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NETGEAR XE104-100NAR Powerline 4-port Ethernet Adapter Up to 85Mbps
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs They work for me, but your mileage may vary 02/25/2012

This review is from: NETGEAR XE104-100NAR Powerline 4-port Ethernet Adapter Up to 85Mbps

Pros: Almost no setup at all. If you live in an apartment, where your power lines may share some common circuits with other residents, you may want to use the included software to link multiple XE104s together into a group with a unique name and password. But for single-family homes, all you need to do is connect one to your router, then plug in others where you need some connectivity. Voila! Instant network without having to run CAT5 cable.
I use these successfully to connect my router to my media room (where I can stream Netflix without problem and connect my DirecTV HD DVR just fine). You can use the included software to monitor the data rate on all units at the same time. Do I get 85mbps? No, but I do see data rates at or above 65mbps at times. Just remember that you must plug these directly into the wall...no surge suppressors or UPS units. Some of those who have experienced problems *may* have some faulty wiring (bad grounds, reversed polarity). It works for me...no complain

Cons: LEDs are bright, which may be distracting if they are within your field of view while watching TV or trying to read.

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NETGEAR XE104 85 Mbps Wall-Plugged Ethernet 4-port Switch Up to 85Mbps
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised, and well too! 09/29/2011

This review is from: NETGEAR XE104 85 Mbps Wall-Plugged Ethernet 4-port Switch Up to 85Mbps

Pros: Easy to set up and begin operation. Is a completely acceptable alternative to hard-wiring your home with CAT5 cable, especially in situations where that is prohibited or impossible. You can configure the security to protect your units from possible intrusion by other owners' similar units that may be in the same bulding as you (this should not be a problem for single unit homes). If you live an a WIFI congested neighborhood, where you are competing for clear channels and bandwidth with surrounding WIFI users who always seem to have their routers set to the same channel as your router, this may be a solution (powerline Ethernet) that you should consider.

Cons: May not be fast enough for some people, with only a maximum rating of 85mbps. I'm not sure I've EVER hit that high a data rate within my home, but I do not feel like my transmission is dragging at any time.

Other Thoughts: I have one of these units fed directly from my router, with two other units: one in my media room to allow connection of my PS3 and DirecTV DVR, and the other to service my home office desktop, media server and two networked laser printers. I have had NO problems with connectivity or perceived speed. My PS3 is able to stream movies from Netflix to my HD TV without issue, and I've used movies on demand from DirecTV through my Internet connection too. Basically I have no complaints. If the 200mbps unit had been available when I purchased my XE104's, I might have gone that route, but I'm happy with my purchase, and I would recommend Netgear's powerline Ethernet network products to anyone.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Reasonable pricing (though I wouldn't complain if it went lower so I could order another 8GB).

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Paired 8GB with the Biostar TA890GXB HD motherboard. So far, working like a champ!

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Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 01/03/05

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 02/01/11
  • Last Review: 02/25/12
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