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A while ago I purchased a TP-Link ethernet over power kit from my local Aldi. It works really well, and I'd like to add more, but they no longer sell that particular product. If I were to buy a D-Link plug (or whatever brand), would that still work?

As a basic example, if I have (only) one of the TP-Links plugged into the modem, and (only) one of the D-Links plugged into my PC -- no matching brand of plug -- would it work as expected?

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Short answer: yes you probably can in general mix ethernet-over-powerline adapters, in theory:

You can mix and match Powerline adaptors running at different speeds and from different manufacturers – as long as they all support at least HomePlug AV. Naturally, faster adaptors can talk to slower ones only at the lower speed.

Beware of older kits still on sale that are based on an earlier standard called HomePlug 1.0. These run at a maximum speed of 85Mbps – which will probably still be adequate for many home users – but they’re not compatible with faster HomePlug AV products running at 200Mbps or more. They'll co-exist on the same mains wiring, but cannot talk to each other.

(per PC Advisor's article on ethernet-over-powerline products)

However, without knowing your particular model of TP-Link adapter it's hard to say if your putative configuration will definitely be compatible. You will have to include more details in your question, or do some further research.


There is a compatibility table posted which may be of some use to you when purchasing, though this may require signup now (archive.org link). It is too big to post here but I am including the link for completeness.

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    Excellent, thanks for the answer. My TP-Link seems to be a TL-PA4010PKIT. [Their website][1] mentions HomePlug AV, so I think I should be right. Thanks! [1]: tp-link.com/en/products/details/cat-5034_TL-PA4010PKIT.html
    – Grayda
    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:38
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    My pleasure. If you do go ahead with a purchase and find out that indeed it is (or isn't) compatible you may wish to return here and update as such so other folks can benefit :)
    – bertieb
    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:42
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    I've found a local retailer who sells the TP-LINK TL-PA411-KIT. I'm going to grab two tomorrow and will update my question based on the results. Would like to try a D-Link to test between brands, but the lower price was calling me :)
    – Grayda
    Jul 3, 2015 at 13:59
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    The compatibility table requires account sign up to the forum.
    – Antfish
    Oct 20, 2018 at 10:51
  • @Antfish good shout, I have added an archive.org link - the forum page may or may not still be there
    – bertieb
    Oct 20, 2018 at 12:42
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Old thread but thought i'd send some feedback on this.

I have TP link and running but also had an old set of zxyel units. Was going to bin them and get some more tp link but thought i'd try them.

Used the tp plc software and clicked on add new. Inputted the key on the back of the units, pressed the pair button on the zxyel units and bingo all good. Decent speed too.

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I have had success combining two Simpler Technology powerline ethernet products (often provided by BT in the UK) with a pair of TP Link powerline ethernet + wifi units.

I reset both the Simpler Technology units with a pin, then pressed the link / pair button on the primary TP Link unit along with each of the Simpler Technology units in succession. They paired and showed up in the TP Link admin interface.

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Some posts never die. In case someone else lands here trying to do this, an important note about the ZyXel adapters that isn't covered in the User Guide:

The ZyXel adapters don't stay online unless there is a network device plugged into them (i.e. a computer). You can link them up with mixed manufacturer powerline adapters, but will drop off after about 30 seconds if they are not "in use", providing a network connection to something.

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I did it successfully using a Dlink and Devolo CPL. Just a quick note, if you want to add more than 2 CPL.

You need to:

  • Press the encryption key of an old CPL already in place first
  • Press the encryption key of the new CPL you want to add.

Do NOT do the other way around or it will generate a new key and you will lost the communication with all the other CPL.

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I also had no trouble adding 3 Simpler Networks-branded "HP200PT64BT" devices to 2 TalkTalk-branded Huawei "PT200AV" devices, by plugging in the new units one at a time, each time pressing the button on one of the PT200AV units and then on the new unit. It didn't matter that the previous owner of the new units had already paired them into a network: they were still able to join our existing network.

(In our case we needed to do this because a third PT200AV had failed, apparently due to a power surge. Resetting it didn't help, and its transformer became audibly louder; I suspect it was no longer able to maintain a stable enough voltage for the embedded processor to function very long, so we needed to replace it. This was after we'd had it plugged in next to the router for 1 year on 24/7 plus unknown use from previous owner, but still we wanted to try a different model to see if it would be more robust. We only needed three in total, and someone was selling a set of three so we bought these thinking it wouldn't matter if we were unable to link them to the two PT200AVs, but in the interest of science I tried linking it anyway and it worked. I should also point out though that the reason why we wanted powerline networking was merely because we're in a flat where Wi-Fi interference seems higher than powerline interference: the outgoing connection is still copper DSL, so we haven't needed the full 200Mbps and therefore can't really comment on speed, except to say short bursts of local-network traffic worked when we tested it.)

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