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Western Digital WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit WDBABY0000NBK-NESN

  • IEEE802.3/3u
  • Up to 200Mbps
  • Connect up to 8 devices
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Learn more about the Western Digital WDBABY0000NBK-NESN

Model

Brand
Western Digital
Model
WDBABY0000NBK-NESN

Spec

Standards
IEEE802.3/3u
Encryption
128-bit
Powerline Speeds
Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type
RJ45
Connection Speeds
10/100M
Kit Type
Double
Dimensions
4.7" x 3.4" x 1.3"
Weight
0.41 lbs.

Features

Features
Expand your home network instantly
Smoothly stream HD video to your TV
Connect up to 8 network devices

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Greg M.
  • 7/18/2013 10:46:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great that it has a switch built-in. Form factor is nice, easy to blend in or hide under/in/behind furniture (as opposed to being a giant wall wart like many of the other powerline AV stuff).

More reliable connection than wireless (at least where you have lots of competing Wifi networks).

A great option for media streaming devices and VoIP phones that don't have wifi (and would otherwise require expensive wifi adapters).

Doesn't interfere with my Insteon lighting network at all.

Cons: Connecting to an existing network is frustrating. I may have done something wrong, but I had to reassociate everything (including two pre-existing powerline AV adapters) to get it working -- feels a bit sketchy when you are sitting there holding buttons on different devices, waiting for the lights to blink the right way. I had to get everything into one room to do it so I wasn't running all over the place, then moved them back to their original locations once they were all synced.

Speed isn't great. Even on the same circuit I was only really reliably/consistently getting ~50 Mbps, though it would burst up higher occasionally. I tried unplugging all my UPSes (all computer gear in the house is on a UPS), but it didn't really seem to make a noticeable difference. I do have some Insteon switches in the house but I don't think they broadcast except when you use them so I doubt they're the issue.

Other Thoughts: My wife's PC was also hooked up for a while, and it was fine for causal browsing, but she absolutely hated it for trying to copy/manage photos stored on the NAS in the basement. I have since run cat6 to that room and now the PC is on gigabit. That said, until I got around to doing the renovation that allowed me to get ethernet in the room, this was a great temporary fix.

I do still have my Smart TV and a voip phone connected, and will continue to for the forseable future (I would still switch to wired ethernet if I ever renovated the kitchen and had drywall on the walls and ceiling down to be able to run the cables).

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  • Giang H.
  • 7/9/2013 9:21:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Fan

Pros: Works super fast, easy to install, actually not much of a installation just plug and play no drivers needed. I own over 8 of these throughout my house connected to a DLNA device such as a tv and a WD Livewire non-wireless. Wireless on a media device such as a big screen tv is pointless and a waste of time. This item solve all that, constant speed and fast connections.

Cons: Not really a "Con" but could be better with some mount holes.

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  • Peter R.
  • 2/1/2013 9:56:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWD never disappoints

Pros: 1) Plug and Play. I just plugged one end to my router and the other to my computer in another room.

2) getting 90 Mbps which is great for anything I do and I have them both plugged into a surge protector(Not recommend per WD). You can probably get better speeds plugging it directly into an outlet.

3) My grandma can step this up that's how easy it is.

Cons: Just TWO and that's the other reviews I see on here. Really people? It's just plug and play not that hard. Also if you’re not getting the speeds you want have you checked your router and or Internet PROVIDER? Also it’s not a media player just a NETWORK POWERLINE!!! It's not going to play avi files or any other file in that nature. If you want that go with the WD LIVE TV (which I also own).

Other Thoughts: I love this product and will recommend it to all my friends and co-workers. If you want to play media files on your TV through a Hard Drive or wireless from your computer I would also recommend the WD LIVE TV which play's many formats and also streams Netflix and etc.

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  • Michael M.
  • 2/1/2013 3:54:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks but not with others

Pros: Connected easily to my router
Speeds are good.

Cons: cannot get this powerline adapter to work at the same time as my netgear HD powerline adapter, which it's instructions say are compatible with each other.

Other Thoughts: I now have two good powerline adapters which wont work together.

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the WD LiveWire, as this is not the typical experience with the product.
Please note that LiveWires are supported to work with each other; however, support can vary depending on the 3rd party compliance with HomePlug AV & IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u compliancy.
You can read more on the LiveWire features here.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=310
We would appreciate the opportunity to further assist you, and resolve any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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  • Michael B.
  • 1/24/2013 4:31:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDon't fight with WiFi - Order this.

Pros: Even my wife could have installed this. Just plug in both units and hook them us to the modem and other computer and it works. I have been fighting WiFi problems with a range extender for over a year so decided to try these. I could kick myself for waiting this long to do it.

I haven't measured the speed, but can tell you it is at least twice as fast as the WiFi with the range extender. I used this with my laptop and can't find a single outlet in the house where it will not work.

I may order a couple more of these for other rooms in the house.

Cons: The supplied Cat Cables are a little short, so if you need some distance between where you will have the units and the modem/computer, just measure and order a longer cable when you order the units. Cables are cheap.

Other Thoughts: Try this and you will never look back at WiFi again.

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  • Michael P.
  • 1/13/2013 3:55:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Product allowed me to move my office into another building on my property. It was on the same power circuit and travels through 4 breakers to get there. The other building is about 50 yards from my home. I just plugged it in and it worked flawlessly. The speed will stream netflix without any problems. Wireless has always been very flaky and slow, this appears to of solved my problems. It also has 4 cat 5 plugs to plug other items into.

Cons: none

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  • Stephen T.
  • 1/5/2013 5:04:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great - buy 2!

Pros: Very easy to set up, overall took me about 20 min to figure it out since I bought two kits to get 4 remote network outlets throughout the house. I plugged in all 4 boxes direct to the wall (don't use power strip) very close to the computer. I made a simple spreadsheet noting my assigned "nicknames" for each device that I desired, the MAC address, and the passwords that can be found on the back of each unit. I then used the included WD Livewire utility to name the devices and put all 4 boxes on the same network. Once they were set connected, I unplugged them and distributed through the house where I wanted them and they work great! (so far... only been connected for about 24 hrs). Will report back if I have any issues.

Cons: None that I can tell

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  • Jimmy R.
  • 12/31/2012 9:05:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Duper!

Pros: Easy to setup ( >5mins)
Very Fast connection
Lots of ports to connect to!
Stays very cool for a powerline/switch combo

Cons: none

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  • Rick D.
  • 12/28/2012 4:44:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy setup

Pros: Extremely easy setup. Get a great network connection without having to worry about wireless interference.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Kim B.
  • 12/28/2012 1:24:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It worked right out of the box in a house built in 1945. The data rate is good enough to play 720p quality mkv and mp4 over the network.

Cons: none

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