|Item model number||PLA4215|
|Operating System||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.8 x 5.9 x 3.9 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||9.75 x 5.91 x 3.87 inches|
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ZyXEL Powerline AV 500 Mbps Wall-Plug Adapter w/AC Pass through (PLA4215)
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- Blazing-fast 500 Mbps speed for HD video streaming and gaming
- Passthrough power outlet so you don't lose an outlet
- Compliant with IEEE1901 and compatible with HomePlug AV
- Multi-color LED indicates powerline network quality
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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)].Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It worked until it was a month out of Amazon return. I guess I will try to get a replacement from the manufacturer.
It was difficult to set up. Read more
Awesome, connects easily, quality is just as good as if connected straight to the modem.Published 6 days ago by Thomas J Moreno
Pretty good idea - way to bulk to use anything else around it. I have it in one of a 2x2 AC outlet and it covers the one either above or to the side of it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dickie
Not really that pleased with these things. I've had multiple units varying from 1-4 ports spread around the house. The max I'm getting is 50-60Mbs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. CookiePuss
I have two of these fail within ten months use. It is rubbish and not worth buying.Published 1 month ago by A.F.
I was skeptical when I purchased this product but it actually works quite well. I was using Wi-Fi to play Xbox online but felt like my connection was slow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BRIAN
I'm very disappointed with this item as it appears that if you do not have a router that can send WPS data you have to know how to configure the PLA4231 thru it's web configuration... Read morePublished 2 months ago by History Buff
When these work, they're great. I've had the PLA4205 for 2-3 years now and only recently have experienced severe network drops and minimized bandwidth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Keating