Comments about NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps 4-port Network Adapter Kit (XAVB5004)

NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps 4-port Network Adapter Kit (XAVB5004)

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The Netgear 4-port powerline av 500 adapter enables Gigabit-fast wired connections for hd streaming. it offers easy, plug-and-play setup and provides faster speeds for the most demanding applications. perfect for connecting up to 4 devices like hdtvs, blu-ray players, dvrs, pcs and game consoles to your home network and the internet. General information - product model - xavb5004 product name - xavb5004 powerline network adapter; miscellaneous - package contents - xavb5004 powerline network adapter 1 x xav5001 powerline network adapter 1 x 2m (6.5 ft) ac power cord 2 x 2m (6.5 ft) rj45 ethernet cables depth - 4.0 inches

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I purchased a Smart TV and other components that are Internet ready for our living room. Like others, I found the spot that is the most comfortable for viewing is not very good for in-house wifi. I was either waiting forever it seemed for access or finding big pauses in advancing through web sites. I saw that many people have had success with this Powerline product and thought it would be worth trying.
After the install that takes about 15 minutes, I was up and running. The XAV5001 plugs into the electrical outlet and a ethernet cable plugs it into an available port on your router. The XAV5004 plugs into the wall near your equipment with 4 ports available for hookup. I have a green light on the Powerline LED which indicates greater than 80 Mbps. I found that response times were very good and the only thing slowing me down was getting used to my Smart TV's interface.
I also have a number of devices that have internet connections for various apps and for updating firmware. I currently have a Samsung TV, Apple TV, Roku, Blu-Ray player, Wii and AV receiver. The Samsung TV, Apple TV and Roku are used to stream video and they occupy ports 1, 2 and 3 of the XAV5004. I connected the last port (4) of the XAV5004 to a Netgear GS105 Switch, which has 5 ports, 1 connected to the XAV5004 and the other 4 are open for use. I am using 3 of these ports connected to the Blu-Ray, AV Receiver and Wii.
I have used the switch for firmware updates, which works great. I feel alot more secure with a wired connection for firmware updates. I also moved my Roku box to the switch to test streaming Netfix videos and that worked great too.
The GS105 switch basically has zero install time, I just plugged the power cord in and an ethernet cable from the XAV5004 to the GS105 and it started working.
All and all the Powerline made my media area seem like I was hooked to my router. The switch gave me extra flexibility for connections. My house has mid-1970's wiring. My XAV5001 adapter hooked to my router is on a separate circuit from the XAV5004 hooked to the living room equipment. For me, this is definitely 5 stars.

I was very skeptical about getting this device vs. running network cables across my apartment but I decided to give it a try. Obviously physical Ethernet cables has the best speeds but living in an apartment is not the same as your own home where you can drill holes and run cables as you wish! Lol. NETGEAR Powerline 500 Mbps 4-port Network Adapter Kit works very well, easy to setup and a great substitute! I can now stream full HD movies through my WD TV live media player and other devices that do not have wireless cards! Even devices that do have wireless but has a NIC, I tried this device and seen a significant difference in connectivity and streaming capabilities. I've read a lot of reviews about this device not working properly or not enough throughputs. I guess it comes down to how your place electrical wires run through the wall. These devices must plug directly into wall power outlet and not an extension cord! The main powerline adapter that plugs into your router has an indicator of 3 different colors to tell you what electrical outlet has the best signal. Green being the best, which I am lucky to receive! The receiving adapter has 4 network ports (you can use all 4 ports, no uplink port!) that have different priorities from high to low. High gives uninterrupted service (port 1)! I am very pleased and would recommend this product!

I'm and IT guy and manage a large network for a living. I was very skeptical on this product as I have not had any experience with using a powerline solution. I previously used matching wireless routers with wireless bridging between them. I would use this connection between my main Internet connection and a switch in my living room for a MP3 server, Xbox 360 and Squeezebox (music player). Copying files across would be cumbersome and slow, but it worked. Every month of so, I would have to reboot the wireless routers to fix a connection issue. Not a great solution, but it worked.

Here comes the powerline. I first set it up without checking the circuits, etc. It connected up right away without any issues. I was able to transfer files across and it worked, but the speed wasn't much better. The next day I decided to actually read the manual and I saw that the link light was red. This indicated the lowest level of connection. I moved the source powerline adapter to another outlet that I knew was on the same electrical circuit and the connection light turned green. Boy what a difference it made. File transfers are great, backing up my files between machines runs almost as fast as having them on the same switch. Very very happy with the end results.

Also, I've been using the product for about 2 months and I have not had one issue with the connection.

I have Xfinity Blast Internet with 50Mb/s service to the home - the Coax entry to the home was in the back room and that is where they installed the Modem. My main TV/DVR and BlueRay with Netflix was in the main room of the house about 50 ft away from the Wireless Router. When I would try to watch streaming video from Netflix or Amazon, it would constantly stop to reload the video. I ran several Speedtests and was only getting about 3Mb/s from the wireless signal. I installed the Powerline AV 500 in less than 10 min. I connected the main device to a 5 outlet grounded wall adaptor (IMPORTANT) - connected the ethernet line to the Cable modem. Then in the same room - I connected the 4 port Powerline adaptor just to make sure they connected. Bingo! I moved the 4 port network adaptor to the main room next to the entertainment center and plugged into the standard wall outlet - Bingo again! I connected my Apple Airport wireless router/Blueray player/Dish Hopper DVR and TV to the 4 port adaptor and reconfigured the devices to use the ethernet adaptor instead of the wireless signal and tested everything. The signal was MUCH better - but it was still not nearly 50Mb/s. I went back to the original set up and moved the Powerline AV 500 from the 5 Outlet wall adaptor to a standard in wall outlet and tested again. This time my signal was amazing - I ran a speedtest again and got 57Mb/s up and 11.7Mb/s down. Problem solved! I HIGHLY recommend this if you are trying to extend a internet connection where a wireless signal just isn't cutting it.

I was 100% skeptical when ordering this item since I've been through countless network streamers, bridges, adapters, etc., and since moving to Verizon DSL, have not had any luck getting services like Vudu or Amazon to stream in HD. UNTIL NOW. This product worked! I am just really happy about it. The only criticism I have is the setup instructions which are really dismal. Here's how I recommend a setup for DSL:
1)Plug both the powerline adapter (the white unit) and the bridge unit into a wall outlet (NOT A POWER STRIP -- when I tried a powerstrip, the unit was not recognized by the utility)
2) Connect both units via ethernet cable to the main router (your main router must have additional outs for this to work)
3)Insert the CD with the setup utility and wait for the program to recognize both units (I did not change any default settings) (also, I downloaded an updated version of this utility directly from Netgear's site first)
4) Once both units are recognized, press the security button on the white unit FIRST, for about three seconds, then press the security button on the bridge unit
5) In about 10 seconds (maybe a few more), the units will now be talking to each other
6)Unplug the bridge and disconnect it from the main router, and you can move your bridge unit to the area you need to hook up your networking devices.
I used the ethernet ports on the bridge to hook up my DirectTV network box, my Bluray player, my Onkyo receiver and my Xbox. All devices instantly recognized the new "wired" (as compared to wireless) connections, and all devices work a billion times better!
I am really happy with this purchase and recommend it for anyone experiencing poor wireless streaming.

I was pretty excited to solve my video streaming problems with this product. I live in a two story house built in 2000 so my wiring is pretty new. I installed the router side connection first then I went downstairs and plugged in my Xbox 360,Direct TV receiver and my Blu Ray into the box giving high priority to my Xbox as I use this to stream moveis and such from my PC. I plugged it in and everything worked right away. However the connection was amber wich was pretty low, the fix for that was just as the directions said, do not have anything else plugged into the outlets you plan to use. So I moved some plugs around and the connection turned green which supposedly is around 80mps or better. I selected a 1080P file from my library and and settled in for a flawless stream. I must say it worked pretty good the movie never stopped but there was an occasional hickup (technical term). Obviously wired is better than wifi but if you dont want to run wires all over your house this product is for you.

Have been putting off for years a project to hard-wire Ethernet access to our family room smart TV, DVR’s, etc. With the greater throughput vs. Wifi, I was most pleased with this solution. Did have to find the best transmission fit with the source outlet for this signal but once I resolved that issue, this system has been perfect!

What a dream to finally have the Ethernet cable running from my home office Cat 5 source all the way to the family room and especially to avoid the struggle of an attic and cold-air duct fishing of Ethernet cable to that area. Great technology, great product and great to not have to spend what typically would take me days to hard-wire existing construction.

In short, worth EVERY penny.

I live in a two story home built in 2005 that I purchased in 2009 from the original owners. One would have thought that the dumbf#$@! who built my subdivision would have included Cat5 cabling in the walls as a standard feature of the early 21st century, but they would be mistaken. Upon moving in, I purchased some excellent Netgear AV-200 Powerline products so that I could use the standard electrical cabling in my walls to pass information as well. I had my dual band wireless router upstairs and ran a cable out to an AV-200 Ultra Adapter at the nearby socket, and then to the four port Entertainment hub at a socket downstairs. I had great results and usually passed around 9 Mbps thru the electrical lines (which is fine, because I could stream a 3D high definition movie from Vudu for example, but I could not pass something like DTS Master Audio (which requires up to 24 Mbps since it is lossless) or Dolby TrueHD (which requires 18 Mbps)). In late 2011, I changed out my AV-200 equipment for the more expensive and supposedly faster AV-500 stuff. At best, I am currently getting about 11.8 Mbps thru the electrical lines, and more commonly, I am able to pass about 9.8 Mbps of data. Therefore, I have two rankings for the latest Netgear Powerline stuff:

In comparison to spotty wireless hotspots spread throughout a house - Five stars. The Netgear Powerline stuff really does work, and work well. Very glad I purchased it and it solves my problem in a neat, tidy and fast manner.

In comparison to the older Netgear Powerline AV-200 line of equipment - Two stars. Not much reason to upgrade to the faster AV-500 line of equipment, and if I remember some of my classwork from grad school, this is due to signal processing and electrical engineering limitations inherent in most electrical cabling setups used in home construction when passing a modulated digital signal along with the standard 60 hertz alternating current (the Claude Shannon entropy content on the line can only be made so small). If you already own the older AV-200 stuff, dont bother spending more. If not, then try the AV-500 stuff, but the increase is marginal.

I installed my xavb5004 not to spread out media devices, but primarily to resolve issues I've had ever since I rearranged my home office. Our broadband Internet connection is in the living room in the front of the house, and my home office in the back. After moving my PC, I could only get 1 bar on my wireless connection and trying to copy files to storage devices on my network was hit and miss. After I installed the 5001 unit in the living room and connected it to the same router as the cable modem, then installed the 5004 in my office, I connected my PC to the 5004, ran the software, and everything connected the first time. I disabled my wireless on the PC and ran speed tests. The upload speed was not much better, but the download speed was 4 times as good as when I was on the wireless. And the connection is extremely reliable. Yeah!

I just did this, so I'll update if anything changes, but if I get the same results for a couple weeks, I'll be buying a 5004 for my husband's home office as well. I have also added an ethernet storage device (a World Book) into the 5004 in my office and other devices on the network can get to it just fine.

I don't know if it helped that my main router is also Netgear, but I applaud Netgear for making something that works right out of the box so easily.

This is my second powerline device. The first was a Linksys that stopped working after three years.

The Netgear was SO easy to install. Unlike the Linksys, there was no software. Just plug in the Powerline Nano adapter & connect it to the router. Then, plug in the Powerline AV 500 adapter & connect devices via Ethernet cable. It took just a few minutes to get it up & running. It worked the very first time.

I'm using it to connect my TV, Tivo, x-box, and blu ray player to the internet. As expected, the connection is faster than my wifi. But, not as speedy as the wired Ethernet connection directly off the router. I'm very pleased with with the Netgear Powerline Adapter.

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