- Item Weight: 930 g
- Shipping Weight: 930 g
- Item model number: XAVB2501-100NAS
- ASIN: B0036RFGKS
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 10 2010
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,719 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Powerline Av+ 200 Adapter Kit
- Extends a high speed Internet connection to any power outlet (2 units required, or purchase kit XAVB2001)
- 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
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From the Manufacturer
The NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Adapter Kit XAVB2501 includes everything you need to extend a high-speed network connection to any power outlet, letting you connect HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs, game consoles, and more. The Powerline AV+ 200 also provides the added convenience of an extra outlet with built-in noise filtering, so you'll enjoy an even better home theater experience. You won't have to worry about weak wireless signals or unsightly cables running through your home anymore.
Connect devices anywhere in your home to your network with the Powerline AV+ 200. 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 XAV2501 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.
Extra Noise-Filtered Power Outlet
Each Powerline AV+ 200 Adapter not only provides an Ethernet connection for Internet, but also has a power outlet to replace the one that it uses, so it won't use up your last outlet. Not only that, the Powerline AV+ 200 Adapter adds noise-filtering to the outlet. With a reduction in noise from other electronic devices, you'll get better performance in your home theater, such as cleaner sound and a clearer picture.
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 5.43 x 2.56 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD) and is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Two Powerline AV+ 200 Adapters (XAV2501), two 2 meter Ethernet cables, setup CD and documentation.
Install a Powerline adapter wherever you need a network connection.
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Top Customer Reviews
Oh and one more thing. It DOES work through and extention cord even though they recommend plugging directly into outlet. There may be issues with protected powerbars though YMMV.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
It's been nearly three years since I originally wrote my review, and these are still going strong in my home. There's been no loss in signal transmission quality over the years, so, after such a long period of use, I feel it's safe to say that anyone that purchases these can fully expect to get their money's worth out of them! ; D
When I saw this item, I leapt at the opportunity to get my hands on a set of these, in hopes that this Netgear Powerline AV+ 200 Adapter Kit would give me a stronger Internet connection than I was getting wirelessly to my Wii. I've only just recently begun subscribing to Netflix, and the signal that I've been getting wirelessly has left something to be desired with regards to image quality of downloaded media from the Instant queue.
When I received my package, I couldn't wait to get these in place and put them to use. Luckily for me, setting these up was a breeze. The adapters themselves are pretty tall, and fairly wide, as you probably determined by the photo - about 2.5" wide, 5" tall, and about 1.75" deep. They fit VERY snugly into the outlets (I placed each of mine in the bottom outlet, so I could still access the top outlet), so be prepared to apply a little force to the adapters if you're trying to get them into outlets that are in an awkward spot to get to.
The instructions also clearly state that these adapters need to be placed in the wall outlets themselves, NOT into a power strip that items are then connected to. Looking at them, it's pretty obvious to me that the recommendations are wisely made. I simply wouldn't want to fry these adapters out if I put them into an outlet that didn't look adequate for them. So, I unplugged the power strip that I'd had plugged into each outlet that the adapters were going to be occupying, connected one of the enclosed Ethernet cables to each adapter, popped the adapters into the outlets, looked for the LED indicators that showed that these were working well where I'd put them, plugged the power strips into each adapter's built-in outlet (ingenious!), and I was in business! It was then as simple as connecting the Ethernet cable from the adapter near my computer to a port on my wireless router, and then connecting the Ethernet cable from the adapter near my entertainment center to my Wii and its LAN USB adapter, to create the network connection.
When I first got my Wii and was considering my Wii-Internet connectivity options, I'd thought about buying a ridiculously long Ethernet cable to wind around my apartment and its walls, and the challenge it would be to staple/nail around the cord to keep it in place. I could've done that, but I knew how unsightly it would be, so I opted to go for the wireless router that I now have (and still use and enjoy), and connected my Wii to the 'net that way. It was more than adequate, too, until I started my Netflix subscription, and could literally see that my wireless signal was lacking, for Netflix-viewing purposes. Thanks to this adapter kit and a Wii-compatible LAN adapter, though, I've now got the best picture that I've seen on the Netflix Instant queue accessed through my Wii, and a super-strong connection to the Internet with it. Long story short, I couldn't be more pleased by just how well these adapters do what they say they will. I remember originally thinking, "there's no way that these things can make an Internet connection without them being directly connected to each other with a cable." Netgear, you've proven me wrong, and I'm thrilled that you did! Two thumbs up!
It's knocking on a year after my install of these NETGEAR Powerline AV+200 adapters, and I'm still happily using them. Perhaps even better, I'm still LOVING them! They continue to provide a strong and consistent signal to my Wii, which I still use daily to watch TV/movies on via Netflix.
If you happen to be having any viewing quality issues, be sure that you've got fast enough Internet service. The NETGEAR adapters will transmit everything they possibly can, as reliably as they can, but if your Internet is just not fast enough, your viewing quality might be a bit on the grainy/pixellated side. I had been using such low-grade Internet when I initially installed these that it wasn't even listed in my cable provider's options - I had to specifically request it in a sales call with them - but I've since bumped my service up to one of the top two options, and that totally fixed the issues that I had with viewing quality.
These NETGEAR adapters were great last May when I first got them, and, eight months later, they're still keeping my entertainment center up-to-date with the latest technology, and doing so beautifully! Good stuff!
Setup was easy. Plug both adapters to the AC outlet and the computers. Then press a button on the first adapter (it will start to blink). Then QUICKLY run downstairs to the second adapter and press its button too. Wait for about 10 seconds and both devices are synchronized (solid green).
According to the user manual I should get GREATER than >80mbps when lights are solid green. In reality, I only got about 10mbps (~1.2MB/S actual transfer rate). I can understand every house wiring is different but this is way too slow for it to be of any use. To verify this, I moved the two adapters to two outlets within the SAME room. The speed went up about 30mbps....still not fast enough for video streaming purposes. At distance this close, either the products were defective or something is causing MAJOR interferences.
The only source of interference that I can think of is the central A/C unit located right in the smack middle of the [...] house. This might explain why I get such poor transfer speeds. Regardless, I am sad to see such stellar product perform so poorly in MY house. Hope YOUR house is better than mine in wiring and AC locations.
*** 1/1/2011 update ***
Netgear is coming out with a new version capable of 500mbps transfer speed. Anyone thinking of buying this item should postpone their purchase and give the new one a try. The new ones should IN THEORY perform much better than this one.
First let me explain how the product works. Rather than being a `wireless' network, it uses your home electrical system to communicate. The system includes two `Powerline' units, what are basically two really big electrical power plugs. One plugs into the wall near your home modem/wireless router. You then connect either end of one of the two included Ethernet cables (which are about 4 feet long) into the Powerline and into your router or modem. In the other room, where you have another computer, game system, blu-ray player, etc., you plug the second Powerline into a wall and then connect the second Ethernet cable to the Powerline and into your component or PC. Then all this great stuff is supposed to happen--three lights on each unit are supposed to light up, create a connection, start to blink to let you know they've succeeded, etc. Once all lights are blinking the way they should be to verify your Powerlines are communicating, then...well, this is where it got tricky for me.
My xbox 360 simply could not find the network when I chose the automatic IP address setup option on my 360. But I was determined to make this work. I installed the software that comes with the Powerline onto my network source computer. This software is simple and minimal. It showed me that the two `devices' were present, showed that they had Mbps speed--but not a lot. The manual that comes with the Powerline discusses 80 Mbps delivery, but mine were only ranging from between 10 and 30. The problem may be that the electric outlets just aren't up to snuff in my house--I only have 100 amp service. So that COULD be the problem, even though the green lights on both Powerlines were beaming brightly to indicate all was well. The software didn't offer me any kind of troubleshooting. So I turned to my 360. The xbox website offers plenty of troubleshooting if you're having trouble getting online. I spent a couple of hours trying everything, digging in deep to get all different kinds of IP addresses and gateway number out of my computer and router to manually enter into my 360 to create a connection. All failed. It was at this point that I had to give up--in part because the xbox website gave up, telling me there simply weren't any other options. The Powerline doesn't promise to be plug-n-play, but it also doesn't claim not to be, and if it's not.
I ended up buying an xbox 360 wireless router, which worked like a charm for my game system.
Maybe my Powerlines were just too far apart? The documentation doesn't indicate that distance could be an issue. My house is not very large, and I was using one Powerline on one floor, and the second one almost directly above it on another floor--a distance my wireless router handles beautifully.
UPDATE: I decided to give the Powerline another shot, because in the room right next to the room with my main computer and modem I have a Blu-Ray player that was not connected to the internet. So, being a sort of pro at the setup now, I quickly hooked one Powerline up to my computer and modem, and the other to my Blu-Ray player. After waiting for all the lights on each Powerline to glow, I quickly used the Netgear Powerline Utility software I had installed on my computer to check the connections--and both were super powerful at over 150 Mbps. So I excitedly turned on my Blu-Ray play...and knew immediately that my connection was all ready to go because I got a notice that a firmware update had been detected and did I want to download and install it. Wahoo! My Blu-Ray player is now connected to the net. So, at least in my case, I'm convinced that either my old electric had something to do with the first failure, or it was a distance issue, but I can't be sure.
Some other things to note. The Powerlines are rather big with the prongs at the top of the rectangular box, so unless you plug them into the bottom socket in a standard two-socket outlet, you'll cover one of the sockets completely with the lower half of the Powerline, making it inaccessible for plugging in other devices for power. Also, the Ethernet cable jack is on the bottom of the Powerline, not the side, so you have to take clearance into account depending on how your outlet is situated. Conveniently, the Powerline offers a socket right on front so you can plug your Powerline into the wall and then plug something into it to get all the power you need--so you won't be sacrificing a socket that way. The manual makes it pretty clear that it would advise that you plug a power strip into the Powerline instead of directly plugging in a component. Also, you are supposed to plug the Powerline directly into the wall, not into a power strip or extension cord, which can cause the system to fail in communicating.
Finally, there's security. The system includes a default encryption code that can be activated either by pressing the security button on each of the Powerlines--which has to be done no less than two minutes apart--or by using the Utility software on your computer. The utility software also allows you to CHANGE the encryption if you want it personalized.
I'm guessing either the problem is the wiring in our home -- which would surprise me, since the wiring in these rooms is less than 10 years old -- or I got a defective unit. However, I no longer wish to waste any more of my time trying to see if this will work, since my guess is that it won't. So I'm returning it. Kudos to Amazon for making the return process so easy. Big thumbs down to Netgear for the ghastly tech support.
I have two different kits of this product in my house, for a total of four adapters. I installed them to bring Internet access to trouble spots where the WiFi reception is poor. At Internet access speeds (20Mbps or so), my performance on a separate floor is the same as being plugged into the router directly. This has enabled me to use services, such as streaming video, which never were reliable before.
I was so pleased with the performance for my first kit that I ordered another set. When I tried to plug in additional adapters, however, following the instructions, it brought my whole network down. I was unable to "see" all of the adapters in the house from a single computer, as the manual said I would be. I played with the adapters for hours and I was so frustrated that I was ready to return them.
After 3 hours of fiddling with the adapters, however, I found the following workaround, which has allowed my network to be stable ever since. To implement the workaround, you need to set the second pair to a different password as the first pair.
1. Install the first pair of HomePlug adapters as the manual instructs. Set the password for each adapter to something other than the default password.
2. Copy down the device password of the second pair of adapters before you install them, as well as the last few digits of their MAC address.
3. Install the second pair of HomePlug adapters, leaving them at the default password.
4. Connect a computer directly to one of the adapters in the second pair.
5. After installing the Powerline Utility on the computer connected to the second pair, set the device password for the second pair to something different from the first pair.
6. Now, you should be able to get Internet access from each adapter, but a computer connected to one pair of adapters will not be able to see the other.
Since there is no way to indicate in the software which adapter is paired with which other adapter, I believe this workaround is necessary for my router because the network problems were caused by mismatched pairs. In other words, adapter 1 was connected to the router and was supposed to be paired with adapter 2, which was connected to the computer on the other floor, but adapter 2 was trying to pair with adapter 3, which was connected to another computer. So, the proper pairs are router-->adapter 1-->adapter 2; router-->adapter 3-->adapter 4, but with all devices at the same password, 2 was trying to pair with 4.