NETGEAR Introduces XAVB2001 and XAVB2501 Powerline 200 AV Adapter Kit

NETGEAR, Inc., a worldwide provider of
technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, expanded its award-winning family of powerline networking solutions
with two new devices incorporating HomePlug AV-certified powerline
technology: the diminutive Powerline 200 AV Adapter Kit (XAVB2001) and
the Powerline 200 AV+ Adapter Kit (XAVB2501) with a filtered
"pass-through" power socket. These networking kits incorporate the
latest in design and technology innovations to support performance
surpassing that of existing solutions by as much as 20 percent. These
solutions enable high-performance applications such as HD video
streaming, Voice over IP (VoIP), Internet gaming, and large file
transfers to networked devicesover existing electrical wiring in
environments where wireless network performance may be

technology enables consumers to create a 10/100 Ethernet connection
from any ordinary electrical outlet, thus eliminating the need to run
new cables and lowering the overall cost to deploy a high-speed data
network. Consumers can extend the range of their home network with
these affordable, simple-to-install adapters, especially those
consumerswho use Internet-connected devices that demand high bandwidth,
such as the new NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Express (EVA9100), Elite
(EVA9150)and Live (EVA2000) digital media players, Blu-ray players,
TiVo, AppleTV, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, DVRs, and network-enabled
TVs. Moreover, because these new NETGEAR powerline kits are HomePlug
AV-certified, they can easily and affordably extendany existing
HomePlug AV network.

"Powerline has become an increasingly
popular option for an always-on infrastructure because of the explosive
growth in connected AV devices, and the high speeds and reliability
required to support these demandingapplications," said Chris Geiser,
NETGEAR’s product line manager for in-home distribution consumer
products. "Home theater products need constant, shared and faster
access to the Internet and the home network. You might have wireless
dead spots in your house. You probably don’t have Ethernet in your
walls. But chances are, you’ve got at least one electrical outlet in
every room in your house. Powerline can boldly go where no Internet
connection has gone before. Besides, you can’t beat powerline adapters
for simple set-up and ease-of-use."

well-documented track record of bringing the latest in powerline
technologies to the market, offering a broad portfolio of powerline
connectivity options optimized to deliver the highest performance,
including single-port, pass-through, 4-port, and wireless extensions. NETGEAR is the only networking company that offers the full range of
in-home distribution technologies to the retail and service provider
markets, including powerline, MoCA coax and wireless.

wireless is becoming increasingly popular as the core technology for
home networks and is often embedded into new products, its performance
can be affected by many factors, including the construction materials
of the building itself," said Norm Bogen, vice president of digital
entertainment research for In-Stat. "Powerline can be a great
complementary solution for TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and
other home theater devices that still require a wired connection."

Powerline 200 AV Adapter Kit (XAVB2001)

NETGEAR Powerline 200 AV Adapter Kit (XAVB2001) is HomePlug
AV-certified, featuring up to 200 Mbps performance through powerline.
Its performance surpasses that of competing solutions and even that of
NETGEAR’s own award-winning Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (XAVB101)
by up 20 percent. It’s distinguished by its compact size, smaller than
a deck of cardsand up to 50 percent smaller than competing products. It
is thus an excellent choice for consumers who are concerned that a
powerline device might block an open power outlet.The NETGEAR Powerline
200 AV Adapter Kit (XAVB2001) containing two adapters will be available
worldwide in January 2010 at an MSRP in the U.S. of $149.Single
adapters (XAV2001) will have an MSRP in the U.S. of $79.

Powerline 200 AV+ Adapter Kit (XAVB2501)

HomePlug-certified NETGEAR Powerline 200 AV+ Adapter Kit (XAVB2501)
shares the same performance and design benefits asthe Powerline 200 AV
Adapter Kit (XAVB2001), but differs from its sister product in offering
a unique integrated filtered power socket for "pass-through"
capability. This ensures that customers don’t cannibalize an existing
wall power socket with the adapter, which means they can connect a
wider range of power-hungry devices than competing solutions while
still maintaining the highest performance.The NETGEAR Powerline 200 AV+
Adapter Kit (XAVB2501) containing two adapters will be available
worldwide in February 2010 at an MSRP in the U.S. of $169.Single
adapters (XAV2501) will have an MSRP in the U.S. of $89.

Improved Performance, Improved Design

Both new NETGEAR products are designed to provide customers with industry-leading features at an affordable price. For example:

  • Effective
    throughput and speeds up to 20 percent better than competing solutions
    over extended locations; a typical coverage area is up to a
    5,000-square-foot home.
  • Multi-colored "pick-a-plug" LEDs indicate current
    network performance, so the customer can determine the strength of the
    powerline connection without having to look at a computer.
  • Advanced energy management and standby capabilities provide wake-on-activity functionality to reduce overall energy usage.
  • Prioritized Quality of Service (QoS).
  • Simple
    "push-and-secure" functionality enables average users to easily install
    and secure the devices with 128-Bit AES encryption- no software
    configuration, no knowledge of networking, and no PC required, all with
    the push of a button.
  • Compatibility with other HomePlug AV products from NETGEAR, as well as HomePlug AV-certified products from other vendors.

by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support from NETGEAR, the
Powerline 200 AV Adapter Kit (XAVB2001) and the Powerline 200 AV+
Adapter Kit (XAVB2501)will be available worldwide via leading
retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added


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