- Product Dimensions: 4 x 6.7 x 8.6 cm ; 132 g
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Item model number: XAVB2001-100NAS
- ASIN: B0036R9YA6
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 10 2010
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514,421 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Netgear Powerline AV 200 Adapter Kit
- Extends a high speed Internet connection to any power outlet
- Perfect for connecting HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs and game consoles to your home network and the Internet
- Compact design with push-button security
- Just plug into any electrical outlet
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
The NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Ultra Adapter Kit extends a high speed Internet connection to any power outlet. Perfect for connecting HDTV's Blu-rayTM players, DVR's, PC's and game consoles to your home network and the Internet. Easy setup, just Plug-and-Play.
From the Manufacturer
The NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Adapter Kit XAVB2001 includes everything you need to extend a high-speed network connection using just the built-in electrical wiring in your home. This kit allows you to create a network port wherever you have a power outlet, making it perfect for connecting HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs, game consoles, and more. With this kit, you won't have to worry about weak wireless signals or unsightly cables running through your home anymore.
The Powerline AV 200 Adapter Kit includes two Powerline AV adapters to get you started right away. View larger.
The Powerline AV 200 Adapter Kit offers simple, plug-and-play installation. View larger.
The Powerline AV 200 Adapter Kit includes two Powerline AV 200 adapters, which makes setting up a connection a snap. Simply plug one of the adapters into an available electrical outlet near your router and connect it to your router with an included Ethernet cable. Then plug the second adapter into any electrical outlet that's located near the device you want to network. Connect your device into the adapter and it will be connected to your network. It's as simple as that.
You can easily create more network connections in your home by simply purchasing and installing additional Powerline AV 200 XAV2001 adapters. The Powerline AV 200 is also compatible with all HomePlug AV products.
Fast Network Connection for Streaming HD Media
The Powerline AV 200 offers network connection speeds of up to 200 MBps, making it the ideal solution for network-intensive tasks such as making Internet phone calls, streaming HD video, playing online games, and transferring large files. The fast network speeds make the Powerline AV 200 great for devices such as the Slingbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, networked televisions, and more.
And for added convenience, the Powerline AV 200 also features three different colored LEDs that give information on Power, Network Status, and Ethernet connections.
Easy, Push-Button Security for Enhanced Safety
You won't have to worry about hackers snooping in your private data when you're using the Powerline AV 200. By simply pushing a button, you'll enable an encrypted connection that keeps your sensitive information secure from prying eyes.
The Powerline AV 200 Adapter Kit is a NETGEAR Green product, so you know you're getting a product. The Powerline AV 200 adapters automatically power down when not connected or not in use to conserve energy. The LEDs can be disabled to further save energy, and the packaging is manufactured with at least 95-percent recycled materials.
Each adapter measures 3.38 x 2.63 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD) and is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Two Powerline AV 200 Adapters (XAV2001), two 2 meter Ethernet cables, setup CD and documentation.
|Related NETGEAR Products to Enhance Your Digital Entertainer Express Experience|
| NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Adapter (XAV2001) |
| NETGEAR Rangemax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WNDR3700) |
| NETGEAR Home Theater Internet Connection Kit (XAVB1004) |
| NETGEAR Wireless Adapter for EVA9100 (EVAW111) |
| NETGEAR Powerline AV Adapter with Ethernet Switch (XAV1004) |
| NETGEAR Stora (MS2110) |
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Setting up a new power line network is extremely simple... just plug one of the AV200's into the wall with its Ethernet cable into your router/switch, and plug the other module anywhere you'd like to add an Ethernet connection. The beauty of Ethernet is that you can either directly connect the AV200 to a single device, or you can hook it up to a multi-port switch so multiple devices can be served by a single AV200. It should be noted that there's nothing stopping you from plugging in a second wireless router set to AP mode into the AV200 and effectively expanding your existing wireless coverage.
Since the AV200 (and all power line networking units) use your existing electrical wiring as the physical transmit medium, there are inherent advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional wireless internet. One advantage is relative immunity to common sources of radio interference, so Bluetooth, microwave ovens, and other devices that potentially wreak havoc on 2.4GHz 802.11B/G/N networks won't cause your connection to spontaneously drop. Another advantage is wiring simplicity-you don't need to make dedicated Ethernet cable runs and chances are the device you're trying to network is already connected to the AC wiring.
One of the disadvantages is that power lines were not designed to carry data and the overall topology can vary wildly, so this is really a case of "your mileage will vary." For example, it's entirely possible that different outlets will work better than others since sources of interference on your power lines are relatively localized. Also, since the network medium is power lines, the maximum range of your network is a little fuzzy and can extend beyond the boundaries of your residence or office. Although the signal will degrade over distance, a shared common element such as a transformer can propagate the signal, theoretically putting your network in range of multiple residences. You can mitigate this issue, in part at least, by turning on the security/encryption function which is thankfully very easy to use, but I suspect many users will not.
Overall, I think that the NETGEAR Powerline AV200 is a fine product that's powerful and easy to use. From my experience, it's much easier to use this device to extend my network versus wireless Ethernet bridges or repeaters and it's more reliable to boot. I am disappointed, however, that the AV200 doesn't have a built-in 4-port switch like as my old Linksys kit, considering the AV200 costs significantly more. In the end, I am very satisfied with the AV200 and am happy to conclude that power line networking is ready for the prime time.
Below, I've come up with a list of my Power Line Networking Best Practices
1) Things with big motors such as blenders, fans, vacuums, etc. are notorious for generating electrical noise and this can impact performance.
2) Some surge protectors / UPS units will block the signal that the AV200 needs to operate. For best performance, plug the unit into the wall.
3) Circuit breakers and fuse boxes will degrade the signal, but it's entirely possible to use Homeplug devices that are on different electrical circuits eg. upstairs/downstairs.
4) The 200Mbps AV200's didn't work with my 85 Mbps Linksys.
Now that everyone in my neighborhood has a wireless network, the congestion produces a lot of interference and poor throughput. The ideal solution would be to go to a dual band wireless-N router using the 5GHz band. But of course that costs money; new router, new adapters for all devices. This device isn't cheap but it is more cost effective compared to the ideal wireless router solution. I am getting well over 100Mb/s of throughput on mine. The greatest benefit to these devices is their simplicity, it just works.
Some of the unique benefits of this device is its power saving feature. It automatically goes into standby mode when not in use. It is also great to be able to see your connection quality at a glance using the color coded LEDs.
The only real negative about this product is the price. Everything else about it makes it superior to wireless when making a point to point connection. No more interference, a consistent quality high speed connection, zero effort setup and maintenance, this is what networking should be.
That is not the case with these AV 200 (XAV2001) adapters.
Configuration was so easy I thought I did something wrong. I ran a cable from my router to the first adapter plugged into the wall, then went and plugged the other one a few bedrooms away and hooked that to my laptop to test: it worked.
Enabling security was dead-easy as well, simply press the "Lock" button on the side for 2 secs on all the devices that you want to securely connect to one-another in a 2-min window, and every device put into that mode within that 2 min window will seek each other out and make a secure (encrypted) connection. You can use the included Windows/Mac software to change the Encryption Key used to something custom if you want.
As for performance, my quick-summary is that for very-close distances (in the same room, or 1 room over) a good Wireless-N connection will be faster. But as you move further and further away and put more walls between you and the wireless base station, the Wireless-N signal degrades really quickly and becomes erratic while the NETGEAR AV 200 Powerline adadpters degraded from almost 70 Mbps (maximum speed I could get with two plugged into the same socket) to 52 Mbps but didn't dip below that; while my Wireless-N signal would bounce between 500 Kbs and 10 Mbps at the same distance.
If you are a bandwidth junkie and need Gig-E speeds, you will either need to wire Gig-E in your house, or try out the Powerline 500 devices NETGEAR just announced (will hopefully have some in for review soon).
But if you don't necessarily need Gig-E speeds, but want a fast (HD streaming capable) and stable home network with a dead-easy secure setup, I would absolutely recommend these devices to you.
For what it's worth, I also tested these devices in a "hostile" environment by plugging in and turning on my vacuum cleaner, portable 1 Ton AC unit and HDTV which are all in-lined on the same wiring with the wire I had my powerline devices on, and it didn't impact performance at all; it stayed right at 52 Mbps.
I know in the past "noisy" appliances like these used to be a big issue with Powerline technology, it seems that either Powerline tech is getting better or NETGEAR has mastered the intricacies of it.
NOTE: If you haven't worked with Powerline before, some things you have to watch out for are trying to pass a signal across a circuit breaker boundary or old wiring in older homes that may not be very clean.
Other than that, it's a pretty plug and play experience.
That said, I am less than impressed with the company, its customer service and their second-class support for the Macintosh platform. First, the company's support response is slow and when you do get one, about 80% text in the email will be about how sorry they are for the inconvenience, how gladly they would be able to help etc. etc. - formalities gone a bit far :o)
Mac users beware: I was told that they only include the configuration utility with the product (on a CD) and you won't find it online - there is no mention of it at their site (at the time I am writing this review - Feb. 1, 2011). So, currently, you can forget about getting the "latest" utility to tinker with the units. Not only that, I was told that if I needed to upgrade the firmware on the units, I would have to find a PC! I had bought these specifically to be used in a fully Macintosh environment - fortunately I am fine for now. But just be aware. I am just disappointed that they "initially support the Mac" but not later with proper software updates etc. This reminds me of a time a few years ago when I used to constantly run into this issue with a few Mfrs. - full Windows support but half-hearted Mac support.