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TP-Link AV600 WPA4220

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Set Alert for Product: TP-Link AV600 Powerline WiFi Extender - Powerline Adapter with WiFi, WiFi Booster, Plug & Play, Power Saving, Ethernet over Power, Expand both Wired and WiFi Connections (TL-WPA4220 KIT) - $49.99
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Description

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TP-Link AV600 WPA4220 WiFi Powerline Extender
TP-Links AV600 WPA4220 WiFi Powerline adapter may be a step down in performance and price from some other WiFi Powerline adapters reviewed on this website but that hasn't stopped it from being one of the most popular Powerline adapters out there. Its basic and simple design fully supports Homeplug AV and the extender side provides two Ethernet ports for hardwired connections.
Rating
8
PROS
  • Setup takes seconds
  • Includes WiFi and clone feature
  • Good value
  • 2 Ethernet ports
CONS
  • Ethernet ports are 100Mbps
  • Not the fastest wired speeds

Design

Both the main adaptor and the extender are tiny and won’t get in the way of your other AC outlets. The usual LED lights you would expect to find on most WiFi extender devices can be found on both the main adaptor and the extender. There are no external antennas. The main adapter is the one that connects to your WiFi router. It has a “Pair” button under its LEDs that is used to “clone” it to your home network. In effect this makes is almost a duplicate of your router in terms of settings, SSID, and password.

The Power LED lets you know if the adapter is on or in power-saving mode. The Powerline LED lets you know if it’s successfully connected to a Powerline network and the Ethernet LED flashes when your transferring data through on or more of its two Ethernet ports. The WiFi Clone LED blinks quickly to let you know the WiFi function has been enabled.

TP-Link AV600 Powerline WiFi Extender - Powerline Adapter with WiFi, WiFi Booster, Plug & Play, Power Saving, Ethernet over Power, Expand both Wired and WiFi Connections (TL-WPA4220 KIT)

Features

The WiFi portion of the AV600 WPA4220 is a dual-band wireless “N” WiFi extender the puts out 300Mbps. That might not sound like much but most of us got along very well with that before the days of homes with a gazzilion WiFi devices. Unlike many extenders, it provides 2 ethernet ports instead of one. Unfortunately, these are only 100Gbs ports.

The “one-touch” pair button feature is protected by 128 AES security. When not in use the TP-Link AV600 goes into power save mode to reduce energy consumption. It supports HomePlug AV which a step above many budget extenders that don’t. Homeplug AV provides a higher quality of service and lowers network latency across your AC wiring. Higher-ended extenders will support HomePlug AV2 which are designed to support Gigabit speeds.

Performance

As with WiFi routers, the speeds on the box are misleading. The words to keep in mind here are “up to.” in the Up to 600Mbps” plastered all over the box. Keep in mind that number includes both upload and download speeds combined. This is just like how WiFi manufacturers rate a router at 1200Mbps even though it’s actually the combined speed of multiple bands and radios.

To make matters worse the Ethernet ports are only capable of 100Mbps so even if the adapter did reach its theoretical maximum speed it wouldn’t hit your devices. Unfortunately, this kind of misrepresentation is an industry-wide issue.

In testing on the wired side speeds of up to 40Mbps were achieved. To put this in perspective a 1GB file will take under 3 minutes to transfer. This means you should be able to stream an HD Netflix movie with no problems. On the WiFi side upload, download, and file transfer speed were about as impressive as you can expect from a 300Mbps Wireless N router.

TP-Link AV600 Powerline WiFi Extender - Powerline Adapter with WiFi, WiFi Booster, Plug & Play, Power Saving, Ethernet over Power, Expand both Wired and WiFi Connections (TL-WPA4220 KIT)

Installation

The phrase “Plug and Play” went out in the 90s but even in 2020 this Powerline WiFi extender is truly “Plug and Play.” Plug the main adapter into a port on your WiFi router, press the button, and within a few seconds their connected. are connected. After 30 seconds you should see the WiFi LED on the extender blinking. This means it’s connected to the main adapter and you’re ready to go.

The AV600 WPA4220 provides the option of pairing or cloning. Pairing works with an Ethernet cable and cloning can be used to connect to your WiFi router wirelessly. This is done by depressing the WPS button on your WiFi router and then pressing the “clone button on the main adaptor. Cloning duplicates your WiFi routers setting such as SSID and password on to the extender so you never have to fiddle with network names and passwords. If you change your settings on the router simply reclone the extender.

TP-Link AV600 Powerline WiFi Extender - Powerline Adapter with WiFi, WiFi Booster, Plug & Play, Power Saving, Ethernet over Power, Expand both Wired and WiFi Connections (TL-WPA4220 KIT)

Conclusion

Cheap and easy. If that’s what you’re looking for that what the TP-Link AV600 provides. For a relatively small amount of money, you can be streaming Netflix videos in the backroom or downstairs basement in a few minutes with no configuration or hassling with passwords and complex configurations. Worth the money but save your receipt just in case. The electrical wiring in all homes (Particularly older homes) don’t support good Powerline connections.

TP-Link AV600 WPA4220 Prices

$49.99 $79.99
May 25, 2022 8:48 am
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29 new from $49.99
2 used from $41.00

Price History

Price history for TP-Link AV600 Powerline WiFi Extender - Powerline Adapter with WiFi, WiFi Booster, Plug & Play, Power Saving, Ethernet over Power, Expand both Wired and WiFi Connections (TL-WPA4220 KIT)
Latest updates:
  • $49.99 - March 21, 2022
  • $54.99 - March 20, 2022
  • $59.99 - February 10, 2022
  • $47.99 - January 6, 2022
  • $49.99 - January 2, 2022
  • $59.99 - January 1, 2022
  • $54.89 - December 31, 2021
  • $50.24 - December 30, 2021
Since: December 28, 2021
  • Highest Price: $59.99 - January 1, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $47.99 - January 6, 2022

Additional information

Specification: TP-Link AV600 WPA4220

Router Specs
Bands

Dual Band

Beamforming

No

Connectivity

Ethernet, WiFi

Ethernet Ports

2X100Mbps

WiFi Bandwidth

300 Mbps

MU-MIMO

No

WiFi Standard

802.11n

Extender Specs
Setup

Mobile, Security Button, WPS

Powerline Specs
AC Passthrough

No

MIMO and Beamforming

No

Voltage

110v-240v

Powerline Speed

600 Mbps

HomePlug

AV

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