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Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater Internet Connection Kit (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Perfect for connecting HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, and game consoles to your home network and the Internet
  • Extends a high speed Internet connection to any power outlet1
  • Provides wired reliability with no new wires
  • Connects up to 4 devices

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 22.6 x 8.1 cm ; 748 g
  • Shipping Weight: 812 g
  • Item model number: XAVB1004-100NAS
  • ASIN: B002FB684E
  • Date first available at Nov. 16 2010
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #639,438 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Turn Any Electrical Outlet into a High-Speed Home Network Connection NETGEAR’s Home Theater Internet Connection Kit (XAVB1004) is a convenient solution for extending your home network by using standard electrical outlets. This kit delivers the devices you need to set up an Internet connection in any room without running new wires.The XAVB1004 connects up to four (4) devices to your network: Game consoles including Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Networked attached storage devices including: NETGEAR ReadyNAS, Notebook PCs, Wired and wireless routers, TiVo, AppleTV,VUDU box, Desktop PCs, Slingbox, BD Live enabled Blu-ray player Features Turn a power outlet into a high speed Internet and home network connection Connects up to 4 devices Delivers fast 200 Mbps speed, fast enough to stream HD video For use with both wired and wireless routers and gateways Simply plug an XAV101 into your router and connect as many as 4 Ethernet-ready devices to the XAV1004 Port-based Quality of Service (QoS), ensures that the highest priority applications are allocated more bandwidth Red, yellow, green status LEDs indicate maximum data rate 128-bit AES data encryption ensures privacy and security, secure your Powerline AV network by just pushing a button Supports Windows Vista HomePlug AV compatible.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Turn your home's electrical system into a high-speed network with the NETGEAR XAVB1004 Home Theater Internet Connection Kit. With the ability to connect up to four devices without running new wires or making costly renovations, this kit is the ideal solution for securely connecting your XBox or Playstation, computers, TiVos, and more to your home network and the Internet.

Turn any electrical outlet into a high-speed network connection for up to 4 devices. View larger.

Plugging your router into the included adapter turns your electrical system into an entertainment-grade network. View larger.
The NETGEAR® Home Theater Internet Connection Kit:
  • Turns your home's electrical system into a high-speed network.
  • Lets you connect up to 4 devices to your network via a single electrical outlet.
  • Supports speeds up to 200 Mbps and covers up to a 5,000-square-foot home.


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Turn Your Electrical System into a Secure, High-Speed Network
With the NETGEAR® XAVB1004 Home Theater Internet Connection Kit, gone are the days of drilling holes in your walls and running cable through your house so you can connect to the Internet. This secure, high-speed, adapter kit turns any standard electrical outlet in your home into a high-speed entertainment-grade network connection.

The kit includes one Powerline XAV101 AV Ethernet Adapter, which you plug into your router, and one Powerline XAV1004 AV Adapter with 4-Port Ethernet Switch, which you plug into an outlet in any room where you want a network connection. Once you plug the adapters in, within minutes you'll have a high-speed network throughout your home.

The XAV1004 AV Adapter includes four Ethernet ports, letting you connect up to four devices -- such as laptops, network attached storage devices, DVRs, media streamers, Blu-Ray DVD players, or game consoles -- to your network via a single electrical outlet.

Port-Based Quality of Service (QOS) Prioritizes your Bandwidth Usage
Because the unit features port-based Quality of Service (QoS), you can decide which devices receive bandwidth priority, ensuring that the performance of your highest priority device is not impeded by any spikes in your bandwidth demand.

This means that if you've prioritized your Xbox 360TM or other game console and you're in the middle of an online game, you won't be interrupted or delayed by another user on your network trying to download a video or access the Internet. The system will automatically regulate bandwidth use, prioritizing the Xbox network traffic over other traffic on the same network.

By simply pushing a button, without using a PC or Mac, the kit also gives you the option of securing your network connection with 128-bit AES data encryption for privacy and security.

Supports Speeds up to 200 Mbps
The Home Theater Internet Connection Kit supports speeds up to 200 Mbps, enough for streaming high-definition video and MP3s, transferring large files, making Internet calls, and more. As long as your electrical outlets in your home are electrically connected, the XAVB1004 will typically provide home-network coverage up to 5,000 square feet.

And to help you get the fastest speed out of your connections, NETGEAR Pick-a-Plug technology provides red, yellow and green status LEDs that indicate the signal strength and speed through your house so you can find the best outlets to use.

Perfect for Xbox, Playstation, TiVo, ReadyNAS and More
Perfect for creating a connectivity hub by your home theater, by placing the XAV1004 near your television, you can easily connect your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 to your network, giving you the high-speed connection you need. The adapter can also connect other media devices, such as your TiVo, AppleTVTM, SlingboxTM, DVR, BD Live-enabled Blu-Ray player, Ethernet-enabled TV, and more.

By connecting a network attached storage device, such as the ReadyNASTM Duo, to the adapter, you can give anyone in your home direct access to the media and other files stored on the device. And, by simply adding additional expansion units, like the Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (XAV101) or Powerline AV Adapter with Ethernet Switch (XAV1004) , you can continue to expand your Powerline network as your needs grow

No drilling. No mess. No wires. Creating a high-speed and secure home network couldn't be any easier.

The XAV1004 Adapter with Ethernet Switch measures 5.40 x 4.01 x 1.10 inches, and the XAV101 AV Ethernet Adapter measures 3.86 x 2.83 x 1.57 inches. The kit is supported by a NETGEAR 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
One Powerline AV Adapter with Ethernet Switch (XAV1004); one Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter (XAV101); one 1.82 m (6 ft.) AC power cord; two 1.52 m (5 ft,) Ethernet cables; setup CD and product documentation.

View the schematic to see how
your electrical system can become a high-speed network.

Port-based Quality of Service prioritizes your bandwidth usage. View larger.

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  • Ideal way to add high-speed network connections to your home without rewiring
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  • Perfect for connecting HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles to your home network
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  • NETGEAR-exclusive X-RAID technology keeps your digital media and files protected

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5b83a38) out of 5 stars Much better than wireless G Aug. 20 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I have only had this for a few days, but hookup is a breeze (took about 5 minutes from openning the box to fishing wires under my furniture behind the TV), and it is much faster than wireless G. I am streaming Netflix through my TivoHD without undue buffering, and at the claimed Netflix full HD quality. The utility software included with the product allows the user to turn off the three LEDs on the four port switch, implement security on the devices, and create network priorities if there are multiple adapters on the network. The utility software scans the powerline network and details the speed at which the network is operating. My speeds vary between 72 mpbs to 88 mbps in my 3,100 sqft house that is about 7 years old. My network router is upstairs and my home theater is downstairs. Longevity of the device is yet to be determined since I have only had it a few days, but so far I am very pleased with the product.


I had a lamp that operated by touch to turn it on and off. It kept turning on by itself after installing the netgear powerline adapter. Well, after unplugging the lamp from the wall, I am getting about 160 mbps transfer speeds on my network to my home theater. Its fast, stable, and streams video like crazy.
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5b83e40) out of 5 stars Better that Wireless, not as good as wired, or as stated Aug. 3 2010
By Dan - Published on
I purchased the Netgear XAVB1004 Powerline Home Networking Kit so I could connect my Tivo, my new Home Theater PC and other devices downstairs to my router which was upstairs.

Some background: I have a 2 story 1700 sq ft townhouse. There is no networking cable run through the house, and unfortunately, its easy or cost effective to rip everything apart to run wires. I currently have a 10/100 MBs Linksys WRT54G wireless router. Since I wanted to transfer large files back and forth to my HTPC and Tivo, I felt 802.11n wasn't the best option. (Plus, I'd have to buy new adapters). Debating between Powerline and MoCa (Ethernet of Coax), I felt Powerline would give me the most flexibility, and being advertised at 200 Mbps, which is about 25 MB/s. Being that my router is 100 mpbs, (12.5 MB/s), I thought even matching the speed would be great.

I am currently transferring lots of files around, anywhere from 100 MB to 2 GB at a time, so speed is important

Setup review:
This device was ultra easy to set up. Literally, plug it in, and off you go. I couldn't have asked for a simpler setup. I am not using any encryption at the risk of slowing the system down. I'm not in a place where I have to worry about someone tapping into my powerline.

Speed review:
While transferring from upstairs to downstairs, I got a best speed of 4.7 MB/s, roughly 37.6 mbps. I will admit, this is more than double the speed of my wireless router, it is certainly not even close to advertised wired speeds.

I realize that almost nowhere will a person see 200 mbps, but I think even 50 mpbs over a relatively short distance should be expected.

While this is not nearly as fast as I would like, it is much faster than my wireless. I'm keeping it based on the price, flexibility and easy of use. I can only hope that that Netgear will release a firmware update for this.

My recommendation is that if you have other options, and speed is an issue, then look that way. But if its casual downloading, web access, or just connectivity, this may work for you.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa501accc) out of 5 stars Look Ma!! No wires!! Oct. 22 2009
By Eliezer Kolatch - Published on
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Ok, so you've got the modern home, a couple of game systems, maybe a wii and a ps3 or an xbox. YOu have a cable box that can connect to the internet. Maybe you have an Apple TV or a blu-ray player thats internet radio and netflix ready.
Or perhaps you live in a 3 floor house, your wireless router is on the bottom floor near the cable router but your office is on the third floor.

What do you do?

Before your options were somewhat limited, you could use your wireless network, with the accompanying limited bandwidth and security issues (how many times have you logged on to a random network on your phone??). Alternatively you could run wires throughout your house, poke holes in the walls, or run wires up to the ceiling and around the room. In the process you'll either spend a significant amount of money to get wiring put in professionally, or you'll piss your SO off with wires zigzagging everywhere, honestly, nobody wants to have to run 4 cat-5 cables to their home entertainment system.

The NETGEAR Home Theater Internet Connection Kit (XAVB1004) solves these problems with an incredible simple plug and play solution. The kit consists of two components, one, is a Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter (XAV101) that plugs into the wall by your router, and into your router. The other is a Powerline AV Adapter with 4-port ethernet switch (XAV1004) that you plug in wherever you want to have ethernet ports (on the third floor or by your tv). In tandem these turn the electrical wiring in your house, your power-lines, into an ethernet connection. They allow you to stream, "wirelessly" 100mb/second in each direction, allowing for as much speed as one could desire, without the actual ethernet wires.

In truth this works exactly as expected, while the speeds realized weren't exactly 100mb/s in each direction, i did realize speeds in the mid 70s. I had no trouble streaming Netflix in HD onto a laptop while playing CTF call of duty on my Xbox. Essentially this solved all my wiring problems.

One thing of note: you have to plug these directly into outlets, no power strips, surge protectors, or backup batteries. It has to be plugged into the wall directly for it to work.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa547903c) out of 5 stars Home theater enthusiasts, a product like this is a must Oct. 15 2009
By K. Dubose - Published on
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
If your household is like mine several of my home theater components can connect to the internet with wires. The problem is that my modem and router are in a different room and running cable to the entertainment center could be a problem in your house. Luckily for me I can run my own CAT 6 cable anywhere I need, but to be honest it's a HUGE pain.

When I was given the chance to try the Home Theater Internet Connection Kit out, I jumped at it. This product could solve the Internet connectivity issue that many of us suffer from with our home theaters. The system is called the Home Theater Internet Connection Kit. The kit is a powerline networking system that allows users to connect multiple devices to the internet at speeds of up to 200Mbps. That is enough bandwidth to stream HD video to and from connected devices. The kit includes a single AV adapter with a 4-port Ethernet switch and one Powerline AV Ethernet adapter. This units claim a throughput of 200Mbps (max - real world performance is probably much lower), multiple inputs, and really easy installation.

The question is....does it really work? Installation: easy-breezy, install one device into your home theater and a second near your router. With the Netgear Home Theater Internet Connection Kit, you actually get 4 priority labeled ports for your gear. That means that if you want one piece of gear (like a game system or Blu-ray player that you use to stream Netflix) to be allocated the most bandwidth, you install it in port 1. For the most part, however people rarely use so many Internet connections at once.

Like all Powerline products that I've seen, the Netgear Home Theater Internet Connection Kit has an encryption system. Netgear is using a 128-bit AES data encryption that can be either set by a push of the button on the units or via included software if you have a computer running Windows Vista. There are status lights that indicate the data rate you are achieving.

I'm impressed by the prioritizing of the Ethernet ports. At first I didn't think I would use it but if you plan on streaming videos, you'll use it. The only thing that I didn't like was the design of the switch. To me it looks horrible BUT, I'd take the ugly box with the extra port that works any day of the week. One thing to remember, however, is regardless of their claims, high speed Internet is generally not as quick as they'd claim. From my tests I have found that for the most part you'll notice no difference between the direct connection and the powerline solution, with demanding applications (like streaming content), the powerline solution will be inferior. Better than wireless? No doubt. But when you have the choice between a powerline solution and a direct connection, the direct connection will always be better. But when you don't, powerline is the next best thing. For more home theater enthusiasts, a product like this is a must. It easy it was almost like magic.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5479384) out of 5 stars EASY set-up - theater quality in a box Sept. 2 2009
By Maureen Birdsall - Published on
We have the same set-up as the previous viewer (TiVO HDXL & NETFLIX), and are also able to stream the full quality movies without delay. I can't stress enough how easy it was to install. In the past, shuffling components usually meant something didn't work after it was all put back in place.

This was seamless & affordable. I'll add it to my checklist of Netgear products that have worked as claimed.