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WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit 200MBPS Extend Internet to Your HDTV

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Experience: 1 Days


easy setup and fantastic speed
This I would recommend to anyone who is looking at getting away from wireless technology. it is much faster offers speeds just like connecting directly to a modem or router.

Do not connect to a powerbar though all devices connected cause feed back into the power outlet which is why they do not recommend it. a must have for anyone looking at an easy solution to running wires and wireless drop  outs or weak signals

Experience: 3 Months


Easy to set up (plug-n-play!)
Fast enough to stream pretty much anything
Quality built
Not the fastest out there (but probably fast enough for anybody)
I purchased this because we were having connection problems from one of the kid's bedrooms (not good for MMO's!). I just plugged them in as the instructions stated, and they connected to each other painlessly. Obviously the connection problems are now gone.

The only con I can think of is that it's not the fastest available out there. However, that would only be a problem (or more so, an annoyance) if there is a need to transfer a lot of data often. It will perform the task, but maybe not as fast as one would like. But otherwise, even to stream HD content, there is no problem at all.

Experience: 2 Days


-Works exactly as advertised.
-Easy to setup.
-None with regards to product.
-Documentation could include more "technical" data on network security for tech savvy users.
This kit is the cat's a$$. It works really well and provides the performance advertised. I installed the adapters at both ends of my 2700 sq ft home and get a consistant 166 mbps PHY rate. It solvd all my issues trying co connect my blue-ray player and xbox on 802.11g/n. I should have looked at this technology years ago.

Experience: 2 Days


Easy to Setup
Extra Ports
Power cable doesn't block the outlet
I bought this to extend the internet in my house. I coupled it with a DLINK access point.

Plugged one powerline to the Telus Router. Plugged the other one about 50 ft away. Was connected within seconds. No setup absolutely needed. Connected my laptop to the powerline with Cat5 cable , and my internet DL speed was still 27mb/s (even though telus spec is 25mb).

Hooked up a my DLINK AP to the power line and now BAM my wifi in masterbedroom is awesome and getting DL speeds of over 25mb/s.

This has been one of the best purchases ever.

Experience: 5 Months


Very easy to setup
Has 4 ports at each end
I bought this to eliminate the wireless connection to my Blu-ray player, TV and Xbox in my living room. Wiring an Ethernet connection was going to be a bit painful.
Somehow I got lucky and the outlet that the each Powerline unit is plugged into is on the same electrical circuit (different floors even). So I get better than 190Mb/s.
I did try this on an outlet on another circuit and got much lower speeds. Makes sense.
It's been working great since I installed. No issues.

Experience: 3 Weeks


Just works. Very reliable.
Incredibly easy to set up and use. Acts like a 4 port hub at each end. Perfect for entertainment centre use as I hooked up my media centre, and three gaming consoles with one device. Plus I actually gained ports at my router rather than losing one. All around excellent experience.

Experience: 10 Months


works flawlessly everywhere i put them, even through a sub-panel.
i'm only getting about half the rated speed of 200mbps. still, not bad. sometimes hear interference through other plugged in devices (a cheap set of powered pc speakers).
i hooked up my xbox 360, appple tv, smart tv and htpc to this thing and stuck it in a corner. lag was gone, everything worked through my vpn and i never had a problem streaming media.

in my office, i turned off the wi-fi on my programming rig and use the powerline. again, never had a problem. my dns-323, which, admittedly, has slow transfer rates to begin with, performs just as well over powerline as over my gigabit switch.

there's a set of cheap pc speakers attached to one of my kids' pcs and i can hear burps and chirps when data is transmitting. other than that,

i actually found the external power cable to be a bonus. i have a lot of wires and in some cases the plugs are further from the equipment that i would like, so it helps to have the extra reach in order to hide the nest of network cables behind something while having a single black cable visible at the outlet.

i just moved to a bigger, older house and my powerline still works flawlessly. i just ordered another pair to accommodate the new house configuration.

Experience: 3 Days


Easy to use. Fine for internet speeds. 4 port hub
Rated connection speed vastly overstated.
I bought this kit to increase stability on my IPTV / HTPC in my home. It's to connect 2 systems that are in the same room (20 feet apart).

Plug it in and it works immediately. You'll have to avoid power surge protectors as that drops your data rate; although it does work poorly.

Built in 4 port hub on both ends was very helpful as my TV, HTPC, Bluray and AppleTV all accept ethernet port inputs. Nice and stable.

HOWEVER, the speed rated is finicky. The WD livewire utility reported a connection speed of 100mbps +. However, rated lantest benchmarks and anecdotal feel only put it at 20 mbps of real throughput. Spent 5 hours debugging router, cables, sockets and came to the conclusion that something with the livewire adapters results in very poor throughput. Encryption? Inflated ratings? who knows.

I decided not to waste any more time after that.

Already on the latest firmware upgrades.

IF you have systems that are very far away physically, powerline ethernet may be ok in this iteration. HOWEVER, wireless was faster in my case (consistently).

Ended up returning the units.

Perhaps gigbit powerline (or 500mbps which is already out) may improve this.

However, in my household, the actual throughput was 1/10 the maximum theoretical.

Experience: 2 Days


Relatively easy to setup. Took maybe about 10 mins in total and that includes the time it took to troubleshoot it as it did not work immediately right out of the box for me.
Didnt work immediately out of the box? no stars deducted.
So far I have no complaints about this product. Used it to replace my Wireless setup and now I have a far more stable connection that wireless N ever provided.

Bruce Dunn
Experience: 6 Months


Simple to use, reasonable speed
Some outlets don't work well - trial and error needed.
The documentation with the units warns not to plug them into power bars. Sure enough, the connection is slow and subject to dropouts even if the adapter is plugged into the wall with a power bar in the same outlet. Power bars either are a sink for the powerline networking signals, or emit interference.

Different outlets in the house get differing connection speeds from a basement router and adapter (monitored by software supplied with the adapters). If there are problems, sometimes an outlet elsewhere in the room will give a better connection.
I suspect that connections are worst when the circuit that the adapter is plugged into is wired through a number of other outlets before it reaches the main breaker box.

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Instantly create high-speed, wired network connections anywhere in your home with WD Livewire powerline AV network kit. Seamlessly stream high-definition media to your connected home theater and gain fast, reliable access to the Internet without running wires between rooms.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • WDBABY0000NBK Powerline Network Adapter Kit
  • 2 x Ethernet cables
  • 2 x Power cables
  • Quick Install Guide
  • CD with WD Livewire utility software
  • Warranty and support guide
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Weight (Approximate) 6.56 oz
Height 1.3"
Width 3.4"
Depth 4.7"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE
Powerline Transmission Standard HomePlug AV
Ethernet Technology Fast Ethernet
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 4
Network (RJ-45) Yes

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

General Information  
     Brand Name: WD
     Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: WDBABY0000NBK-NESN
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Packaged Quantity: 2
     Product Model: WDBABY0000NBK
     Product Name: WD Livewire WDBABY0000NBK-NESN Powerline AV Network Kit
     Product Type: Powerline Network Adapter
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 4
     Additional Information:

128-bit encryption

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: WEEE
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • WDBABY0000NBK Powerline Network Adapter Kit
  • 2 x Ethernet cables
  • 2 x Power cables
  • Quick Install Guide
  • CD with WD Livewire utility software
  • Warranty and support guide

Network & Communication  
     Ethernet Technology: Fast Ethernet
     Powerline Transmission Standard: HomePlug AV
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 4.7" (119.4 mm)
     Height: 1.3" (33 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 186 g
     Width: 3.4" (86.4 mm)
     Limited Warranty: 1 Year

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