Reviewed by David Savage
Most homes have an internet and with connected devices like tablets, phones, television, games consoles and even fridge freezers the internet is a must have. But getting a connection to these devices can be struggle.
In my home, the router is situated in the living room. While it is wireless the signal isn’t very good in other rooms in the house and even and can be subject to weather conditions and interference – making a frustrating and unstable connection.
I watch television in bed and have it connected to my internet so I can stream Netflix and Amazon Video, but with the unstable signal it lost connection a lot. To remedy this, I purchased a wireless extender which helped a lot but isn’t perfect. When I was asked my Maplin to review the TP-Link PA4010KIT AV600 Nano Powerline Starter Kit which would give me a wired, and more secure connection to devices with an ethernet port in any room in the house, I jumped at the chance.
The idea of the powerline is that is turns every 3-pin power socket in the house into an internet outlet, so as long as the device you are using has a ethernet port (there are also versions available that act as a wireless extension as well, you can see more here) you can plug into the box and get internet. An excellent idea.
As mentioned earlier I received the TP-Link PA4010KIT AV600 Nano Powerline Starter Kit. This kit contains 2x 600Mbps 10/100 Ethernet Powerline ports, 2x 1 metre Ethernet cables and instructions.
Now if you are not good with technology and think these are going to be complicated, think again! These are plug and play and it is as simple as plugging the powerline in plug sockets.
I was going to use with my television in the main bedroom, so first I disconnected the wireless connection. I then plugged one of the powerlines into a plug socket near my router and used the supplied ethernet cable to plug into the router. I then plugged the other into the bedroom and again used the ethernet cable to connect the powerline to the ethernet port on my television. All done as they automatically detect each other and pair without any interaction. My television is now receiving an internet connection using the powerlines in the house. They also feature 128-bit AES encryption built-in to the powerline plugs to protect your data.
I have been using the powerlines for a few days streaming video (SD and HD) to the television in the bedroom and haven’t had one dropped connection. The powerlines can work over a distance of 300 metres so with work in every room in my house.
They are also equipped with a power saving mode, so when they are not in use they reduce their power consumption by up to 85%.
Should you require more connections other powerlines can be added to the network to give you connections in other rooms (as long as on the same electricity fuse board).
Overall, the TP-Link PA4010KIT AV600 Nano Powerline Starter Kit is an excellent piece of kit to extend your internet connection into other rooms with no fuss, no cables running throughout the house and not relying on a wireless connection. They are suitable for streaming tv, movies and music, gaming and home networking needs.
They are extremely easy to install with no configuration needed so anybody can install them in minutes.
I love the powerlines, an inexpensive and easy way to get a secure and stable internet connection into other rooms in the house.
Available to buy from www.maplin.co.uk.