Powerline Ethernet TP-LINK Kit Review

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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  1. bjorrie96

    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…

  2. bjorrie96

    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…

  3. krazysaudi

    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.

  4. krazysaudi

    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.

  5. amitgore

    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?

  6. amitgore

    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?

  7. Gunbardo

    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??

  8. Gunbardo

    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??

  9. Sacerktracho Hernandez

    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 ..

  10. maniishpawar

    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

  11. Funkreport

    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.

  12. Funkreport

    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.

  13. zaperfan

    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 .

  14. jayja45

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

  15. Lava Java

    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?

  16. Varun Jain

    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.

  17. Varun Jain

    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.

  18. stargatefever

    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


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