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Netgear XAVB5001 Powerline Network Adapter Kit (XAVB5001)
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- Extend your network - Extend Internet access throughout your home to any electrical outlet for desktop PCs, gaming consoles and set-top boxes
- Gigabit-fast wired connections - Speeds up to 500 Mbps
- Plug-and-play - Sets up in minutes, no need to confi gure or install software
- Push-and-Secure - Secures the network connection with the touch of a button, no need to remember passwords
- Pick-a-Plug - Automatically tests the connection at any electrical outlet to ensure the highest possible performance
- Enable applications such as streaming mulitmedia, multiplayer gaming, and multiple HD video streams
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Most people know that the supposed throughput of a powerline adapter is pretty much BS. Saying one of these is "Gigabit" is pretty misleading. Mind you this really isn't a complaint. This feeds into the "more must be better" mentality in the tech industry. If you haven't figured out that this isn't always true, then let this product type be a key example. BUT...for me the question always has boiled down, for these types of products, is it in fact fast? Fast for what? Faster than the previous line? (I'm a habitual upgrader and am willing to pay to play if in fact the product offers a substantial benefit over my current gear.)
So as I said I own the Netgear AV200/"200 Mbit" kit (XAV2001 I believe). I have previously used Linksys 85Mbit adapters to effect, and we have wireless in the house, but the AV200's were good performers and worth the ~$100 I spent on them, and adequately replaced wireless where I had some serious dead spots in my house. I dropped into Staples last night and lo and behold, they had the Netgear AV500 kit in their pretty red box for $139. I decided to give it a go, figuring if my network performance was significantly better, I'd keep them. If not, I'd return them, having kept the packaging perfect, and ensuring Staples would take them back if Netgear had BS'd the numbers.Read more ›
Testing was performed in a ~3-year old house and the 2 adapters were several rooms apart from one another on the same floor. With these adapters, performance can typically vary significantly based on wiring within the house, so YMMV.
As a preview of the results, while they didn't achieve anywhere near the advertised 250 mbps (~31 MB/s) in each direction, they did perform much better than older generation powerline adapters I've used. When I plugged in the adapters, the Netgear software reported that I was getting ~220 Mbps in each direction, which was encouraging, but ultimately not even close to accurate.
In addition to testing the adapters, I also wanted to test the efficiencies of different network protocols to see what would work best for streaming HD content to my XBMC / MythTV box. Below are the results.
Testing was done using commands like the following on a Ubuntu Linux machine that tests reads and write speeds to network-mounted disk.Read more ›
Netgear really strung out the release of these AV500 compatible adapters, and I almost gave up waiting, instead going with some AV200 units. But I decided it couldn't be much longer...so I waited for the Netgear release. I can honestly say that when these arrived, I plugged in one unit near the computer and connected it to the wireless router using one of the supplied ethernet cables. I then went in to the gameroom and plugged in the other unit to the wall, and used the other included ethernet cable to connect to the Blu-ray player. I then modified the Blu-ray to connect "wired" instead of wireless and...Bam! Instant connection. And since then, no video, music, or any other media available through the Sony Blu-ray has hiccupped at all. Netflix streams smoothly...even fast forwarding or rewinding doesn't result in a wait of more than 2 or 3 seconds.
I admit I don't know what the transfer rate is on these units in my setup, but they work great for me. I highly recommend the XAVB 5001 from Netgear.
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This product works great. 4 years later and this is still going strong. Great product that works best when wifi has issues or it for some reason you are avoiding wireless... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Snorz
Appears to work fine, until I also added a cell phone extender. The two seemed to conflict. The cell phone extender now works fine, after I removed this device.Published 8 months ago by J. Hall
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Customer service, support and documentation for the older devices is nil. If something goes wrong, it is better to start over with a different vendor than waste the time with... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ernest Francisco
This is the future: Ethernet over powerline. Was recommended to this product by a family member living in the South West: he needed to extend his residential internet service to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by CubanoLibre
Works great. All our computers, receivers, PS3, etc networked with ease.Published 20 months ago by Heart Doc