- Brand Name: Netgear
- Model Number: XE103G-100NAS
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
NETGEAR XE103G-100NAS Powerline Ethernet Adapter
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- Wall-plugged ethernet extender kit has all you need to extend a fast network via electric power lines in your home
- Delivers up to 85 Mbps wired speed
- Three easy-to-read icon LEDs for quick status information at a glance
- True plug and play simplicity
- Built-in security safeguards your information
The XE103G comes with two XE103 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 the wall outlet where you need a network connection and connect it to any Ethernet-ready device. That's it. There's no software to install. You can create as many network connections as you need by connecting more XE103 units wherever you need them. Each device has easy-to-read icon LEDs for status information at a glance.
Each XE103 supports speeds up to 85 Mbps which is enough for multiple video streams without interruptions. The XE103 has a 10/100 Ethernet port with which you can connect a PC, gaming console, Slingbox, DVR, NETGEAR's SC101T Storage Central Turbo or ReadyNAS NV+, or another networkable device. In order to enable encryption, you need a computer with Windows Vista, XP, or 2000.
What's in the Box
Two XE103 85 Mbps Powerline Network Adapters, installation guide, Ethernet cable, setup CD, and warranty/support information card.
Top Customer Reviews
I must admit there was also a somewhat unresearched idea that my data is safer on a wire network than wireless, even with the encryption that I used when my wireless worked.
In any case, my experience is that the units worked flawlessly and are far superior to wireless. This may profoundly change the market for wireless routers, etc. It's about time that the technology for the insertion of digital signals over power lines has finally worked. The next step... the Internet on the power grid!
1. The XE103 worked just fine with the XE102 units. That was important to me as I had not yet ordered a third XE103 unit.
2. With an XE103 in the basement I tested the two bedrooms upstairs with the other unit. One bedroom went from ~12M to ~60M (as measured by the Netgear utility). In the other bedroom the connection speed went from ~7M to ~20M.
I am very pleased with the performance and I have ordered another XE103 so I have one in each upstairs bedroom. Also, I liked how easy it was to set a security password on my network.
I'm not sure how sensitive the adapters are to particular wiring but I did notice that on one outlet I got 25 Mbps and one right next to it I got 17Mbps (different circuits). I have a recently-built house and am not sure whether the performance would vary with an older electrical system.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked well then failed after a couple months. You are better off biting the bullet and paying an electrician to pull you a new line. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Speed-Racer
after I got these adapters home, the first thing I did is to try it on one outlet panel. Yes, two adapters next to each other on one power outlet panel on the wall. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Rong Pan
The Netgear "Powerline Ethernet Adapter" solved a difficult problem for use since our house is a very old, large Victorian and it is difficult to run wires between floors. Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by C. Hill
I bought this stuff and brought it to Chile. It actually worked great...until, one month later, one of the adapters broke down. Read morePublished on November 2, 2009 by Francisco I. Jara Moroni
These things work right out of the box and are wildly fast. No issues with Linux. I keep a spare in case one burns out.Published on October 27, 2009 by J. Gardner
Recently I moved into a basement apartment in my girlfriend's house so we could save money in hopes of getting a real apartment in the future. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Gil Morrison
I have been a user of Netgear's Powerline Ethernet products for years, since the XE102 (NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge), using them both at home and at work. Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by J. F. Herlocker Jr.
It took a minute to install and get this up and runing. If all networking equipment installation and configuration is this simple then life can be very dull ! Read morePublished on July 25, 2009 by Dennis T.
so far so good; it's very nice to be connected to the outside world again.Published on June 29, 2009 by Nell