Excerpt: I have had a pair of these for about a week. I bought them to provide more reliable networking for the AV gear on the far side of the house, to replace WiFi which has had dropouts. I found the distance to be too long for the Zyxels ... they connected reliably but speed was only about 15M. I ended up keeping the WiFi for the AV gear, and using the Zyxels for my home office. Speed on the shorter run is about 30M and is very consistent, which allows me to use VoIP.
Good performance and compatibility at a lower price
8 October 2014
Summary: After being pleasantly surprised by the performance of a pair of AV2 powerline adapters from Linksys I figured I would try to extend my LAN to the garage for an additional AP and a few IP cameras. I can't believe how well the ZyXEL works. It paired immediately, encryption works perfectly, and the performance is adequate for two HD cameras and some occasional music streaming and surfing.
Would only have been useful in 2001 - before wireless internet
Karenina M. Wolff "wulfs", Amazon
9 September 2014
Summary: This is how this thing works: 1 unit gets plugged into the wall and into your wireless router or your modem. The other unit gets plugged into the wall in a different room and you have to use an ETHERNET CORD to connect your device to it. The only "wireless" thing about it is that the 2 units communicate wirelessly, but otherwise you have to plug everything else in. SO not worth it for the price!
Summary: Wifi just downright sucks compared to the blazing fast speed that these bad boys give you! speedtest.net results: Wifi: Ping - 15ms, Download - 19.54Mbps, Upload - 11.59Mbps Zyxel pla5205kit: Ping - 1ms, Download - 51.36Mbps, Upload - 11.67Mbps
Summary: Only getting about 80mbps between two outlets on the same circuit and about 25 feet apart vertically. It could just be the old wiring but I would think the short distance could do better with these.
I'm Happy if These Work for You - All I got was Worked!
Electronic Baggage, Amazon
10 July 2014
Summary: Three hours of trying to setup is my limit. Bought these to replace a first gen Powerline adapter setup that I've used for years as an early adopter of the tech. I bought two kits for a total of four adapters to use on three outlets with one extra in case I wanted to get a signal in another room eventually. The initial setup with the utility was fine. The most frustrating part of the experience is that the adapters all found each other easily.