ZyXEL PLA401v3 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps Powerline Wall-plug Adapter - PLA401V3

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Could be a problem

by A customer on 12/30/2010

Please note that this device uses radio frequencies broadcast (and received) on your unshielded home power lines. These frequencies are shared with many other uses. This means if you have a ham radio operator in the area, you may lose your network when he transmits. Also, this device will interfere with various types of radios you might try to listen to.

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Don't last

on 7/20/2011

Don't buy Zyxel products. I've had 7 pla401 all versions v1 to v3 and all have failed. One (a replacement) failed in 5 minutes, others lasted a couple of years. But they all failed.

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Product Overview

Data Transfer Rate Up To 200Mbps

Designed for high performance, your Powerline network can reach the data transfer rates up to 200Mbps*. With advanced HomePlug AV technology, the PLA-401 v3 provides users the stable and high-speed Internet access. You just plug a pair of Powerline Ethernet Adapters into your house power outlets, and easily enjoy high-definition video streaming and network transmission.

QoS for High Definition Video Streams

The advanced QoS features of ZyXEL's HomePlug AV Series improve the quality of multimedia streaming applications such as triple-play services, video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP.

Green product with lower power consumption

The ZyXEL PLA-401 v3, a new-generation Powerline Adapter consumes 16% less power when comparing to the existing Powerline Ethernet Adapters. Moreover, when there is no Ethernet link, the PLA-401 v3 will enter the \"Standby\" mode that reduces energy wasting for over 50% when comparing to the adapters without this feature.

Encryption button for easy network security setup

Users can easily set up a secure connection between PLA-401 v3 and another HomePlug AV product within 2 minutes. By pushing an ENCRYPT button on your PLA-401 v3, and then you can set up your hassle-free Powerline network.

Advanced 128-bit AES Security Protection

With the 128-bit Data Encryption Security (AES) feature, the PLA-401 v3 provides secure network connection for Internet access and network resource sharing. You may sit back to enjoy fast Internet surfing experience and secure file transfer while leaving the hassles to the PLA-401 v3.


Manufacturer Zyxel
Mfg Part# PLA401V3
SKU 214560314
UPC 760559116811
UPC 14 00760559116811
Power-saving Powerline adapter for High-Definition video streaming
and Triple-Play
Plug-and-Play for quick boost data transfer rate up to 200Mbps
Support multiple application with QoS
Eco-friendly product with lower power consumption and power-saving mode
Multi-colored LED to Identify Network Performance over Powerline
128-bit AES Encryption with key management for secure Powerline communications
Tech Specs
System Specifications
Speed: HomePlug AV 200 Mbps data rate
Access Methods: CSMA/CA channel-access schemes
HomePlug Modulation:
OFDM Symbol Modulation
QAM 1024/256/64/16
QPSK,BPSK,ROBO Carrier modulation schemes
Up to 63 slaves with 1 master, 64 total devices
4 overlapping networks for neighbor networks with CCo failover
Up to 4 masters with up to 252 slaves
Power Saving mode
Stand-by mode if link has been lost for a period
Power Consumption:
240VAC: Full Operation 3.8W, Standby mode 1.8W
110VAC: Full Operation 2.9W, Standby mode 0.9W
IGMP snooping for Multicast to Multiple Uncast Mapping
128-bit AES encryption
Push button security
Quality of Service (QoS)
ToS, 802.1q
Support up to 4-level type QoS
Support up to 8-level VLAN priority field
Frequency Band: 2MHz ~ 30 MHz
Hardware Specifications
Ethernet interface: RJ-45 connector, 1-port 10/100M
Power Rating: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
LED Indicators: 3 LEDs
Power on/off
Powerline Activity
Ethernet Link/Activity
Encryption Button
Reset Button
Physical Specifications
Item Weight: 160 g (0.35lb)
Item Dimension: 80 (W) x 65 (D) x 95 (H) mm (3.15\"x 2.56\"x 3.74\")
Packing Weight: 430g (0.95lb)
Packing Dimension: 134 (W) x 94 (D) x 178 (H) mm (5.27\"x 3.7\"x 7.01\")
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 70°C
Operating Humidity: 20% ~ 90% RH
Storage Humidity: 20% ~ 95% RH
EMI Certification: FCC, CE
Safety Certification: UL, cUL
HomePlug AV
Product Attributes
Environmental Certification RoHS
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