Pros Good data rates and easy setup
Cons Dies at first power glitch
Summary I bought three of Netgears ethernet adapters and they were easy to setup and solved my problem with wireless range. The data rate in my house was in the neighborhood of 20Mbps rather than the 80 claimed but that is normal for actual vs. promised rates.
Unfortunately, they can't be plugged into a surge protector because they won't connect. We had a flicker in the lights in our house and one of the adapters died. Within two weeks the other two died as well.
Back to wireless we went with a new higher gain antenna. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.
Pros Easy to install. Very good speed.
Cons A bit expensive. Wall wart can be hard to plug in. Only one port. Not compatible with its slow speed cousins.
Summary I wanted to avoid pulling cable from my router downstairs to the upstairs office. I needed more than a 10mbs link since I do ship data across my intranet (Tivo video, some file transfers, NAS storage, large file printing). I was also worried that some of the low end (and more affordable) options would not deliver enough of their peak performance across my 50 year old copper wiring. My wireless link was spotty, so my choices were pulling wire and powerline adaptors. So I went for this Netgear device.
It was trivial to install. I just plugged everything in. The wall wart was a little inconvenient downstairs, but looked nice against the outlet upstairs. I think I would have preferred a short power cord, however. The links came right up and I tried some large file transfers. I was getting 150mbs sustained. I later installed the configuration tool (on my WinXP laptop, no MacOSX nor linux option). These reported 168 mbs links -- in line with my ad hoc testing.
I would have liked a web interface to the adaptors instead of the Windoze tool, but I'm not going to do much configuration (you can apparently prioritize TCP over UDP traffic -- UDP is preferred by default to facilitate streaming connections).
Overall, I'm quite happy with the purchase.
"Great solution"on by martinjm1071
Pros Speed; ease of setup
Cons bright blue light on front; a bit quirky when changing ID
Summary Setup could not have been easier, plug and play and I am getting a throughput of 54Mbs, easily able to stream recorded TV, music, and pictures through my XBox 360. I purchased another brand that was cheaper and it worked poorly. Be advised that you will need as much throughput as you can possibly get if you plan on using your XBox as a media extender and after a week of use this seems to be working quite well. This product is not a 10 because of the bright blue light that can seemingly be seen from anywhere and when I tried to change to network ID for an additional layer of protection it had some issues seeing the other power brick. Overall, very pleased and would highly recommend.
Pros Simple, easy to use, fast, always on
Cons Need a open plug!
Summary As an addict of everything electronics, I decided to purchase a pair of these to give it a try. Wow, was it a good idea! I have had pre-N wireless stuff throughout my home in Chicago (condo). I have a media center in my bedroom, living room and computer in den with NAS for videos/photos/music/games etc. With the belkin pre-n, the wirless was okay, often it would get bogged down, freeze, choppy etc. I thought that was the best once can get with networking. Then today, magic happened. I got these, and although a little pricey are soooo much better then wireless! I just plugged them in! I was getting so much faster transfers/downloads etc. I dont have anything to measure the speeds, but it was constant! There was no interruptions! This is the best idea, and such a stable item to use! I love it! I will keep you posted with other updates, as I will be getting more adapters around my house! I only rate good stuff good, otherwise the crap goes back to the store. This is a keeper for me!
Pros Easy to set up!
Cons Terrible as time went on...
Summary The first set up is so exciting. We have adapters in 5 rooms (at great but desperate expense). The speed throughout was amazing...for the first week. Then we were getting intermittent connectivity. You'd lose connection and wait 10 minutes and it might come back on. Now I find out that some electrical appliances in your home can interfere with the signal. So keep the television off!!! It's back to adjusting settings on a daily basis. DeJaVuWireless. I get speeds of 150 on one unit and 25 on another. $600 bucks down the drain!!!