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Netis PL7500 Kit AV500 Powerline Adapter Kit Review

Introduction and Specifications


Powerline Network adapter are an amazing invention that can help you bring network to corners of your compound that otherwise wouldn’t be possible and today I’m taking a closer look at Netis’ PL7500 Kit containing two PL7500 AV500 Powerline adapters.

You might be living in a rented place where you aren’t allowed to drill holes through all the walls to lay down wired network cables and wireless signals might not be able to penetrate everywhere. That is where Powerline adapters come into play as they extend your local network by using the wiring in your electrical installation.

The Netis PL7500 adapters don’t require any configuration and work right out of the box. They’re also compatible with other Home Plug AV compatible products. The protocol in itself can achieve a connection with 500Mbps, but the adapters only come with 100Mbps RJ45 LAN ports creating a natural limit there.

There are both EU and UK versions available and the one I’ve tested here is the one with UK plugs. The installation couldn’t be any simpler as you just have to plug-in the two connectors and connect the LAN ports to the systems or switches that need to be connected.

With a range of up to 300 meters, there shouldn’t be many places within your home that you can’t reach and connect with these adapters.

Netis has created some very stylish and pretty small units, and they didn’t even get very hot under use. You could feel the heat, but nothing that would be worrying for such a device. The almost egg-shaped adapters will blend in well in any home and you’ll forget that you even own them once set up.


The big button on the front can be used for quick and easy encryption of the connection. Press a button for 2 seconds and do the same to the next adapter and the connection is established and secured with 128-bit AES encryption.

Netis also made sure that the units won’t use more power than needed as they’ll enter a power saving mode if no data has passed through it for a while and only wake again when needed.

Features and Specifications

Packaging

The Netis PL7500 Kit comes in a good-looking and colorful package that already displays all the vital information on the front. The rear provides more details information on both functions and layout.

Within the package, you’ll find two ethernet cables, a quick-installation guide, and a manual and tool disk. If you shouldn’t have an optical drive at your disposal, then you can also download the tool and manual from Netis website.

Netgear Releases Two New Powerline 1200 Network Kits

Powerline network adapters are growing a lot in popularity as the amount of connected devices in our homes also are growing. Wireless signals aren’t the optimal choice everywhere and there are also those of us that are worried about too many signals everywhere. You might not want to drill lots of holes through your walls either in order to run a network cable from here to there and everywhere and that is where the powerline adapters come into play.

You plug one in near your network connection and another where you need to connect a device. And that is all, the connection will be made using the existing power lines running through your home. Netgear’s two newest kits, the PL1200 and the PLP1200, can deliver up to 1.2Gbps transfer speed under optimal conditions. The only thing that is different on the two new kits is that one of them has pass-through so you won’t have to give up the power outlet for other devices and the other one doesn’t.

“Powerline has become an increasingly popular networking solution because of the explosive growth in connected AV devices, and the high speeds and reliability required to support demanding applications such as HD video streaming and online gaming,” said Oleg Fishel, the product line manager for NETGEAR Powerline. “With powerline technology, you can take advantage of your existing electrical outlets in every room and don’t need to run new wires to get fast, uninterrupted access to the Internet and the home network.”

The two new kits are fully compliant with the HomePlug AV2 standard so you won’t run into compatibility issues with other powerline adapters. Multiple simultaneous data streams (MIMO) with beamforming technology allows the NETGEAR Powerline 1200 adapters to deliver gigabit speed at even longer distances, ideal for 4K video streaming, lag-free online gaming, or whole-home video monitoring. You can add up to 16 adapters to expand your home network and they automatically enter power saving modes when not used.

 

The “Pick-a-Plug” function allows you to find the optimal power outlet where a LED indicator light will guide you to the perfect outlet to use, where you’ll get the best performance. The Powerline 1200 Adapter (PL1200) Kit is available now in the U.S. from major retailers in stores and online at an MSRP starting at $79.99, and will become available in Europe later this month. The Powerline 1200 + Extra Outlet Adapter (PLP1200) Kit will become available in the U.S. and Europe in May at an MSRP starting at $89.99 in the U.S. Both kits contain two adapters and two Ethernet cables.

TRENDnet Announced the Availability of the Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit

TRENDnet has announced the availability of the Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit, model TPL-420E2K. TRENDnet’s Powerline 1200 series create a network connection over your existing power circuitry using all three wires in them: live, neutral, and ground wires.

The Gigabit port on these units will extend your network throughout the home. They system can cover homes up to 465 square meters or an electrical power line distance of up to 300 meters.

The system is of course using encrypted transfer to protect your data and will work flawless with other power over circuitry devices.

TPL-420E2K – Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit

  • Includes two TPL-420E adapters
  • Extreme Powerline 1200 networking over existing electrical lines
  • Enhanced performance and range with Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Powerline technology
  • Simply plug in the adapters—TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Pre-encrypted Powerline for your convenience
  • Gigabit port maintains high performance wired networking
  • Connects over electrical lines for homes up to 5,000 sq. ft. (465 sq. m)
  • Ultra stable Powerline signal
  • Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by up to 80% when idle
  • Press the Sync button to change existing encryption keys
  • Compatible with Powerline 600, 500, and 200 solutions

The TRENDnet TPL-420E2K should be available now from retailers and other TRENDnet partners for an MSRP of $129.99.

Thanks to TRENDnet for providing us with this information

Tenda AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Review

Introduction


Setting up your home network can be a real hassle at times. You have the option of wireless signals, but that includes configurations as well as possible black-spots for the signal. Drilling holes through your walls might not be an option either, maybe because you rent and your landlord doesn’t want you to. So what option do you got left, you ask? Easy, use your existing power lines to transfer the signal. The Tenda AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter is such a solution, and today I’m taking a look at the Starter kit.

The Ethernet over power circuitry is a great invention and one that has come quite a far since it started. The first devices only allowed for 100Mbit/s and some time later 200 Mbit/s speed, and that under the best conditions. While this might be enough for any internet traffic, it isn’t optimal for home networks that also handle a lot of file traffic between devices. Since then we’ve moved through the 500 and 600 MBit/s models and have now arrived at the full gigabit speed. And as the AV1000 name already suggests, I’m testing on of those today.

The increased speed capabilities make 3D/HD and other IPTV technologies work smoothly, even when multiple devices use the network at the same time. The powerline adapters are starting to become a real alternative to long cables while staying just easy configuration wise. The entire system is plug and play, so all you have to do is connect it, but there is a management software to change the Quality-of-Service (QoS) priority settings.

The Tenda AV1000 supports IGMP snooping, a process of listening to the Internet Group Management Protocol network traffic. By listening to these conversations, the switch maintains a map of which links need which IP multicast streams. It also has a 128-Bit AES encryption as well as the QoS service that can prioritize business traffic firstly, such as IPTV signals.

Tenda also made sure the devices are compatible with the latest AV2 HomePlug standards and are downwards compatible with 200M, 500M and 600M powerline products. It doesn’t matter if your other adapters are from Tenda, as long as they support the given standards. This in returns allows you to easily expand your current adapters with these new Gigabit ones without the need to scrap the old. That is awesome, if I may say so.

Each of the two P1000 adapters contained in this kit will only consume 0.5 watts in standby mode and the white design will make the devices just as invisible on your wall as the tiny power consumption on your power bill.

Diamond Unveil Their Latest Connectivity Devices At CES 2014

As we take a look around the various suite and stands at CES, we always want to expand the number of vendors that we work with and this year sees us meeting up with the team at Diamond Multimedia. Now going by just the name alone we would expect Diamond to be showcasing products for the home entertainment market as well as the business sector, however as we find, presumptions such as this should not always be made.

It turns out that Diamond make quite a large number of wireless products as well as various other connectivity devices for the home along with the graphics cards that Pete took a look at during our suite tour.

Wireless range extenders – as I’ve detailed in the past – are one of the easiest ways of filling in any wireless dead spots in the home, especially those which have solid walls as I’ve personally found out. Whilst some range extenders simply do little more than just extend the range of the network coverage, Diamonds wide range of items pack a variety of additional features to add extra functionality and convenience along the way.

The WR300NR range extender as seen to the left in addition to extending a wireless network, also packs in the full functionality of a wireless router with two Ethernet ports on its underside of WAN and LAN connections. For for some users who are always on the go, carrying around a bulky router is simply not practical and this compact unit packs everything into a single unit for convenience and portability.

In addition to wireless range extenders, another way of connecting to locations together in the home is over a powerline network. Since the early days of powerline – where I had little faith in the technology (to be perfectly honest) – the number of vendors offering up powerline kits has expanded considerably, especially as the technology has been refined and made more reliable. Diamond had two powerline kits on show in their suite; the HP500AV which offers up a 500Mbps link speed for a simple point-to-point connection and the HP500WEK (as seen below) which, in addition to the specs of the kit above, also features a wireless range extender to give the benefit of powerline technology to both wired and wireless devices.

The last networking device we see on show stands out from the crowd – not because of its functions, but due to its bright red colour. It’s safe to say that Diamond want this router to stand out from the crowd and whilst it is not available on the market as of yet, the WRD7000 packs all the features that we would expect any wireless router to pack these days, along with two USB3.0 ports for connecting external storage devices or printers to the router for sharing across the network.

Moving along from the network devices and accessories, Diamond also have a host of display adaptors to show off, including a USB to DVI adaptor which easily allows for a secondary display to be connected to the likes of a ultrabook or laptop with a single display output.

Whilst VGA outputs are a rare sight on most desktop systems these days, we still tend to find them cropping up on tv’s and projectors and when we look at the latter – in most cases projectors are mounted to a ceiling and bridging the gap with a cable is not always practical. The ‘WPCTVPRO’ solves this conundrum with a simple two-piece kit that comprises of a wireless enabled VGA adaptor and a USB adaptor for the host device to connect to. Like the USB adaptor above, this adaptor is sutable for virtually any desktop system, whether it has a display output on it or not.

Moving away from display adaptors and back over to network adaptors, I find yet another item that pulls my attention as something a little different. Alongside a USB to Gigabit LAN adaptor, Diamond also have an Ethernet adaptor combined with a SuperSpeed USB3.0 hub giving the benefit of a Gigabit Ethernet port on ultrabooks or systems such as a Macbook Air, but also an additional set of USB ports for connecting cameras, and storage drives to. Like everything else that I’ve seen here from Diamond Multimedia, it is simple yet practical.

The last item that I found in the Diamond suite has certainly stirred my interest. Whilst the concept of a laptop docking station is not new – Dell for example have been providing their own proprietary units for a number of years now – many users today, turn to laptops as their main workstation and by the time we take a secondary monitor, network, and other peripherals into account, the number of cables that we need to connect up becomes quite an inconvenience. Add on the fact that ultrabooks are becoming more and more popular and we also realise that there is not the same range of connectivity options on hand to work with. This is where the DS3900 comes in to play. Through a single USB3.0 connection, this docking station provides four USB2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, HDMI, DVI on the rear and on the front, two USB3.0 ports and dual 3.5mm ports for microphone and headphone connections; all in all, everything that most users will need to get their desk connected – all through a single USB cable. This is something that I’m eager to get in for review and I’ll certainly be contacting Diamond after the show to get a sample arranged.

Stay tuned as we have still more content for you to see from our sweep around the Diamond Multimedia suite and the rest of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

TP-Link TL-PA551KIT AV550+ Gigabit Powerline Kit With AC Passthrough Review

Introduction


In the grand scheme of networking vendors, TP-Link is not going to be the first brand amongst the big players that one would normally think of, but this is not to say that they are a small company. For a number of years, the Shenzhen based company has been making networking products ranging from un-managed switches, through to routers, wireless adaptors enterprise level managed switching gear. With the recent introduction of powerline technology, its only to be expected that powerline adaptors are going to be a part of their growing catalogue of products.

The 500Mbps kit that I’m going to take a look at today is not the first powerline kit to come out of the TP-Link production line, with a 200Mbps kit already available, but this kit sees faster speeds with a [up to] 500Mbps link speed and Gigabit Ethernet on each plug. Another feature that the TL-PA551 offers up is AC pass through which as simple as it sounds, allows the plug to still be used whilst the powerline does its work.

For those of you out there that follow my reviews, I hope you recall the time when I was very hesitant about powerline technology but with this view very much reversed, it seems I’ve grown a soft spot for it, as it can easily link different areas of a house together with ease and with no fuss – with some kits on offer that eliminate WiFi black spots or remove the need for wireless extenders altogether. This kit though with its AC pass through and Gigabit Ethernet ports is already looking to me to be a great option as it has the prospect to give a more than adequate throughput speed whilst still allowing the plug to be used for another electrical device.

TP-Link off this particular model in two SKUs, the first is a single plug which can extend an existing TP-Link powerline set-up even with 200Mbps models as they are full backwards compatible. The second variation and the one I have here to look at is a starter kit with two plugs and two cables. Also included is a set-up CD with the Powerline Utility, a user manual and a leaflet for some of TP-Link’s other products.

Netgear XWNB5201 500Mbps Powerline WiFi Access Point Review

Until a few months ago, I had quite a large reservation against the principle of powerline technology and up until this point I was hard fought when it came to recommending it. Thankfully though Netgear was able to change all this with the XAVB5201 kit and since then I’ve been totally converted and I can at last put my trust in the technology.

To move on from the simple principle of wired networking, where else is there to go? well the obvious answer is to eliminate the wires and this then in a way questions why one would want to use a powerline kit. Well in many instances wireless has its downfalls mainly due to signal coverage and speed and this is hence why signal boosters and wireless repeaters are available on the market. Truth be told though, wireless extenders still have their pro’s and con’s, the main one being loss of speed and increased ping. When I looked at Netgear’s WN1000RP, it did great in improving the range of my wireless network, but there was a notable drop in speed at the same time which is something that most repeaters do suffer from in varying degrees.

So this is where Netgear’s powerline WiFi Access point comes into play. Simply put it gives the best of both worlds with a point-to-point wired powerline, but also on the remote end, the plug also houses a wireless module that allows users to connect, well – wirelessly. By having the remote access point connected to the powerline directly, there is – in theory – no major loss in wireless performance.

Accompanying the two plugs that make up the powerline kit, Netgear also bundle in a pair of CAT5e patch leads, an installation guide, resource CD and conformity paperwork.