Netgear 85Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit - XETB1001
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- This network kit allows you to transform any electrical outlet into an Ethernet network connection and extend your secure Powerline network wherever you need it most.
- Extend a secure Powerline Ethernet network connection to any electrical outlet. Compatible with 10 Mbps or 10/100 Mbps Ethernet products. Ultrafast data transfer rates up to 85 Mbps.
- Compatible with HomePlug 1.0 Powerline devices. 1 plug supplies both power and network connections for a space-saving design that reduces clutter.
- Ideal for powering a wireless router and extending an Internet connection to a computer, set-top box, game console, DVR or print server. Data encryption capability helps protect connections against eavesdroppers, hackers and other harmful Web traffic
- Power, Powerline Link and Ethernet link/activity LEDs keep you informed of system status. Plug-and-play installation. PC compatible. Includes 2 Powerline network adapters, Ethernet cable, installation guide and installation software CD-ROM.
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The NETGEAR 85Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit.
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer You can create a network connection anywhere in your home with the NETGEAR 85 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit XETB1001. It includes everything you need to create a network connection using your home's electrical wiring, so you can connect your computer and networkable accessories to your home network anywhere you have a power outlet, whether it is in the basement or the attic.
Easily set up a fast, secure network throughout your home. View larger.
Create a network connection wherever you have an electrical outlet. View larger.
By harnessing the electrical wiring in your home to transmit data, the Powerline lets you create network connections practically anywhere in your home, in places where a wireless signal can't reach and where it would be difficult to run an Ethernet cord. This network adapter kit is perfect for connecting game consoles, network storage devices, Slingboxes, and more.
Plug-And-Play Gets You Going Quick and Easy
The Powerline Network Adapter Kit is a snap to set up. This kit includes two XET1001 Adapters so you'll have everything you need to create a single connection. Just plug one adapter into an available electrical socket near your router, and connect your router to it. Then plug the second adapter into any electrical socket that's located near the device you want to network. When you connect your device into the adapter, it will be connected to your network.
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 XET1001 adapters.
The adapter is HomePlug 1.0 compliant, making it compatible with the NETGEAR XE104, XEPS103, XE102, WGXB102, and other HomePlug 1.0 devices.
Fast, Secure Network Connections
The Powerline XET1001 Adapter features speeds of up to 85 Mbps, fast enough for media streaming, downloading large files, and other bandwidth-heavy applications. Data is encrypted so you can be sure your private data is secure.
For added convenience, the Powerline features three LEDs that give information on power, network status, and Ethernet connections at a quick glance.
Each NETGEAR XET1001 Adapter measures 1.6 x 2.8 x 3.9 (WxHxD). The NETGEAR 85 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit XETB1001 is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Two Powerline adapters, two Ethernet cable, installation guide, setup CD, warranty card, support and information card.
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=== KEY TROUBLESHOOTING FACTORS ===
1) NO SURGE PROTECTORS - Surge protectors apparently kill the internets. I had my Powerline Network Adapters plugged into a socket multiplier that happened to have a surge protector in it and it completely prevented the internet from working on these. It is best to plug these strait into the wall.
2) ORDER OF PLUGIN MATTERS - I found that it is vital to plug the Powerline Network Adapter connected to the router first, then plug in the one plugged into the XBox. If the Powerline Network Adapter that is plugged into the Xbox is plugged in first, it sets up a network on what is basicly the "can't connect to the network" IP range. You can check for this by going into Xbox Settings -> Network. If it show an IP in the 169.254.0.0/16 range, then you need to follow the directions for the fix below. (When I Googled the IP, the results indicated it was a "Windows Private IP". Which means the device couldn't find DHCP and assigned that IP to itself.)
169.254.0.x IP FIX --> To fix the Windows Private IP, unplug both adapters. Restart your router, then once that is back up, plug in the one connected to the router. Finally go and plug the one connected to the Xbox in.
==== Drawbacks ====
After using this for a few months I can saw this is a solid product. It has recovered from power outages without needed to go through the restart process and has preformed consistently. However it gets a four out of five stars for these few drawbacks.
A) HAIR DRYERS = NO INERNETS - I don't know if this is limited to my model, but hair dryers completely drop my internet connection. This is a relatively rare occurrence, but if the hair dryer is on the same circuit as the Powerline Network Adapters it will stop the internet from working. I have not had an issue with the fridge, lamps, microwave, TV, Radio or any other appliance. Hair Dryers much pull so much electricity on the circuit that there is to much interference for the connection.
B) BOTH UNITS MUST BE ON SAME CIRCUIT - If you have multiple circuits in your house it is possible that the Powerline Network Adapters won't be able to communicate with each other aka "no internets". You can test this by plugging both units into the same wall socket. If they work while in the same socket, but not while one you want to use, this could be the cause of the issue. (Be sure to plug them in, in the right order as outlined above.)
The network adapter in this case is the "Netgear XETB1001 PowerLine Network Adapter Kit," a simple product that is sold in pairs for under $50.00 on-line. The concept is not new anyone in the IT arena should be a familiar with Power-over-Ethernet (POE) switches; the "Netgear XETB1001 PowerLine Network Adapter" utilizes the same technology.
In the new house I have broadband and cable from AT&T routed to the basement. I simply plugged one of the adapters in the kit into an outlet in basement then plugged an RJ-45 cable from my broadband into the provided port on the side of the adapter. Upstairs I needed to provide a broadband signal to a Sony DVD player in the master bedroom that also streams Internet content; the other adapter services this unit.
Three status lights on the front of the adapter - power, electrical connection, and link, give me an instant snapshot of how the adapter is doing.
I am very pleased with Netgear XETB1001 PowerLine Network Adapter Kit. It has met all of my criteria nicely; it under $50.00 ($49.95 at Amazon.com); it is easy to set-up, and; they offer more throughput than wireless: 85Mbit/s verse 54Mbit/s. An added bonus: at only $49.99 a pair they are half the cost of dropping new Cat 5/6 cable into every room. And one more little bonus; they are portable; I can just unplug in one room carry a given adapter to another room in the house and instant broadband access! Sweet!
I have been using the Netgear XETB1001 PowerLine Network Adapter Kit for a little over a month now without issue. And I am so impressed with the product that I just purchased another kit. I am building the wife a new Windows 7 desktop and instead of using a wireless adapter I already have on hand I will be using one of the Netgear XETB1001 PowerLine Network Adapter's instead. No brainer, certainly since she has been complaining of late that the wireless signal is less than reliable; something I can certainly attest to myself, since I use it for my broadband connection when I use my laptop. Looks like the other adapter in the kit is mine!
I am happy with my choice of the Netgear XETB1001 PowerLine Network Adapter Kit. So far I have absolutely no complaints and hopefully over time this will remain the case. If you are looking for an affordable alternative to dropping Cat 5/6 cable throughout your house and to wireless, these adapters should be on your shopping list!