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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely no complaints with seller they worked with me to try to prod this device to life. Was hoping to get something plug and play to rid myself of monthly comcast rental fees... Read morePublished 7 months ago by deez
Will not play Comcast xfinity HD channels. Other than that it works fine. Their channels are broadcasted in a format that this machine doesn't support.Published 7 months ago by C. Truett
Sure going to miss Windows Media Center connected to this when Windows 10 comes along.Published 15 months ago by Rory
I can see why they stopped making these. They are slow, but performance depends a lot on your connection and the speed of your host PC. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Brent A. Moulds
Too price but good. Sturdy and reliable product.
Allows you to share your photos, music and movies on your computer with friends and family
Not that it's Amazon that has any control of the situation, because all the ones available are through vendors.
But, I have to wonder. Read more
really a great product has a few quirks but really they do what they are meant to do and I can get off from the Cable TV merry-go-round at $100. a month. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by K. L. Kaye
Linksys has decided not to patch the firmware to work with Windows 8. I repeat. This product does not work with Windows 8 so if you have it or intend to upgrade in the future do... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Tootsie Nootan