PLA5256
1000 Mbps Powerline Pass-Thru 2-Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
You have a wired network device in another room that needs Internet
connection, but you don’t want the mess running a long Ethernet cable to
it? Grab a Zyxel PLA5256, 1000 Mbps Powerline Pass-Thru 2-Port Gigabit
Ethernet Adapter. The PLA5256 utilizes the latest HomePlug AV2 technology
that delivers wired speed of up to 1000 Mbps* through your power outlets
— great for streaming HD video contents or playing intensive multiplayer
online games. The PLA5256 features two Ethernet ports, making it perfect for
connecting living room network devices such as set top boxes or video game
consoles. With the convenient pass-through power outlet design, it doesn’t
block the existing wall power outlets from other devices that require it.
Up to 1000 Mbps powerline
over latest technology for
smooth HD video playback
Two Gigabit Ethernet ports to
connect up to two devices
Pass-through design returns
you a power outlet
Benefits
Enhanced performance and range for smooth HD streaming
Build a wired with latest HomePlug AV2 up to 1000 Mbps* speed, with the
Zyxel PLA5256 to stream high-definition videos without hitches or stuttering.
The flexibility provided by the two Gigabit Ethernet ports allows you to
simultaneously connect to the Internet and stream media to a pair of devices
like game consoles, PCs, smart TVs, NAS and printers.
4K
4K
Built-in Quality of Service
(QoS) ensures the best
networking experience for
your devices
Color LED indicator lights
notify you of powerline
network performance
600
200
1000
Powerline
Speed
(Mbps*)
Higher data speed,
more concurrent applications
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4K
4K
Compliance with the existing
IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV
technologies
Convenient pass-through design returns you a power outlet
The Zyxel PLA5256 doesn’t block power outlets but offers a pass-through outlet instead, which allows you to keep the
existing powered devices connected. The embedded noise filter eliminates static from connected electronics to further
improve network quality.
128-bit AES encryption for network protection
Keep snooping eyes at bay with the advanced end-to-end 128-bit AES encryption built into the Zyxel PLA5256. It prevents
users outside of your network from entering your personal local network.
Quality-of-Service for unparalleled networking performance
The Zyxel PLA5256 allocates proper bandwidth automatically for the powerline network to fully utilize your bandwidth.
Get the unparalleled networking experience with extremely easy, straightforward setup.
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Install powerline easily with Zyxel Easy Setup app guide
Get your Zyxel PLA5256 Powerline network up and running with Zyxel Easy Setup app, available on both iOS and
Android. Use your smartphone or tablet with the app to get a visual guide on connecting your Powerline adapters to
your network devices.
Application Diagram
PLA5256
PC
Smart TV
PLA5256
Game
Console
PLA5256
Smart TV
ARMOR Z2
(NBG6817)
Smart TV
or generic router
Front Panel
Rear Panel
Pass-through outlet
Power
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Quality
Ethernet
3
Gigabit
Ethernet port
Encrypt/Reset
button
Specifications
System Specifications
Hardware Specifications
Standard
• Compliant with HomePlug AV2
• IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV standard
•Ethernet interface: Two 10/100/1000
Mbps RJ-45 connectors with auto
MDI/MDIX support
• LED indicators:
■ Power on/off
■ Powerline network quality:
- Green: Best
- Amber: Better
- Red: Good
■ Ethernet link/activity
• Button:
■ Encrypt/Reset button
• Power rating: 100 to 240V AC,
50/60 Hz
• Power consumption:
■ Full operation: 5.5 watt max.
• Socket/Connector:
EU outlet
(15A Max. 250V)
Powerline Data Rate
• Transmit: up to 1000 Mbps*
• Receive: up to 1000 Mbps*
Access Methods
• CSMA/CA channel-access schemes
HomePlug Modulation
• OFDM symbol modulation
• QAM 4096/1024/256/64/16
• QPSK, BPSK, ROBO carrier
modulation schemes
Range
• Max. range up to 300 meters over
power line
Security
• 128-bit AES encryption
■
Quality of Service (QoS)
• Supports up to 4-level type QoS
Frequency Band
• 2 MHz to 86 MHz
IGMP
• IGMP v1/v2/v3
System Requirements
•Operating system independent:
■ Ethernet: RJ-45
•Utility software OS support:
■ Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Type F (CEE 7/4)/Type F (CEE 7/4)
DE, NL, ES, PT, AT, SE, FI, NO, GR,
HU, LU
CH outlet
(10A Max. 250V)
Type J (SEV 1011)/Type J
(SEV 1011) CH
Twin
•Item dimensions (WxDxH):
125 x 65 x 42 mm
(4.92" x 2.56" x 1.65")
•Item weight: 512 g (1.12 lb.)
•Packing dimensions (WxDxH):
215 x 143 x 95 mm
(8.46" x 5.63" x 3.74")
•Packing weight: 717 g (1.58 lb.)
Environmental Specifications
Operating Environment
• Temperature:
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
• Humidity:
10% to 90% (Non-condensing)
Storage Environment
• Temperature:
-30°C to 70°C (-22°F to 158°F)
• Humidity:
10% to 95% (Non-condensing)
Certification
•Safety: CE-LVD, BSMI
•EMC: CE, FCC, ICES, BSMI
■
UK outlet
(13A Max. 250V)
■
Type G (BS 1363)/Type G (BS 1363
1011) UK, CY, HK
US outlet
(15A Max. 120V)
Type B (NEMA 5-15)/Type B
(NEMA 5-15)/TW, US
■
Physical Specifications
Single
•Item dimensions (WxDxH):
125 x 65 x 42 mm
(4.92" x 2.56" x 1.65")
•Item weight: 256 g (0.56 lb.)
•Packing dimensions (WxDxH):
215 x 143 x 95 mm
(8.46" x 5.63" x 3.74")
•Packing weight: 465 g (1.02 lb.)
Package Contents
Single
•1 powerline Ethernet adapter
•1 Ethernet cable
•Quick start guide
(including warranty form)
Twin
•2 powerline Ethernet adapters
•2 Ethernet cables
•Quick start guide
(including warranty form)
* The theoretical maximum channel data
transfer rate is derived from HomePlug AV2
specifications. Actual data transfer rate will
vary from network environment including:
distance, network traffic, noise on electrical
wires, quality of electrical installation and other
adverse conditions.
For more product information, visit us on the web at www.zyxel.com
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trademarks of Zyxel Communications Corp. All other brands, product names, or trademarks mentioned
are the property of their respective owners. All specifications are subject to change without notice.
Datasheet PLA5256
5-100-00217007
05/17
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