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Netgear Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter XAV5501The bulky Netgear XAV5501 Powerline adapter proves that large physical size could really translate into great performance."
If you've been wondering that size matter in networking, the answer for that would be, oh yeah. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo and this is the biggest powerline adapter, the Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter XAV5501 from Netgear. Why this is huge. It's huge for a few good reasons. First of all, it has a pass through power socket on top here so that you can connect another device and share the same power socket adapter is plugged in. This is actually great feature in case you want to extend a network to remote corner of house where there is only one power outlet. The second reason, which is also the biggest selling point is performance. In our testing is by far the fastest powerline adapter on the market. Like all powerline adapters, the XAV5501 turns a home power wiring into that of a computer network. You need at least adaptors for the first powerline connections. It's very simple how it works. Using this built in Ethernet port here, you can just plug the first adapter into the existing network via a router or a hub, then the other adapter into a computer or any other Ethernet ready clients. After that, you plugged both adapter into the power socket and voila you got yourself the first powerline connection. To add more devices, it just need to get more adaptors and use other power sockets around the house. Despite of the great performance, the Netgear remains a simple device. On the side, it has a security button that helps creating a secure connection between the 2 adaptors. It helps keep other living in the same building from hooking to your network via another compatible powerline adapter. The Netgear XAV5501 adapter cost around $80 per unit on the street, which is about the same price as most others. It seemed the extra material doesn't affect the production cost. So, if you can live with this oversized design, you will definitely love what it has to offer. For more information, check out the full review at CNET.com. My name is Dong Ngo and this has been the first at the Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter XAV5501 from Netgear.