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NETGEAR XE103G-100NAS Powerline Ethernet Adapter

by Netgear
3 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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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
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Netgear
  • Model Number: XE103G-100NAS
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Product Description

Product Description

Netgear Powerline Ethernet Adapter

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Amazon.com Product Description
The NETGEAR XE103G 85 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit offers:
  • An easy way to extend a network connection using just your power lines
  • 85 Mbps throughput
  • True plug and play simplicity
The NETGEAR XE103G 85 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit lets you easily extend a home network using just the existing electric lines of your home, eliminating the need to run unsightly Ethernet wires all over your house. At 85 Mbps, you'll have more than enough speed to download music, stream videos, and make internet telephone calls without any hiccups.



The XE103G has everything you need to extend a network connection through your power lines. View larger.
True Plug and Play Installation
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.

Fast Performance
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.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000GR1CBI
  • Item model number: XE103G-100NAS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I would have rated this 5 stars but for the price. It seems a bit expensive and if wireless had been an answer probably the way I would have gone. I have been having wireless network problems and wanted something that would extend my lan in the house without lots of wiring. This is a great answer. I read the directions (made sure it was not plugged into a power strip), plugged in near my router, went upstairs, plugged it in there and it worked, no problems and as fast as when right next to the router.

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.
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I purchased this adapter kit with some trepidation. I had read a few reviews which indicated that the stated speed (85 Mps) was grossly overstated. However, I found that the 2 units worked right out of the box and the speed was far superior to my wireless setup. My Linksys router (with 4 port switch) never really worked well in wireless mode... dropped connections, frequent need for network reconfigurations, and generally weird behavior for machines on the wireless network. I plugged one of the power adapters into one of the ports on the wireless router and another into the Ethernet port on a remote machine. And, lo and behold, it worked immediately. It appears to be running at the stated 85 Mps. However, I have read that distance from the router and separate circuit breakers (for the circuits on the router and the remote machines) may contribute to slower performance. Although my remote machine is on another circuit breaker, there doesn't seem to be a reduction in performance. BUT, the distance between the router and the remote machine is only about 50 feet and my house is only 7 years old (good wiring), so this may be a factor. Some of the poor reviews may be because the users haven't read the installation instructions and they have plugged the adapter into a power bar or a UPC unit. This will significantly reduce performance. It's best to plug the adapters directly into a wall socket.

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!
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This is just the ticket for my network. I had an xe 102 only setup but the units furthest away from the router had marginally acceptable speeds. I dropped one of the 103's in next to my router, which is plugged in right next to the main breaker box in my house (>5,000 sq ft). I am getting full coverage from all of the xe102's connected all over the house! My setup includes xe 103's and xe 102's, they all work together really well and the new powerline software is much more powerfull than what comes with the 102's. Thanks Netgear for stepping up the product line. Goodbye to wireless!
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This powerline adaptor kit took all of two minutes to set up. It worked right of the box with no complicated set-up. My wireless was always dropping connections, so it is great to have this "wired" solution for my notebook upstairs. The speed averages about 85% of max (max is when I am directly connected to the router) and 2 to 3 times faster than wireless. Great product!
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I bought this to replace the wireless network to a basement office; the wireless had been OK but I'd lose connectivity whenever the cordless phone rang. For me, powerline ethernet turned out to be worse. The throughput was better but various things in my house (washer/dryer, furnace, vacuum) would cause enough interference to kill the signal (not always, but enough to be annoying). It would also sometimes seem to go out briefly for no apparent reason. I gave up and finally ran cat5 cable through the walls and returned this.
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I had three Netgear XE102 Powerline units, which had been performing flawlessly for several years, to get Internet from the basement to two 2nd floor bedrooms. The XE103 units are supposed to be up to 7 times faster so I bought a two. One in the basement and the other on the second floor. My results:

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.
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These puppies worked well as soon as I plugged them in. With 4 adapters (2 kits) I get between 15 and 25 Mbps all over the house. I use them to connect my TIVOs for multi-room viewing and they are plenty fast to transfer my recordings around. I also have one connected to a WIFI access point to extend my 802.11g network to the basement, which doesn't have a good signal from my primary access point.

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.
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