View Full Version : Powerline Networking on Mac Pro

Feb 15, 2013, 10:39 PM
Just wanted to give a positive report about a super simple Powerline Network setup to get the web out to my printshop... Wifi broadcast from the house couldn't penetrate the steel building so I picked up a "TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit" on a Newegg "Shell Shocker" deal... I was afraid it wouldn't work since I've read reports of Powerline Networking not working on Macs to start with and the printshop is fed power through a subpanel... well, it was 100% plug-and-play and speeds are much better than what I see on my mbp on Wifi.

Here's the link to what I picked up:
TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156417)

Feb 16, 2013, 07:51 AM
since powerline is just Ethernet at each end, it is completely operating system agnostic...

Feb 17, 2013, 06:15 AM
I've been pretty happy with my TrendNET adapters also. I use them to play movies on my BRP downstairs from my NAS upstairs.

Feb 18, 2013, 06:05 AM
Kind of amusing how they specify a 10/100Mbps port, then quote speeds of "Up to 500Mbps". How does the extra 400Mbps of bandwidth get out.. magic?

Feb 18, 2013, 09:07 AM
I've got a cheap no-brand set that are the opposite :)
They're labelled as 1gig power line adapters (the ports are gig) but only operate at 500meg.

They get worryingly hot, but work very reliably at around 200mb with my usage scenario - Infinitely better than the 'expensive' branded netgear ones they replaced.