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ZyXEL Powerline AV 500 Mbps 4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter with PLA4205 Powerline AV 500Mbps (PLA4225KIT)

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  • Starter Kit includes: 1 PLA4225 (Powelrine AV 500mbps 4-port Gigabit Switch), and 1 PLA4205 (Powelrine AV 500 Gigabit Adapter)
  • Blazing-fast 500 Mbps speeds for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
  • Plug-and-play connection for to up to four media devices at Gigabit wire speed
  • IEEE1901 compliant and compatible with HomePlug AV
  • QoS enhances media streaming quality
  • Power-saving mode reduces wasted energy
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Product Description

Capacity: 500 GbE KIT | Model: Switch

Product Description

Powered by the latest IEEE 1901 technology and four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the ZyXEL PLA4225 500 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Gigabit Switch provides an all-in-one solution for users looking to enjoy multiple HD streams, multiplayer gaming and Web surfing simultaneously. When used alongside a Powerline Ethernet Adapter, the PLA4225 makes it simple to connect up to four media devices such as HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, and game consoles to your home network through any electrical outlet in your house. Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features improve the quality of streaming multimedia applications such as triple-play services, HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP. The PLA4225 automatically enters power-saving mode when an inactive Ethernet connection is detected, reducing energy consumption by 80% when compared to Powerline adapters without this function. Data transmission is protected by 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) to ensure a secure connection to the Internet. There’s no complicated setup or software required - the PLA4225 makes network security as simple as pushing a button.

From the Manufacturer

Plug and Play Network Access throughout the Home

The PLA4225 starter kit streamlines network setup by turning your house’s existing electrical wiring into a high-speed network. Using a standard Ethernet cable, just plug the single-port PLA4205 into your existing router. From there, the included PLA4225 switch will easily and instantly convert any electrical outlet in your home into a 4-port network switch for your PC, game consoles, or any other device requiring Ethernet connectivity. With advanced HomePlug AV technology and data rates of up to 500Mbps*, the PLA4225 provides stable, high-speed Ethernet connectivity throughout your home without the mess or hassle of running complicated wiring.

500 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Gigabit Switch
  • Blazing-fast 500 Mbps* speeds for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
  • Plug-and-play connection for to up to four media devices at Gigabit wire speed
  • IEEE1901 compliant and compatible with HomePlug AV
  • QoS enhances media streaming quality
  • Power-saving mode reduces wasted energy
  • Kit includes 1- PLA4225 4-Port Switch and 1 - PLA4205 Single-Port Adpater
Blazing Speeds for True HD Streaming

Blazing Speeds for True HD Streaming

Powered by the latest IEEE 1901 technology and four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the ZyXEL PLA4225 500 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Gigabit Switch provides an all-in-one solution for users looking to enjoy multiple HD streams, multiplayer gaming and Web surfing simultaneously. When used alongside a Powerline Ethernet Adapter, the PLA4225 makes it simple to connect up to four media devices such as HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, and game consoles to your home network through any electrical outlet in your house.

* The theoretical maximum channel data transfer rate is derived from IEEE 1901 specifications. Actual data transfer rate will vary from network environment including: distance, network traffic, noise on electrical wires, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions.

Blazing Speeds for True HD Streaming

QoS Enhances Media Streaming Quality

Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features improve the quality of streaming multimedia applications such as triple-play services, HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP.

Green Technology Saves Energy

The PLA4225 automatically enters power-saving mode when an inactive Ethernet connection is detected, reducing energy consumption by 80% when compared to Powerline adapters without this function.

Easy Security Setup

Data transmission is protected by 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) to ensure a secure connection to the Internet. There’s no complicated setup or software required – the PLA4225 makes network security as simple as pushing a button.

Model PLA401 PLA407 PLA4201 PLA4205 PLA4211 PLA4215 PLA4225
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Powerline Data Rate 200Mbps 200Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps 500Mbps
Homeplug AV Compatible Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
IEEE 1901 Y Y Y Y Y
QoS Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Form Factor Regular Passthrough Mini Regular Passthrough Passthrough Switch
Ethernet 1 x Fast 1 x Fast 1 x Fast 1 x Gigabit 1 x Fast 1 x Gigabit 4 x Gigabit
Noise Filter Y Y Y
Push Button Encryption Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
KIT Model PLA401KIT PLA407KIT PLA4201KIT PLA4205KIT PLA4211KIT PLA4215KIT PLA4225KIT
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Product Information

Capacity:500 GbE KIT  |  Model:Switch

Technical Details

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Brand Name ZyXEL
Item model number PLA4225KIT
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.6 x 5.9 x 3.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.57 x 5.91 x 3.74 inches
Color White

Additional Information

ASIN B0061308MA
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 983 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #119 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Powerline Network Adapters
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 30, 2011

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Style Name: SwitchSize: 500 GbE KIT Verified Purchase
I recently installed these in a older 2,500sq ft home. Here's why...

In the 3 years I have lived in this home, I have tried 3 different (latest technology, $100+) Wifi routers. I have NEVER been able to get a good enough signal throughout my house to stream videos over Netflix to my various TV's. I've tried 2 different Roku players, an apple TV, and even a couple laptops. The Wifi signal is just too weak to watch a movie without constant video lock ups or stutters.

After a year of pondering (and not wanting to waste any more money), I convinced myself to just try these with the faith that Amazon would take them back if they didn't. I decided on this brand/model because of the reviews.

How I made them finally work:
The first thing you need to do when you get these is pair them together. Long story short, I could not get mine to see each other until I plugged them into the same outlet (via a 3 outlet extension cord).

Here's how I setup mine:
1) IMPORTANT! The first thing you need to know is these powerline products cannot be plugged into a surge protector or extension cord if you want a strong signal.
2) Plug 1 unit into the wifi router via its network cable. Plug the unit directly into your wall outlet.
3) Plug the second unit into the same wall outlet. No network cable needed in this one yet. Wait for the connection light to go green.
4) Move the second unit into any other outlet in your home (different room perhaps?). Make sure you get a connection light. Plug a laptop or game console into the second unit via its network cable. Test your internet connection.

My first connection speed test:
I took my laptop upstairs (wifi router downstairs). Over wifi I get 12mbps download speed.
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Style Name: Non Pass-ThroughSize: 500Mbps GbE KIT
OVERVIEW: I bought these in hopes that I could stream my Blu-ray collection (uncompressed) to my WDTV Live Plus from a NAS drive (more details at end of review). A lot of information out there on the Interwebs said this was nearly impossible, but I was tired of having to compress all of my Blu-rays with Handbrake in order to stream them over wireless (and I still had stuttering). I saw them for a good price on another site, so I decided to give them a try anyway. To my surprise, they actually worked!

INSTALLATION: This kit ships with two powerline adapters, two (too short) ethernet cables, a setup CD, and some "light" documentation. There is a utility that installs from the CD that can report the transmit and receive speeds of your adapters, which are dead easy to install--just plug both into a wall outlet, then an ethernet cable into each one and your router/internet-enabled device. They find each other automatically and start talking almost instantly. There is also a button on the side of each adapter labeled "ENCRYPT" that you can use to form a secure connection between them so your neighbors can't get on to your network. (Because this would require them sharing your electrical wiring AND having powerline adapters, the possibility is remote so I didn't fool with it.) When I fired up the utility (installs from the CD), it reported that I was only getting about 50 Mbps throughput. Unfortunately I did not have any spare electrical outlets, so I had to plug the router-end adapter into a wall tap. I moved the other one (connected to the WDTV) to a bare outlet and the utility then reported about 123 TX and 111 RX throughput.
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Style Name: Non Pass-ThroughSize: 500Mbps GbE Verified Purchase
Goal: Purchased 3 plugs for our 1979 ~2500sq.ft split level house in hopes of reliably feeding an HTPC machine with 40Mbit/s (5MB/s) and an internet-capable stereo with 8Mbit/s (1MB/s)

Background: Wifi G and N were tried, but provided unreliable performance: drop outs when the microwave was in use, and insufficient bandwidth for high-bitrate movie scenes, causing an unacceptable movie watching experience.

Electrical layout: the server and HTPC machines are on different breakers but on the same "side" of the circuit breaker panel. The Internet stereo is on the other side of the breaker panel.

Installation: one of the easiest yet. Truly plug-and-play, without any software installation or configuration needed. Each Zyxel unit is plugged directly into the wall socket. Each wall socket has two plugs, and the other plug is used by a power bar with lots of stuff hanging off it. I'm also not using the encryption feature.

Performance: The server-to-HTPC leg (same side on breaker panel) moves 10MB/s via NFS protocol, or roughly 80Mbit/s, and the server-to-stereo leg (different side on breaker panel) moves roughly 2MB/s. For the stereo, the Zyxel shows an "amber" speed indicator colour, indicating a reduced 10-40Mbit/s rate, which is in line with my benchmark results. Unlike wifi, these units provide reliable and steady bandwidth with very little deviation.

Overall these units have met my goal, so 5-stars here! Internet music and movie are now hickup free.

Warning to those expecting 500Mbit/s (or even 200Mbit/s) --- the HomePlug governing body has drastically overstated the real-world speeds for all three of their HomePlug standards [HomePlug(85) HomePlugAV(200) HomePlugAV2(500)].
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