For those with older homes (or for those whose idea of a fun Saturday doesn’t include pulling wire), network power line adapters are an easy way to get your wired network connection to an otherwise inaccessible place.
TP-LINK has announced its new AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter as an addition to its existing Powerline Adapter line. Based upon the HomePlug AV standard, the AV500 allows you to create a high speed connection in your home or office, simply by plugging both units into your wall outlet. With a max throughput of 500Mbps (not quite Gigabit Ethernet speed, for those keeping score), the AV500 allows for HD streaming, gaming, VoIP, and other bandwidth intensive activities. It’s also equipped with TP-LINK’s Quality of Service (QoS) functionality which will automatically take care of prioritizing data traffic to ensure a solid link. For the security minded, 128-bit AES encryption is activated via a pairing function on each adapter.
TP-LINK has also made strides in reducing the power consumption of the new AV500. When there is no data transmission or reception happening after five minutes, the adapter will automatically drop from “Working” mode to “Power-Saving” mode, which will lower energy consumption by up to 85%.
Functional range is 300 meters, or 928 feet, so it’s likely that this product will have no problem functioning in the average home. If you happen to live in Wayne Manor, then you may have to seek other alternatives to get from one wing to the other.
The TL-PA511KIT, consisting of a pair of AV500 adapters, will be available at the end of May, from a variety of retailers, for an MSRP of $89.99.