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Cisco-Linksys WMA11B Wireless Digital Media Adapter

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  • Connects your Home Entertainment Center to a Wireless-B (802.11b) network
  • Supports MP3 and WMA digital music files
  • Browse your digital pictures on your television (JPG, GIF, TIF, and BMP)
  • Select songs and pictures from on-screen menus with the easy-to-use remote control
  • Includes Media Adapter, remote, RCA and S-video cables
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model: WMA11B

Product Details

Product Manual [1.32mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009PUM0
  • Item model number: WMA11B
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 15, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

Linksys WMA11B Wireless-B Media Adapter - Technology advances have allowed us to store countless pictures & audio files on our computer. But getting that off of the computer to share with others can be difficult. Thankfully Linksys has created a the perfect solution with it's Wireless Media Adapter. With it you can enjoy your pictures & music right on your television & home stereo - without wires! The Media Adapter sits near your A/V equipment and connects to your TV & stereo via normal audio & video inputs. Then with 802.11b wireless technology & a convenient on-screen menu, you can browse & play your files from your computer while relaxing in your living room! Plays MP3 or WMA music by title, artist, genre, folder, or playlist Play music in the background while viewing photos

Amazon.com

Amazon.com Product Description The Linksys Wireless-B media adapter lets you bring the digital pictures and music stored on your computer to your home entertainment center, without running cables through the house. Using a wireless connection, the media adapter displaysyour digital photographs on the TV for the whole family to enjoy. And your digital music collection is finally freed from those little computer speakers and can play in full glory through your stereo system.

The Wireless-B media adapter sits by your home stereo and television and connects to them using standard consumer electronics cables. Then it connects to your home network by Wireless-B (802.11b) wireless networking or, if you prefer, it can be connected via standard 10/100 Ethernet cabling. Using the included remote c ontrol and the user-friendly menus on your TV, you can browse through the digital pictures on your computer by folder, filename, or thumbnail. You can view pictures one at a time, or watch an automatically created slideshow of all the pictures in a given folder. The media adapter supports five popular picture formats: JPG, GIF, TIF, and BMP. Use the remote control's Zoom button to get a close-up of the details in your pictures. You can also use the remote to browse your MP3- or WMA-formatted music collection by title, artist, genre, folder, or playlist. Choose the music you want, and let the Wireless-B media adapter play it through your stereo system. You can even let music play in the background while you browse your pictures.

Power and Simplicity
  • Connects your home entertainment center to a Wireless-B (802.11b) network
  • Listen to your MP3 and WMA digital music collection through your stereo syst em
  • Browse your digital pictures on your television (JPG, GIF, TIF, and BMP)
  • Select songs and pictures from on-screen menus with the easy-to-use remote c ontrol
  • Supports popular audio formats (MP3 and WMA), image formats (JPG, GIF, TIF, a nd BMP), and playlist formats (M3U and ASX)
  • S-video output for best video quality
  • RCA connectors for left and right stereo audio output and composite video ou tput
  • Easy TV setup and convenient Setup Wizard for configuration
  • User-friendly utility runs on your PC to manage music and picture folders
  • Wireless security with up to 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Compatibility with 802.11b (2.4 GHz) standard
  • Up to 11 Mbps, high-speed wireless data transfer rate
  • RJ-45, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connection

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

Customer Reviews

It just isn't worth the money or the time you have to spend messing with it make it do what you would expect it to do immediately.
Phil
It brought up a screen showing music pictures help, but none of my files are there Lara D(13285): On the host computer, can you see the media folder manager icon?
J. Braun
Very simply, this product hooks into your wireless network and then plays mp3s on your stereo/tv and displays photo images on your television set.
Trotski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

275 of 278 people found the following review helpful By M. Shantar on September 21, 2003
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First Impressions:
Nice packaging. Nice looking device, it's not much bigger than a four port hub. It has both the Cisco and LinkSys logos on the face. Vertical or horizontal mount. The package contained the device, quick setup poster, and a CD.
Installation:
I have an existing server, running Win2K Server, that I store my MP3 collection on. This product works by installing an agent on a PC and then connecting the device over a hard wired LAN or WiFi (802.11b). My setup allows me to use either LAN or WiFi and of course I chose the wired setup for max bandwidth and so I could actually listen to music and use my phone or microwave without dropping packets and thus songs. The agent installation was flawless and the media adapter and my server were talking within a few minutes after cracking up the box. Once the agent is installed on a PC, you really only have one option: Point the agent to your media. So of course I decided to point it to my entire (29 gig) mp3 collection which began in a single MP3 folder. Well, it starts to "Search" and then simply would disappear. No error, no nothing. Ok, maybe my collection was too big, so I start dragging my genre folders which were maybe 1 gig a piece...same thing happend. Ok...so I decide to drag a single album over to the agent and finally it seems to take the 6 songs in the folder and I rush over to my TV to fire up the device...it was able to play three of the songs and then the entire folder disappeared and thus I had no music to pull up anymore. After a few reboots and trying different folders I had similar results. My trade, I'm an IT guy...so there were no 'technical user' issues...I can assure you of that. To this day the device is flakey. It forgets entire folders for no reason at any given time.
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186 of 196 people found the following review helpful By J. Brandon on October 12, 2003
Unlike several of the other reviews, I'd characterize the setup as very straight foward if you're familiar with WiFi networks. My first and only obstacle - the deal breaker - came when configuring my playlists. Even though the playlists are those available to the host computer, it will not see networked drives. I must be assuming, incorrectly, that I'm in the majority in placing the many gigabytes of MP3s, JPGs, and other media files on a network server instead of a local hard drive. When I try to add a locally mapped drive, which is already available on the host computer, to the media play list, it simply will not accept it. A quick call to Linksys support confirms this. They suggested that I copy my files to the local drive and then add them to the media play list. In between chuckles I noted that it was impractical and I had no intention of moving 15 + GBs of storage to individual local hard drives when these files were already accessible to every node on the network (accept the WMA11B) from their file server storage location.
Until a media adapter supports something as simple as a network drive or share, it will not be of any use to me.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Braun on September 24, 2005
Before I start I want to say that I am an IT professional with 14 years of experience, so this is not a problem with not being experienced enough to figure out the technology. I've spent countless hours trying to get a Media Adaptor to work... what a waste of time.

This product will not work with XP SP2. First off, Linksys support tells you that there is a patch to make it work, but your requests for the patch are ignored. Secondly you have to remove .NET V1.1 and disable your firewall. I'm supprised they don't have you disable your antivirus also!

I am including the 5 conversations that I have had with their tech support so everyone will know not to waste your time asking for help... you won't get it.

09/22/2005 08:27 PM

Hi, my name is Lara D(13285). How may I help you?

Joshua: I just installed my WMA11B and cant get it to see my network

Lara D(13285): What version of Windows is currently being used on the computer? (for example, Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, etc.)

Joshua: I confirmed that the encryption keys are correct, it shows 78% signal strength but it doesn't pull an IP if I go to the setup screen

Joshua: xp on the host

Lara D(13285): Is it service pack 1 or 2?

Joshua: 2

Joshua: do I need to modify the firewall settings

Lara D(13285): Yes.

Lara D(13285): You need to disable any firewall installed on the computer including the windows firewall.

Joshua: ? completly disable it? can't we disable the ports it needs to get to the media adaptor?

Lara D(13285): Disable it completely.

Joshua: I have it disabled

Joshua: What next?

Lara D(13285): What is the wireless router that you are using?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trotski on December 4, 2003
I'm surprised to read all the negative reviews on here for this product. You'd think that Linksys promised the moon and the stars and somehow came up short. They did not.
Very simply, this product hooks into your wireless network and then plays mp3s on your stereo/tv and displays photo images on your television set. Nothing more, nothing less.
Setup was quite easy as far as installing network devices go... If you have already set up a wireless router in your house, you can handle this with no problem. I have found with other Linksys products that their technical support is fantastic, so if you really get in a bind, don't hesitate to call them.
The method of choosing music and pictures is very basic as many have mentioned, I have found that creating playlists on my PC is the best way to queue up music.
I'm sure in a couple of years that there will be much better products on the market, but for now, if you want to show your friends and family pictures, there's no better place to show them than on your big screen TV while sitting on the couch instead of your relatively small computer screen. And if you're going to listen to your mp3 collection, why not use your stereo instead of your wimpy little computer speakers.
The fantasy is that this product should be the ultimate entertainment product. The reality is that this product gets you out of your computer room and into your living room when listening to your music and looking at your digital pictures.
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