Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe
In this review, we are going to take a look at the D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline Extender. The Wi-Fi range extender extends the range of your Wi-Fi network by using existing electrical power lines. It will extend the range of your wireless network to up to 525 feet. It is quite a bit smaller than the D-Link DHP-501 which is the previous model.
Also, it has a few other nice features that make it an interesting product. Here is a quick look at what you will find on the D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline Extender.
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Who needs a powerline extender?
The D-Link DHP-601AV is a great product to use if you have a wireless network in an area that is hard to reach. It can extend the range of your Wi-Fi network by using your home’s electrical power lines. This will be useful if you have a home office that is in an area where you have a hard time accessing it.
The range of your Wi-Fi network can be extended up to 525 feet. It can also be used indoors or outdoors. It has a simple design with just a single button.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR D-LINK DHP-601AV POWERLINE EXTENDER
- Max Throughput: 43.3 Mbps
- Performance at 100 feet: 30.4 Mbps
- Max Range: 525 feet
- Size: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.0 inches
- Three/Two Prong Plug: 2
- Ethernet Gigabit Ports: 1
- Estimated Power Bill: $2.40 per year
D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline Extender: Design and Features
- Simple design
- Only one Ethernet port
With dimensions of 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.0 inches, the D-Link DHP-601AV is one of the smallest powerline devices on the market. In our Netgear PLP2000 review or TP-Link TL-PA9020P review, the DHP-601AV was compared to a stealth powerline adapter that could hide in plain sight since it is one third the size of those extenders.
The case of the DHP-601AV is made of white plastic. It has cooling holes on the sides and a two-prong AC plug, making it ideal for older homes with ungrounded outlets. As a result of its small size, it does not have a passthrough outlet to replace the one it covers, and the DHP-601AV has only one Ethernet port. If you wish to use it with two digital devices, such as a computer and a TV, you will need a network switch.
Three LEDs on the system indicate the status of its power, powerline link, and Ethernet connection. By holding down the Simple Connect button at the bottom for 10 seconds, the system encrypts the data flow between the sender and receiver using the 128-bit AES algorithm.
DHP-601AV supports multiple simultaneous users with its Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, based on the HomePlug AV2 standard. According to D-Link, it has a peak rate of 1Gbps and supports 16 Powerline devices.
Performance of the D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline Extender
- Performance is not too great
The tiny DHP-601AV, based on Qualcomm’s QCA7450 chipset, offers easy set-up and no surprise performance or range. With my 200 Mbps broadband connection, it achieved a peak throughput of 43.3 Mbps. This places it slightly ahead of the TP-Link TL-PA9020P but well behind the Netgear PLP2000, the top performer.
On average, it delivered 30.4 Mbps at 100 feet, less than half the speed of the Netgear. With only 525 feet of cable between them, the sender and receiver lost connection with each measurement. Among the powerline systems reviewed, the DHP-601AV has the shortest range and is less than half as far as the TP-Link.
I was barely able to connect my distant garage using the D-Link kit. It only offered 1.4Mbps of bandwidth, far less than Netgear’s PLP2000’s 36.3Mbps speed. Starting up full HD videos was slow, and they often froze and skipped.
During use, the DHP-601AV got warm but never reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit. The PL gear, which consumes 7.5-watts while operating and 0.4-watts when idle, had an estimated annual power bill of just $2.40.
D-Link DHP-601AV Powerline Extender: Setup and software
- Easy to set up (Plug-n-play)
- No software or dashboard program
Using the DHP-601AV was a simple matter of plugging it in and launching a Web browser. Unlike the TP-Link TL-PA9020P, it lacks the Quality of Service software or dashboard program.
As a result, the DHP-601AV comes second best to two years of coverage provided by TP-Link’s TL-PA9020P, but it’s still superior to Netgear’s 90-day warranty and support on the PLP2000. D-Link’s support site has an excellent downloadable manual for its equipment.
Pros and Cons
|Single Ethernet port
|Two-prong AC plug
|Performance and range are poor
|Lacks AC outlet
|Low energy consumption
|There is no monitoring or configuration program
TP-Link’s TL-PA9020P stretches range to the limit, but D-Link’s DHP-601AV does not compete in either category but excels in being small, using a minimum of power, and not needing grounded AC outlets. Moreover, it offers a bargain-basement price of $60, which is lower than those of the other two. It is a way to connect a home without going broke.