security and money.

  • 6541Alex said:

    This helped me a lot! thanks!

  • Funkreport said:

    WARNING: PLC devices causing serious technical faults. It turns your home AC power istallation, and all connected houshold equipment into transmitting antennas.
    Stay away from PLC if you don’t want to be surrounded by high power, high frequency radiation 24/7!
    PLC can also disturb the radio communication of security forces, airplanes and other radio communications. We are sure that in near future PLC will be illegal to sell and buy. So better save your health, your security and money.

  • itchyfingers89 said:

    Can you use this through a multi-tap plug or power-bar?????

  • zaperfan said:

    They are killing the HF spectrum with interference that is so bad it will even stop digital radio working they should be band horrid device and slower than wired installation .So if you would like a slower pc get then go ahead and get them but you radios will suffer .

  • jayja45 said:

    So your using a screwdriver to open the safety shutters in BS 546 sockets only one thing to say to that: DANGEROUS!

  • Vibhu Yadav said:

    Hi Ranjit
    Does the modem also has to be of TP-Link??? Will my Cisco Router+Modem wok?

  • Vibhu Yadav said:

    I was told you can’t but ranjit was using it in the Video!!!

  • Lava Java said:

    Great video as usual. Thanks, Say, have you been able to test out any of the new “Hybrid” powerline adapters that send out Wifi as well?

  • Varun Jain said:

    Electricity gone, Network gone…Max duplex speed is 130mbps compared to 1gbps. Cost of one pair of power line adapters is 4 times greater than 20 meters of cat-6 Lan cable + setting up charges.

  • Varun Jain said:

    Never ever think of getting this. its useless ! there are a lot of disadvantages of this product than standard installation using lan cables. some of them are:

    Electricity failure.
    Limited connectivity
    Limited duplex speed only 130mbps and thus limited number of end users.
    Cost of a pair of adapter is more than 6000 Rs. not including 6 port switch.

  • stargatefever said:

    This may be a stupid question but my parents live in the same apartment building as my family. Could this system help us share internet

  • John Doe said:

    You have a cool accent.


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