Q: How can I configure the Powerline adapters on MAC or Ubuntu OS?
A: As we don’t provide configuration utility for MAC/Ubuntu OS, please configure it on Windows OS. Actually, you can also configure it without the Utility, please refer to the FAQs below.
Q: Are 500Mbps PLC adapters compatible with 200Mbps PLC adapters? Are TP-LINK PLC adapters compatible with adapters of other Brands？
A: 500Mbps PLC adapters also accord with HomePlug AV Standard, so they are compatible with 200Mbps adapters, however the powerline rate will drop to 200Mbps. The adapters accord with the same standard should be compatible with each other.
Q: How many PLC adapters can be paired together?
A: For TL-PA210/TL-PA250, the maximum number is 6, while it is 8 for TL-PA211/ TL-PA251/TL-WA281. If you have more adapters, you can create a new powerline network. For more detail information, please refer to FAQ_436.
Q: Why can not my powerline rate reach 200Mbps or 500Mbps?
A: 200Mbps and 500Mbps are the highest powerline rate in theory. However the power line circuit is very complex, there may be much interference. Electrical equipments with electromotor, like washing machine/air-condition, can generate interference may even cut off your powerline connection. If possible, please avoid such devices.
Q: Can TP-LINK powerline adapters work in different phases of three-phase circuit?
A: Yes, but its rate will be affected when crossing the phases. For three-phase four-line circuit, we suggest you use the topology below to get good performance.
Q: If there are many powerline adapters in the same private network, how will the power line rate be of each device?
A: In the same private power line network, all devices share the whole bandwidth.
Q: Can TP-LINK powerline adapters work in unstable power line circuit?
A: Yes. The voltage range that powerline adapters can work with is 100-240V, the general voltage fluctuation will not affect the stability.
Q: Can Powerline adapters work if they are separated by UPS?
A: No. Usually, UPS has filter function. It can cut the powerline connection. Some air-switches also have the same function. Besides, some power outlets have surge protector function which can also cut the powerline connection. You’d better not plug powerline adapters to outlets.