ZyXEL PLA4225 500 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Gigabit Switch - PLA4225

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excellent Powerline HomePlug

on 6/20/2012

While my home is less than 10 years old, it wasn't built for wired networking. After trying to get installers to put in ethernet cables after the fact and discovering the pinch areas that make it difficult-to-impossible, Powerline adapters was the only option left for me. I have purchased several Zyxel units - this four-port one being the latest one, and will wholeheartedly recommend any of those. Pure plug-n-play, they just work! Shouldn't all products be like that? Excellent product!

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Awesome Product

by Russ on 8/19/2012

The ZyXel PLA4225 is a great buy. I have used an older verion of this device from ZyXel for almost a year and loved it. I bought 3 of the PLA4225 units for my new apartment. This allowed me to connect all the locations in my house. Best of all this allowed me to get 1Ghz speeds over the power connection! The units just worked, and did work well. I will mention I tried them at my parents 50+ year old home. I would not recommend these for older homes as their power wiring is not as good as todays.

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Product Overview


500 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Gigabit Switch

  • Blazing-fast 500 Mbps* speeds for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
  • Plug-and-play connection for to up to four media devices at Gigabit wire speed
  • IEEE1901 compliant and compatible with HomePlug AV
  • QoS enhances media streaming quality
  • Power-saving mode reduces wasted energy

Expand Your Existing Powerline Network

The PLA4225 makes it easy to add another device to your home’s existing Powerline network. With one PLA4225 plugged into an electrical outlet, use an Ethernet cable to connect it to your existing broadband modem. From there, a second PLA4225 unit will easily and instantly convert any electrical outlet in your home into an Ethernet port for your PC, game consoles, or any other device requiring Ethernet connectivity. With advanced HomePlug AV technology and data rates of up to 500Mbps*, the PLA4225 provides stable, high-speed Ethernet connectivity throughout your home without the mess or hassle of running complicated wiring.

Blazing Speeds for True HD Streaming

Powered by the latest IEEE 1901 technology and four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the ZyXEL PLA4225 500 Mbps Powerline 4-Port Gigabit Switch provides an all-in-one solution for users looking to enjoy multiple HD streams, multiplayer gaming and Web surfing simultaneously. When used alongside a Powerline Ethernet Adapter, the PLA4225 makes it simple to connect up to four media devices such as HDTVs, Blu-ray™ players, DVRs, and game consoles to your home network through any electrical outlet in your house.


QoS Enhances Media Streaming Quality

Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features improve the quality of streaming multimedia applications such as triple-play services, HD video streaming, high-speed Internet access and VoIP.

Green Technology Saves Energy

The PLA4225 automatically enters power-saving mode when an inactive Ethernet connection is detected, reducing energy consumption by 80% when compared to Powerline adapters without this function.

Easy Security Setup

Data transmission is protected by 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) to ensure a secure connection to the Internet. There’s no complicated setup or software required – the PLA4225 makes network security as simple as pushing a button.


Manufacturer Zyxel
Mfg Part# PLA4225
SKU 225297283
UPC 760559119720
UPC 14 00760559119720
Blazing-fast 500 Mbps* speeds for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
Plug-and-play connection for to up to four media devices at Gigabit wire speed
IEEE1901 compliant and compatible with HomePlug AV
QoS enhances media streaming quality
Power-saving mode reduces wasted energy
Package Contents
Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Ethernet cable
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty card
Tech Specs
Compliant with IEEE 1901 with data transfer rate of up to 500 Mbps*
Compatible with HomePlug AV standard
Access Methods: CSMA/CA channel-access schemes
Range: Up to 300 meters over power line
Power Saving Mode: If link is inactive for a period (default setting: 60 seconds)
Security: 128-bit AES encryption
Quality of Service (QoS):
Support up to 4-level type QoS
Support up to 8-level VLAN priority field
Frequency Band: 2 MHz ~ 67.5 MHz
Dynamic Neighbor Network Support
IGMP: IGMP snooping for multicast to multiple unicast mapping
System Requirements:
Deployment requirements:
Devices with 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Port
Operates system independent
Utility software OS support:
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
Ethernet interface: Four 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 connectors with auto MDI/MDIX support
Power rating: 100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz
LED indicators:
Power on/off
Powerline link/quality
Green: Best, Amber: Better, Red: Good
Ethernet link/activity
Encrypt button
Reset button
Power consumption:
Full operation: 5 Watt max.
Power-saving mode: 1 Watt max.
Item dimension (WxDxH): 76 x 72 x 108 mm(2.99"x2.83"x4.24")
Item weight: 160 g (0.36 lb)
Packing dimension (WxDxH):
Single pack: 134 x 94 x 178 mm (5.27"x3.7"x7.01")
Starter kit pack: 260 x 103 x 155 mm (10.22"x4.05"x6.09")
Packing weight:
Single pack: 419 g (0.92 lb.)
Starter kit pack: 662 g (1.45 lb.)
Operating environment:
Temperature: 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF)
Humidity: 20% to 90% (Non-condensing)
Storage environment:
Temperature: -20ºC to 70ºC (-4ºF to 158ºF)
Humidity: 20% ~ 95% (Non-condensing)
Safety: CE-LVD
Product Attributes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Color Clear
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