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Good for simple configurations, can be aggravating for a non-trivial set-up
on April 3, 2014
Powerline units are all easy to set up: plug in two units, connect cables, done. It takes longer to describe the process than to just do it; and in this, the TL-WPA4220 and TL-PA4010 in this kit perform exactly as expected. The WPA4220 unit also has an additional 100Mbit port (to make two), which is very handy. They inter-operate with other units (WD and Netgear also in use) with no issues, and should do the job very well.
But be careful if your setup isn't a trivial one: If you have a DHCP server, if you want 802.11Q or have anything more advanced than a basic "join my powerline network and also bridge Wi-Fi" plan, you may want to tread carefully and ask questions.
If you have a DHCP server, these units will ignore it completely. It appears to auto-assign its own address if you don't set one in the config, choosing and checking (D.A.D mode) random ones until it finds one. Then it goes quiet: WITHOUT THE WINDOWS LOCATOR APP, YOU WILL NOT FIND THIS UNIT. This device will not register its IP address with anything, for instance, and since it doesn't solicit an address from the DHCP server, any logging in that respect will not be useful. So be ready to install that app and use it somewhere on the segment where this unit will live, and come to terms with that requirement. If you expected something smart enough to support RFC2131, anticipate disappointment.
Nits aside: these units are as simple as can be, are very simple to install as expected for powerline gear, and do exactly what they promise -- nothing more. Manage your expectations and you'll be fine.