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    Mixing 500 and 200Mbps, speed of all connections drops to 200Mbps

    Region : Argentina

    Model : TL-PA411KIT

    Hardware Version : V1

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    Region : Argentina

    Model : TL-PA411KIT

    Hardware Version : V1

    Firmware Version :

    ISP :


    I am using a pair of 500 Mbps Powerline adapters between my PC and router to stream media files to my TV (wired to the router).

    Now I want to create an additional connection from a different PC to the router. I am planning to buy an extra Powerline adapter for this to connect to the powerline-network. But the new PC does not need the capability of 500 Mbps, 200 will be more than enough. The FAQ states:

    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. [...]
    My question:
    Does the speed of the complete network drop to 200 Mbps, or only the branch between the adapter at the router and the new PC? (i.e. the connection between the router and the media PC remains at 500 Mbps)

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    500Mbps powerline adapter + 200Mbps powerline adapter, the owerline rate is 200Mbps. this is the powerline rate which is the transmitting rate between the two powerline adapters.
    the bandwidth between the router and PC depends on the bandwidth provided by the ISP.

  3. #3
    Thanks Joyce for your quick reply.

    Unfortunately, it does not completely answer my question. I'll try to eloborate a bit. The situation will be as followes

    Adapter 1 = 500 Mbps, connected to router
    Adapter 2 = 500 Mbps, connected to MediaPC
    Adapter 3 = 200 Mbps, connected to NewPC

    All three adapters will be in the same powerline-network.
    I understand that the Powerline rate between Adapter1 and Adapter3 will be 200 Mbps. But what will be the powerline rate between adapter 1 and adapter 2 (so during streaming media files from the media PC to the router)?

    Will it be:
    A - 500 Mbps because both adapters are 500 Mbps, even though there is a 200 Mbps adapter somewhere else in the powerline-network

    OR
    B - because there is a 200 Mbps adapter somewhere in the powerline-network, all connections within the network will drop to 200 Mbps

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    the whole powerline network rate will be 200Mbps

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    Use the powerline utility's - when the units are connected you should see the connectivity speed. I had a 200MB and a 500MB unit linked together - due to the distance my speed was showing at 70MBs between the units

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    the whole network will drop to 200 because the adator only goes upto 200Mbps and your 500Mbps adators cannot make your 200 go to 500 so they will drop to the lowest adaptor size.


 

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