This is a major development for Netgear because its previous Powerline AV 500 adapter, the XAV5501, is so huge that if it were half its physical size, it'd still be huge. The Powerline 500 Nano is much smaller, fitting right in the palm of your hand, yet it's still able to turn a house's electrical wiring into cabling for a network computer with data rates up to 500Mbps.
Netgear says the new tiny adapter is "perfect for connecting a single device such as game console, Blu-ray player, smart TV, HD set-top box, network DVR, PC, and other devices to the home network router and the Internet." The company also said that gamers will particularly benefit from it since power-line technology generally has low latency, compared with Wi-Fi.
The new Powerline 500 Nano comes with Netgear's unique "Pick-a-Plug" function, allowing it to automatically test the connection at any electrical outlet. It displays the results in the form of color coded LED lights to help users pick the best outlet for the optimal connection. It doesn't have a pass-through power socket, like the previous version, however, that allows you to plug another device to the same power outlet.
The Netgear Powerline 500 Nano will be available in the first quarter of 2012 with an estimated price of $120.