ZyXel PLA4205 500 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

The Good The ZyXel PLA4205 HD power line adapter offers stellar network data transfer speed and is easy to use.

The Bad The bulky adapter may obstruct nearby wall receptacles, and doesn't have a pass-through power socket.

The Bottom Line The ZyXel PLA4205 power line adapter is an excellent alternative to using regular Ethernet or Wi-Fi to connect more devices to a home network.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Support 8.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

Double the speed of common Ethernet

The ZyXel PLA4205 HD power line adapter is the fastest I've seen yet, thanks to the combination of the Powerline AV 500 standard and Gigabit Ethernet.

It offers more than twice the speed of a regular Ethernet connection, which is all the more reason you should get a pair of these instead of running network cable to that far corner of the house where your Wi-Fi signal can't reach.

The PLA4205 isn't perfect since it doesn't come with a pass-through power socket. The adapter itself could also stand to slim down a bit to keep the wall socket area clear, or use power cable to connect to the wall, instead of the current snap-on design.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $70
  • Brand ZyXEL Communications Corp.
  • Type Bridge
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, HomePlug AV (HPAV)
  • Form Factor wall-pluggable
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