We are big fans of powerline devices here at Movies Games and Tech, and so when we were given the opportunity to review the new TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit we jumped at the chance.
With wireless speeds of up to 1750Mbps, including 1300Mbps on 5GHz and 450Mbps on 2.4GHz, you do not have to worry about dropped connections or buffering while you enjoy gaming with competitors from around the world, streaming HD movies with friends, video chatting with family, or sharing photos with all of your followers on social media.
Turn any outlet into a high-speed Internet connection with the TL-WPA8730 KIT. It uses your home’s electrical wiring to expand your current Wi-Fi network and provide AC1750 Wi-Fi in any room. Plug in the adapter and place extenders for a reliable wireless network where you need it.
- AC1750 Dual band Wi-Fi – delivers combined speeds of up to 1750Mbps, providing fast and seamless network for multiple devices
- AV1200 Powerline Speed – Fully meet the demand for bandwidth-intensive activities with ultra-fast powerline transfer speed of up to 1200Mbps
- Wi-Fi Clone – Automatically copies the network name (SSID) and password of your router with the touch of the Wi-Fi clone button
- Wi-Fi Auto-Sync – Makes it easy to add additional extenders to your powerline network by uniformly syncing settings such as SSID, password, Wi-Fi Schedule and LED Schedule for all network devices
- Plug, Pair, and Play –Set up your powerline network and start enjoying fast, seamless wired/wireless connections in a matter of minutes
- Manage with utility, app and web UI-The tpPLC utility, the intuitive tpPLC mobile app, and the powerful web interface make it easy to personalize and manage your network
|Standards and Protocols||HomePlug AV2, HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.11a/ac 5GHz|
|Interface||3* Gigabit Ethernet Port|
|Button||Pair, Wi-Fi Clone, Reset, LED|
|LED Indicator||PWR, PLC, ETH, 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi|
|Dimensions ( W x D x H )||TL-WPA8730：5.5×3.1×1.9 in.(140.5×77.5×48mm)
TL-PA8010P：5.2×2.8×1.7 in. (131×72×42 mm)
|Power Consumption||Maximum: 13.5 (220V/50Hz)
Typical: 12.0 (220V/50Hz)
|Range||300 Meters over electrical circuit|
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the two powerlines, two Ethernet cables and a guide.
A Closer Look
Using the tpPLC App
The tpPLC app is available for both Android and iOS.
Setting up the AV1200 was simple – just plug the first extender into a plug near your router, and connect an Ethernet cable to it and press the pair button on the side of the extender, then plug in the other extender somewhere else and press the pair button on that one – simple. If you have done that within 2 minutes, and you are on the same electrical circuit then the two devices should securely pair up and you are ready to go. You can easily see the status of the pairing on the front of the extenders – green is good to go, red is not as good but should still work and white means it cannot connect. Most places I tried the extender I had a green light, a couple had a red light but they still worked perfectly well, they were just slower than the areas with a green light.
You can then connect up to 3 Ethernet cables from the far side extender into your devices without the need to do anything else. All 3 ports are Gigabit too for greater speed. You can also choose whether or not to have the extender broadcast a wi-fi signal (either 2.4GHz, 5GHz or both) either using it’s own SSID, an SSID or your choosing or to clone your existing SSID from your router. If you choose the latter you only have to press the Wi-Fi button on the side of the extender to copy the settings and use them – very simple and easy to use. This proved very useful as I could not only get Ethernet connectivity for my devices in the room that I had the extender, but I could also get a much faster wi-fi signal in that room and also the surround area, much faster than if I had used my “original” wi-fi signal from my router on the other side of the house.
Each extender also has an integrated electrical socket so that you don’t lose a plug socked when you plug in the extender.
The tpPLC app was very useful and easy to use as well – with just a few taps I could make all the configuration changes I wanted or needed without the need to logon to my computer and then connect to the devices. This also included performing a firmware upgrade which the app told me about the first time I used it and checking just how fast the connection was, and it was fast! I have used powerlines in the past, including ones from TP-Link and the AC1200 ones were the fastest I have ever used, so they are great for gaming or even HD streaming!
You also have the option to disable the LED lights on the front of the extenders if they become too annoying. Personally I left them running so that I could easily see that everything was working fine, although I could just have easily used the app to check too.
You can also use any other TP-Link powerline adaptors with the new kit, using Wi-Fi Auto-Sync, any changes you make to one extender will be copied to all other extenders, so if you want to change the SSID for example, make the changes you want and just sit back whilst the other devices are updated for you.
The TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit also comes with a 3 year guarantee too!
If you need to extended your existing network around your house, we highly recommend the TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit, it’s a must have addition to your home network.
The TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit is available now priced around £80, but as usual look around for the best offer.