Zinwell ZPL-200 User manual

ZPL-210/ZPL-220
User Manual
Powerline
Ethernet
Bridge
200 Mbps
28.5 mm Thickness
Lowest Power
Best Performance
ZPL-210/ ZPL-220
Powerline Ethernet Bridge
V. 1.0.0
TABLE OF CONTENT
ORDERING INFORMATION ................................................................................................................ 2
INCLUDED ITEMS ............................................................................................................................. 3
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ................................................................................................ 4
FIRST THING TO KNOW BEFORE INSTALLATION ................................................................................ 5
AC outlets connection....................................................................................................... 5
Connection via power strip .............................................................................................. 7
Electrical interference ....................................................................................................... 7
Electrical wiring .................................................................................................................. 7
Note on installing PLC Device Utility software............................................................. 7
PRODUCT OUTLOOK ....................................................................................................................... 8
PRODUCT OVERVIEW .................................................................................................................... 10
Sleep Mode ........................................................................................................................ 10
PRODUCT INSTALLATION ............................................................................................................... 11
Setting logical network group........................................................................................ 11
Remove a device from a logical network Group ........................................................ 12
Setting different network Group.................................................................................... 12
Application 1 – local Powerline network among PCs ............................................... 12
Application 2 – PC to xDSL router connection........................................................... 14
Application 3 – Wireless Access Point range extensions ....................................... 16
Special Care for business installation ......................................................................... 17
SPECIFICATIONS............................................................................................................................ 18
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)...................................................................................... 19
TROUBLE SHOOTING ..................................................................................................................... 22
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ORDERING INFORMATION
The ZPL-210/ ZPL-220 device is a Powerline to Ethernet Bridge device (called Powerline
Ethernet Bridge hereafter), which converts the Ethernet packets from its Ethernet port to
the Powerline Communication packets (PLC packets), which run on home power lines, and
from PLC packets back to Ethernet packets.
The difference between ZPL-210 and ZPL-220 is ZPL-220 has the 8-type power socket in
the above of the casing. Just plug the extension power cord into ZPL-220 socket that allows
your wiring arrangement clean.
Two or a single of above device or their combination is sold as a package. Please see the
following table and the INCLUDED ITEMS section.
Product model number for
ordering
Description
ZPL-210/ 220
Powerline to Ethernet Bridge,
single device package
ZPL-210D/ 220D
Powerline to Ethernet Bridge,
dual device package
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INCLUDED ITEMS
ZPL-210D/ ZPL-220D
DEVICE
ZPL-210/ ZPL-220
Two ZPL-210/ ZPL-220
Single ZPL-210/ ZPL-220
ETHERNET
CABLE
Two cable
One cable
Two power extension cords
One power extension cord
CD X 1
CD X 1
including
including
POWER
EXTENSION
CORD
CD
1. utility Software
2. Software user guide
1. utility Software
2. Software user guide
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
This product is intended for connection to the AC power line. For installation instructions,
refer to the Installation section. The following precautions should be taken when using this
product.
Please read all instructions before installing and operating this product.
Please keep all instructions for later reference.
Please follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
For safety reason, when device is being powered on, this product should NOT be
installed in any electric socket which makes the surface with venting holes on
the product to face downward (facing the floor).
Unplug the Powerline device from the wall outlet before cleaning. Use a dry cloth
for cleaning. DO NOT use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.
DO NOT operates this product near water.
This product should never be placed near or over a radiator, or heat register.
This product relies on the building’s electrical installation for short-circuit (over current)
protection.
DO NOT allow anything to rest on the product interconnect plug. DO NOT locates this
product where people may walk on the cords.
Because this product sends data over the power line, it is recommended that you plug
directly into a power outlet. Do not plug the device into a UPS or power strip with surge
protection. The product has its own power filter for protection against surges.
Only a qualified technician should service this product. Opening or removing covers
may result in exposure to dangerous voltage points or other risks.
Unplug the product from the wall outlet and refer the product to qualified service
personnel for the following conditions:
When the interconnect cords are damaged or frayed.
If liquid has been spilled into the product.
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions are
followed.
If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance.
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FIRST THING TO KNOW BEFORE INSTALLATION
This Powerline device sends data to and from each other over the existing electrical wiring
in your home, and may be affected by electrical noises or the length of the wiring at your
house. Keep the following in mind when placing this Powerline device at home.
AC outlets connection
Avoid connecting this device to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or backup power
supply device. For best results, we recommend connecting the adaptors directly to a wall
outlet. Avoid connecting high power-consumption appliances to the same wall outlet. Plug
these power consuming devices onto a noise filtering power strip to prevent these device
interfere with this Powerline device. See the following illustration figure:
For better performance, the following connection is recommended, although not isolate with
Noise filter power strip will still work OK.
The following connections are NOT recommended, although current PLC technology will
overcome most noise interference from electronic devices’ AC adapters or chargers.
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Connection via power strip
If you must connect this device to a power strip, please keep the following recommendation
in mind:
• Make sure the power strip does not have a noise filter or a surge protector, as these
features may impair communication signaling of the Powerline device sent over the
electric wiring, and its throughput or distance will be degraded.
• Use a power strip with an AC cord that is as short as possible.
• Do not connect the adaptor to a power strip that receives power from another power
strip.
Electrical interference
Certain electrical devices emit electrical noise. If this noise is spread over to the electrical
wiring in your home, it may interfere with the performance, speed, and reliability of this
device. For best results, we recommend connecting an electrical noise filter to noise
emitting appliances.
The following appliances are more likely to produce noise:
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Battery chargers (including cell phone chargers)
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Hair dryers
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Power drills
•
Halogen light
•
vacuum cleaner
Additionally, this product may interfere with the following appliance:
•
Lights or lamps which have a touch-sensitive on/off feature
Electrical wiring
This device sends data to and from each other over the existing electrical wiring of your
house. If two wall outlets are separated by a great distance of electrical wiring, these
devices may not communicate well with each other. For more information, refer to the
troubleshooting section.
Note on installing PLC Device Utility software
PLC Device Utility Software can be used for setting For installing the PLC Device Utility
Software on your PC, make sure your PC meets these requirements:
1. Your PC’s operating system should be one of the Microsoft Windows* 98SE, ME,
2000, XP, Vista.
2. Pentium® III 450 MHz processor, equivalent or higher
3. At least 256MB RAM
4. At least one free Ethernet port for this Powerline device.
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PRODUCT OUTLOOK
A. Top View
ZPL-210/ ZPL-220
Powerline Ethernet Bridge
B. Side View (ZPL-210/ ZPL-220)
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Item
Item name
A
PLC Link/ACT LED
B
Ethernet Link/ACT LED
C
POWER LED
D
Reset-to-factory-default
Button
E
GROUP Button
Description
On: Powerline Link Detected (*1)
Blinking:
(1) Powerline traffic detected (*1)
(2) Powerline device not in any logical
network.
Off: No Powerline traffic detected
On: Ethernet Link Detected
Blinking: Ethernet traffic detected
Off: No Ethernet Link detected
On: Power on
Blinking:
(1) Booting or
(2) Joining a device to another device’s
network.
Off: Power off
Press to reset Firmware setting to Factory
default
Press 2 seconds to join a device into a
logical network or clear grouping information
*1 : The “PLC Link/ACT “ LED indicator turns “ON” when Powerline link is detected. If the device is serving as a STATION,
the LED indicator will flash to indicate transmit or receive Powerline activity. If the device is serving as a CCo (Central
Coordinator), the LED indicator will steadily light ON, even in the presence of Powerline activity.
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PRODUCT OVERVIEW
This Powerline device is virtually an Ethernet cable replacement and an Ethernet hub
replacement. Two of these Powerline Ethernet Bridge (Switch) devices can be used to
replace an Ethernet cable, for connecting any PC to another PC, PC to a DSL router, or a
wireless AP to a DSL device. Many of this devices can be connected together to form a
mesh communication. For example, three PCs can connect to a DSL router for accessing
internet via four of these Powerline devices, each PC to one of this Powerline device and
the DSL router to the fourth Powerline device.
Each Powerline device has predefined attributes such as DAK (device password) and
Powerline logical network group. Any device node in a logical network group can
communicate to any of the other nodes in the same group. Devices in different network
groups won’t be able to talk to one another. Max number of nodes in a Powerline logical
network group is defined in the SPECIFICATIONS section in this user’s manual. Powerline
network group is defined by its Network Name stored in the device. Each device is shipped
with default Public network name of HomePlugAV, and thus belong to the same logical
network and be able to communicate with each other.
If user finds two newly purchased devices are not able to communicate with each other,
please use the GROUP button on the device or the PLC Device Utility software inside
installation CD to assign the Powerline devices to a same network group before installing.
For using the GROUP button, please see first portion of the PRODUCT INSTALLATION
section. For using PLC Device Utility software, please refer to the PLC Device Utility User
Guide inside the CD included with the product.
Sleep Mode
If there is no Ethernet cable connected to the ZPL-210/ZPL-220 over two minutes, the
ZPL-210/ZPL-220 will go into sleep mode automatically to save power consumption and its
POWER LED will blink at 1 second ON and 1 second OFF period. To exit the sleep mode,
insert the Ethernet cable or plug the ZPL-210/ZPL-220 again.
Note: Some computers support Wake up LAN function that it may cause our PLC can’t
enter the sleep mode.
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION
Setting logical network group
Users can set HomePlug AV devices into one or many logical network groups. Devices in
the same logical network group will communicate with each other. Devices in different
network group won’t communicate with each others.
To make Powerline device B join device A’s logical network, do the following three steps:
(NOTE: it will be more convenient if user bring devices, which are to be configured into
same logical network group, side by side during the above procedures. After network is set,
the devices can be deployed anywhere at home)
Step 1. Firstly clear the logical network group of device B by pressing its GROUP
Button more than 10 seconds. After release the button, all LED lights
simultaneously blink off and on, showing start of procedure to clear network
group.
The following steps join device B to device A ‘s logical network:
Step 2. Firstly press GROUP Button of device A for 2 to 3 sec (make sure POWER
LED starts blinking).
Step 3. In less than two minutes after the previous step, press GROUP Button of
device B for 2 to 3 sec (make sure POWER LED starts blinking). After 8 ~ 10
sec, device B will connect well to device A.
This way, Powerline device B joins same logical network as device A. Users can join device
C to device A’s logical network with same procedures above. Thus device C joins well into
device A’s logical network, and device B is also in device A’s logical network. Thus device A,
B, and C are in the same logical network group. Users can assign as many Powerline
devices into this logical network group as possible with the maximum number described in
the SPECIFICATION section.
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Remove a device from a logical network Group
For example, device A and device B are in the same logical network group, if uses want to
remove device A from this logical network group, just follow the procedure in Step 1 by
pressing the GROUP button of device A for 10 seconds. This will make device A not able to
communicate with device B. If users want to remove a device from a logical network group
of 3 or more devices, just operate the GROUP button of this device as in Step 1.
Setting different network Group
To remove device B from the logical network of device A, just do Step 1 as above. This way,
a random network key is generated and which is different from device A’s network name. By
adding other devices to device B’s network group or to device A’s network group using
same procedures as Step 2 and 3, users can form two groups of logical network.
The following are some application examples and their installations.
Application 1 – local Powerline network among PCs
Using the included Powerline devices for connecting computers in different rooms or floors
at home!
Installation procedure:
Connect the included Powerline device to a PC, such as shown in Room A of the following
two pictures. If users buy the package which includes two Powerline devices (dual or
combo package), please connect another included Powerline device with another PC like
those shown in Room B of the following pictures. If the user buys a single device package,
which includes only one Powerline device, she/he will be able to create Powerline network
by using other HomePlug AV bridge device at the other room (like those shown in Room B
of the following pictures).
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Application 2 – PC to xDSL router connection
Use the included Powerline devices for connecting multiple PC or Ethernet devices to an
xDSL router at any other room!
Installation procedure:
Connect the included Powerline device to a PC like picture shown in Room A. If users buy
the package which includes two Powerline devices (dual or combo package), please
connect another included Powerline device with a broadband xDSL router like the picture
shown in Room B.
If the user buy a single device package, which includes only one Powerline device, she/he
will be able to make Powerline network by using other HomePlug AV bridge device at the
other room (like the picture shown in Room B of the following two pictures).
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Note: Under good power line signal conditions, Room A and Room B can be many rooms
away from each other without communication problem. (See the FAQ section)
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Application 3 – Wireless Access Point range extensions
Sometimes, a PC using wireless LAN on one floor of a concrete house can not access the
wireless AP router installed on different floors. Using the included Powerline Ethernet
devices will overcome this problem!
Installation procedure:
Connect the included Powerline device to a broadband xDSL router like picture shown in
Room B. If users buy the package which includes two Powerline devices (dual or combo
package), please connect another included Powerline device with a wireless AP like the
picture shown in Room A. If the user buy a single device package, which includes only one
Powerline device, she/he will be able to create Powerline network by using other HomePlug
AV bridge device at the other room (like the picture shown in Room B of the following two
pictures).
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Special Care for business installation
We DO NOT recommend these Powerline devices for business environments due to
several uncertainties which degrade Powerline performance or block its operation. This
device has NO GUARANTEE to operate in a business environment such as offices or
factories. However many businesses will find it an inexpensive solution to implement
networking with no costly changes to wiring infrastructure.
The distance between two Powerline devices is limited by the noise in the electrical wiring
in that business environment. Interference may be intermittent, for example highest at one
time of day, or one day of the week. Normally, a business environment covers a wider area
than the recommended home application. Electric wiring in a business environment may be
very possible to involve more than one power meter system, which sometimes cause
communication difficulties of Powerline devices.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Items
Description
ZPL-210
ZPL-220
200Mbps
PHY Rate
Effect Data Rate
TCP: Up to 90 Mbps
TCP: Up to 88 Mbps
UDP: Up to 91 Mbps
UDP: Up to 90 Mbps
Frequency Band
2~28 MHz (With Mask)
Access Methods
CSMA/CA channel-access schemes
Qos
Four-level priority based contention access, and multi segment
bursting
8-level VLAN priority field, TOS field
QoS Classification by destination MAC address and IP Port
OFDM (QAM 8/16/64/256/1024, QPSK, BPSK, ROBO)
Modulation
1 port
10/100 RJ-45 port
AC Wire : 100 meters
Distance
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U,
LAN Standards
HomePlug AV
PLC Standard
OS independent
Operating System
Max. devices in a
Up to 63 slaves with 1 master, 64 total devices
network Group
IGMP
Support for IPv4/IGMP v1,v2,v3 snooping
Encryption
Support for IPv6 and MLD v1,v2 snooping
Max 16 source addresses and Group Members
128-bit AES Link Encryption with key management
LEDs
1. Power (blue), 2. Powerline Activity (blue), 3. Ethernet Link/Activity
(blue)
Temperature
Relative Humidity
0~40 ℃ (Operating) -20~60 ℃ (Storage)
10~85% Non-Condensing (Operating)
5~90% Non-Condensing (Storage)
Power Source
Power
consumption
Certification
100 ~ 240 VAC 50/60Hz
Full load: (110 VAC) = 2.7W; (220 VAC) = 3.28W; (240 VAC) = 4W
Sleep mode: (110 VAC) = 0.72W; (220 VAC) = 1.36W; (240 VAC) = 1.4W
CE, CE-LVD, FCC class B
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1.
What is the distance this device can transmit?
ANS: Powerline technology provides reliable coverage for considerable distances in a home,
but the limiting factor is often noise in your home's electrical system. Since noise is not directly
distance-dependant, you may get (considerably) less or more coverage.
2.
What is the throughput this device can transmit?
ANS: The device’s throughput depends largely on several factors: (1) the distance with
another device, (2) interference by other appliances, (3) number of same Powerline devices
which share the common electric wiring, and (4) application packet types – TCP or UDP. TCP
applications will be slower than UDP applications. Longer distance, larger interference, or
more Powerline devices will reduce the data throughput. The maximum throughput between
two devices for TCP and UDP are specified in the SPECIFICATIONS section.
3.
Do I have to rewire my home electric outlets or install special filters for using this
device?
ANS: Powerline uses a home's existing electrical wiring to network computers in different
rooms so that they can share files, printers, and Internet connections. This Powerline products
use existing electrical sockets (outlets). If your wiring is modern, there is no need to rewire
outlets or to install special filters.
4.
What type of AC outlet can I plug for this device?
ANS: This power line product works with AC 100V to 240V with 2-prong or 3-prong electrical
outlets, depending on whether the plug is 2-prong or 3-prong type.
5.
Can this power-line device work with circuit breakers?
ANS: In many countries Powerline signals will not communicate between different phases.
Please have installers or expert local to your country to check your home’s electric
wiring before installation.
6.
Is it secure to send private data over this power line device?
ANS: It is secure enough because the technology supports special data encryption. Please
refer to the SPECIFICATIONS section for the type encryption algorithm used with this device.
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7.
How can I connect multiple devices together?
ANS: multiple devices can be connected together if they are in same logical network group.
Use the GROUP button or utility software on a PC to set the group of this device. By default,
device in a newly shipped dual or combo package are in same group.
8.
How many devices can be assigned into a single group?
ANS: Please see SPECIFICATIONS section for maximum number of devices that can be
assigned to a single logical network group. There can be multiple groups in same electric
wiring environment.
9.
Does any device in a group communicate to any other device in a group?
ANS: Yes. For example, four Powerline devices, A, B, C and D form a logical network group, .B,
C, and D all can communicate to A. if A links to a PC, then B, C, and D all can share files of the
PC. If A links to an xDSL broadband router, then B, C, and D all can surf the internet via the
DSL router.
10.
Why need password?
ANS: Since the device can be configured by a PC utility software, password protects the
device being configured by unauthorized people.
11.
What standard does this device use?
ANS: Powerline devices from multiple manufacturers using this same PLC standard will be
able to communicate with each other. Please see SPECIFICATIONS section for the exact PLC
standard used in this device.
12.
How many of this device can I install in my home?
ANS: Although the multiple devices can be used in a single power-wiring network in a building,
the more number of devices being deployed will share the bandwidth, and cause unintended
performance degradation.
13.
Can I install this device in a business environment?
ANS: Powerline devices are not recommended to be used at business, however it might work
in business environment when the placement of two of Powerline devices is not far away from
each other and when there are not too much electrical noise generated by neighboring
electrical devices in the office or factories, for example, with most fluorescent lights, the noise
is liable to overwhelm Powerline products.
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14.
Can this PLC device communicate with any other PLC devices purchased in the
market?
ANS: PLC devices using different PLC standard (protocol) may have problem to communicate
with each others, although they all can co-exist on same electric wires. Check the following
table for capability of communication between different PLC standards.
.
Capability of
HomePlug
HomePlug
HomePlug
communication between
1.0
turbo
AV
UPA
HD-PLC
PLC standard
HomePlug 1.0
OK
OK
NO
NO
NO
HomePlug turbo
OK
OK
NO
NO
NO
HomePlug AV
NO
NO
OK
NO
NO
UPA
NO
NO
NO
OK
NO
HD-PLC
NO
NO
NO
NO
OK
To understand what type of PLC standard this device use, please check it in the
SPECIFICATIONS section.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING
New devices are shipped with same logical network group assignment and should have no
problem of communicating each others. If two used devices can not communicate
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Check the logical network group to make sure they are the same using PLC configuration
utility.
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If they are the same, and device still not communicate, the electric wiring may be causing
the problem. Examples of potential problems are:
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Old fuse boxes.
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Old wiring that does not meet modern wiring building codes.
Firstly, make sure the devices are functioning well. Plug these units onto nearby electric
outlets in the same room or onto one same power strip with noise filtering. If these two
devices can communication, go to long distance debugging steps; if these two devices
still can not communication, continue to check the following.
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Checking Ethernet cables are securely plugged in
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Checking power supply
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Checking LEDs are properly lit, blinking, or turned off
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Uninstalling and reinstalling the device
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Doing a "ping" test to see whether your device is connected to the network
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Gradually increase the distance between Powerline units. Your testing will determine
whether the distances you can achieve.
Long distance debugging steps:
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Gradually increase the distance between the two Powerline devices. Some nearby outlets
may be harder for the devices to communicate than the farer outlets. It all depends on
electrical wiring topologies. Try with different outlets on different wall or different rooms.
•
Swap devices to isolate the problem to a particular Powerline unit.
•
If there are problem areas, have a qualified electrician review the building’s electrical plans,
assessing the noise conditions for each phase of the power.
•
Pay special attention to the electrical noise generated by the following devices:
–
Air conditioning
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Florescent lights, particularly industrial grade lights
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Refrigerators
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Surge protectors and other line filters and conditioning
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Blowers
–
Large electrical motors
Note
1)
This Powerline device is not designed for business use. Consult a professional electrician
to evaluate your electricity's noise in your building and to suggest remedies.
2)
If you've moved a Powerline unit, or disconnected the cables, your other network devices
may need about 5 minutes to refresh their information about the Powerline's current
status.
3)
Use all the same Powerline models for best connectivity. Also, software for one model
may not work for another model. In particular, remote and advanced features may not
work between Powerline device manufacturers.
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