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Netgear HDXB101 Powerline HD (High Definition) Ethernet Adapter kit (contains 2 HDXB101 devices)

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  • Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) for video streaming, gaming and VoIP
  • Uses existing electrical wiring1
  • Predictable and dependable network speeds
  • Configurable QoS for advanced-users
  • Powerline-friendly - easily coexists with NETGEAR's Wall-Plugged or HomePlug compatible products
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Technical Details
BrandNetGear
Item Weight762 g
Product Dimensions21.8 x 17 x 10.2 cm
Item model numberHDXB101-100UKS
  
Additional Information
ASINB000HXDG92
Best Sellers Rank 101,091 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight771 g
Date First Available8 Sept. 2006
  
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Product Description

NETGEAR's Powerline HD Ethernet Adaptor and Kit (HDX101 and HDXB101) for high quality video and gaming, is an ideal solution for connecting a PC, DVR, X-Box 360, PS3, or other game console to the home network. Simply plug one HDX101 into an AC outlet near your router and the other HDX101 near the device you wish to network. Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) ensures high quality, consistent performance for things like real-time HD video and audio streaming for a digital media Adaptor (DMA) like the NETGEAR D

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DWS on 30 Jun. 2007
We live in an old house with thick stone walls and - after several frustrating years struggling with moody, inconsistent and sometimes non-existant wireless connectivity - we've just converted to Ethernet via the domestic ring main. Ordered on Thursday, delivered next day, I plugged the boxes into convenient wall sockets and the supplied cables into our PCs and that, as they say, was that - 'problem gone away'. It took longer to read the instructions than do the job! Nothing to configure (unlike wireless), it just worked! Instant, high-speed Internet connectivity anywhere there's a mains power outlet! One of our PCs is six years old, and therefore required an investment of £15 for an ethernet card, yet even that responds brilliantly. Thank you Amazon, please pass on our compliments to Netgear - and to the genius who came up with this concept. Genuinely deserving of a 5-star rating and one of the best buys I've made in years.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David A. Cameron on 11 Dec. 2007
I had a complex wireless environment with two xbox 360s used as media extenders in different parts of the house, both also remote from the router... even the media serving PC is remote and all were linked up by 54g wireless. However, serving up streaming media required two wireless hops in order to work and I think that degraded the speed aavailable to me.

Whenever the microwave was switched on, the wireless would drop out or slow to a crawl and I would get "Network Congestion" messages and stuttering frames displayed.

NOT ANY MORE though. I have bought one of these kits from a well known PC store (and paid considerably more than here) to eliminate one of the hops between the media PC and the router and I see a huge improvement in transfer speeds. I am not done yet though as I intend to buy another set when my wife lets me spend some more money again and to have all my fixed devices (TiVo, Xboxes, Router and desktop PCs) all on Powerline based wired network.

Wireless is good, Ethernet is better, but impractical for most of us. Powerline HD is a great and very acceptable alternative, but do not expect the full 200mbs throughput which is marketing hype and includes all sorts of data overheads. However, my own set up shows ~120mbs TX and Rx capability, which is more than enough to support a couple of simultaneous HD streams.

However, a caution... don't go for the slower plugs that are cheaper to buy. 200mbs is the fastest currently available and used a different technology...If you try and set it up cheaper and go for slower plugs now, you will need to throw them away later if you want a faster network.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Cox on 22 May 2007
This product is a gem. I live in a longish terrace house, and I need to connect a router at the front of the house to the family gear upstairs at the back. A simple enough proposition, you'd think. But I've been throwing away buckets of time and money on wireless equipment for the last few years, without finding a decent solution. I've used a standard BT wireless router, then with a repeater in the middle, then upgraded to a suposedly industrial strength 'n' router. It seems that it's impossible to get a decent signal to go the length of a solidly built house, on anything better than an intermittent basis. Plus, the software for most of this wireless kit is totally erratic. The kids would be down every half hour asking me to fix it. And in the time I've been using wireless, another dozen networks have popped up within range, which can't be helping.

So, I finally discovered this Powerline gear. Plugged in a pair of units - didn't even bother with the installation software - and had a fast and reliable connection working in 5 minutes. An 8mbps BT broadband connection is equally fast at both ends, and file transfer goes at about 1.5MB per second. No apparent interference from electrical equipment, even when they were doing rennovations on the house. I did get some interference on the computer speakers, but fixed it by repositioning the plugs. There are no security issues, and the thing is completely idiot proof (that is to say, kid friendly).

And the best part of all - that satisfying clunk as the wireless gear hit the bottom of the bin!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P Benson on 30 Dec. 2007
I've bought 2 of these, a total of 4 units. I have one connected to my wireless broadband router, and 3 connected to various internet enabled devices, including Playstation 3. I cannot say anymore than "it does what it says on the tin". I have 24/7 broadband on all devices through my power network in my home, including online gaming. I have yet in 10 days to experience any outage of broadband service.

I have superb upload/download speeds and it is so much better than all previous solutions i've tried to extend my wireless broadband.

Frankly worth every penny, go for it and revolutionise your internet connection around your home.

I'm using with a Netgear Wireless router from Sky Broadband - not sure if relevant, provided for information purposes.

I am honestly 100% pleased with this item - go ahead and enjoy broadband throughout your home, without wires or dropouts!

Dec 2009 UPDATE: Almost 2 years on, these units still work perfectly. First Class!
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