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Netgear PowerLine Nano500 Set review


Manufacturer: Netgear

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The NetGear PowerLine Nano500 is quite expensive given that it only allows you to connect a single PC or other device to your network. Read our full review to find out more.

We admire the simplicity of HomePlug networking products, but they’re not known for their elegant design. If you’d prefer to buy something a little neater for your bijou warehouse apartment then Netgear’s PowerLine Nano500 Set should appeal. See also D-Link W307AV PowerLine Homeplug AV Wireless N Starter Kit review.

As the name implies, the Nano500 is a lot smaller than most HomePlug products. Each of the two adaptors measures just 67x55x42mm – barely half the size of most conventional HomePlug adaptors. See all Wi-Fi and networking reviews.

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They’re very simply designed too, with a single Ethernet port on the base of each adaptor and a security button that you can press to create an encrypted network. Visit Devolo dLAN 200 AV Wireless N review.

It’s easy to add additional adaptors too, although there’s no software supplied with the kit that would allow more knowledgeable users to configure the network settings for themselves.

Performance is good, though. The Nano500 Set provides speeds of up to 500Mbps and transferred our 1GB file at 112.2Mbps during our tests.

There’s also a clever Pick A Plug feature that allows each adaptor to test the speed of the mains socket that it is plugged into. An LED on the front of each adaptor indicates the speed for you, allowing you to choose the socket that provides the best speed.

Our only real complaint is that this rather expensive kit allows you to connect only single device to your network per adaptor. However, there’s also a less expensive 200Mbps version that will still be fast enough for most people.

Netgear PowerLine Nano500 Set Expert Verdict »

Product Name: Powerline Nano500 Set
Part Code: XAVB5101
Standard: HomePlug AV
Speed: 500Mbps
Number of adaptors: 2
Number of Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 1/1
Push Button Security: Y
Mains Pass-through: N
Wi-Fi extender: N
Dimensions (mm): 67x55x42mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The PowerLine Nano500 Set is quite expensive given that it only allows you to connect a single PC or other device to your network. Even so, its neat design will appeal to many people, while the clever speed-test option ensures that you get the best performance for games and streaming high-definition video.

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