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Enhanced 1000 Mbps Data Transfer Rates
HomePlug AV2 Compatible
2 x Gigabit LAN Ports
802.11ac Wi-Fi Connectivity
2 x Amplified Antennas
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I'd check out this guide below even though it is somewhat dated. I'd honestly pass on this Zyxel because it lacks 2x2 MIMO. This is a huge breakthrough for devices and makes a giant difference with powerline adapters. I tested a Netgear model like this Zyxel without 2x2 MIMO and a TP-Link with 2x2 MIMO. I needed Ethernet in a backroom (I have single story brick ranch, 2,236 sq ft) that is clear on the other side of my house from where my router is. With 100 Mbps download from my ISP, the Netgear only gave me 14 Mbps and unstable signal. The TP-Link gave me 80 Mbps and a very stable connection that my brother-in-law could play his XB1X and he's a hardcore gamer. The devices where placed in the same exact spot during both tests. If the room you're trying to get it too isn't very far from your router. It may not be an issue, but you'd be risking it.

TP-Link is really the best in the tests in article below. I got this TP-Link 8730 kit on a Dealzone before BF for $80 and it's fast as hell. Not only that, but with MIMO 2x2 it is incredibly stable and pushes the signal incredibly far through the copper wiring in the home. The 3 Ethernet drops are a plus, but it's a solid product. The wifi extender is excellent pushing signal through 2-3 walls in the back of the house. Like The Wirecutter notes, it performs the absolute best out of all Powerline adapters. While the devices claim they can handle speeds greater than 1,000 Mbps, you'll obviously never achieve that.

The most important thing is that it's 2x2 MIMO and AV2 standard. I've spent days on researching the best solution for my house. Lots of articles and testing adapters myself. Hope this helps with your decision and saves you some time with research!

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/...ku=1264196

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews...rking-kit/
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I've owned a few of these now and I can say that whatever the rating is just knock off 1 digit, so say its rated at 1000mbs just expect 100mbps. Simple right?
Also you have to research about the WiFi chip, if it is Atheros or Broadcom because it makes a difference if your main router is using QAM256 or something special to Atheros then you cross the room your going to loose connection for a couple of minutes every time it bounces back and forth between the two connections whereas if they are the same WiFi chip it will be seamless hand-off. In other words no interruption. If you are doing something like voice calling over WiFi or video calling this can be a major issue and a source of frustration.
But as usual the marketing side of the company has no clue to what they are doing and setting themselves up for a lot of bad reviews because of the issue I just mentioned.
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Nice! Should make the FP soon...
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High rates on amazon
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Nice find op, been looking to upgrade my crappy 100 mb Powerlines kit. Repped.
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Thanks. Ordered!
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How does this work? How does my router connect to the power lines?

EDIT: Nevermind, it's late.
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https://www.cnet.com/products/zyx...it/review/


This review is worth a look.
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I've owned a few of these now and I can say that whatever the rating is just knock off 1 digit, so say its rated at 1000mbs just expect 100mbps. Simple right?
Also you have to research about the WiFi chip, if it is Atheros or Broadcom because it makes a difference if your main router is using QAM256 or something special to Atheros then you cross the room your going to loose connection for a couple of minutes every time it bounces back and forth between the two connections whereas if they are the same WiFi chip it will be seamless hand-off. In other words no interruption. If you are doing something like voice calling over WiFi or video calling this can be a major issue and a source of frustration.
But as usual the marketing side of the company has no clue to what they are doing and setting themselves up for a lot of bad reviews because of the issue I just mentioned.
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I'd check out this guide below even though it is somewhat dated. I'd honestly pass on this Zyxel because it lacks 2x2 MIMO. This is a huge breakthrough for devices and makes a giant difference with powerline adapters. I tested a Netgear model like this Zyxel without 2x2 MIMO and a TP-Link with 2x2 MIMO. I needed Ethernet in a backroom (I have single story brick ranch, 2,236 sq ft) that is clear on the other side of my house from where my router is. With 100 Mbps download from my ISP, the Netgear only gave me 14 Mbps and unstable signal. The TP-Link gave me 80 Mbps and a very stable connection that my brother-in-law could play his XB1X and he's a hardcore gamer. The devices where placed in the same exact spot during both tests. If the room you're trying to get it too isn't very far from your router. It may not be an issue, but you'd be risking it.

TP-Link is really the best in the tests in article below. I got this TP-Link 8730 kit on a Dealzone before BF for $80 and it's fast as hell. Not only that, but with MIMO 2x2 it is incredibly stable and pushes the signal incredibly far through the copper wiring in the home. The 3 Ethernet drops are a plus, but it's a solid product. The wifi extender is excellent pushing signal through 2-3 walls in the back of the house. Like The Wirecutter notes, it performs the absolute best out of all Powerline adapters. While the devices claim they can handle speeds greater than 1,000 Mbps, you'll obviously never achieve that.

The most important thing is that it's 2x2 MIMO and AV2 standard. I've spent days on researching the best solution for my house. Lots of articles and testing adapters myself. Hope this helps with your decision and saves you some time with research!

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/...ku=1264196

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews...rking-kit/
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Replacing my av1200 passthrough trendnet with this, hopefully I get better speeds
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Replacing my av1200 passthrough trendnet with this, hopefully I get better speeds
You probably won't since this doesn't have 2x2 MIMO, just FYI.
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You probably won't since this doesn't have 2x2 MIMO, just FYI.
Darn this is what I get for buying first and researching later lol, yeah I do have MIMO on my trendnet, here's to hoping zyxel being better anyway
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How does these powerline kits comparing to regular wireless range extender over the same distance?
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I've owned a few of these now and I can say that whatever the rating is just knock off 1 digit, so say its rated at 1000mbs just expect 100mbps. Simple right?
Also you have to research about the WiFi chip, if it is Atheros or Broadcom because it makes a difference if your main router is using QAM256 or something special to Atheros then you cross the room your going to loose connection for a couple of minutes every time it bounces back and forth between the two connections whereas if they are the same WiFi chip it will be seamless hand-off. In other words no interruption. If you are doing something like voice calling over WiFi or video calling this can be a major issue and a source of frustration.
But as usual the marketing side of the company has no clue to what they are doing and setting themselves up for a lot of bad reviews because of the issue I just mentioned.
very good point, i learned something today.

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