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TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit (TL-PA8010P KIT) Reviewed

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit

 

TP-Link have a great introduction to Powerline adapters:

Some additional benefits of this TP-Link powerline kit are:

  • AV2 compliant, supporting speeds up to 1200Mbps
  • Beamforming technology for larger range and higher speeds
  • Gigabit port
  • Integrated power socket so you don’t lose the power outlet
  • Plug and play for easy installation
TL-PA8010P specifications:
Standards and ProtocolsHomePlug AV2, HomePlug AV, IEEE1901, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
Interface1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port, Power Socket
ButtonPair Button
LED IndicatorPWR, PLC, ETH
Range300 Meters over electrical circuit
Power Output to Integrated Socket16 A
Modulation TechnologyOFDM (PLC)
EncryptionPowerline Security:
128-bit AES
CertificationCE, RoHS
System RequirementsWindows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7/8, Mac, Linux
EnvironmentOperating Temperature: 0°C~40°C (32°F ~104°F)
Storage Temperature: -40°C~70°C (-40°F ~158°F)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing
Power ConsumptionMaximum: 6W (220V/50Hz)
Typical: 6W (220V/50Hz)
Standby: 0.5W (220V/50Hz)
Dimensions ( W x D x H )131mm × 72mm × 42mm)
Package ContentsPowerline Ethernet Adapter
6.5 ft. (2 m) Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Images courtesy of TP-Link:

Installing

I wish I could write more but the TL-PA8010P KIT is as described, plug and play.  One unit is plugged in and connected to the router, the other near the device needing connectivity and connected via ethernet cable. For this review, I used an Intel NUC which connected without issue.

No issues getting the Intel NUC online via the NIC

No issues getting the Intel NUC online via the NIC

Performance

Reviews generally try and push performance tests to get as close as the maximum theoretical speeds possible. I’ve taken a different approach with the TL-PA8010P KIT and have tested under some real world conditions.

A powerboard was used on the transmitting unit in another room

A power board was used on the transmitting unit in another room

The transmitting unit was located in a different floor and further away from the NUC

The transmitting unit was located in a different floor and further away from the NUC

A 2m extension lead was used on the transmitting unit in another room

A 2m extension lead was used on the transmitting unit in another room

Overall we were still happy with the results. It certainly wasn’t the peaks of 1200Mbps that the unit is capable of but considering the test environment has 3-phase power, rooms are on different cable runs and a range of other limiting factors, the TL-PA8010P KIT still performed well. All but the power board test gave stable and consistent speeds. The power board results were all over the place, not surprising considering it’s some cheap board from the hardware shop.

Final Thoughts

For anyone looking for a low cost and simple to install powerline adapter, the TP-Link TL-PA8010P KIT is certainly one to consider. Setup was a matter of minutes and I had great connectivity to areas that were previously constrained to wireless only. You would be hard pressed to find reasons not to get one if you were needing to expand your network on a budget.

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