TRENDnet TPL-401E2K 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit - TPL-401E2K

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Great Product

on 4/19/2011

I have 4 of these (network printer, workstation, TV). I bought this when it was on sale at $99 for the pair. Works right out of the box. Have been using it to stream video to my Samsung 3D HDTV with Hulu Plus and Netflix. Also, upgraded my Comcast cable internet to 20 Mbps with my DOCSIS 3.0 modem and have been enjoying HD since. I highly recommend it.

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Slow Speed

by Arnie on 8/29/2012

The unit could not get a faster connection than 96mbps. Not even close to 500Mbps. I didn't expect 500Mbps. Not even 300Mbps. But this speed is too slow. I had hoped it would be better than my 80211/n WiFi but it was not to be. The units are installed in a 15 yr old house each directly into an outlet. No extension cords or strips. Nothing else is plugged into the outlets. I have used Ethernet over power line devices before. Usually with poor results. Not just this in house but in other houses also. I think poor performance is just the nature of the beast. I would not buy this if I had it to do over again.

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Product Overview

TPL-401E2K Powerline 500 AV Adapter Kit

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The Powerline 500 AV Adapter Kit, model TPL-401E2K, uses any electrical outlet to create a secure building-wide high speed network. Connect one of the included adapters to your network, and plug the other in to any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network access.

Connect the included adapters quickly using the convenient one-touch Sync button. Use up to 16* adapters to network devices in different rooms without running new cabling.

A Gigabit Ethernet port on each adapter maintains high performance wired connections. Manage the Powerline adapters with the included Windows utility. LED displays convey device status for easy troubleshooting. Advanced 128-bit AES encryption secures your network. The included adapters are ideal for use in buildings that interfere with wireless networking signals.

Overview – TPL-401E2K

  • Includes two TPL-401E adapters

  • 500Mbps** networking speeds from any electrical outlet

  • High performance Gigabit Ethernet port

  • Seamlessly stream HD videos, play games online, and download media files

  • Use one to transmit and up to 15* TPL-401Es to receive a networked signal
Networking Solution
TPL-401E2K Diagram


  • IEEE 1901, HomePlug® AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
  • 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 Port
  • 2 ~ 50 MHz


  • Up to 500 Mbps
  • Up to 16 per powerline network
  • Up to 4 Overlapping Powerline Networks (per electrical system)

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TRENDnet Powerline Comparison Chart

Package Contents:

  • 2 x TPL-401E
  • Multi-Language Quick Installation Guide
  • CD-ROM (User's Guide)
  • 2 x network cables (1.5 m / 5 ft.)
TPL-401E2K Box

* Maximum of 16 adapters (nodes) recommended for streaming video across your network. Additional adapters may decrease performance.

** 500Mbps is the maximum theoretical Powerline data rate. Actual throughput will vary depending on environment.


Manufacturer TRENDnet
Mfg Part# TPL-401E2K
SKU 218410645
UPC 710931506174
UPC 14 00710931506174
Tech Specs
Standards: IEEE 1901, HomePlug® AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Interface: 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 Port, Power Prong
Frequency: Band 2 ~ 50 MHz
Modulation: OFDM Symbol Modulation on link synchronization, 1024/256/64/8 - QAM, QPSK, BPSK, ROBO Carrier
Protocols: TDMA and CSMA/CA
Powerline: up to 500Mbps
Ethernet: up to 2 Gbps with Full Duplex mode
Utility OS Compatibility: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP(32/64-bit)
Up to 64 (max.)
Recommended: Up to 16 per powerline network
Overlapping Powerline Networks: Up to 4 (per electrical system)
Coverage: Up to 300m (984ft.)
Security: 128-Bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)
Power (PWR), Ethernet Link/Act (ETH)
Powerline (PL) with Connection Quality Indication
Best (Green)
Better (Amber)
Good (Red)
Buttons: Sync, Reset
Dimension (L x W X H):
A: 98 x 72 x 55 mm (3.9 x 2.8 x 2.2 in.) per unit
EU: 98 x 72 x 70 mm (3.9 x 2.8 x 2.8 in.) per unit
A: Total Weight: 300 g (10.6 oz) / Per Unit Weight: 150 g (5.3 oz)
EU: Total Weight: 310 g (11 oz) / Per Unit Weight: 155 g (5.5 oz)
Power Source:
A: 100~230V AC, 50~60Hz
EU: 220~240V/ 5A AC, 50Hz
Active mode: 4.69 Watts (max.)
Standby mode: 0.85 Watts (max.)
Operating: 0° ~ 40°C (32° ~ 104°F)
Storage: -20° ~ 70°C (-4° ~ 158°F)
Humidity: Max. 90% (non-condensing)
Certifications: CE, FCC
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