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Zyxel PLA-401
7.8 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

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

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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Overall 8
8.0

These powerline adapters Work!

Ernesto G. Guzman, Amazon
2 March 2013
  • Summary: These power-line adapters work great!, I purchased these so that my daughter could play Call of Duty Black-Op 2 online on her XBOX 360. Connected one to my gigabyte switch that's attached to my modem/router and plugged the other in her room that's about 20 feet away from my room/office.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works fine

Otis B., Newegg
16 February 2013
  • Summary: Was having trouble getting a connection via wireless for our PS3. Even with a seperate TrendNet Access point. Switched to this and all seems to work fine. I don't get the nearly the max speed but that is probably do at least in part to our wiring.
  • Pros: Easy install. Low price
  • Cons: wiring dependent
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Overall 8
8.0

Easy and effective!

Erik B., Newegg
26 January 2013
  • Summary: Used to hook up an xbox 360 to router, each in differnt rooms. Works well with online console games.
  • Pros: Works on any outlet. Almost not setup besided pluging in the ethernet cable.
  • Cons: It's a little bulky for an outlet and only way to monitor device is to see the status lights.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works well but....

Stephen H., Newegg
31 December 2012
  • Pros: This works well after it is set up. Fast enough to stream video via my Blu-Ray player. Firmware upgraded easily.
  • Cons: Cables are really short. Would not set up without using the software. Windows 8 software not yet available.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works well - documentation and support website are very poor

ezs, Amazon
9 May 2012
  • Summary: ** Update - 5 July 2012 ** I added an additional adapter to the powerline network - the one that was shipped was a 401 v4 - the firmware updates noted below DO NOT work for this version.
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Overall 8
8.0

Slow But Reliable Compared to Wi-Fi

David S., Newegg
23 January 2012
  • Summary: My apartment is a worst-case scenario for home networking. Everyone has Wi-Fi, so the interference is terrible. Running ethernet cable across the place cleanly is basically impossible. The electrical wiring is ancient.
  • Pros: Much more reliable/stable than my Wi-Fi connection. Consistent 3-4 millisecond pings across the Homeplug connection to my DSL router instead of the erratic, occasionally very high pings I was getting with Wi-Fi. Negligible packet loss over the Homeplug link to my router, where Wi-Fi would lose 1-...
  • Cons: I only get 15-18 Mbit/s of throughput over the Homeplug link as measured by iperf. I was aware that 200 Mbit/s was a theoretical limit and that real-world performance would be slower, but I'm not even getting 10% of the theoretical limit. A good Wi-Fi connection (i.e. not mine) gets better throug...
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