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TP-Link AP500 Home Wireless AC Access Point

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TP-link  releases AP500 wireless AC1900 Access Point, so you can use to upgrade your legacy wireless N network with high speed wireless AC1900 network in homes, ideal for high speed 4K video streaming or smooth online gaming in home or any other bandwidth intensive application tasks.

Why Access Point

Many people prefer a wireless cable modem gateway which is a single compact all-in-one device that integrates wireless router with built-in cable modem device to provide wifi network in homes or small offices. Such as high speed Arris Surfboard SBG7580AC cable modem with wifi – the fastest 32/8 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with wireless AC1750 router, Arris Surfboard SBG6700 cable modem wifi,  or entry level TP-link TC-W7960 cable modem gateway. The first two products are based on wireless AC technology, while TC-W7960 is still based on wireless N300.

Upgrade options

A single device cable modem with wifi router is easy to manage, easy to install and save space on your table no clutter of devices. However, when you require to upgrade the wifi speed you have to replace the whole thing. For example, with TP-link TC-W7960 which is based on wireless N300 technology your upgrade options are replacing the whole thing or adding a wireless AC access point connected to the modem gateway.

AP500

TP-link AP500 is wireless AC 1900 access point you can add to your cable modem gateway to provide high speed wireless AC1900 network instead of replacing your gateway. AP500 comes with gigabit Ethernet port you can connect to Ethernet port of your modem gateway or connect to your Ethernet switch.

AP500 wireless ac access point delivers dual band speeds of up to 1300Mbps @5GHz band and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band simultaneously. It supports Beamforming technology for targeted wifi clients with solid wifi signal while roaming within the network.

To get the benefit of beamforming technology your wireless adapters should support Beamforming technology too. There are some models of wireless AC USB adapters supports Beamforming for example D-link DWA-192 and Edimax EW-7833 USB adapter.

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TP-link AP500

Main features

  • Based on wireless AC1900 dual band
  • Speeds up to 1600Mbps @5GHz band and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band
  • 3x dual band detachable external antennas
  • Ready with beamforming technology
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Can be configured as wireless AP, repeater/ bridge, client, multi SSID
  • Powered by 1GHz dual core processor

TP-link AP500 wireless AC1900 access point can be configured in multiple mode of operations including AP mode when you connect it to the router LAN port via UTP network cable or you can configure it as wireless repeater, wireless client or multi SSID mode.

This product is ideal for homes, or small home office with broadband internet connection including cable, DSL and fiber optic services. For businesses, this product might not very effective. TP-link offers business class wireless access point with its EAP series either N or AC based access point.

 

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE

If you need to build a wireless network for your offices to share broadband internet connection, adding home wireless ac access point might not be appropriate particularly when you are planning to expand more clients in line with growing of your business. Instead of adding TP-link AP500 home wireless ac access point connecting to the modem gateway, adding business class wireless ac access point is a better idea.

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Ubiquiti UAP series

Ubiquity UAP-AC-LITE is one of most popular business class AP you can start from a single device and you can add two, three and up to thousands AP devices in line with the expanding of your business. The good thing is that you can control all of them from a single unified management system.

Main features

  • Dual band 802.11ac AP
  • 2×2 MIMO technology with 2x 3dBi dual band antennas
  • 4 SSIDs each band
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Unifi non-dedicated software controller in a local computer, private cloud or public cloud
  • Unlimited scalability, start from one device to unlimited AP devices
  • POE supports

The price each of the device is not costly, it’s around $80 each. It is worth of adding one Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE to build a wireless network in your office. Invest your time by hassle of running UTP network cable from the router to each of the wireless ac access point. When the requirement of adding more AP devices exists, you can easily add more devices and manage them from a single computer anywhere. When you expand to remote sites, you still can manage in a single management system anywhere.

 Summary

TP-link AP500 is one of high performance wireless AC access point for homes with dual band simultaneously with speeds of up to 1300Mbps @5GHz and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz. To start for a small office, adding Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE is ideal solution for businesses.

Best Wireless Routers :TP-Link Archer VR2600 review

Well-built and comprehensively featured, this second-gen 802.11ac wireless router puts in a good all round showing across both 2.4 GHz and 5GHz, making it a worthwhile upgrade over your ISP supplied router. Here’s our TP-Link Archer VR2600 review .

It’s designed to make the most efficient use of the bandwidth that 802.11ac delivers, but enabling the routers to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. To take advantage of it client devices will need MU-MIMO enabled Wi-Fi radios inside them too. It can be found in several new smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, Nexus 5X, and Lumia 950, and several laptops from Acer, such as the Aspire V15 Nitro. However, no current Apple device includes it.When it was first introduced 802.11ac introduced a significant increase in performance over the previous generation 802.11n. It’s now been standard for a while and the industry is moving rapidly on to what’s known as ‘Wave 2’ devices – those that support a new feature called MU-MIMO or Multi-User MIMO.

It’s a 4×4 MU-MIMO router, claimed 1733 Mb/s of bandwidth at 5 GHz and 800 Mbps for 2.4GHz. It has a built-in ADSL and VDSL modem, making it compatible with BT Infinity, but it can also be used with Virgin Media cable connections, so you won’t be locked-in should you choose to switch broadband providers. While rare as hen’s teeth not six months ago, there are now a good number of routers that offer MU-MIMO – including BT’s new Home Hub 5. If you’re looking for a branded alternative, then the TP-Link Archer VR2600 should be on your shortlist. Additionally, it’s compatible with 3G/4G dongles, should you be in an area without conventional wired broadband.

TP-Link Archer VR2600 review: Price

You can buy the Archer VR2600 for £174.99 from Amazon. If your broadband is supplied by BT, it’s well worth checking out its new Smart Hub, though – not least because most BT customers can get it for free.

TP-Link Archer VR2600 review: Features and design

It’s a smart device, in both technology and aesthetic terms. The top half is housed in shiny black plastic that looks great to us, though dust will inevitably collect on it. A light strip runs down the bottom half of the centre, and above this, icons light up to indicate relevant connections.

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Down the side there are two buttons to activate/deactivate the 2.4 GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi networks and a USB 3.0 port sits on either side. Four antennae protrude from the rear.

Set up was easy and the interface has a stripped down minimalist look to it but everything we needed was easily accessible. From here you can enable guest networks – one for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and choose whether to allow guests access to content on USB port connected devices and the local network.

A basic access control feature lets you whitelist or blacklist devices on your network and under the Parental Controls section you can schedule when those devices can be active on the network via an easy to use GUI.

Oddly we could see no way of auto-updating the firmware from inside the web interface but we could do so via the supporting smartphone Tether app – this indicated that we were running the latest firmware.

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TP-Link Archer VR2600 review: Performance

Performance-wise the Archer 2600 left us impressed. We tested by hooking it up to a desktop PC equipped with an Asus PCE-AC88 – a PCIe Wi-Fi adaptor that offer full 4×4 antenna capability – and used JPerf for Windows to generate data traffic at a distance of 3m from the router. We saw average throughput of 597 Mb/s, which we’d rate as very good – though we’ve seen even faster. At 2.4GHz the result of 201.7 Mb/s was excellent, faster than the same test on an Asus RT-AC87U and a much more expensive Linksys EA9500, which got 82.1 Mb/s and 79.6 Mb/s respectively.

We then ran the same test at 2.4GHz 3m from the router on a Macbook Pro Retina using its built in Wi-Fi chip. Not as powerful as the Asus card, performance dropped to 114 Mb/s – still faster though than the Asus and Linksys. At 5 GHz the average throughput was 438 Mb/s.

Moving upstairs in our test house, performance dropped out quite dramatically to just 35.5Mb/s average at 2.4GHz, but the 5 GHz result of 235 Mb/s was faster again than the Asus and Linksys.

To test MU-MIMO we used four laptops, each equipped with a MU-MIMO compatible Linksys WUSB6100M Max-Stream adaptor. This gave us combined average throughput of 285.4 Mb/s. There is no option in the settings to deactivate MU-MIMO making it difficult to directly evaluate its effectiveness. To give you some comparison, the result though was a bit faster than an Asus RT-AC87U which gave 263.2 MB/s in MU-MIMO mode, and near double what we saw from the same four-laptop test from a non-MU-MIMO capable Virgin Superhub 2ac router. However, the Linksys EA9500 managed 475 Mb/s in the same test.

TP-Link Archer VR2600 review

TP-Link Archer VR2600 review: Benchmark results

TP-Link VR2600: Specs

  • Type: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac modem router (dual-band)
  • Antenna configuration (802.11ac): 4×4 MU-MIMO
  • Modem: ADSL 2+ / VDSL
  • Networking: 4x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB: 2x USB 3
  • Antennae: External antennae
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 263.8 x 197.8 x 37.3 mm
  • Type: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac modem router (dual-band)
  • Antenna configuration (802.11ac): 4×4 MU-MIMO
  • Modem: ADSL 2+ / VDSL
  • Networking: 4x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB: 2x USB 3
  • Antennae: External antennae
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 263.8 x 197.8 x 37.3 mm

OUR VERDICT

We hope MU-MIMO performance can also be improved further and 2.4 GHz performance at a distance was middling. Aside from these caveats we were impressed with the TP-Link Archer VR2600. If you can stick with 5 GHz channels all the better but if not, you’ll still have a very strong all-round performer. If you’re looking for a one-box solution to replace a BT Home Hub we’d recommend the Archer VR2600.

TP-Link Archer VR900: One Of The Best Cable-Only 802

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It’s not just suitable for ADSL connections though – it’s also VDSL compatible, so will work with Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) and cable connections too, although not with Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) lines. That should still include most BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Plusnet subscribers, though, as well as other smaller VDSL ISPs.The Archer VR900 is the ADSL modem-equipped version of TP-Link’s Archer C9, one of the best cable-only 802.11ac routers I’ve seen.

There are four Gigabit Ethernet sockets on the rear, as well as a pair of USB ports for sharing a printer, storage or mobile broadband dongle with all your networked computers.It looks almost identical to the C9, with a glossy white plastic case, finished with metal trim, in an upright position. You can switch off the LED status lights if you find them distracting.

The first-run wizard prompts you to change the default web UI admin password, but disappointingly doesn’t also prompt you to choose a wireless network password.The straightforward web admin interface made setup a breeze. The tabbed UI is easy to get to grips with and you can switch from the default basic mode to the advanced view with a single click.

TP-Link Archer VR900 front and back

You can set up guest networks with either single- or dual-band SSIDs, and specify how much bandwidth to make available to them, but this requires setting up bandwidth controls for the entire network. The interface could be more friendly here – typing minimum and maximum Kbit/s values isn’t exactly elegant. Oddly, there’s no way to set the router to just 5GHz on 802.11n, so you have to opt for dual-band if you want to get the best speeds from 5GHz 802.11n devices.

Basic parental controls based on whitelists, blacklists and time-based schedules are all tied to the MAC addresses of your kids’ devices, so you don’t have to worry about locking yourself out at the same time. Dynamic DNS is less impressive, with only Dyndns and NO-IP officially supported.

Performance and range was something of a mixed bag. 2.4GHz 802.11n speeds using our laptop’s integrated adaptor were surprisingly poor, managing only 20.1MB/s at 10m and 14.9MB/s at 25m. It improved on 5GHz, managing 124.3MB/s at 10m and 60MB/s at 25m, but all these scores are less than the Archer C9 achieved.

There was a drastic improvement when switching to TP-Link’s own T4UH 802.11ac adaptor. Here, I saw 326MB/s at 10m and 279.6MB/s at 25m, which are among the fastest 802.11ac speeds I’ve seen.

The Archer VR900 is an attractive router that’s very easy to set up, regardless of your connection type, but it only achieves the best possible speeds and range with TP-Link’s own wireless adaptor. It’s a good buy if you want to upgrade to 802.11ac and have a VDSL ISP, but if you have a different connection the Archer C9 is probably still the better buy.

FCC settlement with Wi-Fi router maker a win for open source advocates

“The Commission’s equipment rules strike a careful balance of spurring innovation while protecting against harmful interference,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, in a statement.  “While manufacturers of Wi-Fi routers must ensure reasonable safeguards to protect radio parameters, users are otherwise free to customize their routers and we support TP-Link’s commitment to work with the open-source community and Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers to enable third-party firmware on TP-Link routers.”

The FCC and TP-Link have agreed to a creative settlement that slaps the home and SMB Wi-Fi router maker with a $200K fine for violating wireless emission rules, but also requires the vendor to work with the open source community and chipset makers to allow modification of TP-Link devices.

UPDATE (8/8/16): It reads in part: “The recently executed Consent Decree between TP-Link and the FCC is strictly related to FCC power-level restrictions. While TP-Link products that were shipped/in market met FCC power levels, there was a potential that customers who changed their router settings could unintentionally manipulate power levels outside of mandated FCC regulations. TP-Link issued an Aug. 5 statement about the consent decree on its website and updated its FAQ for open source firmware. Compliant firmware was made available via the company’s website in late 2015, which we encourage customers to download and update their routers.”

The FCC last year angered those who like to install third-party firmware on their Wi-Fi routers when it proposed a rule requiring vendors to design their 5GHz radio devices in such a way that their power levels would not create interference. In fact, the FCC issued a clarification titled “Clearing the Air on Wi-Fi Software Updates” last November in response to complaints, such as from a Save WiFi campaign that popped up.

While the FCC did not force vendors to completely lock down their devices, some vendors – including TP-Link – decided to do so. Others, such as Linksys and Asus said they would work to support third-party firmware, enabling modders to extend the range of their routers or add other capabilities enabled by technologies such as OpenWrt.

In fining TP-Link, the Enforcement Bureau cited the company for marketing certain Wi-Fi routers in the U.S. with a user setting that violated Section 15.15(b) of the FCC’s rules. TP-Link has agreed to nix sales of noncompliant models and build new models in compliance.

But it’s the requirement that TP-Link work with the open source community and chipset makers that stands out in this settlement.

TP-Link Touch P5 Review :A Router With A Touchscreen

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Thanks to successive generations of refinement, though, they’re now much easier to configure and use than ever before. Even so, anything that makes routers more pleasurable to set up and maintain is highly desirable, so I had high hopes for the TP-Link Touch P5.  Routers used to be mysterious, esoteric, inscrutable boxes of jargon and pain.This router, as its name suggests, comes equipped with a touchscreen for easy set up.

ts interface looks very similar to iOS with the same grid of icons acting as a home screen, and an almost identical typography and menu style.The 4.3in touchscreen has a resolution of 480×272 pixels and was reasonably responsive to our prods, strokes and swipes. I It’s this familiar structure that makes the touchscreen interface easy to use.

Almost all of the router’s settings, with the exception of IP6, NAT forwarding and USB options, can be adjusted using the touchscreen.The onscreen setup wizard isn’t really any different from the browser-based setup wizards of rival routers. Nonetheless, it is very straightforward, so I had the P5 up and running within minutes of taking it out of the box.

I’m not sure why you’d want to, though, as due to the physical design of the P5, it’s generally easier to do so from your computer or mobile device. For better or worse, most routers tend to live in hard to reach nooks and crannies, such as on top of bookcases, in entertainment centres or on hallway stands. This, combined with the screen’s flat, horizontal orientation and the fact that the router is impossible to stand upright, make hovering over it and prodding the touchscreen rather fussy and uncomfortable.
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It also makes the touchscreen’s one really useful and long-term feature, namely its constant display of your guest network SSID and password, less convenient for your guests than a simple post-it note with the same details scrawled on it.

There is, of course, more to the P5 than its somewhat gimmicky touchscreen. It stands out with its glossy black tessellated appearance, although the rest of the team was firmly divided between those who found it attractive and those who found it a bit garish.

It has the same tabbed web administration interface as other TP-Link routers, so it’s straightforward to set up, configure and administer the old-fashioned way. It has the same extra features as other TP-Link routers, such as basic parental controls, the ability to share a USB printer or disk with all the computers on your network and threadbare Dynamic DNS support.
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802.11n performance on the 2.4GHz band was reasonably good, with speeds of 38Mbit/s at 10m and 27.2Mbit/s at 25m. It unsurprisingly sprang to life on the 5GHz band, speeding ahead with 167.8Mbit/s at 10m and 93.2Mbit/s at 25m.

Although the P5 isn’t the fastest 802.11ac router we’ve seen, it still did very well when paired with TP-Link’s own T4UH, a chunky 802.11ac USB adaptor. Speeds of 279.6Mbit/s at 10m and 256.3Mbit/s at 25m are nothing to sneeze at, especially with such a small drop in speed in the substantial move from 10m away to 25m.

Even if you have to run a mixed 802.11n/ac network on both bands, it’s worth investing in an 802.11ac adaptor for your older devices stuck on previous versions of the Wi-Fi standard. Using the same T4UH adaptor on the router’s 2.4GHz 802.11n network (there’s no way to create a 5GHz network that isn’t also 802.11ac), we saw quick speeds of 73.4Mbit/s at 10m and 36.8Mbit/s at 25m.
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The TP-Link Touch P5 isn’t a bad router, just an overpriced one. With few compelling reasons to favour the touchscreen over more traditional ways of router configuration and management, there’s little reason to pay the £40 premium over TP-Link’s other routers, such as the Archer C9, which are as fast or even faster.

24% off TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band AC Router

The AC1900 router from TP-LINK supports 802.11ac, the latest Wi-Fi tech. It operates on the 5GHz band as well as 2.4 for older devices. Dual USB 3.0 and 2.0 let you easily share files and media across your network.

This story, “24% off TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band AC Router – Deal Alert” was hublot replica watchesoriginally published by TechConnect.

Amazon currently has it listed for 24% off its typical list price of $170, so you can buy it now for $130. Over 2,700 customers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews).

The AC1900 strives to create a stronger, faster and more reliable network that efficiently manages many connected devices simultaneously.

TP-Link AV2000 Powerline Starter Kit review : one of the fastest set of Powerline adapter

See our Best Powerline Adapters round up.The TP-Link AV2000 2-Port Gigabit PassThrough Powerline Starter Kit (TL-PA9020P KIT) is one of the fastest set of Powerline adapters we’ve tested.

There are cheaper Powerline adapters out there but none of these match the AV2000 for speed and features.At £99 (see the bottom of this review for the latest online prices) we think it represents excellent value.

You simply plug one adapter into a wall power socket near your Internet router, and connect adapter and router via the supplied Ethernet cable.

Powerline is a simple plug-and-play technology that will transform your home network so that you can near-replicate Internet router speeds in more than one room of your house. For more details see What is Powerline?

Then in the second room where you require fast, wired Internet access – say for your smart TV, Sky+ and Virgin Tivo set-top box PVRs or Apple TV, PC or laptops, games consoles and even smart thermostats – you plug the second Powerline adapter into a wall socket, and then connect the devices via more Ethernet cable. (Most starter kits come with two Ethernet cables.) Se also: Best TV Media Streamers.

It’s that simple. No software downloads or scratching your head at obscure instruction manuals.

In essence Powerline is a method for carrying data – including audio and video –over standard electrical cables in the home, rather than stringing ugly Ethernet cables all over your house.

Powerline speed myths

Let’s get this out of the way at the beginning. While Powerline adapters come in a speed range of between 200Mbps and 1,200Mbps you will not actually achieve such speeds in real life. These are the theoretical maximum speeds promised by the processors, and there are way too many environmental factors that slow this by an order of magnitude.

All Powerline manufacturers (TP-Link, Devolo, D-Link, Solwise, Netgear, and TrendNet included) stick to the theoretical max speeds but none can actually meet the promises.

That doesn’t mean Powerlines are useless, just that you shouldn’t expect the stated speeds. In general the 500Mbps Powerlines are faster than the 200Mbps, and the 1,200Mbps adapters are faster than the 500Mbps – so use the speeds as a gauge of speed between models.

TP-Link TL-PA9020P Kit Powerline starter kit

TP-Link AV2000 Powerline review: Speed

We thought Powerline speeds had reached a plateau for a while with the release of 1,200Mbps adapters but now TP-Link is claiming a 2,000Mbps maximum. TP-Link still offers its AV1200 Powerline adapters, starting at £55. On top of the speed boost the AV2000 boasts more ports and a passthrough compared to the entry-level AV1200 model.

It uses the same 2×2 MIMO with beamforming technology as the 1,200Mbps Powerlines so the faster speed must be due to the wider data bandwidth (86MHz) it enjoys over the 1,200Mbps adapter’ 67MHz.

AV2 MIMO utilizes all three wires in an electrical cable, transmitting data on any two pairs. It improves speed and longer distances between adapters.

At PC Advisor we use real-world tests to determine Powerline speeds. Much is dependent on the building it is tested in, and we suspect our house slightly plays down possible speeds, but having one test environment means we can compare different makes and models of Powerline adapter.

So how does the TP-Link AV2000 perform?

In our first Room Test we check speeds when both adapters are in the same room – which is not how you use Powerline! We use this to test its top speed and The AV2000 did very well, scoring 432Mbps by transferring a 1GB file in 19 seconds.

When we positioned the second adapter in a room two floors down and about 30 metres apart speeds naturally dropped. This time the AV2000 scored 117Mbps ­ way below the 2,000Mbps on the box but still the fastest we’ve seen from a Powerline.

Remember that you might see faster (or slower) speeds in your home, but the AV2000 stands as the fastest we’ve tested so far.

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TP-Link AV2000 Powerline review: Features

The TP-Link AV2000 features a pass-through socket on each adapter, which is great for not taking up your valuable wall power sockets in both rooms.

Each adapter also boasts two Gigabit Ethernet ports – older 500Mbps Powerlines used slower-grade 10/100 Ethernet ports that limited any transfer speed to 100Mbps.

Having two ports is great if you have more than one smart device that requires a wired connection for top speed. Many of us have three or more such gadgets, and there are Powerline adapters that include up to three ports. Alternatively you can buy an Ethernet Switch that will include five or more ports that you can attach to the Powerline adapter.

Some Powerlines can also create an extra Wi-Fi hotspot in the second room – handy if the Wi-Fi in your house is particularly weak. The AV2000 doesn’t have this wireless booster function. Check out our Best Powerline round up for alternatives that do.

The AV2000 seats its ports at the top, which is useful if your power sockets are close to the floor, as it gives the cables more space.

TP-Link AV2000 2-Port Gigabit Passthrough Powerline: Specs

  • 2,000Mbps claimed
  • two Gigabit Ethernet ports per adapter (2 in kit)
  • pass-through sockets on each adapter.
  • 2,000Mbps claimed
  • two Gigabit Ethernet ports per adapter (2 in kit)
  • pass-through sockets on each adapter.

OUR VERDICT

We were impressed by the real-world performance of the TP-Link AV2000 (TL-PA9020P KIT), which scored as high as we’ve seen in our tests. The inclusion of pass-through sockets and two Gigabit Ethernet ports per adapter are also welcomed. There’s no extra Wi-Fi hotspot function but if your house Wi-Fi is acceptable this isn’t the worst omission. If you want a fast Powerline starter kit with more than one Ethernet port plus pass-through this is highly recommended.

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit review

Here we review the TP-LINK AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, which uses the latest fast Powerline chips to make it one of the fastest we’ve tested.Powerline is an incredibly easy way to set-up your own speedy home network.

All will be explained!There are four models available: TL-PA8010KIT with one Ethernet port, TL-PA8010PKIT with one Ethernet port and pass-through sockets, and the TL-PA8030PKIT with three ports and pass-through, and the TL-WPA8630PKIT that includes extra Wi-Fi functionality).

These come with Ethernet ports on the back so you can get super-speedy Internet connections for catch-up TV, over-the-internet gameplay, or Web access. Read more on What is Powerline and read our Best Powerline Adapters round up.Why do you need a home network? Most of us nowadays have either a smart TV, Sky+, Apple TV, PC or laptops, games consoles, or Tivo DVR. Or all of the above.

But your Internet router/modem is usually in a different room to all these digital home-entertainment devices. And who wants to stretch ugly Ethernet cables all over their house?

Plug one Powerline adapter into the wall socket near the router, and then connect the adapter to the router via Ethernet cable. Then take the other Powerline adapter and plug that into a power socket near the TV/Sky+, Xbox etc. You can now connect these to the second adapter via another Ethernet cable. In between the two adapters it’s your home’s electrical wiring that’s operating as the Ethernet cable.

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kits

Set up is a breeze on just about every Powerline we’ve tested, and TP-Link’s AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit is no exception. It really is Plug & Play. No need to install software or configure your settings.

The latest Powerline adapters are being hailed as Gigabit as they have a theoretical maximum speed of 1,200Mbps. Slower 500Mbps and 200Mbps Powerline adapters are also available.

In our tests the Gigabit Powerlines do indeed trump the older Powerlines, but not by doubling the speed.

Their “Multiple Input Multiple Output” (MIMO) functionality within HomePlug AV2 significantly improves data-transfer rates. It uses any two electrical wire lines within a three-wire network to boost performance.

And even the Gigabit 1,200Mbps Powerlines are unlikely to hit the theoretical max speed of the slowest.

All Powerlines are classed as either 200/500/1200Mbps but the fastest we’ve managed to get in areal-world environment is about 115Mbps. There are so many factors slowing down data transfers on electrical wiring that the reality is much less impressive than what’s printed on the box.

Don’t worry, this is plenty fast enough to boost your catch-up TV downloads. Just don’t believe the promised speeds on the box – this is true of all Powerline products, so at least it’s an even playing field.

TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT Powerline

There are four models of the TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, each containing two adapters. The starter kit, the TL-PA8010 KIT, is pictured above. It features one Gigabit Ethernet port per adapter, and costs £54.99 (US$).

Pictured below is the £79.99 TL-8010P KIT, which is the same but with a handy pass-through socket on both adapters so you don’t lose a wall socket after installation.

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline adapters starter

The £69.99 TL-PA8030P Kit (pictured below) has three Gigabit Ethernet ports on each adapter plus the pass-through sockets.

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Finally, the TL-WPA8630P KIt costs £124.99 but includes not only the three Gigabit Ethernet ports and pass-through socket, but an additional wireless function on the second adapter that means you can create a new Wi-Fi hotspot in a room far from your Internet router – great for houses with weak Wi-Fi. Pictured below, this version’s base unit has just the one Gigabit Ethernet port, which is acceptable as mostly you need just the one by the router.

TP-Link TL-WPA8630PKIT Powerline

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline tests

We do two tests on Powerline. One is not very real-world but is tested in a house. We put both Powerlines on the same wall power socket and transfer a large file from one computer to another.

On this test the TP-Link AV1200 equalled our previous top speed of 410Mbps, by transferring a 1GB file between PC and laptop in 20 seconds.

But a more realistic test is with the second Powerline adapter a couple of floors away from the first one that’s connected to the router.

In this tougher test the TP-Link AV1200 managed just over 100Mbps, which is only slightly slower than the other Gigabit Powerlines we have tested: the uglier but cheaper Solwise SmartLink 1200AV2 (107Mbps) and larger but more costly Devolo 1200 (104Mbps).

Every house is different so you may well get faster speeds than this, but we test all Powerlines in the same house for comparison purposes. Even then, speeds vary quite a lot depending on multiple factors. For example, powerline speed is also heavily affected by what else is using your home writing at the time. Battery chargers and microwaves will noticeably slow Powerline speeds.

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline adapters home network

TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline design and features

The TP-Link AV1200 Powerline Starter Kit is subtle in white but larger than many adapters as three of the models feature their own power socket on the front – which is helpful as it means you don’t give up a valuable socket by using these adapters. There is also evidence that using this Passthrough socket can eliminate some of the electrical noise mentioned above.

The Ethernet port is at the top of the adapter, which is handy if your power sockets are close to the floorline.PA8010

If you have plenty of wall sockets then the TL-PA8010KIT, which doesn’t have the pass-through sockets, is your cheapest option, but for £20 more (and check our prices below for the best online prices) you’ll save sockets with the additional pass-throughs.

The £79 TL-PA8010P KIT version of the TP-Link AV1200 features just one Gigabit Ethernet port on each adapter, unlike some of the others that boast two or three. You could add an Ethernet switch for about £20 if you need more Ethernet connections but having more than one can be useful if you need to connect multiple devices to the Powerline.

Better value is the TL-PA8030P KIT (less than a tenner more in price) that has three Gigabit Ethernet ports, which you may well find is handier if you have multiple smart devices that demand fast Internet connections.

Ther TL-WPA8630P KIT also features the ability to create an extra Wi-Fi hotspot in the second room, which usually boosts wireless speeds for your smartphones, laptops and tablets. In our real-world tests this new Wi-Fi hotspot linked at a 90Mbps speed, which is not so far off the wired speed and one of the best we’ve seen. It is more expensive though so only consider this if your house suffers from weak wireless connections.

TP-LINK AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter: Specs

  • TL-PA8010PKIT: HomePlug AV2 standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 1200 Mbps
  • 1 x Gigabit port per adapter
  • Integrated power socket.
    TL-PA8030PKIT: HomePlug AV2 standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 1200 Mbps
  • 3 x Gigabit port per adapter
  • Integrated power socket
  • TL-PA8010PKIT: HomePlug AV2 standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 1200 Mbps
  • 1 x Gigabit port per adapter
  • Integrated power socket.
    TL-PA8030PKIT: HomePlug AV2 standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rates of up to 1200 Mbps
  • 3 x Gigabit port per adapter
  • Integrated power socket

OUR VERDICT

The TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kits (TL-PA8010 KIT, TL-PA8010P KIT, TL-PA8030P KIT, or TL-WPA8630P KIT) match their rival Gigabit Powerline adapter sets in our real-world speed tests. We prefer the only slightly more expensive TL-PA8030P as it boasts three Gigabit Ethernet ports, compared to the TL-PA8010P’s single port adapters. If your house suffers from weak Wi-Fi consider the WPA8630P that includes functionality to add a new Wi-Fi hotspot in your house. If your Wi-Fi signal is acceptable you can live without a new hotspot, and the TL-PA8030P especially represents great Powerline value.

Various Models of Wifi AC Adapter You Can Choose

The preference adapters are USB wifi AC adapters for easy installation.Various models of wifi AC adapter you can choose to upgrade your computers to connect to wireless AC network in their best data rate throughput.

 

Why USB

The easiest way to upgrade your computers with the wifi adapter is by adding a USB wireless adapter, you don’t need to open your computer casing to insert the adapter to the slot like those PCI wifi adapters. With USB adapter, what you need to do is inserting the adapter into one of the USB ports available in your computers or laptops.

Wifi AC Adapter

Technology evolves very fast, wireless technology is not an exception. Wireless AC (802.11ac) technology delivers speeds up to Gigabit, never speeds like this before. The wireless N standards (802.11N) will soon be a legacy technology, when the future wireless AD (802.11ad)  technology applied to wireless devices. TP-link showcases in its website the wireless router with wireless AD technology with its debut Talon AD7200 product, just wait and see until TP-link releases the product or probably another vendor does the first.

With your current wireless AC network powered by high end wireless AC router such as Linksys EA9500 and Netgear AC5400 routers, TP-link and D-link wireless AC5400 routers, or any other wireless AC network powered by high speed business class Access point such as Ubiquiti Unifi and Linksys wifi ac AP, to get optimum data rate throughput you should upgrade your computer clients with high speed wifi ac adapters.

Generally desktop computers don not come with wifi adapter installed, upgrade them with PCI express wifi adapter. However, if there is still USB port available installing USB wifi AC adapter is easier solution than adding PCI-e wifi adapter.

Laptops typically come with built-in wifi N150 or N300 adapter. You may upgrade them with high speed wifi AC adapters to get much better data rate throughput.

Top 5 USB wifi AC adapter

To catch up the high speed of wireless AC network, upgrading your current laptops or computers that still come with wireless g/n adapter with the new wifi AC adapter is a good choice. Lots of high speed AC1750 or AC1900 based USB adapters available in the market today. Here are top 5 most popular products from different networking vendors you may consider for upgrading your legacy wifi adapters.

  1. Edimax EW-7833UAC AC1750

Edimax EW-7833UAC is based on wireless AC1750 technology with USB 3.0 interface. It can work with standard USB 2.0 interface, however to get the maximum data rate throughput you need to connect to any computers or laptops with USB 3.0 interface.

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Edimax wifi AC1750 USB Adapter

Highlights

  • Based on wireless AC1750 dual band speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps in 2.4GHz band
  • Adjustable antenna with 3T3R (3x transmitter and 3x receiver antennas) with MIMO technology
  • Comes with high speed USB 3.0 interface
  • Supports Beamforming technology for solid connection to wifi AC routers with Beamforming technology ready
  • Supports all OS including Windows, Mac and Linux

To get the optimum data rate throughput, you may connect to wireless AC1900 routers or higher such as Linksys EA7500 or Archer C9 or wireless AC1750 routers such as Netgear R6700. This product is getting high customer rated in Amazon.

Click here to learn more spec details of Edimax EW-7833UAC and buy in Amazon

  1. TRENDnet TEW-809UB

Unlike Edimax as discussed above, this product is based on slightly higher wifi speed in 2.4GHz band in connecting to wireless N network. It is based on wireless AC1900 delivering speeds of up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band. The design is different than others, it comes with four detachable high gain antennas.

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Trendnet TEW-809 Wifi AC USB Adapter

Highlights

  • Based on wireless AC1900 dual band technology, delivering speeds up to 1600Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band
  • 4x detachable 5dBi high gain dual band antennas and high power radio for much better coverage
  • USB 3.0 ports micro interface
  • Beamforming technology ready
  • Comes with 3 ft USB 3.0 micro USB to type-A cable
  • Supports all types of Windows and Mac OS

This model of wifi AC adapter is ideal for connecting to long range wifi network and with high gain high power antennas with extension USB cable you can put the device on the table or higher place above your laptops.

Click here to learn more TRENDnet TEW-809UB AC1900 Wireless USB Adapter

  1. D-link DWA-192

Like Trendnet 809UB that comes with 4x high gain antennas and requires USB cable extension to connect to the computer, so does D-link DWA-192 that requires USB extension cable to connect to the laptop. The unique thing with this product is shaped like a ball, never seen the wifi adapter shaped like a ball before.

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D-link DWA-192

Highlights

  • Engineered based on wireless AC1900 technology dual band with speeds of up to 1300Mbps on 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps on 2.4GHz
  • High powered amplifiers for better penetrating through walls
  • Advanced Smart Beam technology (Beamforming technology)
  • Comes with USB 3.0 interface
  • WPS button for easy and secure connection
  • Unique design – shaped like a ball

D-link offers various models of high end wireless AC routers ranging from AC1900-based routers such as D-link DIR-879 router, it’s a new variant of D-link DIR 880L router and up to the fastest AC5400 router D-link DIR-895. Connecting this product to these routers is assured getting the most data rate throughput ideal for demanding high bandwidth applications.

Learn more D-link DWA-192 AC1900 USB adapter and buy from Amazon

  1. TP-link Archer T9UH

Edimax EW-7833UAC and TP-link T9UH have the same design regarding USB interface and the device can be inserted directly to the available USB port of the PC and laptops. The antenna can also be folded up, however you can also put this into the standing cradle and put it in a higher place with the USB extension cable.

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TP-link Archer T9UH AC1900 USB adapter

Highlights

  • High speed AC1900 based USB wifi ac adapter
  • Dual band speeds of up to 1300Mbps on 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps on 2.4GHz
  • Comes with high gain antennas
  • Comes with standing cradle and USB cable extension
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Beamforming technology ready

Currently this product is the fastest wireless AC adapter TP-link offers so far, while today you can find that TP-link offers several models of high end wireless AC routers including wireless AC1900 routers and even the fastest one Archer C5400 router is also popular. Wait and see if there will come couple of faster AC adapters to catch up the speeds of AC routers Including high speed wifi AC range extender. See also top 10 wireless range extender.

Click here to learn more Archer T9UH and buy in Amazon

  1. ASUS USB-AC68

The Asus USB-AC68 is the fastest USB wifi AC adapter available so far in market, while the fastest AC adapter in PCI-e adapter so far PCE-AC88 based on wifi AC3100 technology. It comes with foldable antenna similar with Archer T9UH and Edimax, however the antenna design is a slightly different with two foldable antennas. Take a look at the following image of this product.

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Asus USB-AC68U wifi AC1900 adapter

Highlights

  • Based on high speed AC1900 technology
  • Delivering dual band speeds of up to 1300Mbps on 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps on 2.4GHz
  • Comes with 2x foldable 3-position external antennas with 3×4 MIMO technology and dual internal antennas
  • Ready with Beamforming technology with Asus AiRadar
  • Comes with standing cradle and USB cable extension
  • USB 3.0 interface

To learn more detail about this high speed product that Asus offers,

Click here to learn more detail Asus USB-AC68U adapters and buy in Amazon

All the above 5 top wifi ac USB adapters are ready with Beamforming technology to connect solidly with the wireless AC routers, wireless ac access points or wireless ac range extenders that support the same Beamforming technology.

 

Please make sure that your laptops or PC are ready with USB 3.0 port for optimum data rate throughput, even though those wifi ac adapters are backward compatible with USB 2.0, however you will not get the optimum throughput.

 

Ubiquiti Vs Linksys Vs TP-link Wireless AC AP

Which one is the best wireless access point for your businesses between Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO, Linksys LAPAC1750 and TP-link EAP320?Ubiquiti offers UAP-AC-PRO wireless AC access point.

 

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO

Creating large scale wifi network for corporation or enterprise was a hard work and was hard to manage with standard wireless AP products such as multi-mode home WAP products. Today you can easily create large scale wifi network using business class wireless AC AP products from various models of wireless access point ac products from various networking vendors including Ubiquiti, Linksys and TP-link.

In large homes, typically you can create high speed wifi network by adding cable mode such as Surfboard SB6183 or SB6190, TP-link TC-7620 or other models plus high speed wireless routers such as Linksys EA9500 and Netgear AC5400. Or you can esily build wifi network using a single device cable modem wifi router combo such as TP-link Archer CR700 or Surfboard SBG6900 and still more.

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is one of best wireless access point to allow you build large scale enterprise wifi network easily.

What this product does

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is a business class wireless ac access point to allow you build from a single AP device in a single site up to hundreds of AP devices in high density clients from multiple sites. And the good thing is that you can easily manage them from a single central point via Unifi controller software even across multiple sites.

It’s a simultaneous dual band AP with 3×3 MIMO technology delivering high speed wifi network up to 1300Mbps wireless AC in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps wireless N in 2.4GHz band. You can install the product mounted either on the wall or ceiling, no worries of providing power outlet on ceiling since this product POE business class access point, WAP that supports 802.3af/802.3at PoE standards. Just run a single CAT5e or CAT6 UTP cable for both data and power from each of Ubiquiti AP to the POE switch. You can use  Ubiquiti 8-port managed POE Gigabit switch to connect the APs.

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ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO

Highlights

  • Business class wireless AC access point based on wireless AC1750 technology
  • Dual band wifi network speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps in 2.4GHz band
  • Internal dual band 3dBi antenna with 3×3 MIMO technology
  • Supports band steering, airtime fairness
  • 2x Gigabit POE Ethernet ports
  • Supports multiple SSIDs up to 4x SSIDs each band
  • Easy management with Unify controller v4 software

This product is one of affordable wireless access point ac products with AC1750 technology. You may also like the lower speed version of Ubiquiti by selecting Unifi AC Lite model with AC1200 technology, see also other Top 5 wireless AC1200 AP.

Band steering and airtime fairness

Ubiquiti supports band steering that forces clients to connect to 5GHz band if the clients supports 5GHz band. 5GHz band is relatively clean from any interference than 2.4GHz band which is crowded band used by various models of wifi devices including baby monitor system, garage controller, microwave oven and still more.

Airtime fairness helps you increase system performance by limiting users airtime access to minimize problem-clients effects on system performance.

Comparison

Few vendors offer wireless ac access point for businesses including Linksys and TP-link. Linksys offers three variants of business class WAP including LAPN600, LAPAC1200 and Linksys LAPAC1750 that will be compared with Ubiquiti. TP-link offers EAP ceiling mount series including the EAP320 that will be discussed here by comparing this product with Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO.

All of the three models are designed for business class WAP, they are all based on wireless ac access point simultaneous dual band both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. Take a look at the following two spec comparison tables.

 Wifi technology

Both Ubiquiti and Linksys use the same wireless AC1750 technology delivering speeds of up to 1300Mbps wireless AC in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps wireless N in 2.4Ghz band. While TP-link offers its debut in business class wireless AC access point by releasing the EAP320 based on AC1200 with Beamforming technology. There are still few wifi adapters support Beamforming technology, you can mention D-link DWA-192 AC1900 USB adapter.

Take a thorough look at the following tables below, table 1 represents spec comparison between Ubiquiti and Linksys, while table 2 represents spec comparison between Ubiquiti and TP-link.

Table 1 Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Vs Linksys LAPAC1750

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Linksys LAPAC1750
Wifi technology Dual band AC1750 Dual band AC1750
Speeds Up to 1300Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 450Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Up to 1300Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 450Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Antenna design 3×3 dual band antennas MIMO technology

3dBi each band

3×3 dual band antennas MIMO technology

1.7dBi @2.4G, 1.9dBi @5G

Beamforming technology No No
Airtime fairness and band steering Yes Band steering
Placement Outdoor / Indoor Indoor
Ethernet Port 2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1 x Gigabit LAN Port with IEEE 802.3at PoE+
POE Support Yes Yes
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 N/A
BSSID 4x SSID each band 16 SSID, 8x SSIDs each band
Mounting Wall / ceiling Wall / ceiling / desktop
Wifi management Unify controller v4 software to help you manage high density client across the sites Single point control for clustering
Price $128 $149

Table 2 Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Vs TP-link EAP320

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO TP-link EAP320
Wifi technology Dual band AC1750 Dual band AC1200
Speeds Up to 1300Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 450Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Up to 867Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 300Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Antenna design 3×3 dual band antennas MIMO technology 3dBi each band Omni 2.6dBi each band MIMO technology
Beamforming technology No Yes
Airtime fairness and band steering Yes Yes
Placement Outdoor / Indoor Indoor
Ethernet Port 2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
POE Support Yes Yes
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 N/A
BSSID 4x SSID each band 16 SSIDs, 8x SSIDs each band
Mounting Wall / ceiling Wall / ceiling
Wifi management Unify controller v4 software to help you manage high density client across the sites Free EAP controller software – easy management up to hundreds of EAPs
Price $128 $185

 

You may read more spec and manufacturer’s description by clicking the following links and current price in Amazon.

  • Click here for more details Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO and price
  • Click here for more details Linksys LAPAC1750 and price
  • Click here for more details TP-link EAP320 and price

Summary

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is affordable wireless AC access point for businesses and one of best wireless access point products in the market today that allows you build multi-site wifi network and controlled centrally using unifi controller software.