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TP-Link offers WPA4220KIT powerline wireless range extender


May 21, 2014
By Anthony Capkun


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May 21, 2014 – Networking product provider TP-Link introduces its TL-WPA4220KIT wireless range extender kit, which uses powerline and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technologies for building a home network.

Users can plug the kit into existing power sockets and instantly establish a networking infrastructure, including wired and wireless connectivity. The kit includes two powerline adapters: the TL-PA4010 connects directly to a router and feeds a network connection through existing electrical circuitry at the rate of 500Mbps, while the TL-WPA4220 broadcasts that connection as a 300Mbps Wi-Fi signal in another part of a home. Two ethernet ports on the TL-WPA4220 adapter can provide concurrent wired connectivity for multimedia devices, such as set-top boxes, gaming consoles and PCs. With standard Homeplug AV compatibility, devices already configured to run on a network will work seamlessly when relocated, says TP-Link, without having to redo the setup process. Users can also add a third or more powerline adapters to the network.

Additional security and performance can be achieved with TP-Link’s free Powerline Adapter Utility, says the company, where users can configure a private powerline network, monitor the speed of each powerline-connected device, and select from preset QoS settings for various applications. The kit retails for about $69.99.