NetGear XE602 Powerline Ethernet Adapter
|Chariot throughput tests|
Measured in Mbps (longer bars indicate better performance)
Measured in milliseconds (shorter bars indicate better performance)
The Netgear XE602 Powerline Ethernet adapter delivered the best throughput of all the power-line products we've tested. It also managed to best wireless 802.11b gateways from Intel and HP.
For practical throughput tests, CNET Labs uses NetIQ's Chariot software as our benchmark. For our wireless testing, the clients and routers are set up to transmit at short ranges and maximum signal strength. CNET Labs also runs Chariot software using the TCP protocol in response-time tests. Response time measures how long it takes to send a request and receive a response over a network connection. Throughput and response time are probably the two most important indicators of user experience over a network.
Totally painless setup; sleek, silver design; includes accessories for freestanding or wall-mount operation; excellent phone support.
Pricey compared to other networking technologies.
The Bottom Line
The XE602 is a flexible choice for home users without Ethernet or phone wiring in every room.