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TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Kit Review

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Signal Strength tests

A good strong signal is a prerequisite of high performance wireless networking. If a device can barely send or receive a signal, the transfer rates will be very low as both devices will opt for a slower connection speed to compensate. To test signal strength, we use inSSIDer, a program which can graph the signal strength of all wireless signals being received by the computer’s wireless NIC. Unlike in most tests, the lower number, the better the performance.

 

 

Synthetic tests

We use synthetic performance testing to show the potential performance of a given wireless configuration. For this test, we have chosen the LAN Speed Test utility. This free program can measure both transmission and reception performance, and do so in an easy to use and highly repeatable way. For clarity’s sake, we have averaged both the transmission and reception performance into one aggregate number.

 

 

Real World Tests

For real-world testing, we have taken 10GB worth of small and large files and transferred them from one wireless connected computer to a second computer connected via wired Ethernet. This test was done via the MS RichCopy utility. For clarity’s sake, we have averaged both the transmission and reception performance into one aggregate number.

If the device supports wired transmission, wired Ethernet to wired Ethernet real-world performance will also be included using the same 10GB of data used for the wireless test.

 

The above charts do need a bit of explanation as there are two results for some of them. Basically, the second set is via powerline mode, and not wireless connectivity. As you can see, if you can get powerline to work it is so worth the effort! Either way, this kit offers performance that is as impressive as its flexibility.

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