Tenda PH3 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Networking Kit

Article Index
Tenda PH3 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Networking Kit
Features and Specifications
Installation, Setup and More
Performance and Final Thoughts

Product: Tenda PH3 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Networking Kit
Provided By: Tenda
Price: ~$40.00 USD online at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today we are looking at a new product from a company that has been around since 1999. Tenda certainly isn't a new-comer to the market, but it hasn't been until recently that they've spread their corporate muscle into the North American market with much success. What makes Tenda interesting is that they have some pretty cutting edge products at some incredible prices. The product specs seem fantastic - especially for the price - and in this review, we'll find out just how they can perform in the real world. We've looked at quite a few Powerline products over the past few years and have a growing database with which to compare the PH3 AV1000 kit from Tenda. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up. Considering it is priced much lower than the competition, we could have a real winner on our hands.

One thing to keep in mind with Powerline networking is that signal degradation and performance suffer at greater ranges - much like wireless networking. My experience is that Powerline actually degrades at a slower rate - meaning you get better performance and range at farther distances. While wireless networking performs very well at close range, poor at medium range and horrible at extreme ranges, the Powerline network should retain higher performance levels at farther ranges. We'll be testing this kit against other Powerline kits we've used in the past and see if the PH3 AV1000 from Tenda can hold it's own against other brand-name products we've used.

AV1000 Box Front AV1000 Box Rear

 

First Look:

The Tenda AV1000 kit has everything you need to get starting and set up point-to-point wireless networking. In the box we find a couple of adapters and a pair of Ethernet cables to complete the connection. Also in the box is an install guide. The cables are barely long enough - sitting at around four feet, but they won't be too long and contribute to the cable clutter that is tucked away shamefully behind all of our desks. The setup is quite basic, yet it is adequate and is exactly what is required to get you setup with a Powerline network.

AV1000 Bundle

 

 

Closer Look:

As you can see above when compared to the network cables, the adapters are actually quite small. While testing these out, I checked to see if they got warm and they actually stayed pretty cool overall. The sides and underbelly of the AV1000 have a lot of ventilation holes that allow them to run quite cool under load. While Tenda makes a AV1000 series product with a pass-through power connector, the PH3 that we have on our bench trades this convenience for a smaller size.

AV1000 Profile

 

In addition to the three LED indicators which show power, LAN and Powerline status, there is a GB Ethernet port and a "Pair" button on the front and bottom of these units. They are that simple and easy to use and setup. The kit comes synchronized and all I had to do was plug them in. If for some reason, you don't get a "Powerline" LED indicator, simply press the pair button on each of the units and you'll soon be connected. It is really that easy.

On the next page we'll take a look at the specifications of the Tenda PH3 AV1000 kit. Then we'll jump into installation, test setup and begin testing.