Tenda AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit Review

A Closer Look and Testing

On a close-up picture, you can see the 3 LED’s on the right edges, for Power / Pairing Status / and Ethernet connectivity.

On the bottom of the AV1000 Powerline adapter, you can see two LAN ports for Ethernet cables to be plugged into. Personally this was ingenious to me, as it makes sure you don’t lose a LAN port on your router when using these adapters.

On the back of the AV1000 powerline adapter you are able to see some specs of the adapter itself, including it’s MAC Address and Serial Number.


I want to put a statement here, just saying that Powerline Adapters use the existing electrical wiring within your house/apartment. Depending on the age of the building, and how it is wired, will greatly affect the performance of these adapters, no matter what company they are made by. All tests are LAN to LAN file transfers of a single 1.5GB movie, as I don’t have an internet connection that will properly stress the full throughput of these adapters. That said, let’s take a look at how the Tenda AV1000 setup works!


This test was just done to see if there would be any loss between the two LAN ports on the same adapter. 113MB/s is roughly 904Mb/s so that’s definitely decent as you almost never get the full 1000Mb/s even on a direct connection between two computers.



Unfortunately, this is where things start to go down. This is both Tenda Powerline adapters plugged into outlets on the same electrical breaker. There is almost 90MB/s dropped along the connection, all on the same breaker. 26.3MB/s is roughly equal to 210Mb/s, so this is still plenty for almost any internet connection with no speed degradation, but will definitely cap LAN File Transfer speeds.


After moving the second Tenda Powerline Adapter to an outlet on a different breaker, things kept going down. In this configuration, we were only able to get 9MB/s while transferring the same file between computers. This is roughly 72Mb/s, so again you probably would not be limiting your internet speeds unless you have a really high speed option from your ISP, but this will severely limit your LAN file transfer speeds.


This was the ultimate test and failure in my book. This test is both adapters being plugged right into each other. Theoretically this should allow them to talk to each other without house wiring causing any hiccups or problems in transfer speeds. As you can see, the adapters capped at about 32MB/s, or around 260Mb/s. While this is still plenty for almost any internet connection, it is nowhere near the advertised 1000Mb/s rates.

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