Trendnet Powerline 1200AV2 Adapter Kit

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Trendnet Powerline 1200AV2 Adapter Kit
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Product: Trendnet TPL-420E2K Powerline 1200 AV2 Kit
Provided By: Trendnet
Price: ~$131.99 at time of publication



We've reviewed a few Powerline AV2 products over the past few years and most of these have capped out around the 500Mbps mark. Today we are looking at a brand-new 1200Mbps kit from Trendnet. The kit we have on the bench is the TPL-420E2K and it consists of a couple of these ultra-speedy adapters to help you extend your network, without wires and without wireless interference. This kit employs full 1Gbps connections so while the theoretical throughput is 1.2Gbps, the most that is possible is 1Gbps. We'll see if they can perform anywhere close to their rated specification. The best we've seen on our test bench from the 500 AV2 gear has been pretty slow, but I'm hoping we'll see some great advancements with the MIMO features of this new kit.

One thing to keep in mind about Powerline networking is that signal degradation and performance get much slower at greater ranges - much like wireless networking, but the difference is that Powerline degrades at a much slower rate. While wireless networking performs very well at close range, poor at medium range and horrible at extreme range, the Powerline network should retain higher performance levels at farther ranges. We'll be testing out this kit against other Powerline kits we've seen in the past and see if the TPL-420E2K can perform twice as fast as other gear we've tested.



First Look:

The kit has everything you need to set up a basic point-to-point Powerline network. In the box you'll find a pair of adapters as well as a CD that has a utility and a user guide. Trendnet also includes a pair of 4' network cables that are barely long enough - but not too long to cause a bunch of extra clutter. The setup is basic - but adequate and really is pretty much what any user needs.



This kit has pretty much the same stuff in the kit as every other Trendnet Powerline kit we've tested, but this kit is much more expensive (currently) as it doubles the speed of the previous kit Trendnet had as their flagship unit.


Closer  Look:

As you can see above, these adapters are pretty small, but are a fair bit thicker than other adapters we've used. When testing them, I did notice that they got pretty warm - but stayed well under "hot". The thicker build of these allows for better cooling and nice size vents along the side that allow passive airflow and cooling to keep them stable under load. One thing that I do miss with all of these smaller adapters is the lack of pass-through power. That being said, Trendnet is putting out a set of TPL-421E2K that has pass-through power so they won't hog a wall outlet.


In addition to the three LED indicators which show power, LAN and Powerline status, there is a GB Ethernet port and a "Sync" button on the front and bottom of these units. They are that simple and easy to use and setup. The kit comes synchronized so you don't even have to push that button. Simply plug them in and extend you network. Bam. It's that easy.

On the next page we'll take a look at the specifications of the TPL-420E2K kit from Trendnet. Then, we'll jump into installation, test setup and begin testing.