Review – TP-LINK TL-PA4010 KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
It happens to all of us. We get a new electronic component that requires a hard line connection to the Internet. The problem is that there isn’t a CAT5 cable anywhere near where the new electronic device resides. Do you run one through the ceiling and down the wall? Crawl under the house to run it through the crawl space? Run the cable along the bottom of walls and over doorways to get it from the router to where you need it? The right answer may be to use a power line adapter. Further, the right power line adapter might be the TP-LINK TL-PA4010 KIT.
A power line adapter is a pair of devices (or more – see below) that uses your home’s electrical wiring to transmit data. This effectively means that any power outlet in your home becomes a potential data port. When I encountered the above scenario, I picked up a Power Line Adapter starter kit from TP-Link – model TL-PA4010 KIT, AV500 Nano. The AV500 gives me a 300 meter range with a data transfer rate of 500Mps. The kit consists of 2 small boxes that plug into power outlets and accept a CAT5 cable. The boxes themselves are about 2/3 the size of a smart phone.
Easy installation and configuration
Not as fast as standard Ethernet
TP-LINK TL-PA4010 KIT Setup
Setup is extremely easy. Simply plug a CAT5 cable into an available port on the back of your router, plug the other end of the cable into the power line adapter and plug the adapter into the wall. Take the other power line adapter to the room where the component resides, plug it into an outlet and run a CAT5 cable from the power line adapter to the component that needs the data feed. One note, the instructions strongly discourage plugging the adapters into a power strip. Surge protectors in power strips can affect the transfer of data. Once everything is set up, push the pair button on the adapter closest to the router for 1 second. The power LED will begin flashing. Within 2 minutes push the pair button on the other adapter, also for 1 second. The powerline LED will begin flashing within 60 seconds. That’s it. You are connected.
The pair of adapters that I have stream both data and video just fine. I have not been able to exceed the transfer rate of the pair. If you want to save a few bucks, there are also powerline adapters with 300Mbs, 200Mbs and 85Mbs transfer rates. With a MSRP under $60.00 for the AV500 Nano, why skimp on lower transfer rates?
If you need to get data to an additional device, in another room, it’s as simple as buying another adapter and plugging it in. That room is now connected as well. My days of running CAT5 all over the house are long gone.
Thanks to powerline adapters like the AV500 Nano, connecting Blu-ray players, cable boxes, AV receivers or HTPC’s is now as easy as plug and play!
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Brian Hill is a home theater enthusiast who has an extensive background in sales. His interests include music & movies, F1 & NASCAR auto racing, hot rods (he has a '56 Nomad) and hockey — Go Sharks!
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