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NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

  • IEEE802.3/3u, HomePlug AV
  • Ethernet port
  • Up to 200Mbps
  • Window 8 compatible

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Learn more about the Netgear Inc. XAVB1601-100NAS




IEEE802.3/3u, HomePlug AV
Ethernet port
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
Kit Type
System Requirement
To connect via Ethernet: RJ-45 Ethernet Port
To visualize your Powerline network and secure connection via Software: Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP or Mac OS X


One (1) 200 Mbps Powerline AV interface each

One (1) 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port each

Typical coverage up to 5000 square foot home

HomePlug AV1 compliant

IEEE 1901 compatible

IEEE 802.3 compliant

Energy saving: consumption < 1 watt in stand-by mode

Compact design - Convenient nano-design uses less space on the wall outlet

Extra outlet - Special noise fi ltering pass-thru outlet for use with other devices

Extend your Internet connection - Extend a wired broadband Internet connection to any electrical outlet in the home. Perfect for desktop PCs, gaming consoles and set-top boxes.

Plug-and-play - Sets up in minutes, no need to confi gure or install software

High-speed connections - Speeds up to 200 Mbps enable Internet applications such as multiplayer gaming

Push-and-Secure - Secures the Powerline network connection with the touch of a button, no need to remember passwords

Pick-a-Plug diagnostics - Automatically tests the connection at any electrical outlet to ensure the highest possible performance

NETGEAR Green features - Automatically powers down and turns off LEDs when not in use; less than 1 Watt in stand-by mode; packaging made from 80% recycled material.

Window 8 compatible

Dimensions & Weight

4.13" x 2.28" x 1.61" each
0.416 lbs each


Package Contents
Two (2) Powerline AV+ 200 Nano Adapters (XAV1601)
Two (2) 2 m (6.5ft) Ethernet cable
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Netgear Inc. XAVB1601-100NAS

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  • 8/29/2014 8:18:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCheap and easy!

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: These are great adapters. Cheap and worked the second they were plugged in. My house has been a WiFi death zone with a bunch of computers in one room and the router in the center of the house for coverage. Now with a little switch uplinked through these powerline adapters I can get much better consistent through-put than I ever could with WiFi. There are waaaay too many wireless access points in my neighborhood anyways so the 2.4 ghz band is akin to Tartarus. :P

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: These aren't the fastest powerline adapters you can buy, but they were super cheap and with my slow Internet they work just fine.

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5 out of 5 eggsLove em!

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: This is a first week impression. I bought these because my wireless gateway is downstairs and my laptop upstairs in my office is on the opposite side of the house, connected via wifi. I have a 12Mb Uverse internet connection and usually get about 5-6mbs on speedtest through my wireless connection in my office. Plugged these in (literally took me 30 seconds) and now I consistently, everytime, get my full 12Mb speedtest from my laptop in my office. I live in a house built in the 70's so I was skeptical about the wall wiring, panel, etc. but it "just works". Even have it plugged into a power strip in my office and Internet speeds couldn't be better. I realize people do their technical speed tests as to whether they really give 200Mbps speed, but I'm telling you they easily max out my 12Mb internet connection and that is all I care about.

Cons: None so far. Ethernet cord that comes with them is only about 5 feet so you may need longer.

Other Thoughts: Bought these when Newegg had them on sale for $30 a piece. Will buy a set for every room in the house next time they are on sale.

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  • Elvedin K.
  • 7/7/2014 6:44:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally easy setup, decent speed

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: Really easy setup, it took me less than 30 seconds to make it work. No need to drill walls with this.

Even if I do not own it for a longer period. There has no been connection dropout which is a real good thing.

I use the adapter to plug my Wi-Fi router. From that, my Playstation 3 and a TV receiver are plugged in, where I am able to get ~15 mbs of my 25 mbs internet speed. Before with Wi-Fi I used to get less than 4-5 mbs. Which makes me really satisfied with the results since I have never owned a Netgear product in the past.

Cons: As stated before by other owners, the only cons that I see about this unit is that you cannot plug a three-pong power cord into the outlet but only two-prong power cord.
But since I got it on rebate, I don't complain too much about it.

Other Thoughts: Got it on rebate.
Newegg really fast shipping.

I gave it 5 stars even I i do not own it for a longer period, I will modify my rating in the future if I see any changes on it.

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  • Mehdi A.
  • 3/28/2014 3:42:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsEasy setup, Horrible speed

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: Worked without software/installation
Worked continuously, never had a connection Drop

Cons: Terrible speed - <10mbps, never seen any jump - always monotonous SLOW SPEED

Other Thoughts: Package came without installation CD. Downloaded software from NewEgg site, but software did not recognise any of the adapters. However they seem worked without the software.

"Worked" means they provided laughable speed but did not break the connection.

Bottom line: It may be my own home's circuitry, but I am RMAd the items.

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  • James M.
  • 3/21/2014 6:21:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsstupid mechanical desigh blocks other outley

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: These powerline adapters work well and are plug-and-play (no setup AT ALL), if you're comfortable forgoing password protection within the powerline network. These adapters are fully compatible with Netgear's other AV 200Mbps adapters.

Cons: This adapter DOES not allow plugging any grounded (three-prong) power cord into the other outlet! You can plug an ungrounded (two-prong) cord into the other outlet, but the top of this device intrudes into the ground pin's space in the other outlet. It's a stupid and totally avoidable design flaw, and it probably explains why these kits were selling for under thirty dollars.

So the pass-through outlet isn't really a bonus with this stupid product - it's only compensation for the adjacent wall outlet it makes unusable.

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  • Yiming Z.
  • 3/14/2014 11:47:32 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggssetup tips

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: I do not own this product, so my rating is just a place holder as I have to put into something.

I own quite some powerline Ethernet adapters from different brand the following all works:

I saw many people complain about hard to setup and have to craw under.out of desk, run over to another room multiple times for the setup. You do not need to do that. You can just plug your adapters to a convenient location , e.g., to a power outlet, next to each other. Once finishing the setup, relocate one of them to your desired place. that's it.
The adapter does not remember the location or lost sync information due to your unpluging/repluging for the relocation

Cons: as said, my post is just trying to help those people who complains hard to setup

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  • Alex H.
  • 2/21/2014 8:55:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMuhh

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: Better then drilling holes through walls, and works good enough. Great for web surfing, email and more. Its very simple to use, so id recommend it to older people and people in apartments. ( I would not buy this if you play online games)

Cons: Much slower then using a Ethernet cable and both of the units get quite hot, even with an apple USB power adapter on them. ( The hotter it gets, the shorter it will last )

Other Thoughts: I noticed it gets quite hot and its not as good as a cable cable connection. If your a fan of online games, id get the drill out and a buy nice long Cat-6 Ethernet cable.

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  • Barry Z.
  • 1/1/2013 7:14:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsEasy to Use, so-so design

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: Very simple to set up - literally plug-and-play. Useful status LED indicators. Power-save mode. Push-button "security" for link - tho there's no way to tell if it is actually encrypting the link.

Cons: Too big: it prevents use of the 2nd plug in a 2-plug USA standard outlet. No User Manual available - even on-line - to provide more detail on the "security" feature, or what software is available to manage / troubleshoot the device.

Other Thoughts: I've been using Netgear Powerline adapters for 18 months to connect my Internet Modem to my more centrally located wireless router. Performance had dropped to under 1Mb / sec and it was due to some problem in one of the older XETB1001 units.

I went in search of Netgear replacements because the Netgear website claims that all of their units are backward compatible with their older units. After purchase, I find out that this is not the case. I can't use this unit with the still-functional XETB1001 (older) unit I purchased 18 months ago.

Further, a standard USA two-plug outlet is fully consumed by the XAVB1601 because it sticks up high enough to prevent using the 2nd outlet with a 3-prong plug. Talk about Dumb design! So I had to utilize a 3-in-1 plug adapter to shift this unit over far enough so I could still use the other outlet.

What's nice? The typical "plug-and-play" nature of these devices. - Very simple to get working. And the link is plenty fast enough for my 8Mb internet connection. This unit has a pushbutton security feature that evidently encrypts communication just as manually setting passwords did on the older units. It is easy to use, but there is no way to actually tell if your units are secure and communication is actually encrypted (safe). Maybe there's some software out there that would verify but ... read-on

What's lacking?: A user manual that describes the software posted at the Netgear site for download. There's a one page fold-out Installation Guide with very little detail. My older units included a resource CD, XE104 management/encryption software, and a User Manual was also downloadable. Not so with the XAVB1601.

So while it appears to be working fine, I can't tell if the link is secure, I have to kludge the plug-in to use the 2nd outlet, and I can't tell if there's any useful software for managing or testing the device like there was with my older units. Thus I give it only three stars. There are less expensive units out there without the pass-thru plug that may work better for you.

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  • Virgil B.
  • 7/12/2012 7:58:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt is what it is.

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 200 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB1601)

Pros: The powerline adapter contains an extra electrical outlet that is rated at 15 amps which is nice if you have a shortage of outlets. The adapter will plug into the lower electrical outlet leaving the other outlet available for other plugs. The NetGear powerline utility indicates that the connection speed is around 170 Mbps however, that is not very accurate. What you really want to know is what is the throughput and Internet speeds. Using the program "Speed Lan Test" and a 20MB file I measured the throughput in the neighborhood of approximately 50 Mbps. While this isn't anywhere close to the advertised 200 Mbps rate it is comparable to the real world speeds that you see on powerline networking. On the Internet using "" I measured download speeds of 3 Mbps which is the same as my wired lan connections (it is what I am paying for from my ISP). Installation was a breeze you simply plug in the adapters and the rest is automatic.

Cons: Cost is the number one complaint that I have. I purchased this package because NetGear made if sound as if you wanted their adapters to work (co-exist on an existing network) that you had to go with a compatible plug. This kit was approximately $100.00 for two adapters. What I have since found out is that all of the HomePlug AV 200 plugs conform to the same standard permitting you to mix and match different manufacturer's adapters on the same network as long as you match the password on the adapters. Basically, I paid $50.00 too much for this kit.

The adapters came with a limited installation guide, a single sheet, that doesn't provide much information for the novice. On the last page it refers you to NetGear's website so that you can download the powerline utility and user's manual. Again, this is not good if you are a novice or run into problems making the adapters work. No software is provided with the adapters except for what is provided online.

Other Thoughts: You receive complementary 90 day technical support after registering your adapters which is a plus. However, I did not find their technical support to be very helpful. I contacted them via email twice and asked multiple questions in each email. In each case only the first question was answered. To get the second question answered you had to send another email. You fair better asking your questions on other networking sites.

The bottom line is that the adapters work about as well as any PowerLine networking adapter. If you have a definite need where you have to use this technology then NetGear's product is as good as anyone else's. Although, if I had it to do over again, I would have bought a cheaper package.

If this is going to be your first powerline purchase I would probably consider purchasing the 500 Mbps units because of the higher throughput that you will see. It is about double of the 200 Mbps units.

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