- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.5 x 9.5 cm ; 159 g
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Item model number: PLA401v4
- ASIN: B002LITI8E
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 1 2011
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,270 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
ZyXEL PLA401v3 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps Powerline Wall-plug Adapter
- Plug-and-Play for quick boost data transfer rate up to 200Mbps
- Support multiple application with QoS
- 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
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Designed for high performance, your Powerline network can reach the data transfer rates up to 200Mbps. With advanced HomePlug AV technology, the PLA401 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. 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. The ZyXEL PLA401 v3, a new-generation Powerline Adapter consumes 16-Percent 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-Percent when comparing to the adapters without this feature. 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 PLA401 v3, and then you can set up your hassle-free Powerline network. With the 128-bit Data Encryption Security (AES) feature, the PLA401 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 PLA401 v3.
From the Manufacturer
Powerline Adapter Quickly Upgrades Home with Ethernet Connectivity
- Data transfer rate of up to 200Mbps
- QoS enhances multimedia quality
- 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
Data Transfer Rate up to 200Mbps
Designed for high performance, your Powerline network can reach data rates of up to 200Mbps*. With advanced HomePlug AV technology, the PLA-401 v3 provides users with stable and high-speed Internet access. Just plug a pair of Powerline Ethernet Adapters into your home’s power outlets and enjoy stable, high-speed Ethernet connectivity throughout your entire home without the mess or hassle of laying complicated wiring.
QoS for High Definition Video Streams
The PLA-401 v3 prioritizes multimedia services like HD-video streaming, data transmission, and VoIP with advanced QoS. This allows for high quality voice, video, and audio even while your network is under heavy use.
Green Product with Lower Power Consumption
The ZyXEL PLA-401 v3, a new-generation Powerline Adapter consumes 16% less power when compared to the previous generation of Powerline Ethernet Adapters. In addition, the PLA-401 v3 uses next-generation green technology to enter “Standby” mode when your network isn’t in use, further reducing power consumption by over 50%.
Encryption Button for Easy Network Security Setup
Encryption button for easy network security setup
It’s easy to set up a secure connection between the PLA-401 v3 and other HomePlug AV products within seconds. With a simple push of the encryption button, a 128-bit Data Encryption Security service is activated, providing a secure network connection for Internet access and network resource sharing without complicated setup procedures.
Advanced 128-bit AES Security Protection
With the 128-bit Data Encryption Security (AES) feature, the PLA-401 v3 provides a secure network connection for Internet access and network resource sharing. No need to worry about the safety of your data, just sit back and enjoy a high-speed, secure network.
Powerline Comparison Chart (PLA401v3) [Print Version]
*The theoretical maximum channel data transfer rate is derived from HomePlug AV specifications. Actual data transfer rate will vary from network environment including: distance, network traffic, noise on electrical wires, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Okay things getting a little more tricky if you want:
2. Setting up a network name.
Encryption; followed the instructions to the letter and I could not get the encryption setup. Lights wouldn't blink as they should. I was pressing the encryption button on the controller adapter (the one plugged to the router) and then pressing the encryption button on the remote (the one plugged into my computer). I have both of them plugged into outlets next to each other in the same room but I could not get the remote adapter to pick up on the encryption. After first pressing the encryption on the remote and then the controller, it seems to take although I don't have a way to verify if encryption is implemented as there is not indication in the utility software or on the devices themselves. Would have been nice to let you know that encryption is active.
Setting up a network name; don't do it. After getting the MK Password on the remote (controller) adapter, I tried to setup a network name but ended up each time making my remote adapter not being able to join the network because the network name was not assigned to the remote adapter even though I indicated to apply the network name to all connected managed devices. I've given up since it is buggy to me.
All in all happy with the HomePlug device and will continue to use them. If it works good for the next 6 months, I am going to buy more adapters to add to my HomePlug network.
UPDATE: After reading the user guide several times, I finally figured out I was reseting the adapters by pressing the encryption button for more than 10 seconds, which would wipe out and reset the network name. I finally figured out both setting up the network name and the encryption. Press the encryption button only for 2 seconds on each devices. My take on this, if you do want to setup either encryption or a network name or both, read the user guide very very carefully. The user guide does not have the most intuitive directions and before trying to setup security on these adapters, read the guide very carefully before proceeding, apparently something I will do in the future.
I had previously tried to stream high definition movies using aTRENDnet Wireless N Gaming Adapter TEW-647GA (Black) connected to my 802.11G network. The trendnet over 802.11g was not able to stream high definition content. Even when the trendnet was able to connect reliably, high def content streamed so poorly that it was unwatchable.
With the ZyXEL, high definition streams without any glitches! We are quite pleased as we had no other way to get an Internet connection to our HR22's location. The connection has been 24/7 reliable- we've never had to reset these or touch them in any way. It really was as simple plugging them in.
Note: I haven't tried running this over different circuits.
9 month followup:
This product has worked flawlessly since the day it was installed. I've never had to reset them or mess with them in any ways. It's refreshing to find a product that "just works" in this age of complexity and "beta quality".
Powerline networking products are often hit or miss and mixing brands can be problematic, so as an engineer I have to figure out every few years which ones are going to give problem free operation.
These work great with zero software setup and even worked with other brands. Only the linksys 10mbit ones were as flexible. I also did distance testing and these sent signals the farthest and fastest. Putting a 'scope on the leads also showed very nice signal, so these seem well built.
POWER USER TIP #1: Put your powerline to router bridge close to the fuse panel! Basically, distance is the enemy here and two plugs in adjacent rooms or even on different walls of the same room may actually only connect through wires that go all the way back to your electrical panel, leading to funny effects. If you have a cable modem, for example, put the cable modem near the electrical panel and put your first powerline wall plug adapter right there. This cuts the distance between internet and your room powerline wall-plugs in half, versus putting the internet point in a room somewhere.
POWER USER TIP #2: Set up additional wireless routers as access points. You likely have a router or Wi-Fi near where you first put your network into the powerline. All other Wi-Fi points/routers that you might want to hang off the network need to be access points and not dueling for control. Typically you do this by deactivating DHCP service on the router, changing the address on the router so it is different from the router (e.g. 192.168.1.2 instead of 192.168.1.1), and plugging the powerline wall-plug into a numbered port NOT the "internet/WAN" port. Amazon cuts links in reviews but if you use goo.gl link shortener and go to "/JpqDD" instructions are there.
If you take these steps you can build a very large network with these ZyXel units and I have built several. Put one router right at the power panel with the internet connection and one wall-plug adapter here then a ZyXel unit at various parts of the building, each with a Wi-Fi hanging off it in Access point mode. I've spread internet access across multi-acre sites this way. Other powerline units can't do this but it's easy with these and I see clean signal and good performance.
I can add more detail if people have questions.
More details after questions and more experience:
TIP #3: Don't put the ZyXel units on a powerstrip if you can avoid it, especially those with filtering. A filtered powerstrip can cut your speeds from 100MBit/sec to 10MBit/sec. I have observed this and it's not the ZyXel's fault. So try to get these units a spot on the wall.
COMMENT: I finally found a downside to the range on these when two networks I set up in DIFFERENT BUILDINGS started interfering with each other even though their nearest connection point was a utility junction ~400ft away. Amazing. The trouble was that the buildings also had a direct network line between them so the result was a loop. I adjusted the locations of the ZyXel units in the second building and all was well.