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 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
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- 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
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