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D-Link PowerLine Adapter AV500 Gigabit Mini Starter Kit (DHP-501AV)

by D-Link
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  • Gigabit port for connecting high speed devices
  • Speeds up to 500Mbps
  • Use Your home's electrical wiring by plugging into existing power outlets
  • Backward Compatible with HomePlug AV devices
  • Push and Secure encryption button
  • Supports 128-bit AES Encryption for Network Security
  • Plug & Play Installation
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Technical Details

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Product Description

Product Description

Blazing speeds and wired connectivity anywhere in the house, makes this PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit ideal for high-bandwidth network-ready devices. The D-Link PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit comes with 2 PowerLine AV 500 Adapters (DHP-500AV) and uses electrical wiring already in your house to provide fast, reliable speeds of up to 500Mbps.Simply connect one adapter to a power outlet and your router, and then plug the second adapter into another outlet to get instant network connections. Once the devices are plugged in, press the simple connect button on each device to establish a safe, secure connection.

From the Manufacturer

Build a custom PowerLine Network in your home or small office and give your favorite high-performance devices the up to 500 Mbps speed and QoS prioritization they crave in places impossible to reach with a wireless signal. The PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit comes with two PowerLine AV 500 Adapters capable of transforming multiple power outlets in your home into fully-functioning Ethernet ports and your entire home into a wall-to-wall home network, instantly.

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Just plug each AV Adapter into a conventional outlet and PowerLine's push-button connectivity will establish a security-encrypted 500 Mbps connection over the wiring of your building's existing electrical system. The PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit has everything you need to deliver seamless connectivity to any network-ready device, anywhere in the home no messy wiring, tools, or assembly required.

freedom Freedom. Plug into an existing PowerLine network to enjoy a high-speed, secure Internet connection, exactly where you need it.
speed Speed. Up to 500 Mbps data transfer rates for seamless HD video streaming and gaming on multiple devices at the same time.
reliability Reliability. QoS Traffic Optimization Engine to eliminate glitches and lags.
connectivity Connectivity. Connect your Blu-Ray player, HDTV, gaming console, PC, media-players, security cameras, network storage drives or any other Ethernet-enabled device.
easy Easy. Plug and Play: No messy wiring, tools, or assembly required.
smart Smart. Noise Filtering to overcomes interference from external electrical devices.
compatibility Compatibility. Works with any PowerLine or Homeplug network.
security Security. Create your own network name and password or put it at the tip of your fingers with Push Button Security for 128-bit data encryption.

What You Can Do with the PowerLine AV 500 Adapter

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Connect to Anything, Anywhere: PowerLine Meets Your Digital Demands.

Run your desktop and multiple laptops off your wireless router upstairs, and simultaneously power and prioritize bandwidth for your entire digital entertainment center in the basement. With a PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit you can extend an existing PowerLine network to deliver 500 Mbps speed and connectivity over the existing wiring of your building's electrical system. HDTVs, the Boxee Box by D-Link, Blu-Ray Players, network storage drives, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, security cameras--power them all, all at once, without annoying glitches or lags. With a PowerLine AV 500 Adapter Starter Kit, you not only have the freedom to connect your favorite devices anywhere you need them, but also the 500 Mbps speed and advanced QoS bandwidth optimization to prioritize heavier traffic, and deliver seamless digital entertainment.

 

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Pair any PowerLine AV 500 Adapter with a DHP-540 PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch to deliver seamless connectivity--up to 500 Mbps--anywhere in your home.
Create a Wall-To-Wall Home Network, Instantly.
PowerLine technology transmits data along the wiring of a building's existing electrical system, providing a secure and reliable broadband connection to places impossible to reach with a wireless signal. All you need is to plug the Adapter into any conventional power outlet and that's it--you can extend your existing PowerLine network and get performance connectivity, exactly where you need it. It's an ideal networking solution for homes where concrete walls, successive floors in multi-storied buildings, or other architectural impediments can significantly weaken a wireless coverage and create dead spots.
Need more coverage? Check out our individual PowerLine AV Adapters and extend your PowerLine network exactly where you need it.
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Get Wireless Freedom and Wired Reliability

Because a PowerLine Network is hard-wired, there is no external "ambient" interference common to even the most powerful wireless systems. PowerLine Network Technology is HomePlug AV compliant and works across phases in your building's electrical box to transmit data reliably by intelligently adapting to the strongest signal channels. Data and electricity transmit at very different frequencies, so there's never a problem of electrical interference or shorting with a PowerLine device. PowerLine turns any conventional electrical outlet in your home or office into a fully-functioning Ethernet port and your entire home into a wall-to-wall network, instantly.

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Set-up? PowerLine is Plug and Play. And That's It.

Building a custom PowerLine network with the PowerLine AV Adapter Starter Kit is a cinch. Simply plug each PowerLine AV 500 Adapter into a conventional power outlet and D-Link's Simple Connect button will establish a 128-bit security encrypted connection between your Adapters and your Internet source device in a flash. With a PowerLine DHP-501AV there are no cables to run, holes to drill or wireless signals to configure. Use the DHP-501AV to extend and build a custom PowerLine network and pair it with the PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch and connect up to 4 of your favorite connected devices to setup a clean, cable-free entertainment system, anywhere in your home or office.

Create An Ultra-Secure Home Network

PowerLine protects your network with 128-bit AES data security encryption the same technology used in E-commerce or online banking. Create your own network name and password or put it at the tip of your fingers with 'Push Button Security' standard on every PowerLine device. With hassle-free plug and play installation, and advanced security the DHP-501 AV Adapter Starter Kit is not only one of the fastest networking solutions available, it's also one of the safest.

IPV6 Equipped

Get Ready for the Future: IPV6 Equipped

With the growing number of Internet-enabled applications requiring IP addresses, the supply of IP addresses under the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) system has already been exhausted. The IPv6 protocol solves this network addressing exhaustion by creating more IP addresses, but migration from IPv4 to IPv6 is not necessarily automatic. No worries--this D-Link product is IPv6 Certified and ready for the future.

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PowerLine: Total Home Networking Solutions

D-Link offers a full lineup of PowerLine combination routers, adapters, switches and extenders to build a custom home network capable of handling your digital demands.

  • Combination router (example--DHP-1320): Great for providing wired and wireless connectivity anywhere in the home.
  • Adapter (example--DHP-500AV): Ideal for connecting a single device like a laptop into your PowerLine network.
  • Switches (example--DHP-540): Perfect for connecting an entertainment system into your PowerLine network.
  • Extenders (example--DHP-W306AV): Plug this into your PowerLine network to provide wireless connectivity into areas that can't be reached with your wireless router, such as your basement or attic.

What's in the Box

Two PowerLine 500 AV adapters; two Ethernet cables; CD-ROM; quick install guide

Specifications

  • Maximum Throughput Rate: Up to 500 Mbps
  • Standards: IEEE 802.3; IEEE 802.3u; HomePlug AV; IEEE 1901
  • Ethernet Interface:10/100/1000Base-TX Gigabit Ethernet port with auto MDI/MDIX; RJ-45 connector
  • Powerline Frequency Band: 2 MHz to 68 MHz
  • QoS: Integrated QoS Traffic Optimization prioritizes media and data
  • Security: 128-bit AES encryption
  • LEDs: Power
  • Certifications: CE EMC Class B; FCC Part 15 Class B; UL; CE LVD

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.8 x 3.9 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004YW7W1A
  • Item model number: DHP-501AV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 2, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

And the set was easy to set up (just plug both adapters in and they work!)
jsebogen
Overall, I would recommend this product for people who are having wireless unreliability or for large homes.
JustANormalGuy
The streaming has been good with movies and there have been no drops or hesitations in the streaming.
Don

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JustANormalGuy on September 26, 2011
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I purchased this product because my wireless router was simply not offering enough signal strength to fully allow my PlayStation 3 to play comfortably online without any interruptions. The box includes two adapters, two blue ethernet cables, and product manual, quick start guide, and a CD. It's very easy to setup, and it works extremely well. Even from where the first adapter is plugged in, on the uppper level, I'm still able to get roughly 120 mbps to my PS3, which is suitable for HD video streaming. Overall, I would recommend this product for people who are having wireless unreliability or for large homes.
The only con I would give is that the first adapter that must stay plugged in to the router can get a tad hot and so can the other adapter, so I just unplug both of them when I'm not using them.
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123 of 156 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Shlapak on June 22, 2012
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So, according to D-Link customer support, the "only problem" with these devices is that they have to be "on the same circuit" to connect.

That's the "only problem", huh? And were there any other problems at the play, Mrs Lincoln?

My house is about 3,000 sq ft and must have 15 separate circuits. The odds of any two rooms being on the same one are...long. In any decent-sized house, what are the chances that two arbitrary rooms will share the breaker? I mean, really?

So, useless.

The "worse than" part is this. The device has a "PowerLine LED" that's supposed to tell you "that the device is connected to the PowerLine Network." On both my units, this LED is glowing a pretty, steady green, which is supposed to mean not only that they are in communion, but are communicating at 80+ Mbps.

Turns out, not so much. According to D-Link tech support, all that LED is really saying is that the device is getting power.

Gee, I thought that's what the "Power LED" was for. Silly, silly me.

What a disappointing waste of time. I'll be requesting my return authorization pretty much the moment after I hit "return" on this review.

I wish I could give it zero stars.

ADDENDUM Turns out it's d-link tech support that's worse than useless, as is the documentation that accompanies the product. Thanks to the managing editor at SmallNetBuilder.com, I learned that PowerLine networks DO in fact work across circuits. He suggested that I reset the adapters to their factory settings and have another go.

Here's where d-link's marvelous documentation comes not play. The quick start that comes with the adapters says NOTHING about how to reset them.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By g45 on December 21, 2011
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Two problems on my wireless home network are a personal PC at great distance from the Access Point/Router [AP] and a heavy resource user in the form of a security DVR. After reading reviews re the PowerLine technology for extending an Ethernet circuit I bought this D-Link Starter Kit that was advertised to get up to 500 Mbps for devices connected to a router by bridging the distance through the house wiring. Before purchasing I called D-Link Technical Support and discussed the limitations of the equipment and the technology. I was told I could obtain nearly the same speed and signal strength for devices located far away from the router, AS LONG AS BOTH ADAPTERS WERE ON THE SAME ELECTRICAL PHASE. The Technician repeated and EMPHASIZED, the operating constraint was the PHASE of the wiring, not the circuit segments.

I understood his comments to mean, in modern house wiring two legs or phases are connected to the customer distribution panel from a utility transformer. Customers then distribute the wiring throughout the house for phase to ground circuits [120 VAC] and phase to phase circuit [240 VAC]. If BOTH ADAPTERS are ELECTRICALLY connected on the SAME PHASE, regardless of the individual circuit location, then the D-Link PowerLine Device will operate as advertised. Any OTHER connection WILL yield unpredictable or inoperable results.

Because the PC problem was in the section of my house that was electrically two distribution panels away from the AP, I was not too surprised that the PowerLine solution did not work. I WAS surprised with the results from connecting the DVR, which I determined WAS on the same phase as the adapter connected to the router.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Don on January 3, 2013
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The AV500 kit works well. My wireless router is located downstairs and was not providing a good enough constant signal for streaming movies to the upstairs media room. I had no problems setting the kit up and syncing them. One is attached to the D-Link 655 router and the other is providing the wired connection to the movie room for the Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player. The streaming has been good with movies and there have been no drops or hesitations in the streaming.

The main confusion most people have is that the units have to be on the same electrical circuit. This only refers to the units being plugged up initially on the same circuit in any given room and syncing them. After that has been done then you can place them anywhere in the house for use.
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