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Netgear XAVB101 Powerline Ethernet

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Introduction:

Home networking is a subject that is affecting more and more people these days. You have more than one computer in your house and now want them connected so you can share files. What are your options? You can run ethernet cable throughout the entire house, but that is tedious, tiring work. If you rent the place, you may not have the option of running cable through the walls. You could try WIFI, but signal can be lossy depending on the building, and others can listen in. This is the necessity that fueled Netgear’s ingenuity when they developed the XAVB101. By running ethernet over powerlines already installed in the building, Netgear overcomes the obstacle of insufficient wiring. Of course, pairing this quality router with AT&T ethernet can speed up your network performance as well. So does this new technology have what it takes to traverse the tubes of TechwareLabs’ network, or will this electrical invention come up short? Read on to find out.

Specifications:

Network Ports

  • One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
  • One 200 Mbps† Powerline HD interface

Power Supply

  • 100-240V @ 50-60HZ

LEDs

  • Power
  • Status
  • Ethernet

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating temperature: 0º-40 ºC (32º-104 ºF)
  • Operating relative humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 98 x 72 x 40 mm (3.86 x 2.83 x 1.57 in)
  • Weight: 0.18 kg (0.4 lb)

Electromagnetic Emissions

  • FCC Part 15 Class B
  • CE
  • C-Tick

Power and Safety Regulations

  • UL Certified

Typical Coverage

  • Up to 5000 square foot home

Warranty

  • NETGEAR 1-year Warranty

Package Contents

  • Two (2) Powerline AV Ethernet Adapters (XAV101)
  • 1.51 m (5 ft) Ethernet Cable
  • Installation guide
  • Setup CD
  • Warranty card
  • Support and information card
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  1. So does this work if you have it on a separate circuit within your house or does it have to be tied into the same one? Can you tell me a bit more about how this manages to transmit data across a powerline? We are talking positive and negative here, two wires. If they can do this across power lines why does the PC industry still use CAT 45?

  2. a resource to read: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/power-network1.htm

    Still your question about outlet circuits is good question. 1 or more are acceptable, not sure!

    ron

  3. I think i’ve seen this somewhere before…but it’s not bad at all

  4. What is latency like with these? Considering a set for my PC so I can get into online gaming again, wi-fi is a bit temperamental sometimes so if it can offer CAT5-like latencies, that’d definitely help.

    • The latency is comparable to CAT 5, but your results will vary depending on the noise in your electrical grid. It should still have better latency than WIFI overall.

  5. The only problem with powerline networking is that they create a tremendous amount of interference for two-way radio devices. The deployment of the broad band equivalent was halted in Australia due to this interference impeding emergency services radios.

  6. is this compatible with all routers

  7. Just moved into a new appartment and my PC will be far away from the network socket so am considering going via the electrical socket. I am a hardcore gamer and am worried that it will cause lag or simply not be sutable for lets say Battlefield 2142. Do you think this will work fine?

  8. I purchased this item in November and it works as promised – plug one into one outlet, and another into another outlet, wait a few seconds, and then connect your ethernet cable to each one and you’re up and running in no time. No software to install, no crazy configurations, it’s as easy as pie.

  9. Presently, PLC Adapter is not booming as is should have been projected; this may be due to some reason. Most PLC advertised that their theoretical speed limit, up to 200Mbps, but in actual usage it may not even reach close to 100Mbps. This company that I came across, Cal-Lab would have the answer for most of the PLC performance issue, and with their add-on Friendly PLC booster, these devices will work very well in conjunction with others PLC Adapters to boost up the signal (throughput) over the powerline at 150Mbps! throughput. They even tested these devices with vacuum cleaner, hair drier and power drill turn on at the same time and amazingly the throughput reading is still at around150Mbps!!! Unfortunately, this company is looking for global business partners, like PLC adapters players to work with. I think they would certainly with their new innovation, the PLC adapters players in the market would flourish worldwide.

    Best wishes “Merry Christmas!”

    • I tried looking for information of how to connect several devices. I have 4 PC, 2 Lan enabled TVs and 2 XBOSs. I would like to be able to link them all up. Currently I am going WIFI, and for the TV a stright cable.
      Is there a product that can support 6 devices from a single Router Port ?
      Raviv

  10. Thank you so much for the post, i have started reading that and just after couple of min, i found it very interesting. Just want to say thanks…

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