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This device can be secured by either WPA or 64/128 WEP encryption, however WPA2 is not supported.

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Pros

Offers WiFi extension requiring only a standard electrical wall outlet.

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Great for those seeking quick, basic internet setups.

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Cons

Enabling encryption is a bigger pain than it needs to be.

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The default setup assumes that you only have one of these devices as they all try to claim the same IP address.

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Included documentation is woefully inadequate.

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Connections created are very flaky/inconsistent.

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Utilizes the now dated "g" wireless protocol and still often runs way slower than the advertised 54 Mbps.

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Netgear’s WGXB102 is a set of wireless network extenders that are designed to turn a household’s electrical system into a network connection. The WGXB102 includes a “Powerline Network Bridge” to connect to an existing router, plus a “Wireless Range Extender” to provide the extended wireless signal via a household electrical socket. While Netgear claims speeds of up to 54 Mbps, reviews indicate 5-6 Mbps is more realistic. The Netgear WGXB102 is compatible with 802.11b/g wireless devices, and supports VPN (IP-Sec and PPTP) passthrough for users needing to remotely connect to a device on the network. This device can be secured by either WPA or 64/128 WEP encryption, however WPA2 is not supported. These settings can be configured with its web-based user interface. Users looking for a relatively straightforward way of extending a wireless-b/g network should find the Netgear WGXB102 more than acceptable.

Features
  • 54 Mbps (auto rate capable)
  • Compatible with 802.11g or 802.11 b
  • VPN (IP-Sec and PPTP) passthrough
  • WPA & 64/128 WEP encryption
  • Wireless Range Extender
  • Powerline Network Bridge
  • Ethernet cable
  • 2 Setup CDs
  • Installation Guide
  • Dimensions & weight: 3 x 8.6 x 6.5 in, 2.0 lbs
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