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Item#: N82E16833122503
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
  • $69.99
  • $59.99
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4 out of 5 eggs Great for Ethernet Extension unreliable for Music 06/13/2013

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

Pros:

I got 25 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload at all locations with hardly any variation at all at each location. These speeds are identical to the values I get with a direct ethernet connection to my Router. Therefore, I conclude that the Netgear Powerline is fully capable of delivering maximum internet access speeds in my house. Subsequently, I have confirmed the Second day speeds results.

I tested the USB storage with a USB Flashdrive. Copyng files worked but was very slow.

Cons:

I was unable to successfully setup the MusicShare to stream media from my Android Tablet. E-mail request for help was never answered. The recommended software was not clearly identified in the instructions. When I managed to find it (Twonky Beam) and it appeared to connect but, it failed to stream any music.

MusicShare and USB-storage on a Flashdrive worked from WinXP notebook, but failed to work from a WinXP-64bit machine. Software installed ok, and looked correct but I could not see the audio device plugged into the XAU2511 unit. I upgraded the firmware, but to no avail. Same problem when I tested with Windows 7 64bit computer. Everything checks out ok, but no audio device detection.

Instructions are very poor (not unusual for computer gadgets) but inexcusable.

It's been over 8 days and I still have not received a tech support reply to my question from Netgear.

Other Thoughts:

Tested using a notebook running Windows XP by browsing to ww.speedtest.net to measure bandwith at various distances from Router

I plugged XAV1601 (shorter unit without USB) to an AC outlet next to My Router on the 1st floor of my house and connected with an ethernet cable to my Router, then tested with the XAU2511 (larger unit with USB) connected to an AC outlet at a different location:
1 1st floor
2 2nd floor
3 3rd floor (Attic)
4 Basement

It takes a minute or less for the Power LED (top) and Powerline LED (bottom) to stabilize. The Powerline LED first turns Green (> 80Mbps), but then it always changed to Amber (50-80Mbps) on the first day of the tests, but went to green on the subsequent day of testing.

Because these speed tests vary somewhat with time of day I took multiple several (2-3) readings at each location, an then repeated them 5 days later, with the same results. The ethernet connection via Powerline is excellent and very fast, much better than similar products I have tested in the past either from Netgear or other companies.
However, the Readyshare, worked once, then it failed to work on another computer (WinXP 64 bit), updating the firmware did not help. It also failed to work on Win 7 64bit computer in exactly the same way. The Netgear Powerline Utility shows all connections are fine -gives IP address etc. and you can then browse to that address and do firmware update, set Static IP address etc. But when you run the Netgear USB Control Center the remote unit shows up fine but it never shows the powered amplifier speaker (the way it did when it worked on the WinXP machine first time. Subsequently, it no longer works even on that machine.

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