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Ignore the instructions, and it works great,
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This review is from: TRENDnet 200 Mbps Powerline Ethernet AV Adapter Kit TPL-303E2K (White) (Personal Computers)I read some of the other reviews here and ran into the same problems when following the instructions: The passwords would never take. Once you start resetting and doing what the troubleshooting guide says, everything is messed up. After spending 2-3 hours trying to get them to communicate, here's what I did to start over:
1. I attached each unit to the router, in turn (I had three altogether), used the software to give the network a name (all the same name, or accept the default), and clicked on the "private" button in the privacy settings. Apparently, that just sets the one unit that is currently directly connected to the router. But since all units must use the same name, that works.
2. After doing that, just put the remote unit(s) where you want them and attach the device (computer, TV, or whatever). You should get three lights and it will work.
If you follow the instructions, write down the passwords for the units, etc., it just won't work. Whenever you try to enter the password, it will say that it's wrong. I spent 2 hours on this alone before reading some other reviews with good suggestions.
TIP: When you get these out of the box, ignore the instructions and the software. Attach one to an ethernet cable with the other end connected to your router or switch. Then just plug the other units in and attach the devices to them with the ethernet cables. If that doesn't work, load the software and do the above procedure.
I am giving it 3 stars because the software and instructions are worthless ... actually they are worse than worthless because they actually have you mess things up, get frustrated, and probably return the units to Amazon. The devices, once they are working, work great. I have a large house and one unit is at the far end and I'm still getting 56k there, with 85K on the closer unit. The speeds are consistent and work great for me, since I only have a 6mb Internet connection anyway. Streaming video works great too. 5 stars for the hardware, 1 for the software, and -15 for the instructions.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2011 7:03:08 AM PDT
Jeffrey Jotz says:
Thanks for posting, Norman. I wish I followed your advice when I originally tried to set up these adapters, because I feel like I wasted an hour+ of my time. Ignoring the instructions and following your advice had me online in 15 minutes.
Posted on Feb 16, 2012 10:05:10 AM PST
Vikas Gujadhur says:
Thank you so so much for this review. You really saved me a tonne of time. I literally just plugged them in and they worked! I tried the password stuff for a while but gave up quickly and started googling solutions.. thankfully I found yours!!
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