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Netgear XAVB101 Powerline Ethernet


The outside of the box hails all of the features of the adapter.

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The package includes all the contents required to immediately start networking two machines or connecting a machine to an existing network.


One nice thing that Netgear did was include ethernet cables with the XAVB101. There have been many times when network equipment has passed through our hands and the company expects us to already have network cables.

A Closer Look:

The only difference between the XAVB101 and the XAV101 kits are the amount of units that are packaged with it. The XAVB101 kit includes two XAV101 units, which is all you need to make a functioning powerline network.

With that said, I move on to my next point. The posted bandwidth of 200 Mbps is slightly deceptive. Consumers may think that they will be able to transfer files at 200 Mbps, but this is not the case, as the unit only has a 10/100 ethernet port (100 Mbps max bandwith) for connecting to the device that uses it. The 200 Mbps bandwidth comes into play with the back end powerline connection between the XAV101 units. All of the XAV units share a common bandwidth pool of 200 Mbps to talk to each other. This allows the units enough overhead to help maintain consistent 10/100 speeds despite other traffic on the powerline network (which can happen with more than two powerline adapters)  or noise in the power grid interfering with the signal.

The XAV101 comes with control software to monitor the status of each adapter plugged into the power grid. The software also allows for the upgrading of the device’s firmware and the manual setting of an encryption key for transferring across the power grid (The encryption standard that Netgear uses is WPA AES 128-bit).


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14 Comments... What's your say?

  1. 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…

  2. 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 ?

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. is this compatible with all routers

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. a resource to read:

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


  10. 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?

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