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NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge

by Netgear
3.7 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Netgear
  • Model Number: XE102US
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 14 Megabits Per Second

Product Description

Product Description



Amazon.com Product Description
The NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge offers:
  • An easy way to extend a network connection using just your power lines
  • 14 Mbps throughput
  • True plug and play simplicity
The NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge lets you easily extend a network using just the existing electric lines of your home, eliminating the need to run unsightly Ethernet wires all over your house or apartment.

Installation is as simple as plugging the device in and connecting it to the network. View larger.
True Plug and Play Installation
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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 3.9 x 2.9 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0002IHP58
  • Item model number: XE102US
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 21, 2007

Customer Reviews

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I tested these between the two units in a duplex apartment building. Each apartment has its own electrical meter and main panel, although they share the same 240Volt service from the street. Result: Works great! The speeds varied slightly depending on the outlets into which these were plugged, but were always much faster than my 3 Mb/s cable modem connection, and were also consistently faster than 802.11b wireless. Supposedly, the connection quality is not limited by distance, and the signal travels just fine across circuit breakers, fuses, and even between the two 120V legs of a 240V service connection, as I confirmed. In a big building, or one with many obstructions, wireless is a hit-or-miss solution, whereas this seems to be rock-solid.
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Overall I am very happy with the Netgear XE102. I have two Macs (running OS X 10.2 and 10.3) and an old laptop running Win95. The Macs are in my second floor home office, the laptop is in the family room, the cable modem and router are in the basement. (The cable company offered "free installation" of broadband service; this turned out to mean "we'll hook up a cable modem at the point where our cable enters your house, and if that turns out to be the basement and you happen to not have your computer there, well, you can schedule further installation for an additional charge.") The Macs and a network printer are attached to a hub which connects to the XE102 in the office.

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.
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I us three XE102's to network a primary computer to a second computer downstairs and to a media server (Squeezebox) in the living room. Installation and setup of all three took 10 minutes, and they work flawlessly.

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).
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I am very satisfied with my purchase of the Netgear Ethernet Powerline Adapter. I received a new laptop as a college graduation present and wanted to use it in the living room, away from all the other computer stuff. This created a slight problem since I didn't have a wireless router and wanted to connect the laptop to the internet. Well, Netgear solved that problem very easily. All you have to do is plug one of these units into a wall socket near your router and another into a socket by your computer. Connect the router and computer to their respective units using the provided 6ft of Ethernet cable and you're set to go. That's all there is to it, no configuring, no headaches.

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.
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