Powerline networking is a must have for those who doesn’t want messy fiber optic cables or networking cables running across the house. The Aztech Homeplug AV 500Mbps HL115EP is not exactly my first choice, but the additional power socket is the reason why I bought the Aztech over TP-Link. At the time of writing, I could not find Belkin, NetGear, D-link or ZyXEL homeplug in my country.
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The pro and cons of Aztech homeplug:
- Works right out of the box, no setup, it just works.
- Comes with additional power socket, very useful
- The range for Aztech is 200 meters as oppose to TP-link 300 meters, not worth concerning unless you live in a palace.
- The Aztech homeplug is the ugliest homeplug in the market
Things you should know before you use a home plug for IPTV (Internet Protocol TV):
- It doesn’t works on a surge protector, therefore the additional power socket comes in handy if you only have 1 power outlet at the location.
- Get the 500Mbps, from what I understand, anything less than that will cause a draggy effect when streaming HD movies.
The streaming of HD TV is smooth on my LED TV. I can’t speak of the build quality yet, Aztech offers 1 year limited warranty where as TP-Link offers 2 years. If it last for more than 2 years then it is worth investing.
Diagram of the powerline networking technology
Just plug and play, no settings, no IP address to set, no password. It just works right out of the box.