Reviews and Problems with Netgear PowerLine AV 200 / XAVNB2001
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Difficult but useful
7 January 2015
Summary: I had a very difficult time setting this up. Netgear didn't want to help me because it was not purchased through an authorized dealer. After figuring out how to set it up myself it is not very consistent. It seems like every few days i have to unplug it and plug it back in. Also it takes much longer for my devices to connect to this than my router.
Summary: I moved into a business location that didn't have any CAT5 ports and installing them would be difficult given the lack of crawl space and vaulted ceilings. My installer suggested the Powerline idea so I looked into it and decided about this model because I wanted the pass-through adapter plus it has 2 ethernet ports to make it easy to plug my VOIP and Laptop in together.
Summary: Just got this hooked up and so far so good. Previously was using wifi for streaming on my Roku, but needed a better solution due to poor signal strength. I plugged this little guy in, switched my Roku from wifi to Ethernet and boom worked like a charm. I don't have the ability to test actual speed, but buffering time dropped significantly and I am very happy with the results. Will follow up with any relevant updates. Recommended.
Summary: After about a year of suffering trying to get wifi to my room, including wifi extenders and new routers, i ran across powerlines while i was on google and it seemed like a great idea. My main purpose for wifi in my room was to play online with my ps3/ps4. While i was on wifi i was getting from 2-4 mbps with constant cutoffs and i was fed up with it. My room is an extension room that was built on to the back of the house.
Summary: it worked good, but it really did not improve my speed over that of Wi-Fi, perhaps it did help to make my connection more stable though, but for me it wasn't worthy at the end, this however might be a great choice for people having persistent connectivity issues while on Wi-Fi.
Summary: When I first installed this extender it worked well and was simple to get going. I followed the instructions and discovered the wifi worked but it was not secure. Now I have spent a half day following the instructions as carefully as possible. Unfortunately, many of the guidelines can be easily misunderstood. I therefore had to try several different approaches to determine if another way would work. After 4 hours of trying I called Netgear Support.
Summary: Very pleased! Be sure to read the instructions FIRST or you may be going back and forth between modules doing factory resets. If you know what your going to do before you start, your installation will be flawless. The 500 Mbps is way overkill since my internet connection is only 100Mbps but I needed the 2 port access per module plus the AC plug feed through. Outstanding product!
Summary: This device has been a life saver. My internet connectivity kept dropping like every 5 minutes. Using Wi-Fi in my house just wasn't working as expected. But ever since I installed the power line adapters it has been smooth sailing! No issues at all. I highly recommend them.
Passthrough version does its job well while preserving access to outlet
30 April 2014
Summary: I have the pass-through 500mbps version with 2 ethernet ports. Works great and leaves enough room if you plug it in the bottom outlet to plug something in on top as well, even a 3-prong plug. With that and the passthrough on the device, there is no loss of outlet use. I will probably get an AV2 kit for my home office network, but for something like a bedroom desktop where we want the speed and reliability of an ethernet connection, this works great.