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ZyXEL PLA401 200 Mbps Powerline HomePlug AV Wall-plug Adapter (Starter Kit--2 units)
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- Up to 200 Mbps channel data rate over existing electrical powerline
- No new wires required
- Features 128-bit AES protection for secure data transmissions
- Simple plug-and-play installation
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From the Manufacturer
The ZyXEL HomePlug AV PLA-401 is an extended access solution that allows your house to be completely networked using your existing electrical power lines. Simply plug the AV PLA-401 into an existing electrical outlet, and it will transform your electrical power lines into a house-wide network infrastructure. It s the easiest way to extend the network connection from your broadband router. Powered by HomePlug AV Technology, the ZyXEL PLA-401 has a channel data rate up to 200 Mbps. The PLA-401 allows users to stream high-definition video from one side of the house to the other, as well as enable surfing the Internet, accessing e-mail, and transferring large files easily and safely at home. Home entertainment solutions such as Network Capable DVR systems or Set Top box can now be networked using existing electrical power lines within your home instead of using complicated wireless setups or messy wiring solutions. With 128-bit AES encryption, the PLA-401 provides the advanced data security technology for the powerline network you created at home. Now you can surf the Internet from any room in your house through the network over existing power lines without concerns over security holes and hackers to exploit. Requiring no new wires, no drivers, and compatible with all OS, the ZyXEL PLA-401 is the ideal solution for residential users who need LAN extension without laying new cables. Since there are no drivers required to connect to the unit, there are no OS compatibility issues whatsoever! Simply plug the ZyXEL PLA-401 into an electrical outlet and an Internet connection and you re ready to go on line!
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I have no criteria to compare it with other products, but I don't have the need to for now. so I would recommend it to someone who has similar to my needs from such a solution.
It does not work from a power strip though.
Here's the WARNING. Because you can't run these via powerstrip, they are directly plugged into your wall and then your computer(s). I happen to have my network on a wireless router, so the "in" signal for the ZyXEL was coming from the router.
Well, there was a powersurge yesterday sometime and because there was no power strip/surge protector to stop it - the serge went through the Cat5 cable from the ZyXEL and DESTROYED my $200 router.
I'm looking into a Cat5 surge protector, but just wanted warn everyone that this can happen. If not in use, I recommend unplugging the cables from your computer(s) and router.
The system itself works great, but I had to take off the stars because it cost my family an extra $200 to replace the router.
What a joy! No comparison with Netgear's junk! I checked even plug in my house on both floors in all rooms, and it works like a charm. The speeds are quite high, in in the 50-100 Kbit range. Online support is accessible, fast, informational, and 2-year warranty gives a peace of mind.
One little issue surfaced in a couple of days: one of the adapters(I bought 2 kits of two adapters each) stopped recognizing the others connected to my home wiring (the dapaters have three light, one of which shows if there is a connection to the other adpaters on the network). I unplugged it, even it was not very hot, but it did smell of hot plastic.
After a bout a day of not being plugged in I tried it again, and it worked, and it has been working now for a couple of weeks without any problems. I am happy for now.
They are a bit pricey and bulky, but for a product this simple to install, it's money well spent.
If you have just the two, you don't need the included software, which is good in my case because I'm a Mac user and the software is for MS. I think the software would be required for more than two units.