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TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline

Powerline networks use electrical wiring to connect devices though out your building. By means of linking 2 Powerline  adapters to your router or super hub and you can access the internet hard wired from any room with a working socket. This should be the perfect solution for those places where your wireless won’t reach.

The method will work best in a residential environment or private building.

Powerline adapters usually come in pairs – often called ‘kits’ – but you can add anything from 15 to more than 60, depending on the kit and your building. Some kits connect a device straight to your plug using an Ethernet cable, while others also support wireless networking, so you can boost your signal to lots of devices at the same time. The choice is yours!

We tested TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Model TL-PA8010P Kit.

The principle is very simple, if you accept that broadband networks and electrical power can share the same cable.  The speed of Powerline products should be as quick as other network technologies. They are secure, and should take little time and effort to set up. Using this principle the TP-Link 1200 will deliver the same broadband speed that is delivered to the base unit ( plugged into a socket and your router), to the slave unit ( plugged into a socket and your PC or other devise).

Powerline adapters – the devices that plug into your sockets – come in two basic kinds, Ethernet Powerline adapters connect straight to your devices using network cables. Wireless Powerline adapters also send data through your electrical wiring but can also provide Wi-Fi from the slave units.

Powerline will only work when adapters are plugged into the same electrical circuit, so it may not be possible to connect in a communal building or your home and garden shed, for example. It may not work well on circuits with very old wiring and old fusing using “Fuse wire”.   

We’ve tested a number of Powerline kits and found that 200Mb kits usually give speeds between 20 and 90Mbps, while 500Mbps kits can give speeds anywhere between 20 and 200Mbps. Generally the distance covered by the electrical system will also effect the performance, being restricted to 200 metres.

Adapters should be plugged directly into a wall socket on a ring main, they should not be plugged into extension sockets or spur.

It is best not to plug adapters in twin sockets next to equipment that takes a lot of electrical power from the circuit, such as a heater or washing machine.

As mentioned we tested a TP-Link and the broadband delivered was greatly diminished