Trendnet 200Mbps Powerline Neworking Kit
|Trendnet 200Mbps Powerline Neworking Kit|
|Features and Specifications|
|Installation, Setup and More|
|Performance and Final Thoughts|
Networking has come a long way in terms of speed, reliability and flexibility and today we are looking at a piece of technology from Trendnet that aims to fill the gap between wireless networking and running cables everywhere. We will be looking at the 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter kit. This kit uses the existing wiring in your building to run networking signals through. This kit has a bonus features of actually having wall receptacles built-in so it doesn't hog a wall plug.
There are a few benefits to Powerline networking that are worth mentioning. First and most obvious, the infrastructure. It's already there. Most buildings have electrical wiring - at least in Canada and even some of igloos are wired. Second, there is no interference from wireless products. Even though these products have some range issues - they are rated to just under 1000' and this exceeds typical wireless networks and doesn't require line of site.
Trendnet has several Powerline products currently available and they range from archaic 14Mbps products to their latest 500Mbps product. The 200Mbps kit that we're looking at today is their entry-level performance product that has the additional feature of having a "bonus" outlet.
In typical Trendnet form, the TPL-307E2K kit comes boxed up in fairly nondescript packaging. It's not all that eye-catching if you're shopping at a retail store, but the 200Mbps sticker might turn your head and make you reconsider your wireless network. The back of the box shows how simple it is to setup and how quickly it should be to get working. Other than a few other specifications and disclaimers, there's not much else to look at here.
Trendnet has done a good job packaging up the kit and offers quick and easy access to the devices and this helps you get up and running in a matter of minutes.
They've included everything you need to get plugged in to the wall, your network and your end-point device that you're trying to connect. There are a couple of 5' Cat 5e cables as well as a utility CD that also contains a user's guide. There is also a quick-install guide on a piece of paper if you can't figure out how to plug these into the wall or your network.
There really isn't a lot to the device itself. They plug into the wall - something else can plug into them. They connect to your network by the Ethernet port on the bottom. You'll notice in the images below that there is three LED indicators on the front and a single button on the bottom. We'll cover these a bit more in the testing section.
On the next page, we'll take a look at the features and specifications of the TPL-307E2K before we fire it up, take a look at the setup and interface then jump into testing.
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