Powerline Kit Stories December 15, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box — TP-LINK networking up to 60% off: AC1900 Archer C9 Dual-Band Gigabit Router $100 (Reg. $125)

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 60% off select TP-LINK wireless routers, powerline kits, cable modems, and other networking gear. This is an excellent opportunity to shore up your home or office wireless connection. All items in today’s sale ship free for Prime members and on any order of at least $35.

Our top pick from the lot is the TP-LINK AC1900 Archer C9 Dual-Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router for $99.99 shipped. It carries a list price of $200, but you’ll usually find it for around $125 from most major retailers. Today’s price is the best we’ve ever seen. The 3 antennas on the top of this unit are detachable and allow for “for maximum wireless coverage and reliability.” Other features include 802.11ac support, 1.9Gbps of total available bandwidth, USB 3.0/2.0 ports, and a 1GHz dual-core processor. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,396 Amazon reviewers.

Other notable deals include:

Powerline Kit Stories September 30, 2015

expiredNetworking: ZyXEL AV500 Powerline $25 shipped (Reg. $50+), travel routers, more

Newegg has the ZyXEL AV500 Powerline with N300 Wireless Range Extender Kit (PLA4231KIT) for $49.99, but code EMCAXPA23 drops the total down to $24.99 shipped. That’s 50%+ under most listings, $10 under the next best price, $5 under our previous mention and the price we have seen this particular kit go for.

This package comes with one ethernet adapter for a wired connections and a 300Mbps wireless adapter for Wi-Fi. Features include wired speeds up to 500Mbps, wireless speeds up to 300Mbps, “Plug-and-play design”, backward compatiblyity with AV200 standard and more. This particular model only has a 4.3/5 star rating from 11 customers on Amazon, but the Wireless N adapter has 4.2/5 stars from over 900 Amazon customers and is currently selling for well over $60 on its own.

More Networking Deals:

  • TP-LINK TL-WR700N Wireless N150 Portable Router (refurb) $8 (Orig. $25) | Newegg Flash
  • D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender & Access Point $65 (Reg. $90) | Amazon

Powerline Kit Stories June 23, 2015

ZyXEL AV2 600Mbps Powerline Gigabit adapter kit $44 shipped (Reg. $70)

Newegg has the ZyXEL AV2 AV600 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (PLA5205KIT) for $64.99, but using code EMCATNP52 drops your total down to $44.99 shipped. That’s $75 under the original listing, $10 below Amazon’s current listing, $5 under our previous mention and the best we can find.

This starter kit can help bring wired internet anywhere in your home or office with an electrical outlet and features:

  • The newest HomePlug AV2 standard enables powerline networks with up to 600 Mbps data transfer rates
  • SmartLink Plus enhances performance and coverage through multiple-path transmission
  • Plug-and-Play design for connecting smart TVs and game consoles
  • Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology
  • 128-bit AES Encryption
  • Multicolor LED indicates powerline network quality

It ships with a 2 year parts and labor warranty and has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 830 Amazon customers.

Powerline Kit Stories April 14, 2015

ZyXEL AV500 Powerline kit with N300 Wireless Range Extender $30 shipped (Orig. $60)

Newegg is offering the ZyXEL AV500 Powerline kit with N300 Wireless Range Extender (PLA4231KIT) for $59.99, but using code EMCARKR86 drops your total down to $29.99 shipped. That’s around $23 under Amazon and the best price we can find for this particular kit.

It ships with one wired adapter and one wireless N adapter equipped to extend your Wi-Fi network. Features:

  • Powerline: speed up to 500Mbps
  • Wireless: speed up to 300Mbps
  • Extend Wi-Fi thru power line
  • Plug-and-play design
  • Backward compatible with AV200 standard
  • Power On/Off switch
  • 128-bit AES encryption and Wireless
  • Multi-color LED identifies powerline network signal quality
  • Kit includes everything you need

While this kit only sits with a 3.5/5 star rating from very few customers, similar wireless N adapters from Zyxel have 4+ star ratings from hundreds and tend to be listed at more than $60 on their own.

Extend Your Home Power Lines to the Whole-home Wireless Network

The ZyXEL PLA4231 Kit combines all the features of a high-performance Powerline adapter and can extend the coverage to connect your wireless devices throughout the house. Just plug PLA4231 Kit into electric outlets in different rooms, then you can easily extend your powerline home network like a wireless network. You can easily stream videos, enjoy games and web browsing on tablets, laptops or smartphones anywhere at home, even at the hard-to-reach places. The two Ethernet ports on the device make it easy to provide Internet access for HDTVs, Blu-rayTM players, DVRs, PCs and game consoles.

Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming

Powered by IEEE 1901 500 Mbps technology, the ZyXEL PLA4231 Kit can improve network performance up to 60% compared to the 200 Mbps powerline technology.The advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features also improve the streaming quality of multimedia applications. You can have stable high-performance network and enjoy multiple HD streaming, multiplayer gaming and Web surfing simultaneously.

Easy security setup

ZyXEL’s PLA4231 Kit features an easy setup wizard and a WPS button that allows you to set up the extender, cloning existing wifi network settings and connect to wireless devices easily and quickly. Data transmission is protected by the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) mechanism to provide a secure connection to the Internet. Encryption can be configured through a simple button press on the powerline adapters and PLA4231 Kit—no complicated setup or software is required.

The theoretical maximum channel data transfer rate is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 and IEEE 1901 specifications. Actual data transfer rate will vary from network environment including: distance, network traffic, noise on electrical wires, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions. Ethernet connection will operate at the maximum of 100 Mbps.

Average throughput gain in typical homes.

Powerline Kit Stories August 20, 2014

Updates (22/08 8:00AM): Newegg is now offering this same Powerline kit for $24.99 with free shipping using code EMCPBHH23 in the cart. They are also offering a 4 port Linksys kit (PLSK400-NP) for $39.99 shipped (Reg. $56+) using code EMCPBHH33. Both of these kits are matching/beating the lowest we’ve seen and have 4+ stars from hundreds on Amazon customers.

Amazon is offering the TRENDnet 500 AV Nano Adapter Powerline Kit (TPL-406E2K) for $24.99 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or with orders of $35 or more. That’s $40 or 62% under the original asking price, $15 under the average selling price, matching the lowest we’ve seen this kit go for and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on any Powerline option of this caliber.

TRENDnet 500 AV Nano Adapter Powerline Kit (TPL-406E2K)-sale-02This kit comes with both the adapters you’ll need to get your network running via any electrical outlet in your home or office. If you are having a hard time getting strong WiFi, it can be an effective way to get internet access without running messy cables. The TRENDnet 500 AV Nanos feature a nice power saving mode, support up to 7 additional adapters to further extend the network and 500 Mbps networking. More features below.

This kit has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 480 customers.

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