Superior and cheaper priced alternative powerline adapters compared to the BT Flex 500 adapters – in my experience. My dad has 6 x BT Flex 500 and I have 7 x TP Link TL-PA411 AV500 controlling a myriad of devices from smart TV’s, computers to IP cameras. Being the techy in the family I’ve installed them in both houses, I have experience with both brands. I personally recommend the TP Link over the BT unless you already have existing BT adapters and it’s not cost-effective to switch brands.TP Link powerline adapters (AKA homeplug or powerplug) work simply by plugging the extender into any 230 volt mains socket and passing your broadband/internet signal through your existing house wiring, if the writing is on the same electrical circuit. This wiring circuit then becomes a high-speed network for you to access at any socket using a powerline adapter. To install, you connect an adapter to your computer router and mains socket (this is your master powerline adapter), and other adapters (acting as slaves) at the desired location of your other connected devices; Smart TV, laptop, PC, Mac, BT Vision box, YouView, Now TV, etc. Simplified, it gives you an internet/network connection where desired, if there is a socket nearby.It’s an excellent concept and they do work very well. TP Link Nano are physically smaller than BT adapters – approx half the size – so if you are really limited for space behind a cupboard or bookshelf for example, definitely look at the TP Link brand.You can also mix and match the advertised 200 Mbps with 500 Mbps models, The numbers simply mean the speed between the extender and the connected device, it does not mean your internet speed will increase, because the extenders only have a 100 Mbps switch, so in essence, the speed will never top this. Essentially it’s marketing.
You cannot mix and match brands.It’s relatively easy to link slave extenders to the master and full installation instructions are included with all TP Link adapter packs. You will need physical access to both extenders at the time of syncing. If they don’t connect at first, keep trying until they work. Although the BT adapters have failed to connect first time a few times for me, I’ve never failed to get them to connect – eventually. TP Link adapters sync a lot easier and faster, normally in seconds and have never failed to connect first time.The TP Link Powerline adapters have 3 LEDs; Power, Network Connected and Ethernet which show you the status of the device and connectivity. They also have an integrated power-saving feature for when not in use.TP Link makes a very good product and cost quite a bit less than the BT brand. Highly Recommended!