TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit (TL-PA8030P Kit) Review – Bringing Ethernet Connectivity Without Running the Cable Around Your House

Published: 9 December 2015Updated: 12 December 2015

The TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit brings in Ethernet connectivity with the added use of a really long LAN cable. This kit uses the existing electrical wiring to send and receive data, and perhaps the best part about is it is an absolute breeze to install.

TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit (TL-PA8030P Kit) Review - Bringing Ethernet Connectivity Without Running the Cable Around Your House

With the TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit, You No Longer Need Messy Cables to Get Ethernet Connection Around the Home

The TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit has two adapters which contain a passthrough outlet. It is also perhaps the first powerline adapters that has three Ethernet ports. Furthermore, the kit may be the largest adapters you will ever see (in its product category anyway). It has a throughput and file-transfer performance that is pretty decent, but still can’t beat some of its competitors such as the D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit (DHP-701AV).

Its package will include the two aforementioned powerline adapters, two Ethernet cables, as well as a Quick Start Guide. The adapters have dimensions of 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.7-inches, and they are three-pronged. With its size, it is significantly larger than its competitors.

Below the pass-through outlet lies LED status indicators. These are for Power, powerline connectivity, and Ethernet connectivity. There is also a Pair button found on the right edge which can be used in order to create or even join a secure powerline network. It can even be used to leave a network or reset the adapter.

As with other powerline devices, the TL-PA8030P kit are plug-and-play, which means installation can be done in a snap. Simply plug the adapter into a wall outlet that is found within close proximity from your router, then connect the adapter to the router using one of the included Ethernet cables. After which, plug in the second adapter into an outlet in the room where you want the connection to continue.

When it comes to performance, the TL-PA8030P adapters work admirably well. However, it is still outperformed by some of its competitors, including the Netgear Powerline 1200 (PLP1200). But when it comes to using it, especially when it comes to online gaming, playing becomes a breeze and stutter-free. Online media streaming can even promote a more lag-free experience as compared to using a Wi-Fi adapter.

With the use of the TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit, you are able to bring in wired connection throughout your home with having to purchase an extremely long Ethernet cable. An added bonus here is that users are able to control the traffic with the use of the free TP-Link Management Utility software.


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