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NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge
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- Wall-plugged ethernet bridge lets you easily extend a network using electric lines
- Delivers up to 14 Mbps wired speed
- Three easy-to-read icon LEDs for quick status information at a glance
- True plug and play simplicity
- Device measures 3.92 x 1.84 x 2.88 inches (WxHxD)
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To extend a network using the electric lines in your home, you need two XE102 units. Simply plug one of them into a wall outlet and connect it to your router with an Ethernet cord. Plug the second one into any wall outlet that is electrically connected to the first and you have an instant Ethernet port to plug a computer, gaming console, or other networkable device with an RJ-45 Ethernet plug. You can create as many network connections as you need by connecting more XE102 units. The device has easy-to-read icon LEDs for status information at a glance.
The XE102 has a 10BASE-T Ethernet jack and supports the 10 Mbps HomePlug 1.0 standard. It uses Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Automatic channel adaptation to ensure the integrity of the data. In order to enable encryption, you need a computer with Windows XP, 2000, ME or 98.
The NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge is backed by a 3-year warranty.
What's in the Box
XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge, installation guide, Ethernet cable, resource CD, and warranty/support information card.
Top Customer Reviews
With three XE102 units (basement, office, family room) I have all my PCs hooked up to the Internet and functional. No additional configuration was needed, although I could have used VirtualPC on one of my Macs to set up security if I wanted to (we live in a standalone house, so no one else taps into our electrical system; if we lived in an apartment, I would definitely have activated the security setup, which involves putting all three units on the same password). Speeds are consistently over 10Mbps (faster than the cable modem) and, once the units were set up, we have needed no additional fussing with them. The Macs can see the Windows laptop and vice versa, and file transfers work fine (well, as well as file transfers work in a Mac/Windows environment). The laptop can even print to the network printer upstairs.
Note of caution: when first plugging in the XE102s, be patient. It took at least half an hour before the first two units found each other.Read more ›
The Netgear software utility to set the passwords is easy to use, and is also useful in verifying the transmission rates (my XE102's vary between 12.8 and 14.0 Mbps depending on what other devices in the house are drawing power).
I was surprised at how well the XE102's work, given that the circuit which the main computer's XE102 is plugged into has a ton of computer equipment plugged into it via a big Tripplite power conditioner/surge protector. Ditto for the XE102 in the living room, which is plugged into the same circuit that all my A/V equipment is plugged into.
The bottom line is that I am one very happy guy, as the XE102's have enabled me to avoid the cost/hassle of running Cat5 cable, as well as the aggravation of wireless networking (which wasn't working very well for the living room connection prior to getting the XE102's).
Even though the instructions say the units won't work with an extension cord, I tried it and I still had a very stable connection. As far as speeds go I did notice lower speeds than I get on my desktop PC. However, the connection was still plenty fast for me (~3.5Mb/sec instead of the normal 4.8) and this speed decrease might even be resolved by avoiding the use of an extension cord as the instructions suggest.
The instructions also say not to use a power strip. I have not tried this myself so I don't know if it will work with a strip but I'm guessing it would, seeing as how it worked with the extension cord.
The units also come with a CD containing documentation and encryption software. I have not done anything with this CD myself so I will hold off on rating that part.
I would like to make you aware of two things before you buy this item. First, make sure you have enough Ethernet cable. As I said earlier, the units come with 6ft of cable but if this isn't enough for you, you'll want to order longer cable. Second, Make sure you buy at least 2 units.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a 1940's house with some modern and some old 2-wire wiring. For one floor distance, the Netgear bridge is decent enough for telephone service. Read morePublished 10 days ago by T. W. Day
I've used these for years. If you have a dead spot in your WiFi, two of these will fix the problem. No set up needed just run Ethernet cable from your modem/hub/etc. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sheik Yerbouti
I bought this in 2010 to add a hard wired location where I don't have cabeling. It uses your house wiring for connection. The only difficulty I had was during initial installation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Larry L kelly
Product was broke, but was refunded right away. I will give a neutral satisfactionPublished 18 months ago by dhallstead