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ASUS Unveils the PL-X51P and PL-X52P 500 Mbps Powerline Adapters

Dec 6, 2011
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ASUS PL-X51P and PL-X52P powerline adapters enter the market as part of a new trend that makes use of prevalent power plugs to offer easy-setup networking that covers entire homes and offices. Doubling the utility of electrical outlets without creating additional clutter, they offer high speed 500 Mbps data rates, four Gigabit LAN ports, VIP bandwidth prioritization, and a smart energy-saving standby mode.

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May 2, 2012
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Do these actually work? I have hard wired my home with Cat5e, I am looking at a new home of 2-3 years, these a good alternative?
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I hope these come to the U.S. soon. Moving into an apartment soon and I can't exactly drill holes in the wall and start stringing Ethernet cabling.
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I wonder how well these remain immune to interference these days. Had a friend who uses powerline adapters (no idea how old) and he had to keep as many lights and appliances turned off as possible to get decent speeds.
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A tpu review could answer all question..
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So they've slapped a switch and a bog standard powerline adapter in one enclosure. Big deal.

But seriously, what is the point of it having 4 Ethernet ports? I happen to use a powerline adapter now, which only has one -- of all the things needed to improve about these, adding more ports is most definitely NOT one of them -- a pointless waste of time and money IMHO. I have a switch to do the exact same thing for £9 when I need multiple devices connected, no doubt for less than the cost of adapters like these. Then again, with this being ASUS branded, it is no doubt guaranteed to be overpriced for the overrated brand and the gimmicky crap they've tacked onto it.

These need improving on a fundamental level of function before adding worthless features to them. Bandwidth and number of ports do not change the fact that the traffic for ONE of these ports is not clean enough (and I happen to use one of the better performing powerline adapters). I play BF3 online on an identical 500MBit powerline adapter without the extra ports, which uses no more than 200KB/second of traffic, and more often than not, there is just too much packet loss. So the extra 3 ports on this will do nothing but waste power and reduce the connection quality for the other ports.

500 Mbps half duplex and a 4 port gigabit switch without wasting an outlet. Not bad.
Not good either. I'd love to see the price of this thing, no doubt it will be north of 100 Euros at least.

Do these actually work? I have hard wired my home with Cat5e, I am looking at a new home of 2-3 years, these a good alternative?
They work alright, but not up to the standard of a good old Ethernet cable. Depends a lot on the house's electrical wiring and what electrical appliances are in use in the house. If you're buying the new home you're moving to, stick with the Cat5e cable, or better yet, go for a Cat6. The only time I'd recommend these is if you're renting a property that has a terrible wi-fi signal -- for these sorts of situations, these are a godsend.
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