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NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit

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  • Kit includes two adapters that use existing electrical wiring in your home to create a network connection
  • Plug and play installation requires no software
  • Delivers up to 200 Mbps throughput for high-bandwidth applications; Homeplug AV compliant
  • 128-bit encryption for extra security
  • Each adapter measures 283 x 386 x 157 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 1-year warranty
  • Each adapter measures 2.83 x 3.86 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 1-year warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Netgear
  • Model Number: XAVB101-100NAS
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 200 Megabits Per Second

Product Description

Product Description

Netgear Xavb101-100Nas


Amazon.com Product Description The award-winning NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit includes everything you need to extend a network connection using the electrical wiring in your home. With this kit, you can network your game consoles, PCs, DVRs, network storage devices, and other components without suffering from weak wireless signals or unsightly cables running through your home. If you're looking for a fast, easy, and reliable way to provide Ethernet connectivity to the farthest reaches of your home, then this kit is the perfect solution.

The NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit:
  • Includes two Powerline AV Ethernet adapters.
  • Creates fast, 200 Mbps network connections using existing electrical lines.
  • Uses 128-bit AES encryption for security.
  • Doesn't require any software for set up or installation.

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Plug-and-Play Setup Gets You Going Fast
A PC Magazine Editor's Choice, the Powerline AV is a snap to set up. Just plug one XAV101 adapter into an available electrical socket near your router, and connect your router to it. Then plug the
second XAV101 adapter into any electrical socket that's located near the device you want to network. When you connect your device into the XAV101, it will be connected to your network.

It's as simple as that. There's no software to install, no passwords to remember, and no configuration whatsoever. And you can easily create more network connections throughout your home by simply installing additional adapters.

If you wish to make more network connections, you just have to purchase and connect additional NETGEAR XAV101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapters.

Fast Network Connection for Media Streaming
The Powerline AV supports the Homeplug AV protocol and delivers up to 200 Mbps network speed, fast enough for high-quality HD video streaming, music streaming, gaming, and VoIP (Voice-over-Internet Protocol) telephone calls. The Powerline AV Ethernet adapter is perfect for devices such as TiVo, Slingbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, networked televisions, and more.

Push-Button Security for Extra Safety
Unlike wireless connections, a Powerline network connection is secure. The XAV101 supports 128-bit AES encryption. Setting up a secure connection with the Powerline is as simple as pushing a button. And for the ultimate in convenience, the Powerline also features three different colored LEDs that give information on Power, Network Status, and Ethernet connections.

Each adapter measures 2.83 x 3.86 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD) and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Two Powerline AV Ethernet Adapters, 5-foot Ethernet cable, installation guide, setup CD, warranty card, support and information card.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6.5 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.3 pounds
Item model number XAVB101-100NAS
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 319 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #183 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Powerline Network Adapters
Date first available at Amazon.com May 29, 2008

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By J. Turner on November 6, 2008
This product is awesome for people that do not have the time or money to wire their house with Cat 5 cables. I previously had wireless adapters connected to my computer and xbox 360 two floors away from my router and they were getting 16-24mbps max with pings from 150-200ms. With these powerline adapters I constantly have a connection speed of 90-100mbps with pings around 25-65ms.Super easy to set up, just plug each end into a WALL power outlet and connect the ethernet cables(one to a router/modem) and your good to go.My house is about 25yrs old so I dont think you need a new house for these to work. I tried plugging these into a surge protector on one end and speeds went down to about 10mbps. So, if you have connection issues or slow speeds make sure they are not plugged into a surge protector.Overall great product.
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Have had Directv for years. Felt it was about time for me to upgrade to one of their new products......I think technology has left my old brain in the dust! Anyway, I got the HD DVR, which is capable of VOD (video on demand). To use this service it requires a hook up from the internet router to the Directv receiver. Well, my router is in the den and no where close enough to the new HD equipment. I really felt that the digital video recorder and the receiver would be the extent of my use. I was reading about the Netgear Powerline Adapter and was hoping it would solve the VOD hookup problem (terrible to have something and not be able to use it). Was thinking I would have to call someone in to help set this up, as my lack of understand electronics would amaze anyone. The product arrived, hardly any instructions. The two units plug into a wall electrical outlet, one in each room. The one in the den plugs into the Linksys wireless G router with the supplied Ethernet cable, the second unit plugs into an electrical outlet near the TV and the satellite box, hooked up with a second Ethernet cable. Now the unbelievable part of the story----the whole thing works and I did it myself! I am bragging because I have a problem screwing in a light bulb. Now, thanks to the Powerline AV kit I have video on demand, which I thought I would never get to use. I am sure if you can plug in a toaster you will have no problem hooking this up. Hope I didn't bore you with this, but you must understand this is a major accomplishment for me.
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Our wireless router just wasn't able to get a good connection to our new video room so I started looking at options. I had to send the connection from one side of the house to the other and while I've stayed away from powerline adapters in the past, I found that some of the newer ones were getting decent reviews, including the XAV101s. I bought the 'starter pak' and after 10 minutes had them up and running. The remote is connected at 152 Mbps so I'm happy as can be with the connection. I see no difference in download speeds whether I'm directly connected to my router or to the remotely located XAV101 so any lag is with my internet ISP, not my powerline units.
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I bought the NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit based on the reviews here, and my desire to use a hard connection to my iMac to replace the wireless 802.11n I've been using so far. The proported speed of 200 Mbps of the kit tracks very nicely with the maximum speed of 802.11n, and it would eliminate any wireless interference issues I might have.

Set up was very easy - just plug one Adapter in a power outlet near the router (make sure you don't plug the adapter into a surge suppressor), plug the other Adapter into a power outlet close to your PC/game console, connect both with the supplied ethernet cables, and away you go! Without any prior set up of software, drivers, etc., both Adapters immediately recognized each other and began to send and receive data! If only other computer peripheral installations were so easy.

There are 3 lights on each Adapter showing the status of the unit. There's a Power light that shows if the unit is receiving power or setting up security protocols, an Ethernet light that shows if the Adapter is linked and if it is sending data, and a Powerline light that shows if the Adapter is connected to the Powerline network, and the approximate Link Rate. Since the XAVB101 version of Netgear's Powerline Adapters should have a maximum transfer rate of 200 Mbps, I was dismayed that the Powerline light glowed RED, signifying a Link Rate of < 50 Mbps. I thought that possibly this status might not be right, so I performed several data-intensive operations, such as adding album art to Apple Lossless music tracks on my ReadyNAS music server. Much to my chagrin, the speed was no better than my wireless 802.11n connection. When I ran an ethernet cable directly from my router to my iMac and performed the same tasks, they ran lightning-fast.
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The device in no way will offer you the same bandwidth or responsiveness that genuine CAT5 cabling will. That said, you don't have to rip your walls open or run cabling over the floor. Also, these devices will more than keep up with the bandwidth coming from most Broadband services(20Mbbs Verizon Fios for myself). It is incredibly convenient to use these to connect an Xbox or video player that needs occasional firmware updates(like my Sony blue-ray player) and to have a convenient link where you can plug a laptop in for a guest.

The documentation is a little sketchy and the interface for the configuration tools could use some work. The netgear website is a headache for finding the up to date firmware for the devices. [...]
If you buy more than one set configuring them to work on the same crypto key can be frustrating but you will get some good exercise running from room to room to press the security button before the two minute timeout expires. Still once they are setup and working on the same key and firmware they stay working reliably.

SUGGESTION. BEFORE you plug them in, as soon as you take them out of the box, write down the passwords(they look like Microsoft Product Keys) and the MAC-ids that are on the back label of the device. This way when you're setting them up and one needs to be reset, reconnected or updated you can know which one is which. This is especially true if you have bought more than one set.

Small design complaints. The quality of service light(the middle LED) is smack in the middle of the box. The way the device is designed you definitely want to put this box on the bottom socket of a wall socket.
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