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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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  • Mac Compatible

Product Description

The netgear powerline av 500 adapter kit extends your internet access to any electrical outlet for the most demanding applications. it offers easy, plug-and-play setup and provides faster speeds for the most demanding applications. perfect for connecting hdtvs, blu-ray players, dvrs, pcs and game consoles to your home network and the internet.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.6 x 2.6 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 4.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
ASIN B004DVEW8I
Item model number XAVB5001-100NAS
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4.3 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #130 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Powerline Network Adapters
Date first available at Amazon.com November 28, 2010

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By J. Schaeffer on May 3, 2011
I approach this review in the hopes of helping fellow home techies who were looking for a quick run down and potential benefit over older Powerline Adapter kits/units. Some good reviews in here detail the outputs of the units here in super fine detail. I'm sure many will find that helpful. I myself was looking for quick info on whether the AV500's were better than AV200's in general, or at least, better than my Netgear XAV2001 kit (AV200 "rated").

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.
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After recently dropping my satellite subscription and moving to MythTV, I needed to find a way to get HD video streams from my Antennas Direct DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna and SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Networked High Definition Digital Television (White) to a TV in the house that has no options for directly wired ethernet. Wireless (G or N) didn't prove to be reliable or fast enough, so the Netgear 500 mbps (theoretical) powerline adapters seemed like a good bet.

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.
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This new Netgear XAVB5001 was worth the wait! I had been waiting since December for this product to come out. I had gotten a Sony Blu-ray for Christmas and already had a Netflix account. So I wanted to watch "instant" movies through the Blu-ray. I had a strong Wi-fi connection throughout the house, so I didn't think using the Wi-fi for the Blu-ray would be a problem. Watching a movie through Netflix instant cue was impossible. The movie might run for 10 minutes, but then it would freeze and wait to buffer, but it never would. So I started looking at Powerline ethernet adapters, as the second story of our house prevented easily running ethernet cable to the TV location.

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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