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Review: TP-Link AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

by Parm Mann on 17 September 2012, 17:00 4.0

Tags: TP-LINK

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Final Thoughts and Rating

The TP-Link AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit may look basic in terms of both features and aesthetic design, but these adapters are not to be judged by their cover.

TP-Link as a brand may be unfamiliar to some, but the AV500 Kit is able to offer enough speed to go head-to-head with some of its premium competitors, and with a price tag of just under £50, this is a solution that's bordering on 'no-brainer' territory.

Struggling to get a wireless signal? Opposed to drilling holes in walls? Then TP-Link's AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit should be high on your shopping list for a capable, fast, secure and easy-to-use networking solution.

The Good

Strong, stable performance
Ultra-easy installation
Affordable price tag
Three year warranty

The Bad

Performance linked to environment

HEXUS Rating

4/5
TP-Link AV500 Gigabit
Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
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TP-Link AV500 Gigabit
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HEXUS Where2Buy

The TP-Link AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit is available to purchase from Amazon and Overclockers UK.

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I am using 200Mbps TP-Link kit myself and love it. Very easy to install and no issues what so ever. Speed is definitely not 200MBps or anywhere near but setup is easy and since I rent I don't need to drill walls etc. Also my walls and all electrics are horrible. We've had 2 ‘floods’ (tap left running in attic) and it was never properly fixed. So.. Can't expect decent signal over copper that is questionable quality at this stage. Plus 2 wires Vs 8 for data is clear where to go for better quality and speed.
Good article. Spot on conclusion.
I literally just installed the 200Mbs kit as the above user and I can attest that for up to 30Mbs (that's the max of our Virgin line) it is more than adequate and so easy to setup.
I love TP-link equipment have been using it for a while and have found that while it isn't always the fastest for me it hits the golden triangle of networking stable performance, reliable operation, and low cost.
Wow, I didnt realise 85mbps, I thought that it would be 10mbps and thats why i only got an 85mbps set, I only get 1.2MB/s which is a bit below that set of 85s but they probably use brand new wires where my house wiring is probably 20 years old, think i may have to get myself a 500meg pair, considering they are going quite cheap now, it seems i get everything just before it drops in price, I paid £140 for my 120GB SSD and now you can get em for like £50
Wozza365
Wow, I didnt realise 85mbps, I thought that it would be 10mbps and thats why i only got an 85mbps set, I only get 1.2MB/s which is a bit below that set of 85s but they probably use brand new wires where my house wiring is probably 20 years old, think i may have to get myself a 500meg pair, considering they are going quite cheap now, it seems i get everything just before it drops in price, I paid £140 for my 120GB SSD and now you can get em for like £50

Never look back at things like that. You get everything fresh and get all the benefits of new tech while others wait ;) You know the drill, there are Innovators followed by Early Adopters followed by Majority and then Laggards. Btw Apple fans are somewhat new breed of Camping Innovators - kind of culture of theirs.