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Netgear XAVB5004 Powerline 4-Port AV 500 Kit for Home Theater

by NetGear

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  • Connect Internet-ready TVs, Blu-ray players or game consoles to your home's broadband Internet
  • Turn Any Electrical Outlet into a High-Speed Home Network Connection
  • Typical Coverage: Up to 5000 square foot home
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Technical Details
BrandNetGear
Item Weight5 g
Product Dimensions2.8 x 10.2 x 13.7 cm
Item model numberXAVB5004-100UKS
  
Additional Information
ASINB004I9IANS
Best Sellers Rank 48,926 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight962 g
Date First Available7 Jan 2011
  
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Netgear XAVB5004 Powerline 4-Port AV 500 Kit for Home Theater

Box Contains

1x 4-port Powerline AV 500 Adapter (XAV5004); 1x Powerline 500 Nano Adapter (XAV5101); Power Cord; 2x RJ45 Ethernet Cables

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Western Infidel on 22 Jun 2011
I've spent far too much money over the last few years on Wireless Routers & wi-fi cards up to and including Dual band Wireless-N.. each one promising far more than they actually deliver in real life, not one of them working reliably enough to perform the basic task of streaming a movie from a NAS in another room to a media center connected to the TV in the lounge. So when it came to looking at Powerline, i looked in detail at the reviews and experiences of other people, these were mixed ranging from good to awful, so i waited.

I saw that this is now 500mbps Powerline and i thought it might be worth taking the plunge and purchased the XAVB5004 along with a set of the XAVB5501 Powerline adapters...

After getting them home, i plugged in the XAVB5004 to the power supply in the lounge at the back of the TV and using ethernet cables, connected it to my TV, my Dreambox and my Windows media center. In another room, i plugged the homeplug adapter into the power supply and connected it by ethernet cable to my gigabit switch.

I then used one of the adapters from the XAVB5501 package and plugged it into the power supply in my bedroom and connected it by ethernet cable to my media center in my bedroom. I quickly skipped round the house pressing the security button on each adapter (within 2 minutes) and voila.... everything worked first time out of the box within the space of around 2 minutes!!!

I tested by streaming a movie from my Network Attached Storage Device to my windows media center in the lounge. I chose something very taxing: A Matroska (MKV) file containing uncompressed H.264 1080p and DTS HD video/audio streams taken from my Bluray "AVATAR directors special edition". The filesize was 32gb in size.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Humour on 8 May 2012
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I spent some considerable time reading review after review of various products yuising the same or similar chipsets and finally settled on the Netgear.

Overall Im very happy with the performance of the product. Admittedly I am on the same ring main where both units are plugged in and so Im averaging a 300Mbps-215Mbps data rate which is good enough for streaming an uncompressed .mt2s movie directly ripped onto my computer with a file size of 50GB. Various itterations of the source m2ts in H264, MPEG4, MPEG2, MKV containers played flawlessly, as expected. In summary provided that you dnt need to connect the two devices across different ring mains, the streaming performance is adequate for 1080p movie streams.

I have my TV, PS3, 3D Bluray player (all Internet enabled) connected to the hub via ethernet cable and I have one space left free for an additional device, such as an AV Receiver, due sometime in the future.

Of course, no product is perfect, and so my summary of pro's and con's follows:

Pro's
4-Port Hub to connect multiple devices in a home cinema system.
500Mbps Data-rate, adequate for everything I can throw at it.
Separate power adapter and standard plug, ensuring it doesn't take up two sockets unlike some Integrated units.
Easy to set up and monitor.

Con's
Would have been nice to see a 6-Port hub instead of four.
Supplied Software does not work very well in Win7 64-bit. Unable to setup encryption via software.
The Hub doesnt appear to go into sleep mode when not in use. Power consumption and efficiency are key these days.

Based on the aforementoned con's, primarily the software bugs, I have to issue a 4 star instead of 5. With that said, dont let that detract from what is a very good product in my experience and one that does what it says on the tin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith on 17 May 2012
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After struggling with slowdowns streaming HD Video from my NAS
to a PS3 via a wireless connection I bought this kit and it
has worked well. The stuttering I was seeing has now vanished
and the throughput is consistently higher than achieved using
Class N wireless networking. Setup was a doddle too which is nice.

The one Caveat is that I live in a pretty new house with
good wiring and plenty of sockets so cant say how it function
with an older installation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Moss on 16 Jan 2012
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After some difficulty I manged to getting them working reasonably well. Something the manual doesn't seem to make you aware of is that these new XAV range of power adapters are NOT compatible with the previous HDX range. I have some HDX101 devices that worked very well (on average 110Mbps)but they will not work with the XAV range. Furthermore if you leave the HDX devices plugged in then the XAV devices will not operate properly and you will see speeds as low as 11Mbps.

After completely removing all my HDX devices I now have reasonable speeds between the. However I now need to buy another one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KaraPitchUm on 19 Aug 2012
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Bought this to extend my home network into the back of the house where the wifi signal was poor. Worked in 30 seconds straight out of the box - brilliant.

Each end is on a different ring main and the signal strength is still fine - much quicker than my wifi is, so much so that I have got a second pair for my other devices.

I am now using a single port adapter to take the network from my router into the mains, a 4-port in the lounge for a ps3, sky+ box, smart tv and media pc, a 4-port in the back room for an office pc, network printer and nas drive (and occasionally a work laptop), and I have one more single port adapter spare.

Loses 1 star as when putting more than 2 devices in the network the built in security button doesn't work very well - they tend to form two groups of two. Thankfully the bundled software is excellent, and can be used to locate all devices at once and set a security password
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