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WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit 200Mbps - extend Internet to your HDTV

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  • Connect up to 8 network devices
  • Encrypted for security
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WDBABY0000NBK-NESN
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 200 Megabits Per Second
  • Width: 5.50 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

Wd livewire powerline av network kit extends the internet to any room using your home’s electrical outlets. stream the highest quality hd video, play games, and transfer files within the home or over the internet using secure and reliable high-speed connections. get the performance of a wired network without running wires.

From the Manufacturer

Extend the Internet to your HDTV.

Instantly create high-speed, wired network connections to seamlessly stream your high-definition media to your connected home theater and gain fast, reliable access to the Internet.

As easy as plugging in a lamp.
Simply plug the adapters into your electrical outlets to create a high-speed network connection anywhere in your home. No tools needed. No holes in your walls.
WD Livewire - simple
The speed you need to stream HD.
Media-optimized HomePlug AV technology offers up to 200 Mbps* performance for smooth HD video streaming over your network.
WD Livewire - fast
Multiple secure connections.
A total of 8 ports means you can connect up to 7 devices and your router, all protected with 128-bit encryption.
WD Livewire - secure
Features at a glance

  • Extend the Internet to any room using your home's electrical outlets
  • Create secure, high-speed Internet connections without running wires
  • Smoothly stream HD video to your home theater
  • Connect up to 8 devices to your network, such as TVs and media players
  • 1-year limited warranty

WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit extends the Internet to any room using your home's electrical outlets. Stream the highest quality HD video, play games, and transfer files within the home or over the Internet using secure and reliable high-speed connections. Get the performance of a wired network without running wires.

Expand your home network instantly without running wires - Create high-speed Internet connections anywhere in your home without running wires between rooms. Just use your home's electrical wiring to create a network.

Set-up is as easy as plugging in a lamp - Plug one adapter into your router and an electrical outlet. Plug the other adapter into an electrical outlet in any room where you want a high-speed connection.

Faster and more reliable than wireless - With speed up to 200 megabits per second*, the WD Livewire Powerline AV network kit is fast enough for every computer in your home to share your broadband Internet connection and still have the velocity you need to smoothly stream 1080p full-HD video to your TV.
*200 Mb/s is the ideal physical data rate. Network traffic, interference, building materials, and other conditions lower actual data throughput rate.

More ports for more devices - The WD Livewire adapter kit offers 4 ports on both devices in the pair. This allows you to plug in your router and up to 7 Internet-connected devices such as computers, TVs, game consoles, media players, and network storage drives.

Encrypted for security - The data transfer between the WD Livewire adapters is protected with the same 128-bit encryption that you trust for your online banking and shopping. And because the encryption is automatic, there's no need to remember a password.

Ideal for

  • Extending the Internet to any room in your home
  • Smooth HD video streaming over your network
  • Creating secure, reliable, high-speed wired connections for network devices without running wires between rooms
  • HDTVs, network media players, game consoles, computers, and network storage drives

What's in the box
Two 4-port HomePlug AV adapters, two Ethernet cables, two power cables, Quick Install Guide, CD with utility software, warranty and support guide.

HomePlug AV certified
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u compliant

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.7 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches
Item Weight 6.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Item model number WDBABY0000NBK-NESN
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 560 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #181 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Powerline Network Adapters
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2010

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This is a terrific product. It does what it says that it will do. You will get much faster speeds than wireless without all the dropouts. Each box comes with two units. These units are identical. The one that you plug into your router becomes the "home" unit. The second box becomes the "remote" unit. If you're only planning on using these two boxes then you're fine.

The problem becomes adding additional units (which is the beauty of purchasing this system.) There are no decent instructions. Not on the WD website, not included in paper form, and not set out in any clear fashion the pdf "User Guide" on the included CD. If you want to add addtional units around your house, then you will have to install the utiliy on the CD. Next -- AND THIS IS CRITICAL -- your computer will have to be attached by an ethernet cable to your "HOME" Live Wire device. The setup won't work otherwise.

You will then:

1) Have to use the "ADD" button on the utility to add new devices.
2) You will have to locate the password for the additonal units, which is marked P/W on the bottom of the device.
3) You will have to enter the passcode and name the additional device.
4) Then hit the "add device" button on the computerized utility.
5) Once you've done this, all the devices should reboot, and the within 60 seconds, the utility should scan and locate all the devices on your system.
6) If the utility does not locate all the devices within 60 seconds, it means that the devices did not properly reboot. (This is what happened to me.) You will then have to unplug ALL the devices, and then replug them into the wall, and then close and reopen the utility. It should now work.

Whatever you do: Don't bother calling customer service.
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WD's Livewire Powerline little boxes allow for high-speed data flow over your residence's electrical wiring with ZERO setup - something that would have been viewed as a miracle or an impossibility only a few years ago. Anyone (such as myself) who currently relies on 'wireless' to connect various devices could use Livewire Powerline for those networked appliances that either can't connect wirelessly (many Bluray players and TV sets) or a high bandwidth channel is needed to stream HD content.

Before making a 'buy' decision, it is important to understand that Livewire will NOT significantly improve 'Internet' performance unless your ISP provides you with a very large bandwidth. If your Wi-Fi router supports 802.11g, you will get an average throughput of 22 Mbit/s which is more than most ISP can provide for Internet bandwidth. In other words, your Wi-Fi router should usually handle whatever the Internet may throw at you with some room to spare and whether you get your ISP's 10 Mbit/s data stream over at 22 Mbit/s from Wi-Fi or at 200 Mbit/s from Livewire Powerline it's still... 10 Mbit/s or close. On the other hand, streaming form your media server at will make all the difference in the world when compared with your Wi-Fi throughput.

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I think if many of us could build a new house to our specifications that no doubt at the top of a lot of our lists for "must haves" would be Ethernet/network connections in almost every room. In fact, it's not unusual to see houses that are being built this way standard nowadays -- with all the gadgets, set top boxes, computers and other electronic devices that can hook up to the Internet the need for a connected house is constantly growing. Sure, you could do wireless -- but it has it's limitations, and it can be flaky when streaming HD media, not to mention that it has problems traveling through metal objects and is subject to interference. So what is the homeowner or apartment dweller to do when they don't have connections to ever room readily available? The answer is as simple as two little black boxes.

The WD Livewire Powerline kit is one of the best electronic "gadget-enabling" devices I have used in a long time. At first I was skeptical of the claims of 200 megabits per second, and even more skeptical of how it could work over the power lines. However after receiving the product and using it any doubts I had were blown away. This thing is amazing and delivers excactly what it promises.

It's as simple as the box says it is. You simply plug one end into the wall near an existing network connection and hook a standard ethernet cable (included) up to your home network or broadband connection. Then plug the other one into the wall anywhere else in your house. No software to mess with, no complicated setup procedures, just instant connection. You literally can have this up and running in less than 5 minutes from when the box shows up at your door!

There are a few things to be aware of. First, this must be plugged directly into the wall socket.
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