Pros Easy way to put your wireless access point someplace away from the modem
Cons potentially slow AC interlink between units
Summary At first I thought "no Netgear wouldn't decieve anyone", so I checked the product out at their website. They don't disclose upfront that the wired portion of this system does not run along at 54Mb; and so a person could believe that they are able to support 54Mb over this system end to end.
Still they list the AC link as 20Mb duplex (10Base-T duplex mode), so I would have liked to see the reviewer's notes on test conditions. Another feature is that you don't need a seperate broadband router, just hook the XE102 unit direct to the modem and configure the WGX102 as a router. The downside is that this takes more work since you can only connect to the WGX102 wirelessly.
Pros Can handle speeds faster than any DSP or Cable service available for home. Up to 10 mps. Bulletproof setup. No interference when set-up properly. Great for G3-iMacs, which all have ethernet!
Cons Cannot be plugged into standard surge protector. Other protectors available to protect against power surges.
Summary Great device which adds functionality to otherwise quite good "older machines," especially Apples. No encryption available, unless pluuged into an ethernet port on a wireless router or wired router.
I have a mixed environment: D-link modem and wireless "g" router. A Dell, an G5 MAC, an IBM laptop, and to older iMac G#s.
Pros Great concept ... best on the market
Cons Incredibly poor tech support
Summary I bought two of these ... took the first back after I had trouble getting it to Plug and Play and then their tech support refused to help without me first providing my telephone number and email. I then read more reviews ... it's the best concept on the market. Soooooooo ... I went back and bought another one. Had problems again. It took 3 calls before someone answered the tech support line without picking up and then hanging up on me. I then spent almost 3 hours on the phone going through all kinds of tests, including flashing the BIOS. The extender would work and then all of a sudden go out. No IP address, no ping, no nothing. The tech support person finally said he needed to bump me up to the next level of support. He politely asked when I would like for them to call ... I said, how about in the next 15 minutes. He told me they would call within the next 72 hours. I thanked him for his time and carried the piece of junk back to the store I bought it from. From my perspective, Netgear has some serious engineering, tech support, and marketing problems.
Pros Nice looking, great when working, easy to configure
Cons Doesn't transfer between different circuts, needs to be setup and configured, poor documention, poor through-put
Summary According to popular belief, you do have to configure these units before you can use them. One tip to pass along is on the wireless part (WGBX102), in order to reset it, you have to hold the pin in for over 30 sec before they reset. Also, to configure without software, you need to configure a system in the ip address range of 192.168.0.x first. Then connect the included cable to the XE102 directly, and plug in the WGXB102 anywhere else. Launch a web page and put in the address 192.168.0.101 to configure the unit. In my case, setting the 'REGION' solved my problem. To configure two XE102's, you need to write down the password listed on the back of each unit and keep for reference. Plug in both units to wall outlets. Plug one unit with the included cable to a computer. Run the software. It should detect the unit directly connected to the computer. Go across the tabs at the top and there will be a place to reset the password for both units. In that screen you need to put in the password of the unit not directly connected to the computer and you will see 'add' to add the specific unit to the list. You can have multiple combinations of these units all over the house but the XE102's must be configured to all have the same password and it is case sensitive. Click on 'reset all' and your network should be up and running. This information is not included with any of these items.
Pros works greatttt
Cons going to put people who install internet and data cables out of a job
Summary i was having a tough time trying to have internet access in my shop in my backyard and in my house . i had cable internet access in my shop with a wireless router but the signal wasn't strong enough to reach my house. i was concearned that this product may not work in my shop since it had its own circuit box. so i went in my house and flipped the main breaker off and checked if it turned the power off in my shop, and it did. so now i knew that they were connected but was still concearned about it having to go through so many breakers and circuit boards and travelling so far, but they work PERFECT i couldn't be more pleased some people are griping about a little speed loss but it works fine for me and i can play streaming video in high quality very good product simple plug&play didn;t have to install any drivers or anything from cd