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TRENDnet TPL-406E 500Mbps Compact Powerline AV Adapter Review

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TESTING METHODOLOGY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   As already mentioned plenty of times in the past the performance of Powerline adapters is directly linked to the quality of the buildings electrical grid/wiring so the output speeds from such devices will most probably vary between new and old structures. Still the results recorded when testing Powerline adapters inside the same building should easily point out the best one and so to that end we used the well-known Passmark Performance Test to measure the data transfer rate in wired, wireless and Powerline modes with a fixed (for every test) distance of 15 meters between our Netgear DGN3500 Gigabit modem/router and the primary and secondary systems (30m in total between both systems). The network data transfer test was set to a duration of 40 seconds and was repeated a total of 5 times after which the average numbers were recorded into our charts. As a secondary test we are also using QCheck by Ixia which is considered amongst the top measuring tools of its kind. Tests are performed 6 times at throuput mode with a data size of 1000Kb and in the end the average numbers once again get recorded into our charts.

 

TEST RESULTS

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   Well although the TRENDnet Powerline utility reported a connection speed of 75Mbps between the primary system and one of the adapters unfortunately once both systems communicated with each other via both adapters the results were quite low certainly not what i was expecting.