Netgear PLP2000 Powerline Extender review

Netgear PLP2000 Powerline Extender review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

The Netgear PLP2000 is a powerline extender that plugs into your wall and extends your Ethernet network. This is the second version of the device that we’ve seen from Netgear. The first one came out in 2009 and was called the NETGEAR Aircard Powerline Adapter. It was discontinued in 2010, so Netgear took a year to release their version two.

It’s a relatively simple device to set up. You plug it into your power source, then plug the Ethernet cable from the router into the PLP2000 and the other end into a wall outlet. You’ll need to purchase an Ethernet switch or hub for the device to work with.

Having said that, let take a deeper look at this device below.

NETGEAR PLP2000 POWERLINE EXTENDER: SPECS

  • Max Throughput: 101.0 Mbps
  • Performance at 100 feet: 81.9 Mbps
  • Max Range: 775 feet
  • Size: 5.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches
  • Three/Two Prong Plug: 3
  • Ethernet Gigabit Ports: 2
  • Estimated Power Bill: $5.70 per year

Netgear PLP2000 Powerline Extender: Design and features

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Netgear PLP2000’s dimensions are 5.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches, a little smaller than the TP-Link TL-PA9020P, but three times larger than the diminutive DHP-601AV. It replaces the outlet it covers, but its grounded plug requires a grounded outlet.

Compared to the TL-PA 9020P’s side LEDs, the PLP2000’s white plastic front has three LEDs that indicate power, powerline connection, and Ethernet status. The adapter has holes for heat ventilation on both sides.

With a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports on the bottom, the powerline kit can service two digital appliances, such as a TV and computer, without the need for a switch. By clicking Security, the system’s 128-bit AES encryption key can be changed.

It supports Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) transfers, so many family members can use it simultaneously. The Netgear PLP2000 works with the HomePlug AV2 standard. On top of that, the PLP2000’s AC outlet has a noise filter, so you can plug in an appliance without worrying about interference interfering with the data flow. According to Netgear, it has a 2Gbps spec and can work with up to 16 powerline devices.

Netgear PLP2000 Powerline Extender: Performance

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The PLP2000 is also based on Broadcom’s BCM60500 chipset. I found that Netgear’s extender had the best performance with a maximum of 101.0Mbps out of my home’s 200Mbps connection. As a result, it is the powerline kit for those who want a lot of data. Netgear’s throughput was often faster than its competitors, putting it in a class of its own. At the 100-foot mark, its throughput dropped to 81.9Mbps, still a significant lead.

The Netgear PLP2000 provided 24.3Mbps to my previously unconnected garage, allowing me to stream HD videos, play online games, and surf the Internet. Even at 100 feet, the speeds were excellent, but the category-leading performance only continued until about 600 feet, when the TP-Link TL-PA9020P’s extended range took over. TP-Link’s TL-PA9020P’s 1,075 feet of cable between them was better than the PLP2000 pair’s 775 feet. Netgear’s PLP2000 was also much farther than D-Link’s DHP-601AV’s 525-foot range.

During use, the PLP2000 reached a peak temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit. When sending and receiving data, each unit consumed 3.7 watts and 1.33 watts when idle. The estimated annual electricity bill comes to about $5.70, which isn’t bad but not as good as the D-Link DHP-601AV’s.

Netgear PLP2000 Powerline Extender: Setup and software

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It took a few seconds for the data to start flowing through the PLP2000 pair after plugging in both Netgear extenders. Unlike the other extenders we tested, the Netgear extender kit comes with a pair of encryption keys that ensures data is always secure when flowing between the two units. By pressing the Security button for a few seconds, you can change the encryption keys to a randomly generated set.

Although Netgear offers tips, security help, and an excellent manual, it falls short with a 1-year warranty and 90-days of technical support; competitors offer up to three years of support and warranty for their extender kits. You’ll have to pay more to extend coverage with the PLP2000.

Pros Cons
Low power use Expensive
There are two Ethernet ports There is no monitoring utility
AC pass-through outlet 90-day support period
Outstanding performance

Verdict

The Netgear PLP2000 powerline extender kit is the best choice for powerline gear that performs well. It not only transmits data faster than other powerline kits we tested, but it has more than enough range to connect most homes.

We chose the Netgear PLP2000 over the TP-Link TL-PA9020P even though it is $20 more expensive because it moves more data than its competitors while using less electricity. This means the device works well but does not cost much to use.

In addition to the shorter warranty and 90-day support provided by Netgear, the PLP2000 lacks an easy-to-use monitoring and configuration utility. The PLP2000 is still a great choice for satisfying your home’s data hogs as it delivers high-speed data to different parts of the house.