- Product Dimensions: 17 x 8.1 x 21.1 cm ; 635 g
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Item model number: XAVNB2001-100NAS
- ASIN: B0046SQ8VW
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 13 2010
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,501 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Powerline Av 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit
- Automatic push button wireless setuphome users/media enthusiasts)
- Pick-a-Plug for simple troubleshooting
- Energy saving features
- Best in class performance and reliability
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Transform a power outlet into a Wireless-N access point with this NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 extender that features speeds up to 200 Mbps to ensure efficient data transfer. Plug-and-play setup helps simplify operation.
From the Manufacturer
Create a wireless hotspot in your home with the NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit. By combining a wireless access point with Powerline AV technology, you'll be able to use your home's electrical system to extend your network to areas that are difficult for wireless technology to reach or penetrate. This allows you to enjoy a fast and safe connection on all your networkable devices, including laptops, Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, and PCs.
NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit (XAVNB2001)
Automatically tests the connection at any electrical outlet to ensure high performance. View larger.
Features wired and wireless access using Powerline and Wireless-N technologies. View larger.
Fast Wireless and Wired Connections Anywhere in Your Home
The NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit provides a fast, reliable, and secure network connection anywhere in your home. It allows you to create a wireless hotspot in areas where you can't get wireless coverage by using your home's existing electrical wiring to bridge the gap.
The kit provides both wired and wireless connections with fast speeds for demanding applications. Powerline AV and Wireless-N technologies offer speeds of up to 200 Mbps, making the kit ideal for simultaneous downloads, voice applications, music, and online gaming.
Easy Plug-and-Play Setup
The Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit sets up quickly, without any software to configure or install. The pick-a-plug feature automatically tests the connection at any electrical outlet to ensure the highest possible performance.
Wi-Fi Security at the Push of a Button
With just a touch of a button, you can create a secure wireless network connection without needing to remember passwords, network IDs, or anything else.
Automatic Shutoff for Better Energy Efficiency
The Powerline automatically powers off when not in use, helping you to save energy. Additionally, NETGEAR's packaging is manufactured with 80% recycled materials.
The NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender (XAVN2001), Powerline AV 200 Ultra Adapter (XAV2001), two Ethernet cables, CD, and documentation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
A few quirks with this otherwise great product. This product is incompatible with iTunes home sharing. If your itunes library is on one network and you are on the extended network, you won't be able to see the shared library. this is a known problem, and there appears to be no solution. Second, the default encryption key is something simple, and is the same for every unit sold. I can't believe this but it is true. Once, after a firmware update that factory reset everything I realized my XAVN2001 had connected to someone else's network in my building-- who also hadn't changed the default key.
I've used power line adapters since before they were renamed HOME PLUG and HOME PLUG AV.
Some of the worked well, like linksys, others worked just as well at halve the price such as Actiontec.
Answering friends, clients, families questions about how to get their internet from their den to the other side of their house was never a simple answer. If you want to keep it wireless you needed coordinated placement of repeaters and remotes that had to interoperate properly -easier said than done. It was expensive and could require maintenance.
There always was WDS (wireless distribution system) which barely worked if you could find hardware that supported it. Other manufactures had their own "range extending technology" which was completely incompatible with the same company's previous and future products. It was kind of a mess. Out comes this little bit of netgear kit. First It takes two high quality power line adapters to rout all the data through your homes AC wiring. This is part of a standard so you aren't locked into an one manufacture. So instead of multiple wireless range extenders all trying to be on the same network and same encryption key, you basically have two plugs that create a wired connection through your home's AC wiring that can carry data at 200Mbs (fast enough all HD content). What makes this kit stand out is that netgear included in on of the two plugs an full fledged wifi access point a/b/g/n. Prior to this you got a plug out of the wall but what would you do with it? you'd either plug it into a single device, a router, or a wireless router.This saves you having the extra box, power suply, extra thing to configure.
He's an archetypal setup. You have linksys (or some other major brand) wifi router on one end of your house but want wifi on the other side. With this kit you take the XAV2001 and plug it into a wall socket near you existing router. Next you connect a regular network cable from your existing router to the XAV2001. At the second location, the one in need of wifi, you take the AXVN2001 and plug it in to a outlet where it would be used. After a few seconds they unit will give you an green, yellow, or red light. Green means the connection is high speed up to 200Mbs yellow is slower, and red slower still. Now if you happen to get red, dont despair. Experiment with different plug locations for both plugs and here's why. A number of things contribute to electrical noise in wiring that can degrade throughput performance. Fluorescent lights, dimmers, large motors, even a certain type of circuit breaker called AFCI can interfere. So do a little testing and see what combination of plug positions balance the through put with the proximity of what you need to connect too. they call it plug and check.
once this is done you can take advantage of the really cool feature of this product. The second devices becomes a wireless repeater bridge for the first. It automatically inherits all of the primary network's settings: network name, encryption key, and configures itself. Once setup is complete you can sign on your wifi network on the other side of the house without having to add a new wireless network to your devices.
These devices are simple, they work well, and are expandable to 8 plugs (think) to accomodate larger facilities or multilevel structures.
Set up the Netgear Powerline by plugging in the Adaptor into the wall and connect it to a LAN port on your router. Next, plug the Extender into a wall outlet in the area that you want a better signal. After doing this, you will notice the network "NETGEAR" show up in your Airport list in the top right corner of the screen. Connect to the network and visit a site or two to make sure that the connection is how you want it. Next, open the Airport Utility and go to the Manual settings for your Airport router. Click on Advanced, then the Logging & Statistics tab. Next, click on the Logs & Statistics button on the bottom of the page. Click the "DHCP Clients" tab and you will see a number of devices that are communicating with your router. The one with the same MAC Address as your Netgear Wireless Extender (its MAC address can be found on the back of it) is your Wireless Extender. Note its IP Address and type it into your Internet browser. This will take you to the Settings page for your Netgear Powerline kit.
Besides this ignorant lack of process that will probably take up many peoples' time, the product is excellent.
The bottom line of the Netgear Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit XAVNB2001 is that it combines the wireless access point to the powerline networking device. You get the wireless network signal from the plugged powerline networking adapter as well as the port for the wired connection. As I described above, I got the wired network connection in the basement from the router located in the second floor. Now, by using the Netgear XAVNB2001, I get strong wireless signal coming out from the Netgear XAVNB2001 in the basement in addition to the wired connection that I have been enjoying. Sometimes, I spend my time in the basement and get the strong wireless signal for my iPod touch, smartphone and notebook computers. I couldn't be happier.
Previous powerline networking devices did not need any setup to make it work, however, the Netgear XAVNB2001 requires a little bit of configuration, if you want to use it as a wireless extender. Don't worry. It is easy if you have basic knowledge of wireless networking or have experiences setting up wireless routers. And if you have a wireless router with a WPS button on it, you can configure the Netgear XAVNB2001 with a single click of a button. When I connected the Netgear XAVNB2001 for the first time, the wired connection started to work without any setup. Then, I read the MAC address of the Netgear XAVNB2001 written on the back of the device and got the IP address of it from my router. Then, I typed the IP address in a Firefox web browser on my Mac. Voila! The network setup menu of the the Netgear XAVNB2001 appeared on the web browser, and I only changed the security setting for my wireless network.
I have used the Netgear XAVNB2001 for about a month now, and I absolutely love it. The speed of the wired and wireless connection are both very good and I have not had a single problem with it. And the one thing I really like is that the Netgear XAVNB2001 goes to sleep when the wireless networking is not used for a while. If you start to use the wireless connection, the Netgear XAVNB2001 wakes up right away.
Overall, the Netgear XAVNB2001 is a terrific networking device. It has the best of both worlds, wired and wireless networking. And it works with 4 powerline networking adapters I already have without any problem. I would highly recommend this device to any one who wants a versatile networking option for his/her home network.