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Cisco-Linksys Media Center Extender

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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
  • Easily navigate menus with a single learning remote
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model: DMA2100
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Form Factor: External
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless // Wired
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 6.7 x 7.4 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000XQGOW4
  • Item model number: DMA2100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2007

Product Description

Product Description

Sharing your photos, music and movies on your computer with friends and family has been made easy by the DMA 2100 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.

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 DMA2100 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 DMA2100 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 DMA2100 bring your digital media collection out into the living room for the whole family to enjoy.

Customer Reviews

I then called Cisco technical support to help with the problem.
Plays recorded TV, music files, picture files, and appropriate codec video files smoothly without error.
N. L. Steele
The device would power up to the setup screen even though I set it to power up to the Media Center.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Good Time in LA on March 25, 2008
It plays our recorded TV, pictures, DVDs ripped to XviD (not DVDs in the player), and music from the other room with an interface that looks just like Vista Media Center. Wife acceptance factor = high. We are using wired ethernet (100) and a 1080p tv via HDMI. The supplied remote is good. Speed of menus is acceptable (even faster, if you turn off transitions in the setup). FF, rewind, pause, etc. are all fine for Live/Recorded HD TV -- looks perfect on our 1080p tv.
XviD files are a little slow to start up on the DMA2100.
I had realistic expectations and we are happy!

NOTE: This note is ONLY for people with a Linksys Etherfast DSL/Cable router. If you have that router, your computer will not detect the DMA2100 unless you also go into the router setup and set Filter Multicast to Disable (which is NOT the default). Thanks for wasting my time, Linksys. After the change, it works great.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Martinez on June 6, 2008
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I am not unrealistic in my expectations. I didn't want this product to do anything except what the device was supposed to do. Unfortunately, I am disappointed at several aspects of the DMA-2100. I got a great deal on it. Instead of list price ($360) I got it for $150. When I opened the box I noticed the quality of the hardware was better than average. Many people say they don't like the remote, but I thought it was stylish and simple.

Soon after opening the box is when all the problems/bugs began: (I was using the latest firmware as of the date the review was written.)

1. I had problems connecting this device over HDMI. I ended up having to use a video component cable. It doesn't allow you to choose resolution with HDMI, only with component.

2. The device connected over wireless n without any problems. The CD that came with the Linksys installed 200 Megs of something, and then restarted my computer without warning, and there is no uninstall available in Control Panel. (Except for a Radio program that is only 3 Megs.)

3. The interface is sluggish at 720P and 1080i. It's smoother (but not smooth) at 480P. I was really disappointed at this because my Xbox360 interface is smooth, and at a similar list price the Xbox360 trumps this device in power and functionality. I ended up turning animations off, and it reminded me of the Version 1 extenders nobody liked.

4. I have an RCA LCD TV, the Linksys remote would learn functions from my TV remote and confirm with a green blink (red means unsuccessful). But my TV would never respond to the Linksys remote. The instructions in the menu are wrong, they start at Step 2 and refer to buttons the remote does not have. I got the correct instructions by looking at an updated manual online.

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96 of 111 people found the following review helpful By J. Sopha on October 13, 2008
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In summary - the DMA-2100 is very much worthy of your $100. It's not perfect - but for the price, you won't come close to finding anything else this simple and effective.

Candidly speaking, I am pretty darn technical, so I am confident in my review. Moreover, I am approaching this review from the POV of someone that is not as technical as I am. As an adult male now outside the preferred marketing age group I find it a challenge to get unbiased reviews that are easy to understand and not written by either an over the top techno geek that only cares about stuff that engineers care about, or by a 13 year old kid that forgets I like my life easier these days - besides, I make things complex enough, I don't need my technology to help me in that category. And since this box is for all of my family to play with and enjoy - it has to be easy for them to use, but of quality design and performance that it meets my finicky needs.

First, let's talk about the setup: plug and play? No. Pretty darn simple? Yes. No need to be a cerebral giant to get this up and running. A) Make appropriate connections to TV...plug in...answer some questions about your video and network setup (you need a basic understanding of your connection types)...ask the closest 13 year old; B) install the software from the enclosed disk on your Vista computer, answer a few more questions C) let the Linksys sort through your media collection. Yes - IT IS that non-technical.

Overall, for the price points this Media Extender is now selling at (bought mine for right at $100), this is a superb deal and makes for a fantastic way to connect your big screen (or little screen) to your PC content with minimal technical knowledge required.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Bigari on February 20, 2008
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I purchased two of these extenders in Januray to go with my two XBox 360's, and I am nothing but pleased. I ended up buying a QuadCore 6600-based PC to use as the media center, mainly because I didn't want to have to go through the hassle of upgrading my older machine to Vista. I am connecting it to a wired network; I haven't yet gotten a 802.11n router so I can't speak to how well it works wirelessly.

The interface is exactly like it is on the Vista machine. I don't experience any sluggishness - this might have to do with how powerful the PC is. It's easy to use, and my family thinks the interface is a big step up from my Time Warner cable box. This thing is really quiet too - if you get close to it when no one else is home you can hear some noise but I haven't been able to identify just what it is. Compared to the runway-noise level of the 360's, this is silent.

The one compliant I have is the on-screen instructions for setting up the learning remote are poor. They start at step two, and then are wrong. For example, they mention pressing the '?' key to confirm the IR code. There is no '?' key on my remote. Anyway, the instructions are on the DVD in the install guide, so it's not that big a deal. Once I found that, it was easy to set up.

This product just works. Nothing flashy about it, but that's what I want. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to build a home media distribution system around Vista Media Center.
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