NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge
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Product Description

For a truly simple way to bring the Internet to any room in your home, look no further than NETGEAR's Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge. It plugs into an electrical outlet and uses your existing electrical wiring to give your entire household access to your Cable/DSL connection. With no expensive new wiring or cabling to install, your family can surf the Web, participate in online gaming, send and receive e-mail, and share files and printers, all from different rooms at the same time. Uncomplicated and very quick to install, it plugs right into a wall outlet, reducing clutter and saving valuable desk space. Designed for ease of use, it has new, easy-to-read icon LEDs, and protects your network communications from eavesdroppers and hackers, while not increasing your electricity bill.

The NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge offers:
  • An easy way to extend a network connection using just your power lines
  • 14 Mbps throughput
  • True plug and play simplicity
The NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge lets you easily extend a network using just the existing electric lines of your home, eliminating the need to run unsightly Ethernet wires all over your house or apartment.

Installation is as simple as plugging the device in and connecting it to the network. View larger.
True Plug and Play Installation
To extend a network using the electric lines in your home, you need two XE102 units. Simply plug one of them into a wall outlet and connect it to your router with an Ethernet cord. Plug the second one into any wall outlet that is electrically connected to the first and you have an instant Ethernet port to plug a computer, gaming console, or other networkable device with an RJ-45 Ethernet plug. You can create as many network connections as you need by connecting more XE102 units. The device has easy-to-read icon LEDs for status information at a glance.

The XE102 has a 10BASE-T Ethernet jack and supports the 10 Mbps HomePlug 1.0 standard. It uses Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Automatic channel adaptation to ensure the integrity of the data. In order to enable encryption, you need a computer with Windows XP, 2000, ME or 98.

The NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge is backed by a 3-year warranty.

What's in the Box
XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge, installation guide, Ethernet cable, resource CD, and warranty/support information card.

  • Wall-plugged ethernet bridge lets you easily extend a network using electric lines
  • Delivers up to 14 Mbps wired speed
  • Three easy-to-read icon LEDs for quick status information at a glance
  • True plug and play simplicity
  • Device measures 3.92 x 1.84 x 2.88 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Easy to install and use
    It was truly a Plug and Play experience for me. It has been working for over a month now without a glitch....more info
  • Amazing
    After struggling with various wireless options, fighting all of the networks in my area, and still only getting 6mbps per sec on a G network I tried this product. I was amazed at how well it works! I get a full 14mbps signal and I would never know it wasn't plugged into my router directly. I have a newer house so my wiring is perfect for this solution. I will be purchasing more to fill out my home network and recommending them to all my friends....more info
  • BEWARE!! This is only HALF the product you need!
    This product may work well, or it may not. I don't know, because the product on its own is useless -- you need to buy TWO to make it work: one to plug in the source connection (e.g. a router), and another to plug in the receiving connection (e.g. a computer). I assumed the kit would contain what's needed to make it useful, but no... there's only a single plug in the package!

    You'll be better off buying a competing product (e.g. a SlingLink Turbo) which contains both ends of the unit. Cheaper than buying two of these! Beware... ...more info
  • Painless Networking
    I us three XE102's to network a primary computer to a second computer downstairs and to a media server (Squeezebox) in the living room. Installation and setup of all three took 10 minutes, and they work flawlessly.

    The Netgear software utility to set the passwords is easy to use, and is also useful in verifying the transmission rates (my XE102's vary between 12.8 and 14.0 Mbps depending on what other devices in the house are drawing power).

    I was surprised at how well the XE102's work, given that the circuit which the main computer's XE102 is plugged into has a ton of computer equipment plugged into it via a big Tripplite power conditioner/surge protector. Ditto for the XE102 in the living room, which is plugged into the same circuit that all my A/V equipment is plugged into.

    The bottom line is that I am one very happy guy, as the XE102's have enabled me to avoid the cost/hassle of running Cat5 cable, as well as the aggravation of wireless networking (which wasn't working very well for the living room connection prior to getting the XE102's)....more info
  • Simple to use. Set it up and forget it!
    Great product. I have been using this for a year to expand my network upstairs, and have found it to be so convenient we have now expanded our home network to include our "retired" PCs--Just because we can! With this product you can actually have a PC in every room that has an electrical outlet without having to run any wires. Home networking without the wire jungle! Its great. ...more info
  • What a joke, doesn't work at all
    Netgear should be ashamed, this product does not work. Does not connect to my cable modem, does not connect to my router, does not connect to my network. Oh, and the 24/7 tech support they promise, what a joke, there is no one available to respond via the 'free' email tech support and if you want phone support, you have to pay for 'premium support services'

    These units are getting returned to Amazon first thing in the morning. Netgear looses another customer for life. Buyer beware!!...more info
  • This is an awsome product and excellent Netgear's Customer Service
    Update on 02/22/2006.
    I have 3 of them. One was bought in May 2005. It stopped working on Feb. 10 2006. I called Netgear Customer Service and asked for a replacement. The thing has 3 year warranty. They just asked me to send the bad one back and would send a new one back to me. I received the new one on 02/21/2006. Thank you Netgear, and keep up the good job. One thing is important, don't forget to register your product. Someone had the same problem I had, Netgear refused to replace the bad one because he didn't register the product.

    It works right out of the box with zero configuration. It is fast too. My daughter's PC is DELL P3 with 256 MB Ram running Windows98 SE. She can watch a movie from without any problems. It has been tested on my home network with the PCs, CPU: amd Barton 2800+, intel P3/P4. OS: Windows 2000 with SP4, Windows 98 SE and windows XP Pro/Home with SP4. The adapter comes with a CD, that is for data encryptation between two PC that use Netgear adapters. It is nothing to do with configuration. You don't need do any configuration at all. Just plug it into a wall outlet, and then connect the cable between your pc and the adapter. Thast is it.

    At least you need two adapters, one is to hookup to your DSL/Router, the second one for the PC where ever you wand to hookup your PC....more info
  • Works great with my Dish DVR
    I have a Dish DVR VIP722 and wanted to use their Dish on Demand. My computer is at the other end of the house. I plugged the NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge into the electrical outlet in the room with the computer. My DVR has it's own type of powerline built in, so you only need to buy one NETGEAR XE102. It immediately picked up my internet, and I was able to use the Dish on Demand. Very simple!! Great product!!...more info
  • Saving a $300 Squeezebox purchase
    [[ASIN:B0002IHP58 NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge]
    Wireless to Squeezebox unsatisfactory due to heavy interference in NY apartment life. Everyone has a network, routers, etc.

    Squeezebox Tech suggested going Ethernet to insure connectivity. Went to Amazon to find Ethernet bridge with a wall-plugged unit. Given essential technology of wall-plugged units, felt used one would work just as well as new one. Plugged in two units, saved a lot of money and now have great sound from Squeezebox inputting constant stream of Internet music to receiver 35 feet and two rooms away from Netgear WPN824 router. ...more info
  • A bit better than the wireless version
    A few months ago, I got the standard base & wireless extender "kit." I was thrilled, because our one standard single wireless router never covered our house at all well. So far so good: worked in 5 seconds and fine internet connection.

    Now I work for a new employer and I'm constantly home-office using my labtop on a remote server. Perhaps because of the complex handshake & firewalls and sensitivity to any connection change, my wireless Powerline connection to the office server seemed jumpy and occassionally closed and I had to reenter with password. (REGULAR internet was fine.)

    My workday is now desk-based in a room distant from our DSL modem, I decided to try the cord-based extender XE102. It also plugs into a remote electric outlet in your home, but connects to PC with a short cord. I've gone from "happy" to "happier": my home-to-office server connection is now solid and fast. XE102 worked in 5 seconds too, just like the original wireless extender did from the original kit.

    NOTE: This item here, XE102 is only the remote extender. You need to base which sits next to your modem and sends the internet into your electric grid. The base is sold as a kit which includes 1 base and 1 'wireless' extender. This is an addition item, a remote, 'wired' extender. /// If I had just been using regular public internet, I wouldn't have needed this....more info
  • Simple and Efficient
    I got 2 of those this week and am delighted. After one year of struggling with wireless router, multiple access points, antenna problems resulting in poor signal, this solved everything. It took me 10 minutes to install them and now i have 5-8Mb connection even though the main router is 2 concrete floors away. The speed is fine and i always get 100% quality signal. Highly recommended for anyone who has problem connecting wirelessly in some rooms and want simple solution....more info
  • Good for mixed environments and getting broadband out of the basement
    Overall I am very happy with the Netgear XE102. I have two Macs (running OS X 10.2 and 10.3) and an old laptop running Win95. The Macs are in my second floor home office, the laptop is in the family room, the cable modem and router are in the basement. (The cable company offered "free installation" of broadband service; this turned out to mean "we'll hook up a cable modem at the point where our cable enters your house, and if that turns out to be the basement and you happen to not have your computer there, well, you can schedule further installation for an additional charge.") The Macs and a network printer are attached to a hub which connects to the XE102 in the office.

    With three XE102 units (basement, office, family room) I have all my PCs hooked up to the Internet and functional. No additional configuration was needed, although I could have used VirtualPC on one of my Macs to set up security if I wanted to (we live in a standalone house, so no one else taps into our electrical system; if we lived in an apartment, I would definitely have activated the security setup, which involves putting all three units on the same password). Speeds are consistently over 10Mbps (faster than the cable modem) and, once the units were set up, we have needed no additional fussing with them. The Macs can see the Windows laptop and vice versa, and file transfers work fine (well, as well as file transfers work in a Mac/Windows environment). The laptop can even print to the network printer upstairs.

    Note of caution: when first plugging in the XE102s, be patient. It took at least half an hour before the first two units found each other. The third unit also did not jump into the network immediately (and pulling it out of the wall socket and plugging it in repeatedly only slowed down the process). After all three found each other, however, I could take any one, disconnect it from the wall, plug it in at another spot (my wife likes to take the laptop onto our back deck, which has an outdoor power plug), and have immediate connectivity, anywhere in the house.

    The units get a little warm, but not alarmingly so. The three indicator lights are excellent for indicating status, so long as you do not want to know anything more than, "Yes, it's working."

    I recommend the XE102 for anyone who wants to connect network points within the house without running cables or fussing with WLANs, and certainly for anyone trying to connect devices in a mixed environment.
    ...more info
  • No more dropped connections or other problems
    If you depend on your Internet connection for very important stuff, you have zero tolerance for problems. Let's face it -- wireless connections come with problems preinstalled. Limited range and dropped connections lead the list.

    The Netgear XE102 is incapable of dropping a connection and as far as I can tell, works with every plug we have. Its speed far exceeds that of broadband, so there is no degradation seen. No meters in the tray telling how good or bad your connection is. As to instalation, just plug it in and it works. And this in a very old building that was not quite wired properly.

    Powerline is now solid technology. You may need a wireless router for laptops, but otherwise, here is the solution for troublefree networking. ...more info
  • Not wireless
    This works ok, but not as well as hoped for. But be warned -- the SEE IT NOW video link from THIS product shows truly wireless adapters. This is NOT one of those so I'm not sure why Netgear would show those in a video for a non wireless adapter. You plug this device into an outlet and then run an ethernet cable from the device to your PC/laptop....more info
  • Works as Advertised - could be faster
    First off, be careful. Image shows two, but it only comes with one. For those who don't know, just buy two of these -- plug both into a wall socket. Ethernet out of your router/modem into one; ethernet out of one into your computer, gaming system, refridgerator ;-) or whatever you are trying to web-in-ize.

    I briefly had a competitors version of this (4 port), but I didn't like the dongle that hung off the wall. This product is much more compact, thus clean (less cord mess). Overall, I'm very satisfied with it.

    One minor complaint is the speed. Specifically upload speed. Using [...] (free internet speed tester) I tested both wireless and this product on the same computer. Downloads were noticeably faster with this product, but upload speeds were no better than wireless speeds. Of course, this might the product's fault...could be my wiring/location of the wire, etc. Still, this product is "hard wired" thus chance of signal drop is less...though still a possibility due to the nature of the technology.

    Quality product. Buy it....more info
  • Works better than expected
    I was concerned about disruptions from normal electricity use but I've had no problems at all. Works better than the wireless I had set up - no connection drops! I haven't used it for anything other than sharing broadband at this time but I plan on networking two computers. I'll just be sharing printers and occasionally some files so I expect for my needs this will work fine. Beats knocking holes in the walls. I expect this technology will improve, too....more info
    This looks like a great product...but I can't tell yet because I only bought one! You need to plug one into your router and an electrical outlet and then a SECOND adapter into the outlet in the other room in your house where the other computer is accessing the network. Duh...thanks for letting me know...I think Netgear should sell a 2 adapter starter pack! ...more info
  • Simple, Easy and it works!
    I've been looking for a way to put my network printer onto my home network and found this tool. My printer didn't come w/ wireless so I thought my only options were either really really long cable or an ethernet to wireless bridge (most of which have terrible or inconsistent reviews). Then I found this. Within a minute I had my printer networked. Some additional time to setup encryption (so my annoying neighbors cannot snoop into my network) and I was good to go. Definitely recommend. I'm giving four stars, instead of five, as since it's little on the pricey side.
    ...more info
  • Serves it's purpose
    Most of the computers in my home are Linux. Since nearly all makes of wifi adapters do not provide drivers for Linux, I decided to try this product out as an alternative to wifi for a single connection between our router and my daughter's bedroom. (It is possible to wrap a windows driver for Linux, but the increased complexity and flakiness outweighs the benefit.) It worked the first time and installation was as simple as described (just plug the modules in and connect one via Ethernet cable to the router and the other via Ethernet cable to the wired device). It's transfer rate is lower than I am accustomed to but it suits my daughter's needs just fine. I would recommend this product for those who cannot use or choose not to use wifi and are satisfied with a midrange data transfer rate....more info
  • Just plug it in
    You don't need to load the software to make this work. Just plug it in and connect your cables and you can start using it. ...more info
  • NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge
    The product works as advertised. I removed my wireless router card from my PC and did a direct connect to the XE102. My PC was on a different floor and on the opposite side of the house from the main router. The installation was pretty seamless, and I was up and running in just a few minutes. The only negative comment I have is that I didn't really gain much speed over the wireless connection. However, while the wireless connection seemed to come and go from time to time, the XE102 maintains a solid connection all of the time. I didn't get the software with this product, so I contacted NetGear's support and they promptly provided me a link to where to get it. A note: I have purchased 3 of these units (from Amazon and from Ebay) and they all came to me with their serial numbers blacked out. I don't know why, but I easily removed the blackout with nail polish remover and the NetGear support folks were OK with the numbers I provided to them.
    ...more info
  • Awesome Bridge!
    This device work very well! It is very dependable. It is obviously not as fast as a direct connection, but it is certainly faster and much more reliable than wireless. Also, it is much easier to setup. The one thing that was not made clear (to me, anyways) was that you do not need more than one plugged into your router for several computers to work off. When I sent for the third one, I just plugged it into the wall outlet and into the computer. The computer found the internet (I am using Windows XP on that particular computer) with no problems. Awesome! Highly recommend it! Thanks!...more info
  • So disappointed
    I already own the wireless version of this product that consists of a wired bridge and a wireless transmitter that works very well.
    I bought this to create an additional wired connection. What a mistake. I had the same experience that another reviewer had with Netgear tech support. I was told this would only work if all adapters were on the same electrical circuit. In order to give this the old college try I also contacted a local networking professional who came to the house to try and get this adapter linked up with the rest of my system.

    $100 later he came to the same conclusion as tech support, but he also reprogrammed my wireless router so that my signal is able to be picked up throughout the house. So technically speaking, I don't need the other Netgear stuff I own either.

    This is supposed to be plug and play. It's more like plug and curse.

    Returned this two weeks ago, still waiting for credit from Amazon....more info
  • Great product
    A good wired connection is always faster than a wireless one and this is the perfect solution. Plug and play - worked 1st try and has continued to work for 3 years. It has been plugged in continuously and has only needed to be power cycled (unplugged from and re-plugged in to the wall) 3 or 4 times.
    This product worked exactly as expected. Highly recommended....more info
  • They work well but do not last
    These work well but seem to burn out fast. I bought a set of these about two years ago and it worked really well at first but died after about 10 months. So, I got a second new pair and that pair just died after about 14 months.

    When they die they do it gradually over about a month. At first performance lags, then you get inexplicable drop-outs that are intermittent. It will drop out maybe once per day. The drop-outs become gradually more and more frequent, so it's not clear what's going on at first. Meanwhile you're running around re-booting your modem and fiddling with the computer and calling your ISP for nothing. The LED's do not tell you what's wrong. They just blink on and off. Finally, you get to the point where it drops out every hour then every few minutes.

    Both sets I have had have failed in this way. I don't know if this is a newer model that looks the same or the same model I've been getting, so I'm just going to caution buyers to be aware.

    So, if you buy one of these, definitely register it for the 3-year warranty and keep all of your paperwork. They seem to last about a year.
    ...more info