CNET First Look
Linksys PLK300 and Netgear XAV2001Powerline adapters are either simple and straightforward, or have a well-thought-out design with support for multiple devices. The Netgear XAV2001 and Linksys PLK300 adapter kits are both.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:01 >> Wireless networking is great, but sometimes, for different reasons, a physical connection is better. And I have here a couple of choices. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo, and these are the Netgear XAV2001, and Linksys PLK300 PowerLine adapter kits. Now, these two kits are for the same function, allowing you to extend your network, via the electrical wiring of your home or apartment buildings. They are both based on the HomePlug AV standard. Each of the kit includes two adapters, which are the minimum required for a single Powerline connection. However, they have some major differences. The Netgear XAV2001 kits come in a snapin design, meaning that each adapter is just like a small power adapter that goes directly into the power socket. This is convenient, but the adapter can also [inaudible] adjacent receptacles. The kit has two identical adapters, each with one Ethernet port. You can use either one to connect to a [inaudible] or a router and the other for the device at the far end of the connection. The adapters have a security button here. When pressed within two minutes of each other, it will create a secure connection between the two of them. The Linksys PLK300 kit, on the other hand, has two adapters that are different from each other, while sharing the same physical shape and size. The first adapter has only one Ethernet port. This is the one that you need to use to connect to the network. The second adapter has four Ethernet ports to be used at the far end. The amount of ports mean that you can connect up to four devices at the far corner that you want to extend your network to. Like the Netgear, the Linksys kit also has a push button solution for security. Unlike the Netgear, however, the Linksys PowerLine adapter uses a detachable power cable to connect to the wall socket. This means they won't obstruct the power socket, and you can place an adapter wherever you want, such as on your desk. This is a good design, especially considering this adapter has a much larger footprint. The two adapters also come with detachable base for them to work in the vertical position. These two PowerLine adapter kits are available now. The Netgear costs around $130, and the Linksys costs around $150. For more information on these two kits, check out the indepth review at CNET.com. Once again, my name is Dong Ngo, and this has been the first look at the Netgear XAV2001 and Linksys PLK300 PowerLine adapter kits.