Trendnet 200Mbps Powerline Neworking Kit - Features and Specifications

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Trendnet TPL-307E2K Features:

The following list of features and specifications have been pulled from the Trendnet product page for the TPL-307E2K kit.  If you want complete information, please make sure to check their site for all the latest up to date information - including downloads and a lot more.

Overview:

TRENDnet’s 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Outlet, model TPL-307E2K, comes with everything you need to build an HD Powerline network from any electrical outlet. Connect the first adapter to your network and plug the second adapter into any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access.

Never lose an electrical outlet with the built in outlet on the front of the adapters. The compact housing does not block adjacent electrical outlets. A noise filter maintains optimum connection speeds when household devices create electrical background noise.

The adapters will automatically connect with no installation required—TRENDnet recommends pressing the ‘Sync’ button to automatically change default encryption keys. Use up to 6 adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling. Power Save mode reduces power consumption by up to 80%. Quality of Service technology prioritizes video, audio, and online gaming. Advanced AES encryption secures your network. This adapter is ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals. 


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Features:

  • Includes two TPL-307E adapters
  • Compliant with IEEE1901 and HomePlug AV standards
  • High speed building-wide networking over an existing electrical system
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX Fast Ethernet port
  • 1 x electrical power socket
  • 1 x One-touch Sync button to change the default encryption key
  • Three LED indicators: Power (on/off), Powerline Connection (green (best),  amber (better), red (good), off(no connection)), Ethernet Connection (solid (connection), blinking (transfer activity), off (no connection))
  • Advanced electrical noise filter boosts performance
  • Share data intensive files, play games, download music, and more at fast data  transfer rates
  • Advanced 128-bit AES encryption to ensure total network security
  • Power Saving mode reduces electrical consumption by 80%
  • Neighbor network support for up to 4 overlapping networks
  • Network signal transmits up to 300 meters (984ft.)
  • Compatible with all operating systems
  • Optional management utility compatible with Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), and XP (32/64-bit) operating systems
  • 3-year limited warranty

 

It's very interesting to note a couple of things listed in the specifications above.  First, although the sticker on the box clearly states that this is a 200Mbps product, the actual device has a 100Mbps port on it.  I'm not sure how Trendnet can justify putting the label on the box that says the product is capable of twice the transfer rate that the port is cable of.  That being said, if you read the fine print on the specifications, you will find the disclaimers below.

* Maximum of 6 adapters (nodes) for streaming video across your network.
** 200Mbps is the maximum theoretical Powerline data rate.  Actual throughput will vary depending on environment. 
*** Networked Powerline devices need to be plugged into power outlets that are on the same electrical system.
**** GFCI outlets and AFCI circuit breakers may degrade Powerline network signals.  

 


Specifications:

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So we can rightly assume that the best we're going to see from this kit is 100Mbps in a perfect environment.  We'll see how that shapes up as we head onto testing.