How to secure your Home Broadband using D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 DHP-701AV

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The D-Link DHP-701AV (Dong, 2015, May 20) kit delivers top power-line performance and can be set up and ready to go in less than a minute. The adapter has an indicator light that helps determine the fastest wall socket to plug into.

This kit is a lot more expensive than other power-line kits that have similar performance, and the included adapters are bulky without featuring a pass-through socket. The kit doesn’t perform anywhere near the advertised 2,000 Mbps speed.

The DHP-701AV is fairly large as current-design powerline adapters go. The photo below provides an idea of its 3.89″ x 2.86″ x 1.34″ profile and shows it won’t block the adjacent outlet in a standard U.S. duplex.

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The callout diagram below shows the adapter supports tri-color HomePlug link quality indication. The single Gigabit Ethernet port (Tim, 2015, May 18) is centered on the bottom of the adapter, with the Reset/Encryption button sitting to its left.

 

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The User Guide says the adapter goes into power-saving mode after 5 minutes of Ethernet inactivity and powers up again when activity resumes. I verified this by the following procedure (Tim, 2015, May 18), which ran without a hitch:

  1. Plug in two adapters and let them link up and started a long ping from the HomePlug connected machine to another machine on my Ethernet LAN
  2. Unplug the cable connecting one adapter to my LAN switch.
  3. Verify that the ping showed no response.
  4. Wait until the Ethernet unplugged DHP-701AV entered power-save.
  5. Plug Ethernet back in and verified that adapter powered up and ping returns resumed within a few seconds.

Though fast, the D-Link DHP-701AV power-line adapter kit is only slightly faster than less-expensive alternatives (Yardena, 2015, September 8), making this a great value-buy.

References:

  1. Dong, N. (2015, May 20). D-Link PowerLine AV2 2000 (DHP-701AV) review. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/d-link-powerline-av2-2000-gigabit-network-extender-kit-dhp-701av/
  2. Yardena, A. (2015, September 8). D-link DHP-701AV review: This HomePlug AV2 MIMO has Lost the Speed crow. Retrieved from http://www.techhive.com/article/2935582/home-networking/d-link-dhp-701av-review-this-homeplug-av2-mimo-powerline-adapter-wins-the-speed-prize.html
  3. Tim, H. (2015, May 18). D-Link DHP-701AV Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Network Extender Kit Reviewed. Retrieved from http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanwan-reviews/32716-d-link-dhp701av-powerline-av2-2000-gigabit-network-extender-kit-reviewed

 

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