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Netgear XAVB5201 500Mbps Powerline Adaptor Review

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Netgear XAVB5201 500Mbps Powerline Adaptor Review



For a number of years, I've had my reservations over the concept of

powerline adaptors and this has been a point that I've stood against

since. This lack of faith was mainly set by a number of different kits

that either resulted in very poor throughput (even when plugged in

next to each other) or a total lack of connectivity. In a similar

light, the concept of transmitting data across a mains cable seems to

go against the grain of networking, where running high voltage power

cables next to data cables should be avoided to reduce interference

and data loss.


As the years have gone on and technology has improved vastly,

powerline technology has also come a long way. To see if my woes about

powerline adaptors can be set aside and a trust in the technology

rebuilt, I've been invited to try out one of Netgear's latest kits,

namely the XAVB5201.


For those that are new to the powerline concept, the technology simply

uses the existing mains wiring in any building to link together two

remote areas that are either too far away to connect by a network

cable directly or in a new modern twist, it removes the need to trail

cables across the house. There is the argument that there is WiFi for

this, but in certain instances, WiFi is not an option.









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