TRENDnet has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what you can do with your home network, and this latest product, the Powerline AV adapter TPL-405E, doesn’t disappoint. Using only the pre-existing copper wiring in your house, the new TRENDnet adapter promises to push up to 500Mbps of data, or up to half of what you can get with most Ethernet setups.
Setting up the system is easier than you might expect, too.
Wherever it is that you plug in your router or modem, plug in the TPL-405E. Connect the TRENDnet adapter to your router, then to the wall. The second adapter can be plugged in anywhere else in the house; once it powers up, it’ll sync with the first adapter without any need to log into a webserver or run a driver.
The downside, of course, is that you’ll need a minimum of two adapters to do that, and they’re not so cheap; you can expect to pony up $109.99 (though we found them available online already for twelve bucks less) for each of these devices. The upside is that you can actually hook up a total of 16 of these units, which, if you’re a small business with wireless interference problems, might be right up your alley.
TRENDnet promises that the signal between two devices can travel up to just under 1000 feet, with support for up to four Powerline networks on the same local grid.