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Cisco-Linksys Media Center Extender with DVD

by Linksys
45 customer reviews

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  • Bring your digital music, movies, and photos to your TV or Home Theater
  • Allows you to share your photos, music and movies on your computer with friends and family
  • Uses existing high-speed Wireless-N home network
  • Comes built-in with an upscaling DVD player
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model Number: DMA2200
  • Form Factor: Internal
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless // Wired
  • Data Link Protocol: Ethernet // Fast Ethernet
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Product Description

Product Description

Sharing your photos, music and movies on your computer with friends and family has been made easy by the DMA 2200 Media Center Extender from Linksys. The device allows you to view digital photos, movies and high definition programs on your TV, and listen to downloaded music on your home theater sound system. It even enables accessing digital content and Internet services from your Microsoft Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate Media Center PC and wirelessly stream it to your home entertainment system. Its single learning remote helps you to easily navigate menus. The media extender uses existing high-speed Wireless-N home network and includes built-in upscaling DVD player.

From the Manufacturer

Access movies, your music library, family photos and HDTV programming from your Media Center PC and stream it all to your living room TV or home theater. New Linksys Media Center Extenders give you access to the entertainment content on your Microsoft Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate PC to enjoy in the comfort of your living room. Pause or rewind live TV, record sporting events or episodes of your favorite TV shows and save them for later viewing. Quickly navigate through elegant menus and programming guides. Access online movie, music and other Internet services to expand your entertainment options.

The Linksys DMA2200 integrates the latest in 1080i upscaling DVD players with Windows Media Center and streams your digital music, movies and photos to any TV in your home without running wires. With elegant and easy-to-navigate menu screens, you can play DVDs, view family slide shows, browse your music collection by cover art, listen to entire playlists or choose from a vast selection of Internet Radio stations from all over the world.

The Linksys Media Center Extender and your Windows Vista Media Center PC give you a complete PVR solution--allowing you to watch, pause, rewind and record live TV (PC-embedded or optional TV tuner required). In addition to traditional TV, you also have access to a broad set of popular Internet video services that enable you to download the latest movie releases or stream the latest releases from Showtime, Fox Sports, Nickelodeon, and more. 

Leveraging the robust bandwidth capacity of dual-band Wireless-N, the DMA2200 has been engineered to quickly stream rich, high-definition content directly from your Media Center PC to your HDTV and surround-sound system. Let the Linksys DMA2200 bring your digital media collection out into the living room for the whole family to enjoy.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 6.1 x 2.9 inches ; 7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: DMA2200
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,001 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2005

Customer Reviews

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By E on February 7, 2008
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My initial impression are (1) if all you want is a media center extender to do what it is intended to do, then this is definitely the purchase you should make; (2) do not expect anything other than just the media center function and dvd function, that's all your going to get; (3) if the video, music, or picture is not supported by windows media connect *** AND HAS THE CORRECT BITRATE*** it is not going to play; (4) even if your media center pc can playback a file doesn't necessarily mean the extender will play it back, all the processing of the file is done on the extender and the only codecs that get supported are those listed in windows media connect.

I was expecting better codec support from Linksys, but it looks as if Linksys only has their name on the product. It really should have Microsoft on it. You don't need a Vista PC for playback of the dvd function. For you people that like to encode video on your computer and are thinking about using an extender to view it, be careful which format you choose. If it not listed as a supported file by windows media connect you can best believe it is not going to play.

The wireless worked pretty well. I have wireless-n and video playback was great, but navigating through the menus with wireless was sluggish. A wired connection was more responsive but still a little sluggish. Startup time until you get to the main menu is between 30-40 seconds. The unit is absolute noiseless. Even the dvd drive is quiet during playback, fastforwarding and rewinding.

This purchase was not for me. Like i've said many times before, you'll only be satisfied if your files are supported in windows media connect formats. I could not get WMV files to playback, but I could get WMV9 files to playback. I tried a DivX file in a AVI extension and it played fine.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Darren Austin on March 9, 2008
I have always been a big fan of Linksys products and I was eagerly awaiting the release of the Linksys DMA 2200. Setup out of the box was pretty easy but when I started using the product I noticed a slew of little issues that, together, make this product not worth the investment. Below is a list of the issues I've experienced:

1) DVD playback freezes/skips slightly every once in a while. This is just infrequent enough to where you might be willing to live with it. It seems that when the wireless network connects or disconnects (due to range or signal strength issues) the DMA pauses for a split second to regain its bearings. There is a little on screen notfication that the network is disconnected (or reconnected as the case may be) and this causes the DVD playback to pause for a split second. I'm not sure why Linksys thought it was important to interrupt my movie to let me know that the wireless network was down especially when I'm not using the network at all, but they do and it's annoying.

2) Remote is terrible. First of all, it feels really cheap. Secondly, it doesn't have any "universal" capabilities that work. Based on reading documentation about this product before I bought I was hoping that this remote would enable me to consolidate at least two of the four remotes I have. No luck. It didn't work with my Samsung LCD TV, my Motorola set top box or my audio system. Looks like I'm going to have to shell out another $200 for a Harmony remote. :-(

3) DVD Playback options are scarce and system doesn't act intuitively. No option for slow motion, no frame advance, very limited fast forward or rewind options. No easy way to get back to the DVD menu. The logic of the DVD player is very confusing.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Whelan on March 11, 2008
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I purchased the Linksys Media Center Extender with high hopes it would complete my home theatre. After many hours on line with Linksys tech support I reluctantly returned the item to Amazon. I could not get the Linksys MCE to work with my HP laptop running on 64bit Vista Ultimate. I even used two different draft N routers to no avail.

On the positive side, I found Linksys Tech Support to be readily available and very patient with my having to reboot and re-enter my WPA passphrase numerous time.

I will continue to look for an MCE that has Hi-Def capability.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gant on March 15, 2008
We like the idea of combining both these two functions - DVD player and media extender. The extender seems to be working alright, but we have trouble with the DVD player not recognizing DVDs or taking forever to read it. Thinking of going back to my old DVD player, which is a shame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CW on December 31, 2008
I paired the DMA 2200 with a Linksys WRT610N wireless N Router. Setup was easy and Linksys recommends a wireless connection for best results. I have to say that I only use it for streaming TV shows and sports that I record with Media Center. So far I have had no problems with streaming High Definition football games from my outside antenna, or Standard Definition Programs off of cable. My PC is a P4 with two 320 gig SATA hard drives 2 gigs of ram and two Win TV Tuner Cards one is a Win TV HVR- 1600 the other is a Win TV PVR-500 , the operating system is Vista Home Premium. The only thing that I could say would be a concern is the startup, after turning the unit on, it takes about 45 seconds before the menu displays, also navigating through the menus is also sluggish. I paid $129.95 for this unit and for that price I think it's worth it.
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