Skip to: | | - A great place to buy computers, computer parts, electronics, software, accessories, and DVDs online. With great prices, fast shipping, and top-rated customer service - once you know, you Newegg.

If you are reading this message, Please click this link to reload this page.(Do not use your browser's "Refresh" button). Please email us if you're running the latest version of your browser and you still see this message. - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More!

PremierTry Message.
Home > 
Networking > 
Wired Networking > 
Powerline Networking > 
Netgear Inc. > 
Item#: N82E16833122075

NETGEAR XE104 85 Mbps Wall-Plugged Ethernet 4-port Switch Up to 85Mbps

Sold and Shipped by Newegg

  • HomePlug compatible
  • 4 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports
  • One 85 Mbps PowerLine port
  • Up to 85Mbps

ICON Loading...
  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

Learn more about the Netgear Inc. XE104




HomePlug compatible
4 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports
One 85 Mbps PowerLine port
Unit: Power
PowerLine: Link
Ethernet: Link/Activity
HomePlug compatible
Powerline Speeds
Up to 85Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
Kit Type
Power Supply
85 -135@60Hz


0°C ~ 40°C
10% to 90% non-condensing


The XE104 wall-plugged Ethernet switch turns any power outlet into a 4-port home network connection. And, because there is no software to install, the XE104 is easy to set up.

The XE104 switch extends your network to provide connections where wireless can't reach— without the cost or hassle of running new wiring. Just plug the XE104 wall-plugged Ethernet switch directly into the wall outlet, and you're ready. The XE104 connects multiple devices to your network:
Game Consoles
Desktop PCs
Notebook PCs
Storage Central
Internet Routers

The XE104 works with 2 or 3 prong standard 110 volt electrical outlets and is compatible with any standard 10 or 100Mbps Ethernet drive. The switch reaches data rates up to 85Mbps with other XE104 PowerLine devices. The XE104 4-port switch is ideal for setting up a LAN party in minutes.


Package Contents
Resource Disk
RJ45 Cable
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information

Customer Reviews of the Netgear Inc. XE104

Do you own this product? Write a Review

ICON Loading...

Filter Results

  • Thank Y.
  • 9/29/2011 2:11:56 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised, and well too!

Pros: Easy to set up and begin operation. Is a completely acceptable alternative to hard-wiring your home with CAT5 cable, especially in situations where that is prohibited or impossible. You can configure the security to protect your units from possible intrusion by other owners' similar units that may be in the same bulding as you (this should not be a problem for single unit homes). If you live an a WIFI congested neighborhood, where you are competing for clear channels and bandwidth with surrounding WIFI users who always seem to have their routers set to the same channel as your router, this may be a solution (powerline Ethernet) that you should consider.

Cons: May not be fast enough for some people, with only a maximum rating of 85mbps. I'm not sure I've EVER hit that high a data rate within my home, but I do not feel like my transmission is dragging at any time.

Other Thoughts: I have one of these units fed directly from my router, with two other units: one in my media room to allow connection of my PS3 and DirecTV DVR, and the other to service my home office desktop, media server and two networked laser printers. I have had NO problems with connectivity or perceived speed. My PS3 is able to stream movies from Netflix to my HD TV without issue, and I've used movies on demand from DirecTV through my Internet connection too. Basically I have no complaints. If the 200mbps unit had been available when I purchased my XE104's, I might have gone that route, but I'm happy with my purchase, and I would recommend Netgear's powerline Ethernet network products to anyone.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Bill T.
  • 5/17/2010 9:11:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work for me

Pros: Would be great if it worked

Cons: Would not recognize another compatible product, and would not accept configuration codes when sent.

Other Thoughts: I could not get this product to work. When used with a XE103, neither unit would automatically recognize each other, and neither item would accept their ID number when using the configuration utility.

I worked with Level 1 tech support from Netgear unsuccessfully. Level 2 support has not called back, so I'm giving up and returning the product.

There are many people who have had great success with the product... it just didn't work for me at all.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2010 8:31:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsSo so...

Pros: It kind of worked? Really cool technology/idea...

Cons: Didn't do what I needed it to (likely due to poor apartment wiring), found alternative better solution

Other Thoughts: I bought this because I needed a connection for three computers to a wireless router in another room that was more reliable than wireless but I didn't want to run cables all the way over. I use synergy to control two computers with one keyboard and mouse so I needed a reliable connection and wireless wasn't cutting it. I also needed to be able to stream HD content to a third computer. I tried this as an intermediary solution, but it was less reliable than the wireless connection had been. To be fair, I partially blame my apartment's electrical wiring. Read other reviews, and you'll see this seems to work for most people. That said, fwiw, I returned this product and bought 2 wrt54g routers, reflashed the firmware, connected straight ethernet from 3 computers to one of the routers, set that as a bridge to connect to the other router in the other room that is connected to the cable modem. Cost less in the end and was more effective for what I was trying to do. YMMV.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

4 out of 5 eggsvery good

Pros: Works as advertised. I can unplug it and plug it in anywhere in the house and have a good connection. Took less than 4 minutes to set up, including opening the box.

Cons: Price!!! The kit was not too bad, but adding another jack is way too high. I would expect the extra jack to be around $35-$45, not $85.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Eric W.
  • 1/17/2009 12:32:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsnot bad

Pros: 38-56Mbps from circuit to circuit in about 60Ft of 12 gage wire.
4 ports!! Better than another wall wart for a switch for 2 devices
I also use X10 equipment in the house and seems to work fine with it. 40Mbps seems to be the average
Good price to Mbps ratio.

Cons: Price! I found a 2 pack of these for a bill online. Still thought that was a bit much. Speeds go all over the place day to day. Outlets these are on are not under more than a few hundred watts so I'm not sure how they work under more load.
LEDs are TOO BRIGHT to be in plain view and flash rate is high! I'm going to tape over them. Also seems kind of dumb that there are 3 lights, one for power, blue for connectivity, and last for transmit.
A power led seems kind of ridiculous? And just like a standard ethernet port, they all have conct/trans leds. So if you have all 4 ports in use, it's going to be a disco ball.

Other Thoughts: Hope they have a long service life. I have a dvr planned in the future and won't be happy if these don't last long.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Curtiss T.
  • 9/30/2008 11:08:08 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Solution To Extend Your Network w/o Compromising Connection Speed Or Stability

Pros: Plug and play, no set up required. Comes with encryption software. Great bandwidth and connection stability. Has withstood many voltage spikes caused by intense lightning storms without damage, which is good considering you can't plug it into a surge protector because it would cause network interference.

Cons: Doesn't work properly when connected to an extension outlet, it must be directly plugged into a wall outlet, otherwise you will get lag and constant connection loss. This also means you can't have the device connected (and protected) through a surge protector.

The encryption software is slow and not terribly intuitive for those who aren't networking-savvy. Expensive and you have to buy 2 of them.

Other Thoughts: Wireless still notoriously suffers connection loss and lag depending on the environment your in, and long ethernet cables aren't ideal for great distances between your computer and your router. This wall mounted switch is the perfect way to extend your network w/o compromising on connectivity or bandwidth.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Chad T.
  • 9/19/2008 10:55:21 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsworked good for a few years(do research though just to make sure)

Pros: It worked fine for multiple years even though my brother lately would destroy my bandwidth by downloading. We had one down near our family computer that sends the signal up to me and my brothers room...I think it may not work the greatest with two receiving signal but it still works and as long as no one is eating the bandwidth up it should be fine.

Cons: After those few years(just a couple days ago) the thing suddenly died...there was no sign that something may damage it like a power surge through the house. Just suddenly I lose all internet and even the connection to the router. At first I wasn't sure what happened and now I really don't want to dole out the money for a new one.

Other Thoughts: I'm not going to say the product is terrible but remember you have to buy two to have it work so its double the cost. Obviously something bad happened somewhere along the line with mine since my brother had his longer than I've had mine and his is up and running just fine...I wish he would just use his wireless on his laptop or leave this house since we have been having wars lately of him DESTROYING my bandwidth and me trying to game.

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Greg G.
  • 5/31/2008 12:59:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to use, and works well

Pros: Simple. Plug one in next to your modem, plug another in near the device you want to connect to the internet. Connecting our upstairs computer/router/modem to the computer in the basement, across separate household curcuits, and about 75 feet from each other as the crow flies, performance has been transparent. From, the computer with the modem ran 2463 Kb/s D/L, 509 Kb/s U/L, 96 ms ping. The downstairs computer ran 2096 Kb/s, 523 Kb/s and 60 ms for the same site. Not the fastest cable connection, but the bottleneck isn't this product.

Cons: None to date.

Other Thoughts: Encryption software is included, which would probably be a good idea for apartment dwellers. This definitely beats two hours talking to tech support trying to get a wireless setup to run, not to mention the 100' of CAT 6 cable strung down the hallway and stairs as a temporary solution.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2008 2:16:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: You plug it in, and it works.

Cons: No problems

Other Thoughts: I misunderstood the functionality of this product. I thought this item was required to send data to 4 other individual powerline units, but you only need 1 regular poweline unit to plug into your router. This is to be used away from the router where you can connect 4 devices onto. So with this device plus one other powerline device you can connect 4 computers. I use this perfectly with XE103 netgear products.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Daniel M.
  • 4/3/2008 7:18:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWork great more most areas

Pros: Love this product! Works great with my older, slower homeplug devices (for my networked printer). I have my TiVos talking to each ther and my computer without any issues. One for my main TiVo and internet connection (XE104), one for my computer(XE103), one for my other TiVo(Speedstream brand 14MB MAX), and one for my networked printer (Belkin brand 14MB MAX). I am thinking of getting another to increase the transfer speed from my 2nd TiVo.

Cons: Sometimes slower speeds happen based on line noise and household wiring. I don't think it is the fault of the product though.

Other Thoughts:

The product specifications mention a 5000 square foot home, but the limiting factor is often noise in your home's electrical system. Since noise is not directly distance-dependant, you may get considerably less (or, in many cases, considerably more) coverage.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

ICON Loading...
Selected Items
Are you an E-Blast Insider? Subscribe Newegg e-Blast
Shop without retyping payment details. Secure shopping made faster.
Check out with PayPal.
Home > 
Networking > 
Wired Networking > 
Powerline Networking > 
Netgear Inc. > 
Item#: N82E16833122075
If the Adobe Reader does not appear when you click on a link for a PDF file, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe web site.