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NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

  • HomePlug AV, IEEE 1901, IEEE802.3
  • 1 x 10/100M RJ-45
  • Up to 500Mbps

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsWorked for a Year

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: - Faster than my old b/g WAP.
- Saved me the trouble of running Cat 6a cabling in my crawlspace.

Cons: - Lasted just past the warranty period.
- Slower than expected. I would get about 150 mbps with a good connection over the power line. So, the the N300 wireless was bottle-necked.

Other Thoughts: The wireless network stayed up, as did the power-line broadcast domain. But, the connection between the two within the WAP device itself would drop. Power cycling the device would resolve the issue for a while. Now a while is about 30 seconds.

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  • Joseph R.
  • 10/31/2015 2:31:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Easy to setup. Provides a very strong signal into the room that needed help. I'm quite satisfied with it so far.

Cons: Apparently, from reading other reviews, both the adapter and the access point need to be on the same electrical circuit. Luckily, I'm in a very old house with wiring serving multiple bedrooms including the one with the router and the one needing help. So I can't vouch for other configurations. Even on the same circuit some outlets are better than others. On my first attempt, the access point was barely giving out a signal. Moving it to another outlet in the same room resulted in a super-strong signal. Go figure.

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  • Rajeev J.
  • 6/9/2015 10:18:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great.

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Fast setup.

Cons: Cannot seem to get the wireless to work, once ethernet cable is plugged into my fire tv box. Not sure what the issue is. Connection says is fine, but tablet/phone/laptop none of them can connect to this access point.

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  • Michael N.
  • 1/29/2015 5:34:20 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks quite well

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: This is an excellent choice to use if you do not have CAT5 available for long distances or do not desire to run CAT5 across your home. This is a better solution in my opinion than running WIFI.

Cons: I have experienced two cons in 2 years of using this system. The system from time to time needs to get unplugged and rebooted essentially. I would say this occurs once a month to every few months. The Powerline Utility can also get warm at times.

Other Thoughts: Overall I really like this system. It has been more reliable and cost effective verses purchasing a new WIFI router due to my router only supporting up to wireless G. It is also a great way to avoid dead spots in the home when you are running WIFI.

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  • Peter S.
  • 12/6/2014 7:19:00 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorked Perfectly Out Of The Box

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Set this up in a friend's house who was having trouble with his wi-fi signal, and it was up and working in 10 minutes. Simple set up, and gave a nice strong wi-fi signal. I have a powerline network setup in my own house, and believe it's a highly underappreciated technology.

Cons: This is a con related to a pro - you can install additional units in outlets around your home if you want to increase the signal even further. However, this setup only seems to be sold in pairs (the unit that attaches to the router + the unit that's plugged in where you want a better signal). So you would be spending money on at least one device that you wouldn't be using.

Other Thoughts: I also love the fact that the wi-fi extender is built into the device that plugs into your power outlet. I have an older setup at home, which required both the block and a separate wi-fi access point. This is no longer necessary, which is great.

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  • JOHN B.
  • 11/20/2014 3:53:27 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Worked for exactly one year, then broke.
When it worked, it worked well.

Cons: Failed 13.5 months after purchase

Other Thoughts: This product works great, when it works.
I am very disappointed with the short life span though.
I spent $115 on this and 13.5 months later, the wireless
component quite working altogether. And it is no longer under warranty. Grrrr. Not sure I will replace it as thats a lot to spend every year merely to extend my wireless network.

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5 out of 5 eggsRegarding Security - WPA-2

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Includes WPA-2 Personal security which uses 128-bit AES encryption and a passphrase (password) to protect you. See Other Thoughts below.

Cons: Would be nice if it included 2 ethernet ports on the second adapter instead of one.

Other Thoughts: WPA-2 Personal wireless security is an industry standard, and it's a significant improvement over earlier versions (WPA and WEP).

With WPA-2, you create a password that must be known by anyone wishing to use your home Wi-Fi. Make that passphrase long and complex and it will be very, very difficult for anyone to hack. We've been using WPA-2 Personal to protect our wireless home network. There's a gravel parking area across the street where we've seen drivers trying to gain internet access over the years. We know this because two of our neighbors use WEP security and they have both been hacked repeatedly (in spite of our urging to upgrade!). Our home network has never been hacked or compromised. As always, you MUST keep your security passphrase secret. Most home routers now offer a "Guest" network feature for your friends which does not require you to reveal your secret passphrase to them. With 128-bit AES encryption plus a strong passphrase this Netgear wireless/powerline adapter offers the best security that is compatible with most home routers, period.

If you're really paranoid about protecting your data and privacy then you should consider hard-wiring all of your home network computers to the router, lock the router in a closet, encrypt all the hard drives using full-drive encryption, and use a VPN (virtual private network) to surf the internet. Or ...... you could buy this Netgear adapter and just get on with your life.

WPA-2 Enterprise, just so you know, is a (usually) commercial security protocol which requires additional "RADIUS server" software and a knowledgeable person to set it up. Or, you can buy a RADIUS server box for (usually) upwards of $200. Either way, a user must sign in and be "authenticated" before accessing the network. Such systems are the realm of large businesses with IT people to manage the network.Through work and circles of friends i know hundreds of people with some form of wireless internet at home. Not a single one of them uses a RADIUS server.

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  • Donna G.
  • 6/26/2014 6:29:56 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood if you don't mind poor WiFi security

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, and works well. Don't know why some folks are reporting the WiFi dropping out. Never have seen that, although they might want to see if their firmware needs upgrading.

Cons: Poor network security in that the WiFi does not support WPA-Enterprise nor WPA2-Enterprise, only Personal. (What Netgear calls WPA-PSK & WPA2-PSK.) Given that these are little Linux (or similar) boxes it's puzzling why Netgear has not fixed this glaring security deficiency.

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  • David K.
  • 3/20/2014 8:48:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCuts wifi constantly

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: wired ethernet connection works

Cons: The wifi signal drops constantly. I have to power cycle it 3 to 5 times a day. I did an RMA with Netgear, and the wifi cut out within 4 hours of setting up the brand new replacement.

Other Thoughts: Although the wifi connection drops constantly, the wired connection seems to work fine. You should get an ethernet-only powerline adapter and put a separate wifi router on it instead.

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  • Victor E.
  • 12/16/2013 8:46:47 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks well!

This review is from: NETGEAR Powerline AV500 adapter Kit with WiFi – N300 Access Point (XWNB5201)

Pros: works really well. in fact i did speed tests with it too. i don't notice any issues yet. i live in a 1 level home and its for the bedroom area.
Tested itunes home on a windows to mac computer and it worked. so that isn't an issue at all.

Cons: none

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