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Cisco-Linksys PLS300 PowerLine AV 4-Port Network Adapter

by Linksys

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  • Use your existing powerlines to network your computers and other devices
  • Share files, printers, storage, and networked games throughout your home ¿ connect it to a router to share your Cable or DSL Internet connection
  • Built-in 4-port Ethernet switch
  • HomePlug AV technology for data rates up to 200Mbps
  • 128-bit encryption helps keep your data secure
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model: PLS300
  • Weight: 1.00 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.6 x 9.5 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001J2ZSLO
  • Item model number: PLS300
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

The Powerline AV 4-port Network Adapter lets you easily create a network using the existing electrical outlets in your home. Now you don't have to drill holes in walls and climb through the attic or cellar to install network cables -- just use the wires that already run through the building. The Powerline AV 4-port Network Adapter connects computers, or any other wired Ethernet device.

Customer Reviews

Stable, reliable, fast.
swissmister
Great idea to use your existing power line AC for expanding your network without configuring cable cards or wireless.
Adamdeus
The Linksys PLS300 Powerline adapter is easy to set up and works flawlessly.
Mountain Geek

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By frankd1 on December 19, 2008
I can't speak to another reviewer's difficulties with the PLS300, and his interaction with Linksys tech support, but I just installed my new PLS300 in a household filled with four Linksys PLE200 units (Powerline AV wall bricks), and everything is working great so far. I previously updated all the units' respective firmware (available on the Linksys product page for each model), and made sure I used Linksys' utility to change the network password on the PLS300 to what I used on all the other modules, and bam- I was online. I have three more PLS300 on the way (looking forward to consolidating separate PLE200s and mini-switches into a single unit), so I'll be sure to update this review or submit a new one if I encounter any problems as I get them all installed and time elapses. My only gripe is the Linksys utility software... not especially intuitive, and sometimes you can't tell if the changes you made were accepted, but this was a minor issue.

Update- 12/28/08- I now have four of these units installed thrughout my house, and haven't had a single problem installing or using them. It's great cleaning up some of the spaghetti cords, and freeing up a power outlet by combining the previous PowerLine AV brick and separate miniswitch into a single unit. Changing the form factor, where a cord gets plugged in, rather than a brick, is great too, so you can hide the unit, and not have the blinking lights distract you from the TV or whatever (I previously put electrical tape over the brick's LEDs). This site won't let me, but I upgrade my rating to 5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob from LA on February 10, 2010
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I bought a Linksys PLK300 locally and then bought the PLS300 from Amazon as an extra "brick" in my network. I have five computers in the house, three upstairs and two downstairs. I'd been using a 802.11N wireless system and just having nothing but trouble. The system managed to drop one or more of the computers several times a week, and we'd have to go through a reboot, running up and downstairs to get all the PC's on the same track. The Powerline system fixed all that. It's been in place for about 4 weeks and hasn't dropped a station yet. The data transfer rate is awesome - faster than the N under actual conditions. The 200MB Powerline units are more expensive than the 85MB ones, but worth it. It was even easier to install than I'd expected from reading reviews and product information. The two downstairs computers are wired off one brick, the PLS300 as a matter of fact, and they can both access the Internet simultaneously with no appreciable loss of speed. I'd heard negative stuff in the early days of Powerline - interference, unreliability - but these units work perfectly. They also come with power cords so they don't block the outlet. They are easy to hide and use soft blue indicators, so there are no annoying blinking lights.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Prashant Sistla on February 12, 2009
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My house is about 2 years old and the only cable connection is through the garage (we have dish hd tv). Also the walls are thick so wireless is difficult to get throughout the house w/ 1 router. So our setup is as such: downstairs - cablemodem -> N router -> PLE200 -> upstairs PLE200 -> G router. On top of that, I wanted my gaming pc and my PS3 hard-wired, so I picked up the PLS300 this week.

Note the PLS300 is compatible with the PLE200s because both use the Homeplug AV standard, which is faster than Homeplug 1.0 (av + 1.0 not interoperable without a bridge). The only thing I had to do to get the PLE200s to recognize the PLS300, was to update the firmware to the latest version on both PLE200s. After that, the network light came on and both the PS3 and my PC were connected to the Internet.

Connection speed-wise, the LAN speed is currently 132MBit which is good enough to stream my 720p videos if necessary. I ran a speedtest and our 16mbit cable connection is going full blast with low latency.

Great product, though a bit expensive for my taste - but the 4-port switch is very handy and I haven't had any trouble with the PLE200s.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Fleischman on January 20, 2009
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Added this device as a the third powerline unit on my network which is mixed wireless and powerline. Worked easily and flawlessly thus far with my original existing two powerline units, the one connected to the DSL line on the 1st floor and the second 4-port one in the basement that is bringing me Netflix on demand via Blu-Ray player and live news/weather etc through the HDTV. Wanted to keep the Wi-Fi I already had for walking around the house with a laptop or my Ipod Touch but use the powerline for non-Wi-Fi devices without having to add more Wi-Fi receivers and gain what appears to be greater reliability and speed. Not sure why anyone would conclude that you can't add more powerline units to an existing network.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2009
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If you are capable of plugging in an ethernet cable, a power cord and pressing a button, you can master this install! I had previously purchased a Linksys Powerline system, so that I could stream Netflix movies to a Blu-Ray player. I then purchased this second adapter to give access to a second Blu-Ray player and my X-Box 360 (both located in another room). I had been using X-Box 360's wireless adapter, but the download times were abysmal. Signal from my Linksys wireless router has to travel over some distance and pass through the floor and walls. After easily connecting this second adapter, download times from X-Box Live are significantly shorter and I can access BD Live content from my Blu-Ray player. I'm very pleased with the Linksys powerline network products. I wish all networking devices were this easy to install and use!
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