Summary: Quick advice: First check if you can run cat5 or cat5E. It's MUCH cheaper and has potentially faster speeds. If not, this might be what you need. I was very skeptical of these devices, but with how bad my WiFi repeating situation was I was willing to take a risk and turn that segment of my network into a physical link. They have not disappointed. One thing that I've noticed is the speed is much more consistent than wireless.
Summary: I was having some signal reliability issues with my consoles accessing my wifi so I bought these to get ethernet to my living room. They work well and reliably but the newer multiband 802.11n routers are as reliable and provide more bandwidth.
Just plug in and throw out that CAT-5 cable snaking through the hallway
Dr. J. Kelley "namaste", Amazon
14 September 2011
Summary: Ok, I'm just getting too old to be crawling around the attic drilling holes in drywall and trying to work that cantankerous crimping tool. We tried the WiFi, but this just seems to have a lot more speed. And what a delight to just plug in another module in the TV room and connect our Blu-Ray to the internet!
Summary: I live in the 3 story house with thick walls and one side right against a rocky hillside. I was using 3 wireless routers (WRT-610n) meshed together to give the entire house OK coverage. This worked, but the bandwidth was lower than I needed, and the need for packets to hop from router to router caused high latencies. Using WiFi the best performance from the top floor to the bottom was 2 Mb/sec with 100ms latency.
Summary: Literally plug these in and forget about them. Our home wireless router wasn't cutting it. Constant dropped connection and slow speeds. These units solved our problems. Transfer rates within our home network are consistently 20 times faster than our high speed internet connection. Would like to see the cost of these units come down a bit but compared to rewiring your house with CAT-5 these things are a drop in a bucket.
Summary: The only reason i didn't give this 5 stars is that i think the price is a little steep. but, i have to say this product is crazy easy. i opened the box, plugged one unit in near my router, plugged the other in near my home theater AVR, plugged the internet cables in on both sides, and bam! my receiver was grabbing internet radio stations. no software installed. no instructions read. just plugged it in and, well...played! great product.
Summary: I was hesitant when I first considered purchasing these power line LAN adapters. Now that I have them I am pleasantly surprised. I did some tests in various areas of the house and the speed does vary the farther apart I had the adapters, on the low end about 25 Mbps. I am getting about 40-45 Mbps down and 7 Mbps up if I hook up my laptop to the adapter and do a speedtest . net. If I go directly I get about 60 Mbps down and 13 Mbps up.
Works as advertised, returning due to surge protection concern
8 September 2010
Summary: As my title indicates, these worked as advertised and setup was literally a plug & play affair. I connected one unit in my office where my ISP connection and router live, then took the other downstairs to the home theater and connected it to the switch where my xbox360, ps3, dvr, slingbox, etc. all reside. I also have a Mac Mini serving as an HTPC and when I tested transfer speeds the Mini was able to download a ~1GB file from the office NAS at an average of ~40Mbps.
Summary: This was our second set of these and the speed is blistering. Simple plug and play. Only deduction is because we bought the first set over a year ago and one died after a month of use. It was replaced under warranty and has functioned flawlessly for a year. The new set (XAVB2501) worked for about 10 days and one died. Amazon replaced immediately and we have been up and running for about a month. This is 100% better than wireless in our home.