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Antec 30124 VERIS Basic Multimedia Station

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Antec
  • Model: Basic
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 0.75 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.5 x 1 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001B8ZS02
  • Item model number: Basic
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

The Basic Multimedia Station model is a compact, internal solution designed to work with an external 3.5 drive bay. It fits in seamlessly with your computer s front panel and gives you sleek, stylish multimedia functionality at a great deal. The first of the internally-installed Multimedia Stations, the Basic model is designed to blend in with your computer s front panel for a seamless and unobtrusive aesthetic. Like the rest of the mounted units, the Basic Multimedia Station connects to an internal USB connector, keeping your cables neat and out of sight. The Basic also features a petite remote control to manage and browse your multimedia using the included iMON iMEDIAN software. Turning your PC into a home theater is a piece of cake with the Multimedia Station Basic!

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Other IR receivers work fine.
J. Luong
There is not a large selection of alternatives but I believe most people will find it acceptable.
The Squirrel
For example, setting the arrow keys to control the mouse.
Ned Scott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RIP-Felix on March 11, 2011
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I have only 2 5.25" bays in my HTPC case. So, I paired this with a bracket that allows me to use a 3.5" bay and a slim optical drive in 1 5.25" bay. I really like this unit. Please note that I really only use this for controlling Windows Media Center and turning my HTPC on/off. If you want to controll everything with your remote, internet, mouse tracking/clicking, etc, the iMON software is not up to the task of eliminating the need for a mouse and keyboard.

Pros:
- It blends in great with my case
- Adds functionality required for an Home Theater PC
- No need to get up from the couch
- The instructions are legable and adequate for installation.

Cons:
- I got a faulty remote (RM100)
- Bright blue LED power indicator never turns off. Cover it!
- No battery backup for the units memory
- Software is not what it could be
- Takes some computer skill to install! Took me 3 days of tweaking to set it up the way I want. I'm sure I will find more things to change. It will take quite some time before a "technophobe" can use it without running into problems. A "technosav" can expect to spend at least half a day getting it installed and working for multiple programs. You have been warned.

INSTALLATION:
1) For constant power and to power on from complete shutdown, it has a 24 pin power adapter that ataches between your power supply and the motherboard.

2) The case power switch plugs it into the back of the sensor. The sensor's power switch plugs into the motherboard. IR remotes can switch on the computer and the case switch still works.

3) It comes with an internal USB to USB adapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Squirrel on June 7, 2011
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I already had an HTPC with an iMon/Soundgraph external infra-red receiver plus WMC-compatible remote. However, the external infra-red USB receiver was incapable of powering on the HTPC via remote. This is a relatively common issue with HTPC infra-red receivers. A common infra-red receiver at best receives USB standby power, only operates via USB signal, and must interface with the installed software to operate the PC - thus common receivers can only power off a PC but never power one on. Standard receivers *can* wake a PC from standby but standby can be problematic for some custom PC's.

The Antec Veris Basic Multimedia Station resolves the power-on issue. The unit connects internally to the PC case/motherboard power switch header and also into the motherboard ATX power connector harness. Additionally, the MM Station has a standard USB connector to connect to an external USB port. Note that the kit comes with a wiring module for connecting the USB into an internal motherboard USB header.

The unit works as intended - it allows me to power on/off the PC with a standard media center type remote control. I already had the iMon remote software setup so I only had to install the physical unit and cycle the PC power once (booting to Windows) to recognize the change in USB ports.

Note the following:
- The mounting holes in the unit are not well placed. One seemed slightly out of alignment but I just put some pressure on the bracket and the screw went in fine.
- The iMon Windows software is awkward but functional. I've used the software for some time...it's poorly designed with poor support and has some annoying "features"...but it works. There is not a large selection of alternatives but I believe most people will find it acceptable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Clark on June 1, 2009
This product is awesome. I have been using it more then my TV. It was a little tough at first to get it to find the media I wanted it to play. Since I did it has been great updating itself and everything. The controls are a little touchy and I havent gotten my Logitech Remote to completely control it yet but it does most and I think it is doable. Totally worth the money!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nanohead VINE VOICE on July 4, 2009
This device is actually made by Soundgraph and is also sold as an iMon product. The Soundgraph guys make these gizmos for most HTPC supppliers like Zalman, Antec, Silverstone, etc. It is probably worth the 20 bucks I paid for it, but not much more. I was mostly interested in the integrated IR receiver, to use with Windows Media Center and the Windows remote for MCE. I only really bought it for that, as I have no plans to use the silly remote provided in the Varis box.

Pros
To the credit of the product, it does actually work.
Looks integrated if you have a 3 1/2 inch wide floppy slot in your case
You do NOT need the iMon software if you want to control Windows Media Center
It works with the Windows Media Center remote

Cons
The construction is total junk. The 3 1/2 inch chassis its mounted in has the holes in many wrong places. I had to do surgery to get it to mount properly in my HTPC case (case was weird too), but the chassis is not long enough to really fit into most cases.

The front plastic bezel is warped, and looks cheapo

As has been mentioned, the iMon software has many many many issues. But to be fair, it works better than it used to (I've had several remotes that used the iMon software over the years). It loads WAY too much stuff when you install it. And the quality control on it is bad (to say the least).

Conclusion
This device is usable for those who want an integrated IR receiver in their case to use with Windows Media Center (MCE). Vista sees the device and the remote runs Media Center without any iMon software. But the construction is devoid of thought, and the iMon software has little value.
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