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Review TP-Link AV200 Nano, small but deadly

TP-LINK is one of the most important brands in the market of networks and connectivity. It became known in 2005 all over the world, despite being founded back in 1996 in China.

It’s one of the most important manufacturers, present in more than 100 countries all over the planet thanks to its supreme quality and innovation policies. They’re known for their Routers, Switches, PLCs, IP cameras and printer servers.

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Today we will review the AV200 Nano, a PLC from TP-LINK. It’s been three weeks since our last review and we wanted to review something fresh and different.

The AV200 Nano is notoriously small, it’s actually one of the few PLCs with this size and weight. It’s also elegant and beautifully-designed, it fits in perfectly with every device around it, not to mention it’s very low resource-consuming.

In the packaging, TP-LINK includes the basic specs of the product along with a slightly modified picture of this device. The packaging is green-colored, very fitting since these PLCs consume up to 75 % less (less than 2W).

 TP-Link AV200

On the back, there’s a brief description of the PLC and a comparison with other similar devices. Our only complaint is that the packaging is in Chinese and –very bad- English, which can give the impression the product is one of those bad quality Chinese products we all know, despite being completely the opposite.

 TP-Link AV200

Inside it, we can find everything we need to start using it: two Ethernet cables, one user manual, a quick guide, the warranty and the two PLCs.

I don’t know why they decided to make the cables yellow, since they don’t fit at all with the design of the PLCs. I honestly can’t imagine myself connecting the device and showing everyone these ugly yellow cables, something the manufacturer should’ve though about since these are elegant-looking devices designed to fit in with the style of your home.

 TP-Link AV200

Then the most important specifications of the product:

Standards and protocols HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u
Interfaces 1 * 10/100Mbps Ethernet Puerto
Plug Type UE
Encryption Encryption AES 128-bit
Dimensions 65×52×28.5mm
System Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux

And here they are, the AV200. As you can see, its design is excellent, elegant and minimalistic. They can reach speeds of up to 200 Mbps, hence the name: AV200.

 TP-Link AV200

Everyone knows we’re great fans of PLCs, without a doubt they’re very useful devices.

The size: merely 65 x 52 x 28.5 mm, incredible that such a small device has a range of 300 meters indoors.

 TP-Link AV200

One of the weaknesses of PLCs is its duration, is it’s connected 24/7, it will last around 2 years, as our experience suggests. This is because the high temperatures they commonly reach, but TP-LINK provides a 3-year warranty and stated these devices can withstand temperatures between the 0 and 40 degrees Celsius easily, and a humidity of 10 to 90 %.

 TP-Link AV200

Clearly, security is one of the key concepts they had in mind when designing this, since PLCs are commonly prone to intruders in our network who can access our data and steal our information.TP-LINK has this in mind and included a very interesting measure: once the device(s) you want are connected, all you have to do is press a button and the network will be protected by an 128-bit AES encryption. Just connect and press the “Pair” button, and you’re safely and securely connected.

 TP-Link AV200

It has three LED indicators, for PWR, PLC and ETH. Also, it complies with the RoHS standards, which means no dangerous or toxic substances were used to manufacture it, which adds to its environmentally-friendly nature.

 TP-Link AV200

Sadly, we don’t have an unboxing and video review this time due to technical issues.

Without a doubt, the AV200 are the best PLCs we’ve tested. They performed impeccably during its use and installation, so we highly recommend this excellent device and give it a Gold score.

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