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Netgear XAV101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter

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  • Adapter uses existing electrical wiring in your home to create a network connection
  • Plug and play installation requires no software
  • Delivers up to 200 Mbps throughput for high-bandwidth applications; Homeplug AV compliant
  • 128-bit encryption for extra security
  • Adapter measures 2.83 x 3.86 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 1-year warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 17 x 9.7 cm ; 340 g
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Item model number: XAV101-100NAS
  • ASIN: B001CHCDB4
  • Date first available at Sept. 19 2009
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Product Description

Designed for extending your network by using electrical outlets, Poverline AV Ethernet Adapter XAV101 can turn any electrical power outlet into a high-speed Internet and home network connection, easily connect TiVo, Slingbox, game consoles, or TVs and is fast enough to stream HD video. You need just plug it into a wall outlet without any setup.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e53fd74) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5bf504) out of 5 stars Worth the added cost Feb. 26 2009
By P. J. Weber - Published on
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I purchased 3 of these units (the 2 unit kit plus one additional) for my home media distribution. Originally I had planned to use only wireless, but found too many signal disruptions causing HD video to become choppy or drop completely. I have one connected to a Linksys DMA2100 extender, one to my DirecTV HD DVR and one to my Vista Media server. DirecTV VOD works flawlessly, as does the extender. This solution is more expensive than running CAT6, but it is so easy to set up and use that I didn't mind the extra cost. Another thing: one of these units is in my family room, and I was worried about the green lights being a distraction. There is a utility that comes with these devices that allows you to turn the indicators off if you desire. Overall, I've been very happy with these units.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ae6c54) out of 5 stars Works as expected Feb. 26 2009
By C. Nelson - Published on
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Plugged it in and it just worked. I added a media center extender out in our garage so we can watch live tv, recorded shows, listen to music while running on a treadmill. Used this adaptor to get network connectivity in the garage since the wireless signal was not good enough to stream video reliably. Powerline adaptor worked perfectly.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e786330) out of 5 stars Hit or miss performance, no free human tech support Nov. 29 2009
By Casual Surveyor - Published on
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I have one local (master) unit and two remote units. At first they worked reasonable well to transmit HD video from Netflix on our Roku HD players. Lately they started to hang up and stutter (red light = < 50 Mbps). Even SD picture quality fell dramatically (two dots out of four on Roku) due to low data rate. I went to the netgear website to see if the FAQ might help. Although extensive, there wasn't anything there that solved my problems. No free human support available by phone or email. They offer a software configuration utility to perform a factory reset (can also be done by pushing a reset button on each unit). The software also can update the firmware in the units. Unfortunately their US download site is buggy and you can't get the file to download (they have an extensive download support page explaining how their website is great and that the inability to download files is the user's fault, not their bad website). Fortunately I found the same file on their German website, which was working and I was able to easily download it like any normal file. Once I got that software installed, the factory reset worked but the firmware update failed. You could see it start to update the firmware, then the software would say "failed to update the firmware" with no further explanation. I tried plugging each unit right into the network. Even with a direct ethernet connection at 200 Mbps, they still couldn't update. Right now I am getting link rates of ~100 Mbps on one remote unit in the bedroom and ~75 Mbps on the other one in the kitchen, which is not really very good considering the high price of these adapters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f12fa14) out of 5 stars Worked as described Aug. 10 2009
By Manpreet Sidhu - Published on
Plug and play set up. I use this to stream HD content from my PC to our TV in the Family Room. It was flawless, not a single hiccup for 1080p content. Anyone who has tried to stream HD content over wireless knows that won't work well. This is a much easier way to get Ethernet to rooms that aren't wired. Great product!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e643db0) out of 5 stars Netgear XAV101 Powerline Adapters Oct. 11 2009
By Motor Head - Published on
I purchased these powerline adapters to remedy the unreliable wireless connection I had with my Linksys WRT54G2V1 router (greatly varying signal strength and very slow speed).
The Netgear XAV101 adapters worked after I installed them and improved the connectivity speed by a factor 10 over the Linksys wireless router.
However, when I returned from a business trip, I found I had no internet connection because the Netgear XAV101 powerline adapters no longer were communicating with one another (no powerline light).

Netgear's Help desk is absolutely HORRIBLE : I was passed around to three different agents, they took the serial numbers and my name, and wanted me to connect my computer directly to my DSL modem to check my IP address. After over 40 minutes I finally gave up.

Interestingly enough, the powerline adapters started working again without me having done anything to the equipment after I hung up from their Help desk.......I am disturbed that I don't know the root cause of this outage.

Bottom line : the product is great when it is working, but Netgear's Help desk is not helpful at all. The user manual is also not helpful at all to troubleshoot such problems which seems to be typical for this industry.