Easy to Use, so-so design
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.
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It is what it is.
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 "speedtest.net" 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.
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.
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“Very simple to set up - literally plug-and-play. Useful status LED indicators. Power-save mode. Push-button "security" ...”— BAZ 1/1/2013
“The powerline adapter contains an extra electrical outlet that is rated at 15 amps which is nice if you have a shortage of ...”— SnakeMan 7/12/2012