Thursday | August 25, 2016
NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 and Powerline 200 Mini Review

NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set and Powerline 200 Mini HomePlug AV Network Adapters Review

The NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set (XAVB5101)

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NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set - Front of adapters NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set - Rear of adapters
Each adapter is finished in a high-gloss white plastic with substantial venting around all four sides. On the front we have three status LED’s and the product branding with NETGEAR also etched into the front. These models do not provide pass-through capabilities so will require an dedicated/free wall socket in our setup and NETGEAR state they should not be used with an extension cord. (The adapters will work on extension cords that do not have surge protection though at greatly reduced speed.)

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NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set - Base NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set - Factory reset

The RJ45 Ethernet port is a Gigabit connection and is housed on the underneath of the device. The right hand side features a pin-hole factory reset, required to remove security protection and re-initialise the device. On the left is the security button which we utilise to secure our network of powerline plugs with a passphrase. On the rear of the adapter we have a label that details the modem number, mac address and a password for use if manually configuring security via the Powerline Utility.

NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 Set - Plugged in outlet

Finally the XAVB5101 is a HomePlug AV certified product. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is a consortium of industry leaders who provide the standards for which certified products adhere to. Certified devices are backwards compatible with previous HomePlug standards and also cross-compatible independent of brand, a full list of certified devices can be found here:

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