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NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

  • IEEE 802.3, IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV compliant
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port each
  • Up to 500Mbps each
  • Window 8 compatible
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IEEE 802.3, IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV compliant
1 x Gigabit Ethernet port each
Powerline Speeds
Up to 500Mbps each
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
2.64" x 2.17" x 1.65"
0.22 lbs.


Typical coverage up to 5000 square foot home

Perfect for connecting smart TVs and consoles

Extend Internet access to any power outlet

Up to 500 Mbps speed for streaming 3D HD video

Extend your network - Extend Internet access throughout your home to any electrical outlet for desktop PCs, smart TVs, gaming consoles and set-top boxes

HDTV & 3D HD - Speeds up to 500 Mbps enable applications such as HDTV, multiple HD and 3D HD video streams, streaming multimedia, and multiplayer gaming

Compact Design - Convenient nano-design blends in nicely with any surrounding

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

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

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

Energy-saving features - Automatically powers down when not connected or not in use, disable LEDs, less than 0.5 Watt in stand-by, packaging manufactured with at least 80% recyclable material

Expand your existing Powerline network - Backwards compatible with Homeplug AV including NETGEAR Powerline AV products.

Window 8 compatible


Package Contents
Two (2) Powerline Nano500 Adapters (XAV5101)
Two (2) 2 m (6.5 ft) Ethernet cable
Quick install documentation

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Robert H.
  • 3/24/2014 9:05:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIbrahim H.-youre just wrong!

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Items work out of the box. No setup really necessary. Just plug it in and go. Actual speeds vary, but is roughly the equivalent of a 10/100 wired network (speeds 50-100Mb/s) from about 5 years ago using old cat5 cabling. Instead, you're using your AC wiring to do it now, instead of having to run wiring yourself through the walls, attic, etc

Cons: GENERATES RF LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE!! If you're a HAM/Amateur radio operator like me, don't even think for a minute you're gonna work HF anymore with these things plugged in. Matter of fact, you'll hear these things belching out RF many houses down...hope your neighbor doesn't own one. Using one of these on basically unshielded cable turns your AC power lines into a very rough "antenna" and will generate all kinds of radio frequency interference on and around the low frequencies they use in order to operate. If you listen to AM radio, or have any cheap, unshielded appliances around the house that are susceptible to interference from radio waves, these babies are most likely the culprit. It's just how HOMEPLUG works.

Other Thoughts: Ibrahim H. - you're just wrong - these will work FINE on power outlets that are not on the same "Breaker". Now, if you have multiple breaker BOXES in your house - then you might run into issues, but they will still work, just at lower speeds.

IF YOUR NEIGHBOR IS A HAM RADIO OPERATOR WITH A BUNCH OF ANTENNAS IN HIS YARD - AND YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE THEM MAD - put these all around your house - guaranteed you'll put them out of the HF business.
As a courtesy to any HF/SW/AM radio listeners or HAMS that might be near me, I ALWAYS unplug all of mine when not in use.

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  • Philip M.
  • 2/24/2014 3:53:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Works.

Plug in and press button. Have 5 of these connected back to one acting as a "base station".

Cons: not the fastest, but i am networked together with 6 of them, at around 50-80Mbps. Still faster than my Internet link.

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  • GREGG P.
  • 2/23/2014 5:25:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMassively Underspeed vs. what manufacturer represents

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Works up to 65Mbps absolute maximum on same circuit 10 feet away without power strips or any other interference with a direct carrier signal - it should never be advertised as 500Mbps.

Cons: Works up to 65Mbps absolute maximum on same circuit 10 feet away without power strips or any other interference with a direct carrier signal - it should never be advertised as 500Mbps.

Other Thoughts: I am an Electrical Engineer and misrepresenting product capabilities to consumers, while all the rage at the moment, is just very petty to push products IMO.

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5 out of 5 eggsUpdate after 7 months of use

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Still working beautifully after almost 8 months of use. These things just never drop the connection ever. Speed is still great, even with a garden variety older router with only fast Ethernet, and fast Ethernet switches. I'm getting 50 to 55 mbps. These would be even better with a gigabit connection, if you have traffic that could utilize that kind of speed.

Cons: Price can be a bit high if not on sale.

Other Thoughts: I used these things to wire up my kid's desktop computer which they use a lot for online gaming with steam. How nice to not have them constantly whining about the Internet connection being down as constantly happened when they were using wireless. These are top-notch high quality units. Perfect for when you need a reliable network link with minimal lag (xbox live, steam, etc., come to mind)

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  • Abraham A.
  • 11/7/2013 11:10:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast, Stable, and Easy Setup

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: - Very Stable connection
- Fast Transfer speeds
- Noticed no difference in speeds or stability with AES encryption enabled
- Easy to setup. Plugged both outlets in the wall, pressed the 'security' button on the side and that was it.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The distance between my outlets was only a room apart ( Less than 30 feet of wiring).

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  • Matthew P.
  • 11/1/2013 4:51:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfect

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: easy set-up and reliable

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Works great with SlingBox and Roku

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  • Andrew M.
  • 9/14/2013 10:14:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill Works Great After 2 Years !

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Internet download/upload speed is just as fast on this powerline adapter as a directly connected PC located near the router.

Used in location 2 rooms away from router with no discernible lag.

HD video (1080p and 720p) streams perfectly. Also, 1080i TV streams perfectly from our cable-card TV tuner (see Other Thoughts below).

Cons: Occasional disconnects were traced to Comcast interrupting service briefly while working in neighborhood. To recover, we only needed to unplug the powerline adapter in the living room for a few seconds then plug it back in. No need to re-set both adapters.

Other Thoughts: We bought this powerline adapter kit at a local store so we could return it at no cost if it didn't work with our home electrical wiring. The house was built in 2001 and proved to be compatible with these Netgear units, no problem.

Although there's a pretty good wi-fi signal in the living room where we have our TV and Home Theater PC, reception would occasionally drop out especially if one of us was walking around the room doing stuff.

As soon as we connected one Netgear adapter to our router in the computer room and the other adapter to our HTPC in the living room reception became very stable. It's as though the HTPC is wired directly to the router, and we get fast download speeds, lag-free HDTV and are able to do HD-quality video chat on Skype with friends at the same time. Obviously, having a Gigabit-rated ethernet port on the powerline adapter to match the Gigabit-rated ports on the router pays dividends here.

Please note that not all 500Mbps-rated powerline adapters have Gigabit ports. Many are only rated as 10/100 ports so beware of that.

A word about the TV reception. It's based on a neat little tuner box from Silicondust called the HD Homerun Prime. Instead of plugging it into a computer you use a standard ethernet cable and connect it to an ethernet port on your wireless router. Then you can watch TV or record TV programs from any computer that's on your home network (using Windows Media Center on your computer). The Netgear XAVB5101 powerline adapters work well with this setup.

Also, you may wish to consider at some point upgrading your ethernet cables to CAT-6 type as they will support better results on a Gigabit-rated home network compared to standard CAT-5 or CAT-5e cables. CAT-6 cables cost a few dollars each, no big deal.

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  • Tobin E.
  • 7/16/2013 12:26:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Works!

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: Small size, good documentation, easy to connect. Nothing to configure. Good speed overall. Given the physical limitations of my installation, this was a very good option. This order came with a Netgear gig switch, which came in handy!

Cons: Speed could be better. I'm getting about 82Mbps when the two devices are physically close to each other. About 2 rooms away, I'm getting about 60Mbps.

Other Thoughts: Easy Peasy

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5 out of 5 eggsGood Unit

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: When I first hooked up this I was unsure how well it would actually perform. I originally had my file server connected to my HTPC via a Gigabit Ethernet cable and as you can imagine, that has worked flawlessly for many years. However, I did not like having a cable being run between rooms so this seemed like a great solution. Setup was virtually instant. You can literally have this setup and working in 1 minute and even someone with zero technical knowledge is capable of carrying it out.

My HD media was able to stream over this system great. I noticed a very slight lag when loading a new file that I did not experience over wired gigabit but this was very small, maybe half second to a second. Once the media was loaded there was no lagging at all even with HD content.

With this solution you can move it around if needed without rerouting cables. It's very convenient and great for temporary or permanent use.

Cons: It's more expensive than a cable but then again its more convenient. This is a trade off you will have to think about. If a cable is not an option, this is a great way to go. It's slightly slower than running a gigabit cable but in real world use you will probably not notice and if you do it will not be a problem, even with streaming HD content it performs very well.

Other Thoughts: After using this setup for a few weeks I am going to stick with it. Not more Ethernet cable being run. It's quite a nice solution and I would recommend it for someone looking to do this. High quality device.

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4 out of 5 eggsBetter than expected

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps Nano Kit (XAVB5101)

Pros: I went into testing this product with no previous experience with powerline network products. I thought to myself, “How would this be an acceptable alternative to something like wireless? Can I really trust something that runs on AC power lines to be reliable enough for home networking?” Well, I was pleasantly surprised how well this powerline product worked. From the box, it was literally plug-and-play. I didn’t need to look at the instructions, although I did and they were clear and understandable.
Each unit has three lights on the front: power, status/quality, and Ethernet. On each unit there is also a security button used to add additional units to the powerline network. I found another one of these Powerline 500 units (a slightly different generation of the same model) and added it onto this kit’s network with no problem whatsoever.
This powerline kit should be used as a good substitute to get network connections where wireless is not available or cannot reach. For me, I use it primarily for a more reliable network connection: wireless routers have a tendency to lockup from time to time, and their signal strength also varies and changes with the conditions around it.
Overall, this is a great networking kit for consumer use and for those who want an easy-to-use solution that won't break the bank.

Cons: Don’t expect this system to reach advertised speeds. For one, advertised speeds in the consumer market are essentially just an advertising ploy because consumer networking products don’t run at wire speed to begin with. Second, this product is going to be subject to the line quality and load on the AC power circuit that it is plugged into. The same marketing ploys apply to wireless networking too, so don't assume that a wifi connection advertising speeds of 600+ mbps are going to be faster than this.
In my house the status LED is usually yellow and sometimes red, but Netgear doesn’t give us much indication as to exactly what that means we can expect for network speeds. In my house, I only get about 24mbps throughput between the powerline network and the wired LAN – this is slightly higher than speeds measure when connected to my wireless router, so that is good enough for me.
One con that I have to list for this product (and this is not specific to this product – it applies to any powerline unit) is that you can’t or aren’t supposed to plug these in behind surge protectors. I’m listing this as a con because computers should always be behind a surge protector or UPS, so that automatically means that you’ll need a second available wall outlet just for this kit.

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