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TRENDnet Powerline 500 AV Mini Network Starter Kit, Up to 500 Mbps over existing electrical lines TPL-406E2K

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  • Extend your home network by using the current electrical wiring in your home for a fast, stable and secure connection. No configuration is needed. All TRENDnet Powerline adapters are Plug and Play ready
  • This starter kit comes with 2 compact adapters that blends into your surroundings without sacrificing both power outlets
  • Connect over existing eletrical lines for homes up to 5,000 square feet with speeds up to 500 Mbps for seamless streaming of 1080p Full HD or 3D HD video and online gaming
  • 500 Mbps is the maximum theoretical Powerline data rate when connected to another Powerline device. Data throughput may vary by circuit wire conditions. Powerline communication works on a single electrical system. (Usually controlled by a single distribution panel). Power strip, GFCI outlets, and AFCI circuit breakers may degrade Powerline network signals.
  • TRENDnet's Industry leading 3-Year warranty with unlimited 24/7 Technical support
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Product Description

Capacity: AV 500 | Model: Starter Kit

Product Description

The 500 Mbps Compact Powerline AV Adapter Kit, model TPL-406E2K, uses any electrical outlet to create a secure high speed network. Connect the first adapter to your network and plug the second adapter into any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access. The compact form factor saves space around crowded electrical outlets. This adapter automatically connects to other TRENDnet Powerline AV adapters with no installation required-TRENDnet recommends pressing the 'Sync' button to automatically change default encryption keys. Use up to 8 adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling. Power Save mode reduces power consumption by up to 80%. Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes video, audio, and online gaming. LED displays convey device status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced 128-bit AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.

From the Manufacturer

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TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit

The Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit, model TPL-406E2K, uses any electrical outlet to create a secure high speed network. Connect the first adapter to your network and plug the second adapter into any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access. The compact form factor saves space around crowded electrical outlets. This adapter automatically connects to other TRENDnet Powerline AV adapters with no installation required-TRENDnet recommends pressing the 'Sync' button to automatically change default encryption keys.

Use up to 8 adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling. Power Save mode reduces power consumption by up to 80%. Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes video, audio, and online gaming. LED displays convey device status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced 128-bit AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.


Overview – TPL-406E2K

  • Includes two TPL-406E adapters
  • 500 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet
  • Compact form factor saves space
  • Up to 80% power savings
  • Use one unit to transmit, and up to 7 additional TPL-406Es to receive a network signal

Standards:

  • IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u
  • 1 x 10/100 Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 port
  • 2 ~ 68 MHz

Features:

  • Up to 500 Mbps (Full Duplex mode)
  • Up to 8 nodes (max)
  • Up to 4 Overlapping Powerline Networks (per electrical system)

Networking Solution


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TRENDnet Powerline Comparison Chart

TPL-307ETPL-401E2KTPL-402E2KTPL-405ETPL-406E2KTPL-308E2K
Model TPL-307E/E2K TPL-401E/E2K TPL-402E/E2K TPL-405E TPL-406E/E2K TPL-308E2K
Product Title 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Passthrough Powerline 500 AV Adapter Kit Powerline 500 AV Adapter Kit with Passthrough 4-Port Powerline 500 AV Adapter Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit
Features
Data speed 200Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps* 200Mbps
Number of possible nodes 6 16 16 16 8 4
Protocol TDMA and CSMA/CA TDMA and CSMA/CA TDMA and CSMA/CA TDMA and CSMA/CA TDMA and CSMA/CA TDMA and CSMA/CA
Frequency Band 2 ~ 28 MHz 2 ~ 50 MHz 2 ~ 50 MHz 2 ~ 50 MHz 2 ~ 68 MHz 2 ~ 30 MHz
Number of ports 1 1 1 4 1 1
Encryption 128-Bit AES 128-Bit AES 128-Bit AES 128-Bit AES 128-Bit AES 128-Bit AES

* 500 Mbps is the maximum theoretical Powerline data rate of the adapter. Actual throughput will vary depending on environment and port speed

Package Contents:

  • 2 x TPL-406E
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • CD-ROM (User's Guide)
  • 2 x Network cables (1.5 m / 5 ft.)
TPL-406E2K Package

Product Information

Capacity:AV 500  |  Model:Starter Kit

Technical Details

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Brand Name TRENDnet
Item model number TPL-406E2K
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 9 x 3 x 6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9 x 3 x 6 inches
Color White

Additional Information

ASIN B008F537KC
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 1,288 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #26 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Powerline Network Adapters
Shipping Weight 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available June 26, 2012

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Style Name: Pass-Through Starter KitSize: AV 500 Verified Purchase
I've never tried Powerline adapters before. Reviews of the first-generation models were all terrible, and I was one of those people who wrote the technology off completely. But fast-forward a few years, and I'm moving into a large apartment with a cable modem in the bedroom and my HDTV in the living room. I can pick up 40 Wi-Fi SSIDs on my laptop, I can't get into the ceiling so I can't do drop cables, and my girlfriend would kill me if I started stringing up cat-5 cable along the walls. I needed something fast, cheap, and largely invisible, and while I was skeptical since this apartment's wiring is so old it still has an honest-to-goodness fuse box, I still figured I'd at least try a Powerline adapter.

I settled on the Trendnet brand because they'd gotten some fairly decent reviews on sites like SmallNetBuilder, and seemed pretty fast at least compared to other brands. Installation was simple; basically you plug them both in, press and hold the sync button on the side (I had to do it a few times before I learned how long to hold the button down) on one and then the other, and then wait for them to sync up. Once they do, you're all set! I connected one to my router in the bedroom, and the other to a gigabit switch in the living room, and then plugged all my home theater devices into the switch. AV receiver, Roku, Blu-Ray player, Xbox, they all appeared on the network right away, and voila, Internet access for my entertainment center.

Roku does streaming Internet radio, and within minutes I had Pandora playing to my heart's content. The real test, though, was whether I could stream video. I've been using this setup for a couple of weeks now, and let me tell you, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime all work like a charm.
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Style Name: Wireless KitSize: AV 500 Verified Purchase
I have 2 floors in my house and I bought this because my main router is upstairs and I get slow WiFi speeds downstairs. After getting everything to work from these TRENDnet devices, I can say that I am very pleased with the results.

I followed the instructions and connected the TPL-410AP W-Fi extender to my computer with an ethernet cable and set up the security and such. After that I plugged in the TPL-406E to my wall and connected it to my network switch upstairs. I then took the Wi-Fi extender and plugged it into a wall in the middle of house downstairs (note that plugging it into a power strip will most likely drop the speeds, I tested it on one). After that I connected to the new Wi-Fi access point and tested the speeds on my laptop:

The internet service I signed up for is 50 Mbps download / 25 Mbps Upload.

When I'm connected to my upstairs router by ethernet cable
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59 Mbps Down
29 Mbps Up

This is the speed I got from downstairs from the router I have upstairs
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3.39 Mbps Down
16.10 Mbps Up

Now with the TRENDnet Wi-Fi
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41.72 Mbps Down
11.61 Mbps Up

Connected to TRENDnet powerline by ethernet cable
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52.91 Mbps Down
21.11 Mbps Up

The three things I found most important in getting good speeds is the location of Wi-Fi extender, whether or not you plug it directly into a wall outlet, and which channel you set your Wi-Fi extender on. Overall I'd say that's a big improvement compared to the speeds I got before.
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Style Name: Starter KitSize: AV 500 Verified Purchase
These worked great right out of the box. I plugged them in, they found each other and in less than ten minutes out of the box I had a network switch with eight computers plugged in and running to the router downstairs. In the past, I used a wireless access point to connect the computers to the wireless router downstairs and my network delay was between 10ms and 100 ms. With the TPL-406E2Ks, my delay is now a quality 2ms. Until early this week that is.

I got on my treadmill and noticed my ProForm Google maps will load as they had before I bought the adapters. So I get off the treadmill, and the maps download (nice troubleshooting right?) I start up a ping test on my computer and get back on the treadmill and notice that the network delay ranges from 1248ms to "unreachable network". So then I tried with blow driers, and exercise bike, blender, drill and some other household items. only the treadmill killed the network. So if you are thinking about using a treadmill that is connected to the network, make sure the treadmill is on another circuit... I suppose.
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Style Name: Starter KitSize: AV 500 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Things don't get much easier than this. I plugged both into the wall, plugged the included CAT5e cables into the computer and router respectively and it worked! I then moved the one to a far part of the house that is fed by an electrical subpanel and it still worked just fine. I pulled the full internet bandwidth that I get with a wired connection and even a mid-twenties ping, which is excellent (especially with the distance between them).

I like how small these units are, much smaller than the TP-Link competition.

One thing doesn't make sense, though. One the box it says it has the best speed, which is 500Mbps. It also says that it has an ethernet port of 10/100Mbps on each unit. I just looked at TP-Link Powerline Adapter (TL-PA211 STARTER KIT), and Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit (PLEK400) which are 200Mbps, and they have 10/100Mbps ports as well. There seems to only be two explanations: 1) the manufacturers are playing marketing games and deceiving us 2) whether you buy a 200 or 500Mbps adapter, you'll never actually get over 100Mbps anyway, so why bother adding the cost of a gigabit port. After watching Linksys's marketing over the years, I could believe it is either or a combination of both.

Overall, if you are looking for a simple way to get a CAT5 cable to your device, this is simple. Just don't expect to get higher than 100Mbps, because it is impossible with this device.
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