Joined on 11/08/06
Helps in individual rooms
Pros: Works well in individual rooms and because the XAVN is wireless it obviously avoids cables although one can add an ethernet cable as well to the wireless plug XAVN. Use it for IPad wireless and Blu-ray player with cable. Speed is very good for a wireless and ethernet. Attached cable works well for Blu-ray Netflix downloads meaning the speed is v.good. Up to four units can be used around home and WPA2 security is possible and recommended for security.
Cons: Range diminishes outside of line of sight or individual rooms but will work 30 feet away in another room if line of sight is not too obstructed. Installation instructions are very confusing although installation is easy just plug in to your router and wall location, then install "Netgear Powerline Utility". Run the utility program and and copy your router WPA2 security settings indicated in the utility to the XAVN that shows up. Much simpler than pressing buttons on the router and XAV(N)s. Note you should have something communicating with XAVN, an ipad or computer, so that it shows up in the utility program. The XAVN will go to sleep within 2 minutes if not used.
Overall Review: Very useful for ipads, etc. The wireless plug can be moved to other rooms and will be recognized immediately. Download latest utility for XAVN2001 from Netgear. And yes it will work over different fuse/switch boxes, mine goes through 2 boxes.
Yes it really works in Vista 64 - Beautifully
Pros: Outstanding speed especially if you enable QoS (WMM) in the RaUI. Once installed you will understand. This is the only adapter that works well in my house with over 75ft distance from router with 5 walls to traverse. Tech Suport person I QUICKLY was passed to (1-408-496-1105) from Canton, China really knew his stuff, spoke excellent English and was very pleasant and helpful. See below for installation instructions do not use (VERY IMPORTANT) the supplied software or downloads from Edimax's website instead as he suggested go to http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Home/Support/Windows.html (link does not work 24-7 but will work eventually)take the second option for drivers dated (I think - site is down at present) 10-16-07 then download and install setup your "WPS" with your wireless's name and parameters and insert the same information under "profile." Then go into Device manager update drivers through the internet (you might need a direct link). Do not forget MAC address in router.
Cons: Old useless CD included if one is using Vista 64. Somewhat complicated install for the non-techie. When you install the aforementioned drivers you need to do (as nearly always with Administrator Rights) once installed you need to go to the directory (C:\Program Files (x86)\RALINK) and give all the application files under "compatability" administrator rights. Even then you will need to allow "RaUI" in Vista under permission to run program once you have typed in your password.
Overall Review: Although a little complicated to install far and away the best Vista 64 wireless adapter have used others with little success even though they claim Vista 64 support. Suggest you do thorough internet search before you buy any adapter.