TP-Link AV2000 Powerline Adapter Kit (TL-PA9020P-KIT) /W AC Passthrough $100.30 Delivered @ Wireless1 eBay

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      Depends what you gonna use it for. It only gets 1g on ethernet while 5g only has 433mbps bandwidth.

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        These things aren't even close to their advertised speeds — neither AV1000 or AV2000.
        Google around for performance reviews, and generally the best possible speeds seem to be around 250mbps for the AV2000 gear, and most people hitting more like 100-150mbps.

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          To be fair, you can hit 600-867mbps on an av2000 with the same subcircuit across 30m of wire… which might end up being 2 rooms apart. The TP-PLC software off their website can show you the active connection speed.

          Additionally, you can have 4 AV2000 devices (or more) on the same network/password/encryption, and the speeds will be around 300-400mbps to each device as they will relay signals between adapters on the same, or on different sub-circuits. This does improve if they are the same brand/firmware, which helps with the diagnostics as well, but it's almost the definition of plug and play.

          To compensate they have basic QoS to help improve things, but you still want Ethernet or a solid wire when possible to mitigate guesswork and possible internet outages when the kettle boils, a phone charger is plugged in, or the dishwasher turns on.

          Yes, it can be that temperamental.

          IMO / IME.

          Powerline adapters are very temperamental to all kinds of conditions or environments and the speed constantly fluctuates, more so than WiFi. Mostly because most electrical devices are "noisy". your experience will vary, chaotically.

          The advertised 2000mbps is shared bandwidth, much like how Wifi 802.11ac and it's MIMO/MU-MIMO 2x2 or 3x3 "AC3200" and "AC5300" isn't capable of hitting close to gigabit speed transfers, since it's a shared medium with 5ghz/2.4ghz bands, channels, encryption, etc.

          I'm using this kit from the garage (where the NBN FTTN node was moved to…) to the living room to avoid having a 40-50m ethernet cable around the outside of the house, or going through a few walls.

          When/If the [pwerline link has to 'hop' between different circuits, the speed will halve easily to 320-450mbps. Much like WiFi, the advertised max throughput is optimistic, and it's also shared bandwidth. As compared to the cheaper AV500, the AV500's can "punch" through with a more stable speed, but it's much, much lower than WiFi speeds over the same distance.

    • +1 vote

      I’ve got a different TP-Link AV1000 without wifi.
      I bought/use it for 2 things:
      - I was hoping to use it to remote play from my Xbox one - It passes all of the diag tests with perfect marks but in actual use it’s a bit glitchy and not sufficient for fast paced games like Forza. It doesn’t handle enough data at low latency to deal with the massively changing incompressible video stream. Other games like FPS are mostly fine.
      —— The ping to my router is no better than 802.11n 5GHz so that’s be the likely issue. 1-3ms (but still spikes to ~16ms rarely)
      - I use it now for general internet use and streaming but that hardly stresses it. It’s 100% capable of an NBN50 connection, but that’s not saying much.

      So:
      - Gaming: if desperate
      - Console remote play: no
      - General internet: yes
      - Streaming media (YouTube, Netflix, etc): yes

  • +3 votes

    This kit is quite bulky meaning you will lose the other powerpoint - get one of these if you are wanting to use the other powerpoint

    Credits to Zippy7 for this genius idea

    • +1 vote

      I have mine with the side side version of that adapter, works great. You just need to lift it out of the way.

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      Powerline adapters usually say on the box not to use them in an adapter or powerboard.

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        Plug the powerline adapter in directly to the wall -> Plug the double adapter in the passthrough -> 2 powerpoints

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        Surge protected power boards will degrade powerline performance and should be avoided.
        A basic double adapter or short power extension cord (non-Surge protected) are OK.

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    Is this tech still fussy about your internal wiring?

    • +1 vote

      Yes, if your upstairs is separated from downstairs (on a different main fuse) then you're not going to get 2gbps. I used to get around 100mbps max, it may be different with yours though.

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    If you had a 2 sets of these, will all 4 of the units talk to each other?

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      See #13 https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/basics/lanwan-basics/32768-s...

      How many devices can I have on a powerline network?

      HomePlug AV and AV2 support up to 64 total adapters or nodes. But a maximum of 16 adapters is recommended in each network (using a common security key) for performance reasons.

      If 3 or more are synced using the same private network name, they will work as a hub (eg. adapter connected to router will act as a master servicing all other client adapters). In other words, if you want internet access to 3 ethernet devices, you only have to connect 1 powerline adapter to the Router (not 3).

      You can also run individual pairs of adapters that are separated from each other by using different private network names for each pair.