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NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit
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- Kit includes two adapters that use existing electrical wiring in your home to create a network connection
- Plug and play installation requires no software
- Delivers up to 200 Mbps throughput for high-bandwidth applications; Homeplug AV compliant
- 128-bit encryption for extra security
- Each adapter measures 2.83 x 3.86 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 1-year warranty
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Amazon.com Product Description The award-winning NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit includes everything you need to extend a network connection using the electrical wiring in your home. With this kit, you can network your game consoles, PCs, DVRs, network storage devices, and other components without suffering from weak wireless signals or unsightly cables running through your home. If you're looking for a fast, easy, and reliable way to provide Ethernet connectivity to the farthest reaches of your home, then this kit is the perfect solution.
A PC Magazine Editor's Choice, the Powerline AV is a snap to set up. Just plug one XAV101 adapter into an available electrical socket near your router, and connect your router to it. Then plug the
It's as simple as that. There's no software to install, no passwords to remember, and no configuration whatsoever. And you can easily create more network connections throughout your home by simply installing additional adapters.
If you wish to make more network connections, you just have to purchase and connect additional NETGEAR XAV101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapters.
Fast Network Connection for Media Streaming
The Powerline AV supports the Homeplug AV protocol and delivers up to 200 Mbps network speed, fast enough for high-quality HD video streaming, music streaming, gaming, and VoIP (Voice-over-Internet Protocol) telephone calls. The Powerline AV Ethernet adapter is perfect for devices such as TiVo, Slingbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, networked televisions, and more.
Push-Button Security for Extra Safety
Unlike wireless connections, a Powerline network connection is secure. The XAV101 supports 128-bit AES encryption. Setting up a secure connection with the Powerline is as simple as pushing a button. And for the ultimate in convenience, the Powerline also features three different colored LEDs that give information on Power, Network Status, and Ethernet connections.
Each adapter measures 2.83 x 3.86 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD) and is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Two Powerline AV Ethernet Adapters, 5-foot Ethernet cable, installation guide, setup CD, warranty card, support and information card.
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They are NOT out of the box working. I have Verizon FIOS 25/25 mbps internet. WiFi never really deliver the FOIS speed at the lower level of my house. After plug in the two units, they worked fine. But after closely monitoring the internet speed I'm getting during a few days, the down load and up load speed is simply not consistent - the download speed dropped down to only 3mbps. I had to time after time hard reset the units to bring up the speed.
So I searched NETGEAR's website and called their tech support (888-939-9092). I think their support is overseas. The first guy I spoke with trying to sell me a paid support plan before asking me issues I'm having. The second person I spoke with said my free phone support expired based on my serial number(but I just received the units 10 days ago from AMAZON!!!). While I was on a looong hold with a third person, I digged deeper on NETGEAR's website, kinda of figured out what need to be done.
So I down loaded the utility AND the latest firmware on NETGEAR website for my XAV101v2. So far so good, I'm now getting very consistent internet speed at ~25/25mbps.
My home is 6 years old. I'd imagine that a home with older wiring and perhaps subpanels might very well have issues but the kit works perfectly here!
I have previously found wi fi to be unreliable here. It would suddenly drop connections.
We have three computers wired in but guests sometimes want to hook up. My wife is a CPA with a home office. We need reliable networking between our computers and printers.
I bought this kit to hook up a new Blu Ray player in another part of the house. The player also connects to Amazon on Demand and Netflix etc. It hasn't arrived yet so I tested the connection with a laptop. It worked so well I ordered the third unit for guest use!
It's nice when something actually works!
New Blu Ray player arrived today. I installed it on the other side of the house. (I have now tested and found that the connection speed to the Internet is typically about 19,600 kb/s throughout the house with the Netgear devices-the same as with a short cable!) Over this connection I watched a Amazon-on-Demand HD of "Chuck" and it looked and sounded perfect! I don't know if its true HD but it looked great on my 50" 1080P Sony! I had the same episode of "Chuck" saved on a DVR from a HD cable channel. I compared them and saw no significant difference. I still haven't bothered to eliminate the surge protector. If all keeps working I won't!
Three weeks later, they are working so well I bought two more! I tested them all with two laptops in various parts of our home as well as the Blu Ray player. The speed is still the same as a wire! They have been totally reliable.
Soon afterwards, I bought another pair for use in other parts of the house. I have found this system is great to supplement my wifi in different parts of the house.
I have never had an issue with lag or delays (using various wireless routers, gaming consoles with voice chat, Netflix and Amazon video streaming, and surfing the net). I am running these plugged directly into the wall, plugged into an uninterruptable power supply, and plugged into a regular surge adapter without any issues.
Note that each of these adapters has only one port. It would be nice if they each had multiple ports. The single port forces you to plug a router in if you have multiple devices in one site.
As for connecting these powerline adapters to other brands, I cannot speak from experience, although compatibility is theoretically likely. I didn't want to mess with a good thing, so I stuck with the Netgear products.