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Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

  • IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps RJ-45
  • Up to 200Mbps
  • Window 8 compatible
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IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 1901, HomePlug AV
USB 2.0
1 x 10/100Mbps RJ-45
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
Connection Speeds
System Requirement
To visualize your Powerline network and secure connection via software: Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP or Mac OS X


Typical coverage up to 5000 square foot home

One (1) USB 2.0 port
One (1) 200 Mbps Powerline AV interface
One (1) 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
Dimensions: 112 x 74 x 45 mm (4.41 x 2.91 x 1.77 in)
Weight: 0.245 kg (0.54 lb)

One (1) 200 Mbps Powerline AV interface
One (1) 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
Dimensions: 105 x 58 x 41mm (4.13 x 2.28 1.61 in)
Weight: 0.189 kg (0.416 lb)

Compatible Powerline Products:

Extend music, USB devices and Internet connection anywhere in at home

Play music wirelessly from tablets, smartphones or computers to any speakers anywhere in the home

Access the Internet and home network from any power outlet

Turn your USB printer or USB hard drive into a network device.

Window 8 compatible


Package Contents
One (1) XAU2511
One (1) XAV1601
One (1) USB to RCA+Mini Jack cable
Two (2) 2 m Ethernet cables
Setup CD-Rom with applications and documentations

Quick Info


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

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  • WEI H.
  • 4/1/2014 5:09:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as described

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Works on all circuit break if they have the same ground but signal vary (58 - 150 mbps)

Cons: 200 mbps works well for single device. May be 500 - 600 mbps to connect to another router.

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  • Dallin N.
  • 2/5/2014 11:41:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Idea and Product!

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Great pass through technology as advertised. The Airplay has been a great source of entertainment and use.

Cons: None of knowledge.

Other Thoughts: This is a great product that fulfills well what it suggests it will do.

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  • Dmitriy M.
  • 1/10/2014 9:56:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsGood for basic networking, plus one USB device, plus both adapters are passthrough

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Plug and play for basic networking to get internet from one room to another. Hooked up one upstairs at the DSL modem/router to provide source of internet connection to the powerline network. Connected the other one downstairs far away for connection for another computer where wireless signal was too weak to make it. No installations necessary. Speed was decent: I measure about 30 Mbps DL at the router directly and got 6 Mbps DL with the powerline. I know it's quite a drop, but it's a function of my house's electrical wiring as well as distance (goes through different breakers, far away, sources of interference, etc.). I only need basic internet connection, no streaming or anything, so this perfectly satisfied my needs at a low price point and with useful passthrough so i don't use any power sockets and can plug other devices straight through each adapter.

There is also a USB port on the remote adapter, allowing the user to hook up a device such as printer or storage drive. However, i have not tried this feature.

I got this for $30 after rebate. If it were 40 or more, then I would have gotten one of the several available 500 Mbps kits (though am skeptical about any improvements when the electrical wiring is likely to be the limiting factor).

Powerline LED color indicates quality of the powerline connection (e.g., green if you connect two nearby outlets).

Cons: AV 200 Mbps is an older and slower standard, you can get other devices supporting higher speeds.
No Wifi support (have to purchase a separate adapter to add wireless functionality).

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  • David A.
  • 12/17/2013 2:10:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Network Bridget

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Purchased to use as network bridge for printer. Works perfectly. Added bonus having the outlet pass-through.

Cons: None

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4 out of 5 eggsAn Interesting Tool, Once You Figure It Out

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: For people who don't have an attic access(people who live on the first floor of a condo/apartment, for instance) or people who realize how awful spending a day in an attic is, this sort of thing is a godsend.

It comes with everything you need(2 powerlines, 2 ethernet cables and a usb to rca male/3.5mm female plug) to make your speakers/printer/external hdd work.

Cons: Price. Powerlines in general have dropped considerably in price in the last year or two, and the usb feature(even with all the cables) doesn't merit the price increase. At the time of writing there's a $30 mail in rebate, and even with that, it's kind of a hard push.

Still, this can potentially replace a cheap receiver(or a more expensive receiver with a required zone 2) if you're trying to power speakers outside on your patio, for instance. It also saves a great deal of time and labor trying to fish wire through an attic, so it's not like it's completely valueless.

It's just...when I can get one without the USB for so much less, it really limits the situations that merit me spending so much extra money.

Also, would it be too much to ask for this thing to have USB 3.0? Why are we still making products with 2.0?

Other Thoughts: For a non-wireless remote printer setup, this works well. But with the main point being that it's an ethernet powerline, it sort of only makes it useful as a network printer, not so much as a remote(as in far away so it doesn't take up space or make noise) setup.

As a backup/media/network drive setup, it's a little more interesting. This gives you the ability to use a NAS setup more easily if you don't have a router that came with a USB port, and it gives you some freedom of movement. That being said, most of those issues can be overcome in a number of other ways, you don't NEED this to make it work. Once more, with the main feature of this being that it's a powerline, it still sort of forces you to place it somewhere that a computer/tv/console was going to be anyway, limiting it's potential for awesomeness.

The only situation where this item REALLY makes sense, is on a patio that both needs speakers and an ethernet cable for occasional laptop usage. In THAT case, this thing shines.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat for networking a printer

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Great for networking one printer for everyone in the house.

Cons: Had to install the Netgear app from the CD on every computer in the house to use the printer.

Other Thoughts: My primary reason for getting this was to see if it truly would let us network a USB printer. Works perfectly. We already have powerline in our home (Cisco/Linksys) so I simply plugged in the master unit of this device in a back bedroom, pressed the linking button, and plugged the printer into its USB port and waited for the green lights to come on, letting me know it sync'd okay. Then went to one of our computers and found it could not "see" the printer until I installed the Netgear USB extender software from the included CD rom. As soon as I did that, voila, the printer was right there. I printed a test page and some other items which were all finished printing before I went to get them. Slick.

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3 out of 5 eggsGood for streaming music, Low throughput overall

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Ability to connect music or bring Internet connectivity to any room in the house, without costing you an outlet or causing issues with WiFi adapters in tight spaces, several floors above (or below) your router.

Cons: Throughput in EVERY test I did was low. In some (very few) cases too low to stream movies from a file server.
I wouldn't use this for anything except streaming music or basic Internet connectivity.
You probably won't have much luck taking advantage of that theoretical 200Mbps bandwidth for transferring data.

Other Thoughts: I've had this product for almost a month now and it's been tested in several rooms in the house and under a variety of test conditions and at no point have I been able to achieve more than 15% of the theoretical maximum data transfer rate of 200Mbps.
These work great fro streaming music from my phone or tablet through the WiFi to my either of my Receivers (provided I move the adapter of course) But the rest of the networking claims in the technical specifications I could not achieve or even come close to. We don't buy a networking products to be let down on the core of what the product is for (Networking). My house was built in 2000, so fairly new by US housing standards, and this was tested in several circuits in my house and was a letdown on the core of what the product is supposed to do.

This will be a great product if expectations are low i.e. you want to bring <15Mb/s internet connection to a computer and also stream music, this will fit that requirement, but when it comes to actually functioning for networking purposes it will fall short.

On a side note in my personal and professional experience I have noticed that most powerline networking adapters fall short of their specifications by a significant margin. It's not isolated to this product or this brand, I believe much of this is due to the nature of the wiring in our homes and not the products themselves. Don't get too excited by high numbers in the marketing literature and product description. Expect that your adapter will be on the order of 10-15% efficient, and your latency may also be artificially high too.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat for bringing wired internet to further places

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: I have 2 living rooms and my "multimedia station" is furthest away from my wireless router. With this NetGear XAUB2511-100NAS Extender, I now get a better internet connection to these devices. They're approx. 30 feet away with walls so I usually only get 1-2 bars of wifi to these devices.

Using the NetGear XAUB2511-100NAS Extender, I was able to plug it into a powered ethernet switch (TP-Link TL-SG108) and plug all my devices instead of using WiFi.

My multimedia station consists of, 55" Smart TV, Western Digital Media Player, Xbox 360, Pioneer receiver. Current router is a Linksys 4500.

The setup is pretty simple, except for the music streaming part of it (more below in the cons). The construction of the devices was very sturdy, made of hard plastic and quality parts.

I've been using it for over 2 weeks now and it's worked out very well without any glitches at all.

I was able to stream Netflix and DVD quality video/audio to my Smart TV and to the Western Digital Media Player without any hiccups.

I did notice some lag when playing Xbox Live (Black Ops 2), but I kind of expected it.

As for the music streaming, it did take a longer time to get set up and I had to actually READ the manual to get it figured out but at the end I was quite pleased with the results. I could now play music from my Android or my laptop (using a playlist) and have music all the time while my kids were playing in that room. I also like reading in that living room because there's hardly anything there besides the entertainment center and I leave on piano or soft music playing in the background while I read (and/or sometimes doze off).

Cons: As I said before, I was using the NetGear XAUB2511-100NAS Extender to bring internet to 3 devices...3 internet hungry devices. Well, it does bring internet to them, but the speeds were very slow...nonetheless it was faster than the wifi signals I was getting, except for the Xbox 360. I never had the time to plug in a Laptop to see how fast the connection speed to the internet was but it wasn't 200Mbps for sure....not even 100Mbps. I'd blindly rate it at 54Mbps at the most...but again, not tested.

I also had issues streaming HD quality video to the Western Digital Media Player as well from my PC in the office (about 30 ft away). Since the router and the PC is only 10 ft apart, it does get full WiFi bars, but when streamed to the Western Digital Media Player, some times it glitches, the sound is off, it pauses to catch up and in one case, it stopped playing during the middle of the movie. I couldn't replicate it again even with the same movie so I don't know what happened there. DVD movies streaming was spot on though, no glitches or pauses at all. Music was flawless streaming to my Pioneer receiver too.

Last little con is the setup for the Music Streaming. After almost an hour of reading and setting up, I got the right driver off the CD (that came with the unit) and was able to play music right read the manual and use the CD that came with it! Other than that, it was fairly straight forward.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this unit only if you need a connection to the internet that is far from the router. The connection is great and doesn't fluctuate (meaning, it doesn't go on/off), but at the same time the bandwidth is far too little for me since I like to do HD streaming to my multimedia center.

But if you're using it for what it's intended to do, which is MUSIC... then it's flawless for that. You can stream youtube videos (audio only), CD's, MP3's, whatever format of audio that the player can handle and stream it over to your speakers in another room.

I didn't use this but another great idea would be to use the extender out at the patio where you can listen to music while gardening or watering the backyard.

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4 out of 5 eggsNetgear Wins

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: It works great I use it to give internet to my dish network box for use of on demand and it works flawlessly for this the music extender works well also. I couldn’t believe how easy and quickly is sets up and just works I also like the network map software they give with it, you can see the all devices connected to the Netgear system in a neat looking network map. The secure connect linkup is a little confusing at first but once you get the bugs worked out it links right up.

Cons: ATTENTION Make sure your outlets are wired correctly my house was recently upgraded with new outlets and they were wired backwards witch kept this system from working for about 45 minutes till I figured out the issue I pulled the outlet and fixed the incorrect wiring (with breaker off) not it works great there’s product sold in most hardware stores that plugs into outlet and lights up certain color to let u know the outlet is wired correctly. This is not the fault of Netgear but just figured I would throw it out there because I know there are thousands of homes that are not wired correctly like mine was.
The Audio Extender quality is good but no great the audio is a little tinny could use some more filtering.

Other Thoughts: All in all this is a great little unit and works as advertized, network speeds are commendable and audio quality gets the job done thanks to this little product I won’t have to run cat-6 to my DVR box for on demand that saves me a headache.

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4 out of 5 eggsPowerline adapter with added features

This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: The powerline adapters have pass-thru electrical plugs so you don't lose access to the outlet.

I was pleased with the contents of the box – it ships with two Powerline adapters: a XAV1601 unit which must be attached to a router or modem via an Ethernet cable; and a XAU2511 unit which has an Ethernet port, and a USB port for connecting a printer, external hard dive or USB stick, or even a stereo system. Also included is a USB to stereo RCA and 3.5mm adapter for connecting to a stereo; two Ethernet cables; and a CD containing their Media Extender software.

This device works well and works as promised. The primary uses for this device are:

1) To extend network access around the home. Whether you don’t have wireless, or there are places it can’t reach, or you need the reliability of a hard-wired network connection – this can fill those gaps. Furthermore, you can move that connection around the home quite simply by moving the XAU2511 powerline adapter unit to another electrical outlet.

2) To stream music from almost any device (computer, phone, tablet, etc) already connected to your home network to a stereo / set of speakers. Simply locate the XAU2511 unit near your stereo and plug in the supplied cable – USB end into the unit, and connect the stereo via either the dual RCA plugs or the 3.5mm mini jack cable (the same as a female headphone cable adapter).

3) To make USB based devices available on your network. For example, a printer/scanner or an external hard drive can be attached to the XAU2511 unit’s USB port and made available to computers.

I tested the device as a NAS with an external hard drive attached using a Windows 7 laptop and Windows 8 computer, as well as with a Windows 8 RT tablet. For each device, I was able to connect to the hard drive via Windows Explorer. As an added bonus, I found that you do not need the supplied “Netgear USB Media Extender” software to access attached USB drives.

Without any complications I:

Streamed music from an iPod Touch (3rd Gen) to a connected stereo system (using iOS’s AirPlay feature)

Also, streamed music from the Windows 7 laptop (this requires the supplied Media Extender software, and that you click the audio device displayed in the software and choose connect)

Printed from the Windows 7 laptop to a USB printer connected to the XAU2511 unit (this requires the supplied Media Extender software)

Surfed the web including streaming movies on the laptop connected to the XAU2511 via a LAN cable

On a Win 8 RT tablet that was wirelessly connected to the network, I streamed videos from a USB hard drive attached to the XAU2511 unit (just think about the network involved: Tablet -> wireless -> router -> LAN cable -> XAV1601 unit -> electrical system -> XAU2511 unit -> USB cable -> external hard drive. That’s a lot of places where things could go wrong, but it didn't. It worked well for me.

Cons: Lack of support for streaming music via Windows Phone (7.x or 8), and Windows 8 RT devices. (I don't have access to an Android device and so couldn't test Netgear's suggested app to see if that works.)

Some other cons that I have are not unique to this device, though they may vary slightly between similar devices. The units require 3 pronged outlets. Also, most devices right now in this class are bulky. You will need space to plug the powerline adapters into the wall. I measured the XAU2511 unit, the unit that you can move around the house, approximately 5 1/8" in height, it sticks out about 1 3/8" from the wall, and is almost as wide as the outlet's faceplate. You can plug the units in and still have access to both outlets, since the adapter has a passthru plug. However, note that the top of the XAU2511 unit comes up to just below the grounding socket of the other plug, which means you can plug in a standard plug, but no black boxes or cables that might require space outside of a typical three-pronged plug. Then again, you can plug black boxes or larger plugs directly into this unit, so as long as you don't have two 'special' plugs going into the same outlet you should be ok.

There are faster devices on the market (such as those capable of theoretically streaming up to 500 Mbps). However, for my uses even with a slow connection the network was fast enough for communication between devices, and still faster than my home internet connection.

Other Thoughts: The XAU2511 unit has an on/off switch so you can shutdown the Ethernet connection and USB ports when not needed, the electrical socket still passes through electricity.
All of my tests were intentionally done with a slow connection between the devices. They showed a red light which Netgear labels as "Good" and indicates a speed < 50 Mbps. I purposely plugged the XAV1601 unit into a power strip, which resulted in a slow connection. Netgear does not recommend this setup, but as it may be an unavoidable situation for some I felt it was important to test. I never experienced any issues when setup this way. (I also ran tests with the firmware updated to v0.2.1.7.)
Also, I mentioned previously that the Media Extender software is not needed for connecting to USB drives. Once you know the name or IP address of the unit, you can connect to it via Windows Explorer, for example, in the address bar by entering:
OR \\XAU2511-e6\USB_Storage
If you don't know the name of the device or the IP address, you can open your Router's admin console to view attached devices. Or you can install the Media Extender software and launch it to see the name of the device (after it scans the network). As an added, undocumented bonus, you can get to advanced admin settings by double-clicking the name of the device from within the Media Extender software. Or, once you know the IP address you can simply enter that into a browser. (Username: admin; password)

From within these admin settings, some of the advanced features give you the ability to give the device a static IP, specify DNS settings, enable HTTP and FTP connections to USB drives, set security around what types of USB devices can be plugged in, change the suffix portion of the device name (e.g. change the e6 in XAU2511-e6 to something more descriptive), and check for and apply firmware testing.

All in all, I would recommend this device to others who have a need matching one of the primary uses I mentioned in Pros above. If you absolutely need a faster connection, you may want to look at 500Mbps devices. If you don't need or don't foresee needing the flexibility provided by the USB port or the ability to use this device as a Media/Music Extender with iOS's AirPlay or the included Windows software, then you may want to compare this with a basic powerline adapter. Also, there are other ways to attach USB devices to a network, e.g. many routers have this feature. However, if you don't have that capability or if you want it in another room in your house than the USB port on the XAU2511 unit may be what you're looking for. There is something to be said for the flexibility provided by that port and ability to stream music from compatible devices, it's up to you to determine how much value that adds.

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