TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline AC Wi-Fi Kit $179 @ Centrecom (Price Beat $170.05 @ Officeworks)


Have been searching around lately for a decent powerline kit and came across this one at Centrecom. I was even able to get the AV1300 model by price matching it at Officeworks, because that's the only model they had, and they had no issue with it due to the product code being the same (TL-WPA8630P KIT). Maybe check with your local store for stock as it seems to be quite low everywhere and the one I went to didn't even have it on the shelf.

Product description:

This TP-LINK AV1200 Powerline Wi-Fi Range Extender allows you to enjoy wireless speeds of up to 1200 Mbps so you can stream videos, take part in online gaming, browse the web and more. It allows you to extend your WiFi network with ease while Beamforming technology allows for fast data transfer speeds and a stable connection.

It provides fast speeds of up to 1200 Mbps for bandwidth intensive tasks.
This adaptor is ideal for supporting Ultra HD streaming video, online gaming, large file transfers, and other bandwidth-intensive activities on multiple devices simultaneously.
Beamforming technology allows for a larger range, higher transmission capacity and more stable connections.
The Gigabit port provides secure wired networks for desktops, smart TVs and game consoles.
The 2 x 2 MIMO functionality allows you to establish multiple simultaneous connections.
You can add additional extenders to your powerline network by using the pair button.

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    Would this be faster than gigabit cat 6 ethernet? I can never tell when they say "up to".

    • +1 vote

      Wireless speeds are a bit of a misnomer. It usually refers to the AC 5GHz band being able to do about 900 Mbps and 2.4 GHz being able to do about 300 Mbps (thus totaling 1200). Even then, the speed would wildly depend on your internal power wiring, noise on the wiring, whether it's going through different circuits, gauge of your power lines and your switch/router/upstream port that's capable of probably at most gigabit speeds anyway, capping your speed to 1 Gbps. Of course wireless also has latency problems, so in my view, if at all possible, try and stick with a wired connection and use this as a last resort.

    • +3 votes

      No, Ethernet-Over-Power Adapters won't be faster than a house with internal CAT 6 wiring, but it will be as near as makes no difference fast enough for 95% of users in a modern house with modern electrical wiring (i.e. less than 10 years old).

      I've been using EOP adapters since the original HomePlug AV standard (AV200/AV500), and while the advertised throughput is purely theoretical like with every single communication protocol ever devised (so no, it won't max out at 1200Mbp/s or anything close to that), most home users wouldn't be to fully saturate a CAT 5 (100Mbp/s) link with either their Internet traffic or local traffic, so it doesn't matter as most EOP Adapters are capable of pushing at least 200Mbp/s throughput.

      In my experience, when it comes to a flaky WiFi signal vs EOP; I would pick EOP every single time unless we're talking about an old, rickety 1950s home or something.

      The warning about EOP adapters not working over different circuits in a home no longer applies to the latest HomePlug AV 2-certified devices, as these will work over different circuits (see this review, where they test EOP adapters across different circuits in the same house).

      I always recommend those on the fence about trying out in EOP in their homes due to the age of their house, to just buy them from OfficeWorks, test it out and then return them via the 2-week change of mind returns policy if they don't work out.

  • +1 vote

    These things are so damn chunky. I had to get a smaller adapter with an upward facing ethernet cable recently after buying the TP-Link TL-PA9020P KIT AV2000 2-Port Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit for AU$108.00.


    MSY have a "faster" wired one for cheaper with no wifi here

    It's a D-Link DHP-701AV 2000mbps ethernet over power adaptor with gigabit Ethernet ports on both ends for $79


    Wow such an awesome technology for such a reasonable price, poe with wifi extender and lan plus the ability to still use the power plug. Thanks for the posting


    Thanks OP, purchased one with price matching at Officeworks Bundoora without trouble.