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Zyxel PLA-401
7.7 out of 10

Zyxel PLA-401

Designed for high performance, your Powerline network can reach Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Zyxel PLA-401

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Overall 8
8.0

Works GREAT (to a point)

AAM "armelind", Amazon
2 June 2015
  • Summary: When I first got these (I have 2), my broadband speed was fairly low (5Mb/s dn - 1Mb/s up) and using these from room to room was very convenient. As I got into my current home, broadband speed was better (15Mb/s - 2Mb/s) and it still worked great from 2 different rooms.
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Overall 8
8.0

Better than B/G wireless

spongebob05, Amazon
16 February 2015
  • Summary: Difficult to setup (plug both into the same power strip to start), but works eventually. I was seeing a sustained 12MBps across these, with some fluctuation. Note that power surges (even the most slight) will affect connectivity in these. In my case, these were faster than wireless, but not perfect.
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Overall 8
8.0

Does the job

fogcity, Amazon
16 January 2015
  • Summary: Not as fast as I would like, but does the job. My modem is downstairs and I wanted a way to get a wired line to my Xbox upstairs since my wireless adapter was sketchy. I ran some speed test using my computer and it came out to about 30%.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great plug-and-play alternative to unsightly wires or unstable wireless connections.

Andrew Oh, Amazon
30 December 2013
  • Summary: These are a great alternative to routing network cables all over the place in an attempt to get a wired connection going. There's no software to install or manage, and you can be up and running as soon as you plug everything in.
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Overall 8
8.0

First Week

Ann in Dallas, Amazon
4 December 2013
  • Summary: Just installed these units. Here are the highlights: Instructions ----------- - Poorly written manuals - Poorly designed web site - Poorly designed Tools/Configuration CD The confusion mainly centered around the sequence of how things need to be plugged in, and how to upgrade the firmware.
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Overall 8
8.0

Misleading

Bishnu B., Newegg
4 November 2013
  • Summary: Gonna have to return this and get the two pack one. 40 bucks each isn't the most cost effective way of getting a stable ethernet connection.
  • Pros: -Works
  • Cons: -Misleading to say the least. -Reader not informed that two of these are necessary for a connection.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works well. Compatible with the PLA407's we bought with it.

S. Devine, Amazon
1 August 2013
  • Summary: No practical way to hardwire the house without doing a lot of finish work, and wifi performance is poor due to the density of the neighborhood. This fit the bill for several devices where we wanted good bandwidth and low latency.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good value, YMWV

Gregory D., Newegg
17 April 2013
  • Summary: I flashed the firmware on these units with an updated version found on the website using Zyxel's firmware update tool. I found it strange that my units labeled PLA-401 v4 and purchased in 2013 came with 8/2008 firmware installed. After updating, the firmware revision is now 12/2009.
  • Pros: Easy setup; basically plug and play. Reliable average transfer speed (at least in my environment) that works if WiFi is intermittent or not available as an option. I'm using this product to stream video from a 1.3MP IP camera to which I cannot run Cat5e and it works perfectly for my needs (5mbps ...
  • Cons: Speedtests conducted throughout my house using Netcps averaged about 11mbps (1.45MB/s) which was a little disappointing (minus 1 egg). However, I'm doubtful I could do much better with another powerline product; I believe it's simply a matter of this technology in conjunction with my particular e...
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Overall 8
8.0

Plug-n-Play and mobile...

Anonymous, Newegg
1 April 2013
  • Pros: Very easy to use. Plug it in - router/switch detected it and I'm on the network. It makes for easy testing of cameras and devices you want to place in odd places. I'm glad I bought it and it will make putting my XBOX on the internet a lot easier than a 75ft ethernet cable in my house.
  • Cons: The downside is the speed. I have 46Mbps/6Mbps internet. On my main PC - that is what I get. On my WiFi - I also get that speed. On this Powerline connection - I'm topping out at 20Mbps, which for some people wouldn't be bad. I'm not disappointed with that, I just wish it was my full internet spe...
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Overall 8
8.0

Works Well

Josh F, Amazon
7 March 2013
  • Summary: Works as expected. What else can I say to eat up seventeen words? It works. It's bigger than expected. That's what she said.
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