TP-Link TL-PA6010KIT HomePlug adapter review: Very fast for HomePlug AV

TP-Link TLPA6010KIT
Credit: Michael Brown
At a Glance
  • TP-Link TL-PA6010KIT AV600 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

    TechHive Rating

    TP-Link's TL-PA6010KIT costs a bit more than the competition, but it delivers more performance, too.

Whatever TP-Link did to soup up the HomePlug AV adapters in its AV600 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, it definitely worked. In my tests, it racked up TCP throughput speeds in the high 70 Mbps range, a good 10 Mbps faster than the other enhanced HomePlug AV and basic HomePlug AV2 products in this roundup.

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TP-Link's TL-PA6010KIT HomePlug AV adapters were considerably faster than the competition's HomePlug AV2 products. 

TP-Link’s adapters have a small matchbox-sized footprint, but are thicker than most. Still, I had no problem adding a second plug to the wall outlet with the TP-Link adapter installed. Like the other adapters in this roundup, it has lights to show power, power-line, and ethernet connections; and it has both password and pushbutton security setup options. The provided ethernet cables are a generous 6.5 feet long.

The $95 MSRP is admittedly pricey for older-generation technology, but street prices are lower, and if you don’t plan to add additional adapters from other vendors (which probably won’t deliver the same speed), the stellar performance should seal the deal for most users.

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At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    TP-Link's TL-PA6010KIT costs a bit more than the competition, but it delivers more performance, too.

    Pros

    • Very fast
    • 6.5-foot Ethernet cables

    Cons

    • Proprietary enhancements
    • Pricey (considering it's not MIMO)
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