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Actiontec MegaPlug 200 Mbps AV Powerline Ethernet Adapter and 4-Port Hub Kit


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Powerline Adapter & Hub
  • Perfect for high-bandwidth applications like HD Video and audio streaming
  • Compatible with any high-speed service provider or equipment
  • More secure than wireless! 128-bit AES pushbutton security
  • Very easy to install. Simply plug in.
  • Uses HomePlug AV standard
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Technical Details

Style: Powerline Adapter & Hub
  • Brand Name: Actiontec
  • Model: HLE20043-01KP
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 200 Megabits Per Second
  • Weight: 2.25 pounds

Product Details

Style: Powerline Adapter & Hub
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 1.4 x 3.9 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002AMW2WA
  • Item model number: HLE20043-01KP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 8, 2009

Product Description

Style: Powerline Adapter & Hub

From the Manufacturer

How does it work?

It's simple. The 200 Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter and 4-Port Hub Kit uses your home electrical lines to create up to a high speed network throughout your home, giving devices like Blu-Ray players, TiVO or DVRs, gaming consoles, and computers access to the Internet.

Why better than wireless

"Why don't I just use wireless networking instead? I'm more familiar with it."

Because there are some great advantages to powerline technology.

  • Powerline products have more consistent transmissions. You won't see the kind of fadeouts and connection drops as you do in wireless.
  • Powerline works in places where wireless can't. Powerline will give you a strong connection throughout your electrical system, whether connecting into a concrete basement or throughout a large home.

The 200 Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter and 4-Port Hub Kit contains everything you need to create your Powerline home network, and it's very easy to install.

What's in the box?

The 200 Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter and 4-Port Hub Kit contains the following:

  • One Ethernet 4-port Switch
  • One Ethernet adapter
  • Two Ethernet cables
  • Quick Start guide

Actiontec's Powerline products

Actiontec has a full line of powerline products, each slightly different depending on your needs

Good     Better     Best Best for ...
  Actiontec Product Kit Includes 4-port Ethernet hub Speed Extending Wireless Network Computers/ Gaming/ Blu-Ray/ VoIP Video/ Home Theaters
200 Mbps Ethernet Adapter & 4-port Switch Yes Yes
85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter twin-pack Yes No
200 Mbps Ethernet Adapter twin-pack Yes No
85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter & 4-port hub Yes Yes

Setup Instructions

STEP 1: Plug first adapter into available port on router.
STEP 2: Plug first adapter into wall.
STEP 3: Plug second adapter cable into the Ethernet or LAN port on the desired product (e.g. Xbox 360) and the 4-Port Hub. Then plug the second adapter into the wall.
Are all of the lights GREEN? Congratulations, your Xbox360 is now connected to the Internet.

Product Description

Powerline ENET 200MBPS HUB and Adapter Mega plug

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to install and just works in a breeze.
Geistgrafix Multimedia
I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to have a solid and wired connection at any place in your house.
Y. Kim
This connection works almost 5 times faster than my Wireless 'N' network.
JAG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Chris Zee Shutterbug VINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
Style Name: Powerline Adapter & Hub Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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Very Easy to set up if you had all the instructions.

A quick review and as typical for me an update will follow. I had everything set up and truly believed the Quick Start Guide when it said no configuration required. Unfortunately.... I first disabled my wireless card in the Windows Control Panel just so I would not have any conflicts. Then I plugged in the two devices as described above. The LEDs on both boxes were green and red, sometimes green and yellow. The Guide said "Make sure both lights turn solid green". The guide warns you not to plug the devices into any outlet that is surge protected or filtered, which I did not. Oh well I said, I started moving both boxes into different outlets and could not get both "link" lights to turn green unless they were plugged into the same outlet. Rats I said. There is no explanation in the guide at all as to what to do when the lights are not both green. NO troubleshooting guide at all. I tried to hook up to the Web, but nothing happened.

Here I will save you the trouble of the hour long process that followed, and just tell how you can save yourself the trouble I had

1. It does not really matter what color the "link" light is. It is only the quality of connection indicator. Please go to the [...] website and download the user manual for the HPE400AVP. There is no manual and no CD with the box you buy and in my case it was the critical missing step. Here is the lights portion of the manual

Red means the condition is poor and less than 50Mpbs,
Orange indicates a fair line condition of 50-100Mbps,
Green means the line is in good condition with over 100Mbps throughput.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Pearlman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2009
Style Name: Powerline 2-Adapter Kit Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Years ago, I purchased one of the first through-power-line Ethernet kits on the market. At the time, the claimed throughput was low (say, 10mbps), and the actual throughput was ridiculously slow. Not to mention the fact that the connection seemed to hang inexplicably with great frequency. In a word: Not ready for primetime, not ready for anything, really...

Fast forward nearly a decade. By now, wireless Ethernet routers are cheap and easy to use and just about everyone has one.

Into this environment, Actiontec has dumped their new MegaPlug "200 Mbps" powerline network kit.

Your first question, and it's a good one, is: "What's the point?" And for many people the answer will be "none, really, in your situation."

BUT there are two sets of people for whom something like this--if it works--is a godsend.

First off, there are those who simply cannot set up something like a wireless router. It's not hard, but there are still a lot of complete tech phobes out there. Think: your Grandparents, or maybe even your parents. Sure, you could go over and set things up for them. But then what happens the first time the router goes down and needs to be rebooted or whatever? Panic calls at midnight are not most people's idea of bonus time.

The second set of people who could use something like this, if it works, are those with wireless dead spots in their homes. There are a lot of people like this, actually. No matter where you set up the wireless transmitter, some places just get no signal, or a very lousy one. Now, you can--if you are technically inclined--set up a wireless repeater to address issue. But it's a bit tricky for most people who don't relish spending their Friday night shopping the halls of Frys, Microcenter or BestBuy.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By NinaB on October 2, 2010
Style Name: Powerline Adapter & Hub Verified Purchase
Well folks, any of the Actiontec products based on the HomePlug AV standard work great out of the box (either the kit with two one-port adapters, or the kit with a one-port adapter and a four-port switch). As you can see in other reviews, the average user who just buys one kit and plugs them in to an outlet will find they work as advertised. But there are some things to keep in mind:

(1) While the HomePlug AV standard is listed as 200 Mbit/sec, this is nowhere near what you'll actually see. With two systems on the same ethernet hub, normal transfer rates are around 11 - 12 Mbit/sec. Two HomePlug adapters in the same room, on the same electrical circuit, may see around 7 Mbit/sec. When you plug them in further apart, the actual transfer rate averages around 5 - 6 Mbit/sec. Please note this is still faster (and arguably more secure ) than a 802.11g wireless connection, and a big improvement over the previous HomePlug 1.0 "turbo" standard (which averaged out at around 1.5 Mbit/sec).

(2) Unlike NetGear, Actiontec does not provide any software utilities for monitoring and configuring the adapters; instead, you end up using a cryptic set of button pushes on the actual adapters. This is really only an issue if you have more than two of these adapters on your network, but then it becomes kind of a pain.

(3) Which leads to the biggest issue with the Actiontec products specifically: Unlike similar HomePlug-compatible devices made by other manufacturers, these are apparently sold paired to each other, even prior to establishing an encrypted network. That means that the two in the box will talk to each other, but if you buy a second kit, the pair in the second kit won't automatically connect to the pair in the original kit.
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