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TP-LINK TL-PA511KIT AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit Up to 500Mbps

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  • HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Up to 500Mbps

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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-PA511KIT




HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
128-bit AES Encryption
Gigabit Ethernet Port
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
Kit Type
System Requirement
OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux


0°C ~ 40°C
10% ~ 90% Non-condensing


Plug Type: EU, US, UK

Button: Pair Button

Power Consumption: < 6 W

Range: 300M in house

HomePlug AV standard compliant, high-speed data transfer rate of up to 500Mbps, ideal for HD video or 3D video streaming and online gaming

Mains Filter for better powerline communication performance

No new wires, use existing electrical wiring

Up to 300 meter range over a home's electrical circuit for better performance through walls or across floors

Plug and Play, no new wires or configuration required

Power-Saving Mode automatically reduces power consumption by up to 85%

128-bit AES encryption ensures that the network is safe simply by pressing a button on paired devices

Built-in QoS assures the quality of bandwidth sensitive applications such as voice, video and online games

Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizes IPTV streaming.

Dimensions & Weight

4.1" x 2.3" x 1.6"
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Customer Reviews of the TP-LINK TL-PA511KIT

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  • Angelo
  • 7/15/2014 7:15:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOne of the units died

Pros: Worked great for the short amount of time I had it. Used it to connect my modem on the first floor to my office pc on the second floor.

Cons: After 2-3 weeks of usage, the unit connected to the modem stopped working. No lights whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: Rated one egg because Newegg customer service is excellent! The return process was a breeze.

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  • RandyPD
  • 7/2/2014 12:13:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood value

Pros: Cheap for the price, gigabit port, compatible with older 200mb powerline adapters from other brands, good speeds overall.

Cons: Somewhat sensitive to electrical wiring distance, 500mb only possible if outlets are like almost next to each other.

Other Thoughts: Best performance I've seen is if the electrical outlets belong to the same circuit breaker in the house. Highest speeds I've seen so far (according to the TP link software utility) is 350mb and the outlets are like 20 feet apart and belong to the same circuit breaker. I was pleasantly surprised by its compatibility with an older set of Netgear 200mb powerline adapters and I didn't notice any speed degradation when mixing both.
An interesting thing I've noticed is if I have the chargers for Iphones/ipads and android devices plugged in, the speeds drop dramatically. The netgears would drop to like 40mbs and the TP Links would drop to 70mbs.

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  • N/A
  • 6/9/2014 9:36:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: Link speed is consistently below 48 mbps
constantly trips my circuit breaker

Other Thoughts: This MIGHT be a good item if it worked. My unit tells me my speeds are less than or equal to 48 mbps at all times, not to mention the fact that every twenty minutes it trips my circuit breaker.

These units should come with a detailed explanation of circuit breaker requirements, as this is most definitely NOT plug and play for many people. This unit is absolute garbage. I recommend you just run LAN cable all over your house, at least that won't trip your breaker box.

Don't believe me? Run a quick google search of powerline adapters tripping circuits. Now tell me that this is a plug n play device.

would rate zero if possible.

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  • tru2it
  • 6/5/2014 8:42:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsFRUSTRATED!!!!

Pros: Claimed speed of 382 Mps

Cons: Bought this kit to use in a remote location. Followed all the setup instructions to the "T." Watched the main page indicate I was receiving speeds of 382 Mps. However I was unable to connect to the internet by either computer connected to each of the units. This was after I tried connecting one to a router. Then changed the same unit to a different computer. Never was successful in connecting to the internet. SO, I brought it back to the "big city" and tried it all over again with no success. I'm pretty tech oriented, build and troubleshoot computers, run all my own electric boxes, breakers and wiring. I'm at a loss for why this is not working.

Other Thoughts: I keep reading reviews that it worked immediately for others and wonder why I'm not seeing the same. I'm open to any suggestions and aid.

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5 out of 5 eggsTP Powerline Adapter

Pros: I have used this set for about 6 months. It works so well I forgot I even had it to review it. Gigabyte RJ-45 connections are a must if your looking at a powerline adapter. On the same circuit in the house speeds were 17MBs on split circuits or three phase its was more like 8 MBs. Still faster then my 6 MBs my wireless N gets. The real benefit is the latency. Wow with wireless its all over the place but not with a powerline adapter.

Cons: Its kind of bulky, large but not a big deal

Other Thoughts: I have a great wireless setup. Netgear WNDR4300. But going threw two walls and a floor caused the HTPC in my room to buffer at the start of a movie and then once or twice during the movie. This has no hesitation at all

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  • BoilerNEF
  • 11/13/2013 6:29:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK - I hope!

Pros: 2 kits, 4 adapters
Worked right out of the box exactly as stated in instructions.

Cons: Worked pretty good until they didn't. After a few days the units lost connections. Wouldn't reconnect by simply using the pair button on the bottom of the units. Had to unplug units and start over. Currently working, but well below 500mps - more like 50 according to the utility software provided.

Other Thoughts: Replacing wireless connections w/ poor signal. Currently not sure whether this is an improvement or not. Not sure if this is normal, if I've got a bum adapter(s), or if there's an issue w/ units going into power saving mode.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to check out and review our Router.

We are glad to see that the devices are working for you.

You will see that the speed is based on two major things, one is the distance between the Powerlines. The farther they are, the slower the speeds will become. The other factor is the integrity of the circuits in the wall. The older and weaker ther circuit, the slower the speeds.

You will also see that many electrical devices on the circuit can cause some issues and interfere with the Powerline.

If you have any issues with this device then feel free to contact me directly at

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • N/A
  • 11/8/2013 3:34:03 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest purchase ever.

Pros: Incredibly easy to set up.
It works perfectly.

Cons: The plug is a little flimsy.

Other Thoughts: My internet connection at the end of the house was so weak, I could hardly use it. I tried to use a wifi extender, but this was very unreliable and performances were not that great.

I just replaced the wifi extender with these little gems. One of them is plugged into my main router, and the other one is at the other side of the house, and has an airport extreme (configured in bridge mode) plugged into it. Setup took less than 5 minutes, and it works perfectly. I couldn't be happier.

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  • Swiftshadow
  • 10/10/2013 8:13:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot as fast as advertised but still very useful

Pros: Vast improvement over a 2.4 Ghz 802.11 N wireless bridge, consistently lower latency.

Cons: Does not deliver anywhere near the advertised speed, but very few technologies do.

Other Thoughts: I decided to try this powerline kit after running into some issues using a wireless 2.4 Ghz 802.11n bridge. The wireless bridge is made up of 2 Netgear WNRL3500 routers, one running standard Netgear firmware, the other running Tomato 1.28. For the most part the wireless bridge worked ok. I was able to get around 70 Mb throughput from one device wired straight into one router to another device wired straight into the other router. But there were odd pauses and hiccups, especially while gaming online. After running a ping directly from one router to the other I found that latency was all over the place. For example:

Target Name: N/A
Date/Time: 9/17/2013 7:37:30 PM to 9/18/2013 7:57:42 PM

Hop Sent Err PL% Min Max Avg Host Name / [IP]
1 86400 44 0.1 0 2204 12 []

This is the result of a PingPlotter run lasting 24 hours. This was run from one computer on one side of the bridge pinging the router at the other side of the bridge. This DID NOT go out to the internet. Even with that I got a maximum ping time of 2204. That's an over 2 second delay getting from one router to another. Worse yet was the packet loss. Add that to the normal delays and packet loss once you route out to the internet and you have a recipe for issues for any latency sensitive application (VoIP, gaming, video conference etc...)

Here are the results of another PingPlotter 24 hour run, this time over a TP-LINK TL-PA511 Kit:

Target Name: N/A
Date/Time: 9/16/2013 7:03:36 PM to 9/17/2013 7:23:51 PM

Hop Sent Err PL% Min Max Avg Host Name / [IP]
1 86400 0 0.0 1 242 2 []

The results are almost an order of magnitude better. Not only was latency significantly lower, I did not experience any packet loss.

In addition, throughput was about as good as I got on the wireless N bridge, around 70 Mbs, but a lot more consistent. With the wireless N bridge, bandwidth would vary greatly, down to about 8 Mbs at times. The powerline bridge would hover around 68-70 Mbs with not much variation. Your mileage may vary, but this definitely improved my networking environment.

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  • N/A
  • 8/5/2013 1:02:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsPlug and Play, Literally

Pros: Plug and play! Took the powerline adapters out of the box and plugged them into the wall. They detected and connected to each other immediately and automatically. Each adapter uses one power outlet (vs Monster PowerNet 200 which covers 2 outlets). Looks good, has a clean, elegant interface. Gigabit ethernet port is a nice feature regardless of the actual throughput. Works well when "speed" rating is high (green powerline LED), e.g. installed on 2 outlets in close proximity/same circuit, with identical performance to the Monster PowerNet 200 (both 22Mbps to the internet)

Cons: Adapter feels wobbly, unstable when inserted into wall socket due to its 2 prong plug on a raised surface. It also gets very warm/hot to the touch after a short time. Performance is 33% less than Monster PowerNet 200 (7.5Mbps vs 5.0Mbps) when "speed" rating is low (red powerline LED), e.g. installed on 2 outlets on opposite sides and different circuits of the house.

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  • N/A
  • 7/29/2013 6:51:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing and easy!

Pros: Very easy to connect, fast, secure, best option when traditional "wired" ethernet is not possible. I see no difference in my 10/100/1000 using Cat 5e cable connection and the power line adapter connection. Tested my 30MB cable service using the traditional Cat 5e connection and the power line connection using various internet speed test sites. Average 32 to 35 MB on both connections.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If your workspace is not wired with Cat 5e cable this is a great option which is easy to install and fast. This is one product which actually does what it says it will.

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