As far as mouthfuls go, the TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit is definitely up there with the best of them. I’m going to try to refer to them as the AV1200s from now on, otherwise my word count will treble and you’ll get lost in terminology!
Before I start talking about performance though, it’s best to talk about what the TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline ac Wi-Fi Kit is actually for. The purpose is simple, the technology behind it complicated but basically devices like the AV1200s are part of the Powerline standard, that look to provide a wired network connection to parts of the house you either can’t cable up or that have really poor WiFi reception. Poor WiFi can have any number of reasons behind it- distance, the number of walls between where you are and the router, interference from neighbours WiFi networks, the number of devices you have connected over WiFi or even the type of WiFi network you have, or the quality of the router you are using.
Powerline neatly bypasses this by using your electricity cabling as a wired network. The principle is simple, you plug one AV1200 in near your router, and another in the room/space that doesn’t already have a wired connection or a decent WiFi signal. There are numerous different designs from different manufacturers, some have WiFi, some don’t, some act as passthroughs so you don’t lose a plug socket, and some don’t. Powerline isn’t a new standard, it has been around for at least a decade now but over the last ten years, the speed has increased dramatically. The first Powerlines I bought were 100Mbps, the AV1200s are 1,200Mbps. Although I should say, it’s always been the case that these headline figures should be taken with a pinch of salt and that real world performance won’t be that high. A case in point is the AV500 Homeplugs that these TP-Link AV1200s replaced. Despite being called AV500 for 500Mbps, the devices had network ports only capable of 100Mbps because that was a much more realistic transfer speed for them to work at. View Full Post