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Zyxel PLA4201 500Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adaptor Twin Pack

Product overview

500mbps Mini Homeplug kit, was £39.98, now £29.99!
Discontinued

Delivery

Standard Due date unavailable

New V2 Version Available Here

Kit Contains 2 units

Extend Home Networks Effortlessly with the Most Compact Powerline Adapter

The ZyXEL PLA4201 500 Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapters improves up to 60% performance for stable HD media streaming compared with 200 Mbps powerline technology. Just plug a pair of PLA4201 into electric outlets and connect to network devices, then you can enjoy HD media streams, multiplayer gaming and other network applications in every room simultaneously right away.

Compact design for easy setup and instant plug-and-play
The new mini-size ZyXEL PLA4201 gives you the flexibility to turn power lines into a home network. The compact design allows hassle-free installation without blocking other power outlets. With a pair of plug-and-play PLA4201, you can easily extend your home network through any electrical outlet for Internet access from HDTVs, Blu-ray™ players, DVRs, PCs and game consoles.

Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming
Powered by the IEEE 1901 technology, the ZyXEL PLA4201 can provide a stable high-performance network for users to enjoy multiple HD streaming, multiplayer gaming, and Web surfing simultaneously.

QoS enhances media streaming quality
The advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features improve the quality of multimedia streaming applications such as Triple Play services by prioritizing HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP traffic.

Power-saving mode
When there is no Ethernet link, the PLA4201 enters a power-saving mode with just 0.5 watt consumption to reduce the energy waste by around 88%.

3 Year Warranty

Specifications

Summary

Product Description
ZyXEL PLA4201 - Starter Kit - bridge - wall-pluggable
Device Type
Bridge
Packaged Quantity
2 (specifications are for single item)
Enclosure Type
Wall-pluggable
Data Link Protocol
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, HomePlug AV (HPAV), IEEE 1901
Data Transfer Rate
500 Mbps
Network / Transport Protocol
CSMA/CA
Features
128-bit encryption, VLAN support, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), IGMP snooping, Quality of Service (QoS), reset button
Compliant Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901
Power
AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )
Dimensions (WxDxH)
5 cm x 6 cm x 9 cm
Weight
72 g
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
Localisation
United Kingdom

Detail

General

Packaged Quantity
2 (specifications are for single item)
Device Type
Bridge
Enclosure Type
Wall-pluggable
Connectivity Technology
Wired
Data Link Protocol
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, HomePlug AV (HPAV), IEEE 1901
Data Transfer Rate
500 Mbps
Network / Transport Protocol
CSMA/CA
Encryption Algorithm
128-bit AES
Features
128-bit encryption, VLAN support, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), IGMP snooping, Quality of Service (QoS), reset button
Compliant Standards
HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901 , FCC, RoHS, LVD
Status Indicators
Power, link/activity

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces
1 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 , 1 x HomePlug AV - power BS 1363

Power

Power Device
Internal power supply
Voltage Required
AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational
4 Watt

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories
ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapter (PLA4201)
Cables Included
1 x network cable
Localisation
United Kingdom

Software / System Requirements

OS Required
Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7

Dimensions & Weight

Width
5 cm
Depth
6 cm
Height
9 cm
Weight
72 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature
0 °C
Max Operating Temperature
40 °C
Humidity Range Operating
10 - 90% (non-condensing)

Customer reviews

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5* Good stuff.
Reviewed by Dan on 25/01/2013
I was always sceptical of these kind of devices but it works a treat. Setup in a couple of minutes right across the other side of the house I now have internet where there was none before :-)
5* very easy, and does the job
Reviewed by Anonymous on 04/02/2013
So easy to install and use: plug it in and off you go. No messing around at all. Feels like a solid product, though I've only just started to use it, so no long term testing as yet. Also comes with two ethernet cables so all in all very good value for money.
5* No problems
Reviewed by Andy on 12/12/2012
I installed a pair of these several weeks ago for home networking after getting tired of inconsistent wireless internet connections. It was easier than I expected to set up; one lead from router to first powerline adaptor. Plugged in adaptor to wall socket near router. Second lead from PC to second powerline adaptor. Plugged second adaptor into wall socket near PC. Turned on power for first adaptor. Turned on power for second adaptor. Instant access to internet at greatly-enhanced speed. Never turned the adaptors off since, and never had a dip in internet performance.
5* Zyxel Powerline products
Reviewed by ian head on 04/05/2013
These are very cool products. I created a home network that is highly functional and fast. Living in a bungalow, straight wifi didnt work too well but wifi points linked by powerline works a treat.

Note that the PLA4234 allows access to the network via both wifi AND twin ethernet ports. This is a brilliant addition and makes this range more useful than competing products i have tried
5* pla4021 Powerline
Reviewed by Ala Davies on 21/08/2013
I have 4 of these units and the difference it has made to my home network is staggering I have 100 MB Broadband but using wireless connection the fastest I could connect was 8 MB but after fitting these units I got Speeds up to 98MB and uploads exceeding 5MB one problem I have had was now and then one would do nothing but just unplug and then plug in again would clear the problem Wireless problems gone for ever
5* Fantastic product
Reviewed by V70nut on 16/08/2013
Replaced my first generation Devolo with these items... Fantastic is the only word. Set up can be a bit frustrating if you want to setup security on more than 2... I bought 6... The CD supplied does not support Windows 8 well, so a download needed to happen. Other than this they are perfect. But like others have said, don't expect the 500Mbs!
5* 100Mbps
Reviewed by Ed on 05/06/2013
Despite claiming to be 500Mbps, the spec states that the connection port is "1 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45" so you're never going to get more that 100Mbps (although I'll grant you that's 200Mbps in marketing-speak, assuming it allows full-duplex)
5* Titaniumman1948
Reviewed by Roger Sacks on 21/10/2012
Brilliant, easy to use. I WANT MORE!
4* Good device, but potentially shortlived.
Reviewed by Trev on 17/03/2013
Purchased a pair of these in Nov 12 to replace a faulty unit of same make and type. The slim design fitted the gap I have between unit and floor, allowing good cable access. The adaptor works very well. Plug it in and in seconds it connects. The downside for me is that I have a failure from this last purchase and have just found another from an earlier buy, meaning that adaptor is not making it to a year old. I can understand the occasional failure, but I have three failures now from 6 units purchased. Although the price at BT is very good, the failures I have had erode the value for money it gives me.
3* Easy to use, but some issues
Reviewed by Anonymous on 08/01/2013
Setting them up was VERY easy and they worked just fine, for just over two months. One of the pair failed (kudos to BT Shop for sorting the return so efficiently) which is quite a disappointment in terms of the product.

Also note that despite being "500Mbps" the ports on the devices on "100Mb" ones, there is another model for the "1Gb" port. That said the data through put has been fine for both internet and file moving purposes.
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