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NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201)

NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201)

Item: 167152    Model: XWNB5201-100PAS

NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201)
4.0stars
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  • Boosts high-speed 500 Mbps Wi-Fi access throughout your home
  • Extra Ethernet port for additional Internet support
  • Improved connectivity for wireless devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones
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NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201)
 
4.0

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Highly compatible (4)

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    Best Uses

    • Home networks (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • High bandwidth user (3)
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      • Personal (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (5)

    Most Helpful Positive Review

     

    Strong Signal In Far Corner of Basement

    Provided strong signal in far corner of basement (I use it as a wireless transmitter). A little difficult to set-up with an Apple Airport (follow the directions on CNET site). We use...Read complete review

    Provided strong signal in far corner of basement (I use it as a wireless transmitter). A little difficult to set-up with an Apple Airport (follow the directions on CNET site). We use it with macs, PCs, and iphones. Seems like the two outlets must be on the same circuit breaker box. Works well!

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    Most Helpful Negative Review

     

    Works, but network speed drops too much

    My internet speed is 10 60 MB. WIFI router is located in downstairs. Upstairs far end corner signle is not strong, and the WIFI speed in that room was 3-6 MB. I...Read complete review

    My internet speed is 10 60 MB. WIFI router is located in downstairs. Upstairs far end corner signle is not strong, and the WIFI speed in that room was 3-6 MB. I read a lot of reviews on this unit noticed that most of complains were about the installation. I am an computer engineer, the installation will not a problem for me. So I bought this unit and hoped it might help. After installed the unit, (Very easy to install by the way. A true "Plug-and-play") I tested the connection speed, only 3 MB, slower than my direct connection from the original WIFI router. Returned the unit and bought an WIFI externder (NETGEAR too) that kept the connection speed between 10 and 16 MB. Not what hoped, but much better than this Powerline Access Point.

    It could be my powerline circuit might not be the same powerline downstair, that caused the speed degraded so much. Therefore I can not say the product doesn't work. I can only say this unit doesn't work for me.

    Suggestion to you: Buy the unit and try out see if it works for you. If not, you can always return.

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    2.0

    Works, but network speed drops too much

    By john

    from NH

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201):

    My internet speed is 10 60 MB. WIFI router is located in downstairs. Upstairs far end corner signle is not strong, and the WIFI speed in that room was 3-6 MB. I read a lot of reviews on this unit noticed that most of complains were about the installation. I am an computer engineer, the installation will not a problem for me. So I bought this unit and hoped it might help. After installed the unit, (Very easy to install by the way. A true "Plug-and-play") I tested the connection speed, only 3 MB, slower than my direct connection from the original WIFI router. Returned the unit and bought an WIFI externder (NETGEAR too) that kept the connection speed between 10 and 16 MB. Not what hoped, but much better than this Powerline Access Point.

    It could be my powerline circuit might not be the same powerline downstair, that caused the speed degraded so much. Therefore I can not say the product doesn't work. I can only say this unit doesn't work for me.

    Suggestion to you: Buy the unit and try out see if it works for you. If not, you can always return.

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    5.0

    Works great

    By jack

    from Indiana

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201):

    The unit works great, it was easy to set up. I hooked it up as a wifi remote. My desktop is too far from the main router. I also wanted my desktop to be wireless, so I could use the wireless printer that I have in the office.

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    4.0

    Didn't need it after all

    By Organizer

    from South Carolina

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201):

    I put it on backwards first (pictures nowithstanding). It did amp up my bars, but I discovered it was my ISP was slow, not the connection. Had some difficulty connecting it to my computer, and I don't know whether that is why the router loses internet or whether I need a new router.

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    4.0

    Netgear Product/Installation

    By David

    from Sonora, CA

    Verified Buyer
    This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

    Comments about NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201):

    I tried to install this product on my own, but the directions were not clear in how to do so, resulting in my having to pay someone to come to my home and set it up for me...The labor to do so unfortunately cost me as much as the purchase price itself for the device...I paid $95 to have someone come out to my home to install it for me!

    That said, once finally installed, the product works Excellently, and I am happy about that!

    Not sure what Netgear can do to make the installation easier, but they really do need to give this some serious thought to prevent additional expenses for other people in the future...

    Perhaps they can produce an Installation Disk that when run, will examine a person's computer, and set it up for you (realizing that the purchaser will still need to perform a few basic functions such as plugging the Units in, pressing buttons as appropriate, etc. etc...)

    It would also be helpful if each of the two Units are clearly identified as to where they get plugged in as the instructions seemed to be "reversed" in this area...A simple "A" on the Unit to plug in by the Router, and a "B" on the Unit to plug in near the other Computer would have been quite helpful - In addition, the instructions should clearly state up front that Router Pin number should be written down prior to starting to install so as to save from having to start all over when that was not done...

    Even though the installation info was severely lacking, I still recommend the product itself!

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    5.0

    WIFI Extender

    By Fort Defiance Grandma x 1

    from Crimora, VA

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    Comments about NETGEAR Powerline 500Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point (XWBN5201):

    Wonderful product that allows great uninterrupted internet service from further locations in our home. Excellent purchase on advice of local salesperson.

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