TP-Link TL-PA9020P Powerline Extender

TP-Link TL-PA9020P Powerline Extender review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

TP-Link TL-PA9020P Powerline Extender review.

TP-Link is one of those brands you can’t help but take seriously when it comes to wireless networking. With a history of outstanding Wi-Fi gear, they’ve also managed to push the boundaries of powerline networking. Their Powerline Extender (TL-PA9020P) is the latest model to join their stable.

TP-Link has been around for a very long time, and they’ve also been around for a while in the wireless networking market. In fact, they’ve been around for so long that it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t make some sort of wireless device.

The TL-PA9020P is a relatively simple device. It’s a device that’s designed to provide additional wireless coverage. It’s also a device that’s designed to work with your existing wireless router. It’s a Wi-Fi device that’s designed to be plugged into your electrical outlet and it’s simple and straightforward to set up.

TP-LINK TL-PA9020P POWERLINE EXTENDER: SPECS

  • Max Throughput: 42.9 Mbps
  • Performance at 100 feet: 27.6 Mbps
  • Max Range: 1,075 feet
  • Size: 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Three/Two Prong Plug: 3
  • Ethernet Gigabit Ports: 2
  • Estimated Power Bill: $23 per year

TP-Link TL-PA9020P Powerline Extender: Design and features

TP-Link TL-PA9020P Powerline Extender

TP-Link’s TL-PA9020P is one of the largest power

line products available, measuring 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.9 inches, about the size of a chalkboard eraser, compared to D-Link’s DHP-601AV. 

Unlike D-Link’s DHP-601AV, the TL-PA9020P has a three-prong grounded AC plug, but it also has a pass-through AC outlet so you will not lose an outlet.

With its two gigabit Ethernet ports, the TL-PA9020P can supply data to a computer and to a TV or other device without a wired network switch. The LEDs show power, powerline connectivity, and Ethernet activity, but they are awkwardly placed on the case’s side, making them hard to see.

The TL-PA9020P’s Pair button also serves as a security key for the TL-PA9020P’s AES 128-bit data encryption. The TL-PA9020P can serve a number of data-hungry users using the HomePlug AV2 specification and MIMO technology. TP-Link recommends using a maximum of eight powerline devices in a network because each device is rated for 2Gbps of data transmission.

TP-Link TL-PA9020P Powerline Extender: Performance

tp-link powerline adapter

In addition to using Broadcom’s BCM60500 chipset, the TL-PA9020P also uses Netgear’s PLP2000 chipset. The sender and receiver were connected via 1,075 feet of cable, providing an excellent range. In other words, it nearly doubles the 575-foot range of the D-Link DHP-601AV.

It delivered a peak throughput of just 42.9 Mbps out of my home’s 200 Mbps broadband link, which was one of the worst results we saw. It offered only 27.6 Mbps at 100 feet, versus 81.9 Mbps for the Netgear PLP2000.

In spite of this, it connected a previously offline garage with 36.3Mbps, making it the long-distance winner. As a result, I was able to watch videos, browse the Web, and play games.

Despite getting warm during use, the TL-PA9020P never exceeded 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it’s a power hog, the devices consumed upwards of 19-watts when the data was flowing fast and furious and 1.2-watts when idle. Using it 12 hours a day, every day, its annual power use will be around $23 – one of the most expensive powerline devices available.

Setup and software

When compared to other devices, the TL-PA9020P took upwards of three minutes to start transmitting data. The delay is due to a one-time setup of the two units.

The TL-PA9020P includes a useful utility in addition to Quality of Service software that can prioritize Web surfing, gaming, video, or Voice over IP (VOIP) selections. In addition to showing the current connections and their throughput, you can remotely activate encryption, rename devices, and turn off their LED lights.

In contrast to Netgear’s onerous 90-day warranty, the system’s two-year warranty includes full support. Among the helpful tips and instructions on the site are instructions for adjusting QoS software.

Pros Cons
Monitoring utility High energy use
Two Ethernet ports LEDs on side
AC pass-through outlet
The range is excellent

Verdict

 TP-Link’s TL-PA9020P powerline extender is a great choice for those living large in a large unconnected house. Even though it is bigger than the D-Link DHP-601AV and slower than the Netgear PLP2000, only the TP-Link TL-PA 9020P has the range to cover a huge home with powerline data. It isn’t the cheapest powerline set you can get, and it will likely add to your power bill, but it pays off big time when it comes to connecting distant parts of your home.