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.
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.
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:
- 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
- Unplug the cable connecting one adapter to my LAN switch.
- Verify that the ping showed no response.
- Wait until the Ethernet unplugged DHP-701AV entered power-save.
- 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.
- 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/
- 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
- 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