|TRENDnet TPL-303E2K 200Mbps Powerline Adapter|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Colin Armstrong - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 15 August 2010|
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Powerline Adapter Final Thoughts
The TRENDnet 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter is a great alternative for those seeking to easily set up a network, and are unable or don't want to use ethernet cables or wireless adapters. Compared to ethernet, the speeds are slightly (roughly 2MB/S) slower. I was shocked; I was expecting the speed to be fairly unreliable, however this was not the case. Compared the wireless, the speeds were naturally much better.
I feel this technology is, althought being used prior to this, still in a relatively new stage. Until developers can begin to work out the various kinks involving the fluctuation of power lowering speeds, many users may disregard powerline networking in it's entirety. However, there have been many variations of powerline adapters, each with improved functionality than the previous (increased speed and security), so who knows what the future holds?
It may benefit us if companies like TRENDnet have more competition in the powerline networking market. It only seems that similar, name-brand networking companies like D-Link are offering powerline devices comparable to this. It'd be nice if this technology caught on and became mainstream, as we'd begin to see several other products offering specific features to suit our individual needs.
TRENDnet TPL-303E2K Conclusion
Performance of the Powerline AV Adapter kit was fairly comparable to the speeds of two computers connected via ethernet. However, it really depends on how you're electrical wiring is set up, as this can really impact the speed of your network.
The appearance of the adapters are very well done; they both look very modern and stylish. Both are almost entirely white. They look like something we'd see created by Apple.
They construction of the Powerline AV adapter kit was also well done. Both adapters seemed to bear a solid-yet-light plastic.
The functionality of the adapters is what you'd expect, as they do exactly what they say. The included software is very basic and simple to use.
TRENDnet TPL-303E2K adapter, although more expensive than a standard CAT-5e cable, costs much less than setting up a wireless network or wiring upgrades. The current price at NewEgg is $79.99, but there are several other online retailers that list this kit as well.
If you're able, use ethernet cabling instead, for that would be much more cost-effective. However, if you're unable to use that and are looking for fast speeds (as opposed to wireless), then pick up the TRENDnet AV Adapter Kit.
+ Quick and easy to set up
- Speed fluctuates depending on current electrical use
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.
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