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Edimax HP-5101K

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Reviews and Problems with Edimax HP-5101K

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Overall 6

Died 13 months after purchase

James S., Newegg
7 April 2014
  • Pros: Worked fairly well for a year.
  • Cons: Finicky setup, needed to be reset about once a month and died only a year in.
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Overall 10

I forgot I owned these

Josh L., Newegg
17 July 2013
  • Summary: I even unplugged these to move some stuff around. Plugged it back in (different outlets too) and it didn't need resyncing.
  • Pros: easy to set up.
  • Cons: took a couple tries to sync but it's only once.
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Overall 2


ZACHARY C., Newegg
28 April 2013
  • Pros: Newegg delivered quickly, as usual. Good Price, if they worked.
  • Cons: Everything. I bought these because they are supposedly plug & play. My tech knowledge is average, but I'm not a network expert. The lights show good across the board, but the XBox it's connected to cannot access the network (when I go back to the extremely long and unsightly cat5e cable, it works like a charm again). It comes with a utility program, don't know if that helps at ALL as I'm using it to connect to a gaming system. The instructions are completely worthless...
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Overall 4

Works, but...

Lowell T., Newegg
2 February 2013
  • Summary: Bought on sale, so I'll keep them, but I'd look at other brands if I was doing this again.
  • Pros: Works, and has encryption capability which is probably necessary in an apartment situation or you might end up sharing your network.
  • Cons: Have watched this in both the encrypted and unencrypted modes on the network using a scanner, and they are noisy as all get out. 15% of all traffic on my network is from these guys talking to each other (I have a printer connected, so it's not the end device that is the chatter box).
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Overall 8

Nice product

Rockford L., Newegg
30 January 2013
  • Summary: I'm thrilled with the product, and would absolutely recommend it as a way to get a wired network into parts of a home without having to run new ethernet wiring.
  • Pros: Great way to get a wired connection around the house without needing to run wires through walls. Extremely easy to set up with 2 nodes, a little harder to add more later.
  • Cons: Adding a third node after having two already running was trickier than I would have expected. It took me a few tries to get the right sequence of reset, and group joins on all three units. Also for some reason one of my wall outlets wouldn't work - even though the lights showed a connection there wasn't a real LAN connection - but another outlet in the same room worked fine.
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Overall 2

Three or More Nodes = FAIL

Frederick D., Newegg
27 January 2013
  • Summary: I was really hoping these would work for a total of four nodes so I could disconnect the wireless AP as well as getting rid of some cables.
  • Pros: When I have the 2 nodes working it is as fast as the Cable at 30Mbit/down and 5Mbit/up.
  • Cons: When I try to connect another node from another two node kit I can only get one or the other remote (from the router) to connect.
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Overall 10


Jesse A., Newegg
27 December 2012
  • Summary: Router is a netgear 3700v3 and the wireless adapter is an ENCORE ENEWI-2XN45 Wireless N300 rated for 300mbps. The router, sending computer, and recieving computer are all gigabit. Distance between the two powerline adapters is 3 floors.
  • Pros: Far superior to wireless. Able to be used in places that being hardwired is not possible. I have only owned this 1 day but I have to say it is great unless it suddenly self destructs in the next few years.
  • Cons: Not as good as being plugged directly into the router/switch
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Overall 8

great hardware, tinkering required

Charles L., Newegg
13 December 2012
  • Summary: Overall the hardware is top notch and takes whatever i throw at it for the fraction of a price most 500mb powerline adaptors are going for. they just really need to fire the people producing the software for their products because it isnt user intuitive and a real hassle.
  • Pros: I was having heat issues with my tp-link powerline adaptors that died 3 months after use. after troubleshooting, and replacing them with the edimax powerline adaptors, everything worked! but more importantly, stayed working. temperature was as not as big of an issue with these as they were with my 200mb tp-link adaptors. smaller than traditional form factor looks more appealing to the eye with these adaptors.
  • Cons: my dlink powerline adaptor and my tp-links were able to automatically connect to my default powerline network just by plugging them in...not so the case with these edimax adaptors. it required some troubleshooting over finding their security key labeled on the bottom of the adaptor requiring me to unplug them before i could link them together. it also wouldnt let me keep the default network name i used to have so i had to create a new one with its default "homeplugAV"...
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Overall 10

Works Great Easy Setup

Eric M., Newegg
1 December 2012
  • Pros: Works as advertised Easy setup once you get the right instruction.
  • Cons: Quick setup guide included with package is useless.
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Overall 10

User Review

Yaw-Yuan C., Newegg
19 November 2012
  • Summary: I really glade that this kit worked since I know that this technology will not work for a lot of home.
  • Pros: Price ($49.99 at the time of purchase), worked pretty good despite I am using a terrible Ethernet cable (I am not using the cable that came with the kit, too short).
  • Cons: Ethernet cables that came with the kit are a bit short, but understandable.
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