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TP-LINK TL-WPA281 KIT 300Mbps Wireless N Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, 2.4Ghz N300 Adapter + 200Mbps Adapter, 802.11b/g/n

by TP-LINK
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Price: $198.59 + $5.04 shipping
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N300
Kit
  • Interface: 1x 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
  • Power Consumption: 6W (max)
  • Modulation Technology: OFDM
  • Certifications: CE, FCC, RoHS
  • System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux

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TP-LINK TL-WPA281 KIT 300Mbps Wireless N Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, 2.4Ghz N300 Adapter + 200Mbps Adapter, 802.11b/g/n + TP-LINK TL-PA211 KIT AV200 Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 200Mbps + Belkin 7-Feet CAT5e Snagless Patch Cable (Gray)
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Technical Details

Capacity: N300 | Model: Kit

Product Details

Capacity: N300 | Model: Kit
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.6 x 2.3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008IFXQDW
  • Item model number: TL-WPA281KIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 2, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: N300 | Model: Kit

From the Manufacturer


TP-LINK’s TL-WPA281KIT uses your home's existing electrical wires to create or expand your home network. With the TL-WPA281KIT, devices can either receive an internet connection wirelessly or by using an Ethernet cable, making internet connection available anywhere in your house. With a 200Mbps Powerline link rate and a 300Mbps wireless N rate, the TL-WPA281KIT is ideal for bandwidth consuming applications like video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls.

200Mbps Powerline/300Mbps Wireless Transfer Rates

With advanced HomePlug AV technology, the TL-WPA281 Starter Kit provides users with stable, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 200Mbps on a line length of up to 985 feet. Together, with its’ built-in QoS and its’ powerful AES encryption, the TL-WPA281KIT is a great choice for an entire home solution to connect all network compatible devices -- from computers and game consoles to set-top boxes for IPTV to printers and NAS hard drives.

300Mbps Wireless N Rate—Extend Wireless Coverage

With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps, you can effortlessly extend their network via an existing Powerline and broadcast a wireless signal to another area of your home or office.

Multiple HD Streaming

With wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps, you’ll have smooth, skip-free multiple HD video streaming.

Pair Button for Easy Network Security

By simply pushing the Pair button on your TL-WPA281KIT adapters, you can set up a hassle-free Powerline network within minutes that’s complete with 128-bit AES encryption for network security and data protection.
It's that simple!
1. Plug the adapter into a power outlet.
2. Connect the device via a network cable to the adapter.
3. Press the encryption buttons—and you're done!

WPS One Button Security

Compatible with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), the TL-WPA281 Starter Kit allows you to setup your security by simply pressing the “WPS” button. This automatically establishes a WPA2 secure connection which is more secure than WEP encryptions. Not only is WPA2 faster than normal security setups, you also won’t have to remember a password!

Support QoS for Multiple-media Optimization

Image With Quality of Service (QoS), you can determine how much bandwidth is allocated to each application. This can guarantee that each application will have some bandwidth, meaning that no single application can take down an entire Internet connection. All you have to do is choose which type of traffic you use – Internet surfing, online gaming, video streaming etc. -- and the QoS will guarantee clear, instant reproduction of that application even when with other applications are running on the network at the same time.

Features

  • HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 200Mbps, ideal for HD video or 3D video streaming and online gaming
  • 300Mbps wireless N rate
  • Mains Filter for better powerline communication performance
  • No new wires, use existing electrical wiring
  • Up to 300 meter range over a home's electrical circuit for better performance through walls or across floors
  • Plug and Play, no new wires or configuration required
  • Easily connect and secure your network with push button security(“Pair” button、“WPS” button)
  • Built-in QoS assures the quality of bandwidth sensitive applications such as voice, video and online games
  • Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizes IPTV streaming

Package Contents

  • Powerline Ethernet Adapter (TL-WPA281 & TL-PA211)
  • Ethernet cable (RJ45)
  • Resource CD,
  • Quick Installation Guide

Powerline Comparison Chart

  AV200 Mini Powerline Starter Kit AV200 Mini Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter Starter Kit AV500 Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit 150Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit 300Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit
(This Product)
Model TL-PA210KIT TL-PA211KIT TL-PA411KIT TL-PA511KIT TL-WPA271KIT TL-WPA281KIT
Wireless
 Yes
 Yes
Speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps Up to 500 Mbps Up to 500 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Number/Type of Ports 1 Ethernet Port 1 Ethernet Port 1 Ethernet Port 1 Gigabit Port 1 Ethernet Port 1 Ethernet Port
Gigabit Connection
 Yes
Power Saving Mode
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
One Button Encryption
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
HD video & Online Gaming
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
 Yes
Multiple HD/3D Video Streaming
 Yes
 Yes
Encryption Type 128-bit AES 128-bit AES 128-bit AES 128-bit AES 128-bit AES (Wired) WEP, WPA/WPA2 (Wireless) 128-bit AES (Wired) WEP, WPA/WPA2 (Wireless)
IPTV Channel Availability Single Channel Streaming Multiple Channel Streaming Multiple Channel Streaming Multiple Channel Streaming Multiple Channel Streaming Multiple Channel Streaming
Max # of Powerline Adapters 6 8 8 64 8 8

Product Description

TP-Link TL-WPA281KIT 300Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender Starter Kit

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Was easy to install and works perfect.
jan van engelen
TP-Link's wireless extender is a great product for extending the Internet connection available in your home.
Tim Drake
You can also set up using your browser and go to the default address of the unit.
Katawampas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jdiggity on November 2, 2012
Style Name: KitSize Name: N300 Verified Purchase
I needed to get better wireless coverage in my 2nd floor bonus room, as my wireless router is on the first floor on the other side of my house. I originally looked into a wireless extender/repeater for upstairs when I noticed these powerline adapters (one with Wireless). I figured I can have the best of both worlds by hardwiring my blu-ray player and having great wireless coverage too.

This product worked perfectly. I was skeptical about using the electrical wiring, but I'm sold now. It was very easy to set these up...it basically creates another wireless network to connect to, and you can set a password to keep it secure (I used the same password as my wireless router). I plugged the wireless adapter into the electrical outlet behind my blu-ray player & tv in the bonus room. I tried both wireless and wired with my blu-ray, and the streaming apps worked great either way. The wired connection is a little faster, so I'm using it. The kit came with the ethernet cables for each adapter. Now I can use my laptop, kindle, etc wirelessly in that room and get solid streaming through the wired connection on the blu-ray.

For a little more than the cost of a wireless repeater or the standard powerline adapter kits, you can get both worlds with this. I recommend it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Maine Colonial TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
Style Name: KitSize Name: N300 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
My router is downstairs at one end of the house, and its signal doesn't reach the upstairs bedrooms. I thought I'd give this TP-Link a try to see if it would allow me to use our Mac laptops upstairs.

If you look at the Quick Installation Guide, you see the usual pictograms and a sparsely-worded set of instructions. Following the instructions, I first plugged the smaller, base unit into the electrical outlet by my router and connected it via to the router via the included ethernet cable. (Note that the instructions say you must plug the base unit into the wall outlet, not into a power strip. I was able to plug the unit into the bottom outlet and still use the top outlet.)

The next step is to take the larger unit, the adapter, and plug it into an outlet in the area where you want to have the network signal extent to. Here's where things got a little murky for me. The Guide shows that in this step, you're supposed to use a second included ethernet cable to connect the adapter to the device you want to use in that remote location. The Guide illustrates this by showing as examples, a desktop computer and a gaming console, each one connected to the adapter with the internet cable. I wanted to use my Macbook Air in the remote location. Whoops. It doesn't have an ethernet outlet. So I grabbed an older Macbook that does have an ethernet outlet and connected it to the adapter with the ethernet cable.

The next step was to go down to the base unit, press a button on the bottom of the unit and then, within two minutes, do the same with the adapter. So I did that. (Note that this "button" on the base unit is more like a tiny tab than a button.) Back upstairs, the lights went green on the adapter, indicating that I had power and was connected to the network.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Inna Tysoe VINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
Style Name: KitSize Name: N300 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I already have a Belkin network kit that transfers data through your household powerline and was curious to see how the TP-Link compares.

This TP-Link kit comes with the following components.

1x Extender
1x Adapter
2x short Ethernet cables

You basically hook up the extender to your internet router and plug it into an AC socket directly in the wall. Plug in the Adapter into the wall AC socket in another location that shares the same electric supply, and hook the adapter to your device you want networked and voila.

The TP-Link starter kit offers some extra functionality over the Belkin. The wireless network extender also doubles as a wireless hub. However, it has to connect to my router which is already wireless in order to get the initial internet connection. So if I want to have a wireless hotspot in my garage I still need to purchase another extender unit to plug in the AC socket over there.

The TP-Link can be accessed and configured the same way as most routers. It has a network address 192.168.1.1 which lets you access all the functions, including setting up WEP, network keys, encryption and passwords to secure the system. All of which worked fine. My router is accessed a similar way but uses the 192.168.1.254 address. But there weren't any conflicts which was quite nice.

I then plugged the powerline adapter in the living room to access my Western Digital live media hub. (1TB media storage hub and player for the TV and mobile devices in the house).

The network worked first time and having copied some video over from my desktop using the belkin powerline network earlier I thought I would do the same with the TP link.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Iglesias on April 23, 2013
Style Name: KitSize Name: N300 Verified Purchase
I got one for myself a few weeks ago. I have a Linksys router and there were some places in the house where the signal was not strong enough (my children's bedrooms).
I had tried a bridge connection with another router, but I couldn't get it right, so this was a different approach to the problem.
Since the voltage in Argentina (where I live) is 220v, I first had to check for compatibility.
Everything worked great just out of the box! A week later, I ordered one for my parents.
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