Linksys Media Center Extender
List Price: $360.18

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Features:
  • 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

Customer Reviews:

  • When it works, it works very well
    I have very mixed thoughts on the DMA2100 Media Extender.

    When it works, it is HOT! The menu system is the same as the xbox 360, so no learning curve there. The picture is beautiful and the sound is clear. I use a 360 or the DMA2100 to stream movies from my Vista Ultimate Media Center machine. The 360 was first, a couple of years ago. It works okay, but there are dropped frames from time to time during movies. I have never noticed the DMA2100 dropping frames. There are no skips in audio, and no flickers in the video. When it works, I'm extremely happy with it.

    Now for the bad news. In order to use the DMA2100, I had to upgrade my 7 or 8 year old Cisco wireless router to something current. I chose the Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N Broadband Router, since it's the one Amazon recommends pairing up with the DMA2100.

    I setup the WRT160N several weeks ago. Linksys has a bug (yes, it's a bug) whereby they set the network to 192.168.1.xxx rather than the industry standard 192.168.0.xxx. This causes problems unless you have a really simple network topology. Their setup allows you to change the address range, but if you reconfigure it to use 192.168.0.xxx, the machines on the net can't see each other, browsing doesn't work, etc. So, that said, you have to leave it set at 192.168.1.xxx.

    Enter the DMA2100 Media Extender. The setup on the device is simple. It found the wireless net, got an IP, etc. Very easy. The final step of the DMA2100's setup is a security key you enter on the Media Center machine. Normally that's pretty simple too. However, since the wireless router is using a non-standard network IP range, 192.168.1.xxx, the media center machine was unable to find the DMA2100. (Again, in a very simple network, this might not have been an issue.) To get the DMA2100 to connect to the media center machine required a config changes on the Vista machine. Once reconfigured, the DMA2100 was up and working.

    I watched a movie the first night and was blown away by the quality of the picture and the clarity of the sound. Very impressive.

    Second night we decided to watch another show. Turned on the TV and the DMA2100. Started playing a movie. It played the first 10 seconds or so, and froze. We waited. And waited. And waited. Finally it jumped into setup mode. For some reason it had lost its config in the middle of the movie playback. Fine, with the config changes made on the Vista machine, this time setup should be simple. I ran through it in a couple of minutes.

    We restarted the show. Again, it played 10 or 15 seconds of the movie and jumped into setup mode with a completely blank configuration. We gave up and went to the xbox to finish the show.

    The next night I ran through setup again and it worked flawlessly. Watched a TV show issue free. Two nights later attempted to watch a show and again the device had no config and had to be installed AGAIN.

    All told, I have gone through setup 7 times. Last night I ran through setup twice before giving up and going to the xbox to watch my show. AFter the show, I came back to fiddle with the DMA2100 again and it just worked. I have no idea what's going on, and why sitting untouched for an hour would have it working again.

    This weekend I'm going to drag a cat-5 cable down the hall to the DMA2100 and see if it works any better when hardwired to the net. It's possible the device is having a hard time living on the 192.168.1.xxx network the Linksys router demands. If that's the case, hardwiring into a 192.168.0.xxx net will fix the problem, and then it's the WRT160N router which is to blame.

    But at this point, even if it's the fault of the WRT160N, I see no reason why the media extender would drop it's config multiple times per day....more info
  • Not worth the money
    There is no way this is worth $250. I'm returning mine for a refund. You are better off with a digital frame and MP3 player. This product needs an option to view what is on the computer screen and not just what is available through Windows Media Center....more info
  • Decent quiet product
    It's very small which is nice very quiet compared to an xbox 360 as an extender. I don't believe there are any moving parts in it maybe a small fan but didn't check. Only annoying thing is the extremely blue light on the front as this is in the bedroom. I still need to get some electrical tape and cover that up as I have heard that other people do. You could technically turn it off however the startup/initial connect to your mediacenter time is not all that quick so it's much preferable to just leave the unit on constantly. The other quirk is the fact that it does not like divx files. It will play them however you need to use a 4cc code change to change the code on the file from divx to xvid then it has no issues. There are quite a few apps around to do this so not really a big issue and just takes a couple of seconds to do this. I had a fairly large discount on this when I got the product bringing the price on it for me around 150$ at the time which is definitely more reasonable imo. The 250$ price point is just way too high for this item especially without a dvd since this is really putting it too close in competition with an xbox 360 as you could pick up the arcade/pro bundles for around $270-280ish and get all the gaming functionality etc with them instead (even though you would have to deal with the load drive/fan noise). All in all though a good product just needs a lower pricepoint....more info
  • Not bad for a $100
    Have been running this for a few weeks and am buying another one for my other TV. It mimics most of the Vista Media Center user interface and as such is pretty intuitive to use with the supplied remote.

    I really like having access to all my MP3s easily while on the couch, and love being able to view my photos and videos too. Note that I had to convert tons of video to MPEG2 to get them to play - it would be nice if the extender had more codecs built in. Just because something plays on your PC does NOT mean it will play on the extender.

    ALso recently started enjoying use of the internet radio stations that come installed. All these things are available from a PC, but it makes a huge difference just requiring a TV and remote and no hassling with PCs.

    Managed to set my PC up so it sits in sleep mode (S3) and the extender automatically wakes it up when you power the extender up. Very nice.

    I'm guessing this is end of line for this product looking at these prices. There have been no firmware upgrades beyond rel. 1.0, so I dodn't have any great expectations on getting better or new functionality in the future... but I will happilkyu take it with some of the minor blemishes I've noted here....more info
  • Worthless Piece of Junk
    The purpose of a "Media Extender" is to replicate ("extend"!) to a TV set what you see on your PC. This product fails miserably:

    1. Animations are REDUCED. What you will see will be a very bad and slow imitation of your PC screen. Only Microsoft's own extenders (Xbox) that support DirectShow will play full animations. This extender (like others) approximates them by playing first/last frames only. The importance of this point is hard to understand until you actually see the painful screen changes on this Linksys.

    2. If you rip your DVD collection to your PC so you can watch them in Media Center, this extender will disappoint you. It does not support the DVD file format (vob) so even if you enable the DVD library, the extender simply will not recognize the DVD files.

    3. If you are silly enough to convert some of these vob files into WMV, this extender will only recognize version 9, if at all. The video capability of this extender is 0, unless you count watching live TV.

    4. Linksys doesn't support Draft N for wireless. The connection quality is embarassing, especially when compared to Linksys's own routers that use the same protocol.

    5. Remote control is tiny, looks cheap and fragile.

    I bought this on ebay for $50 and now I know why it was so cheap. For just $77 you can buy a brand-new ATI HD video card with full HD and multiple monitor support.

    If you are interested in watching movies, save your money, this piece of junk is not worth a penny. ...more info
  • Works well in my case with one exception
    I am relatively new to Media Center PCs. I have a Vista Media Center PC and wanted to extend the PC into the bedroom where we have our elliptical. My wife uses the elliptical and likes to watch TV.

    My Vista Media Center PC is a single core 3Ghz Athlon 64 running Vista 64 bit home premium. I have a single tuner Hauppauge MCE150 analog tuner card and a dual tuner network based HD HomeRun tuner.

    The TV we have in the bedroom is a 27" standard definition tube TV, not a new LCD or plasma unit. I elected to run cat 5e wire to the unit from my 100Mbit router, rather than trying to go wireless. The TV is connected to the extender using composite video connector and the standard RCA stereo audio cables.

    Overall I find this solution works well. It's not as easy for the wife as the Tivo, but some of that is adjusting to the different interface. There is also some slight delay between making choices on the remote and when the selection gets recorded and displayed on the TV (as others have mentioned). The delay is certainly sub-second, and I would guess it is in the range of about 0.5 seconds. Not a big deal but it is slower than the Tivo response time.

    I have watched both analog shows recorded via the Hauppauge card as well as SD digital and HD digital shows recorded using the HD Home Run. All of them work fine in terms of picture quality, syncrhonization of audio/video, color, etc. Obviously watching a show that was recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio (HD) on this old tube TV creates the bars across the top and bottom of the screen making the show somewhat less watchable. But that isn't the extender's fault, that is just the way it is.

    The one problem I have, that has been noted by others, is that the audio output on the extender is very low on the Left/Right RCA stereo outputs. This problem ONLY occurs for digital shows. Shows recorded using the analog Hauppauge card are fine. Shows recorded in SD or HD digital require me to turn the volume on the TV up to the maximum level and still the audio is hard to hear over ambient noise of exercising. I should also note that this problem only manifests using the extender. I can watch analog or digitally recorded shows on either of my Vista MCE PCs just fine. This appears to be a defect in the way the digital audio stream is converted to an analog stream within the extender.

    So this is easily overcome in my case. The limitation for me is that I have 3 tuners, 1 analog only and 2 digital only. I record the shows my wife wants to watch while exercising using the analog tuner. Fortunately there aren't that many shows, so I don't have to worry about conflicts of only having a single tuner available for these recordings.

    All in all I am pleased with this unit.
    ...more info
  • Good idea, but the software is not yet there...
    I was excited when I say this product for sale for just under $100 and I thought that for that I would give it a try.

    The concept seems good, but I think Linksys jumped the gun on their release of this product. As it is not able to play all the files that it is supposed to be able to play, that is it might play 1 avi file and not another or even weirder was the fact that I was able to play some files part of the time and then when I tried to play them again it would give me an "Unsupported Codec" error message.

    This would be fine and easy to fix, I mean just download a new codec right? Not so simple, as Linksys does not provide the user with any way to transfer these to the player nor a way for the player to recognize they are on your PC. When you look at all the technical support on both Microsoft and Linksys' website (By the way Linksys has one of the poorest Support site I have ever seen, and when you call their tech support hotline they will tell you they know nothing about this product and give you a second number to call to get a hold of their advanced department.) what you are told is that in order to ensure you have the correct codec installed you must open the file in either your Windows Media Player or in the Media Center on your Computer. By doing this you are supposed to be able to then reopen the file on the Linksys extender using the newly downloaded Codec; this does not work!!

    Honestly I only tried this with my Video files, and those that worked looked great on my HDTV. And with that being said, I was unable to use/open over 70% of my files through the extender (even thou the majority of these were compatible file types that according to Linksys).

    What their customer support will advise is that you convert all of the files you desire to play over to MP4 files, but to do this is not only time consuming but it also affected the quality of the output file. Also both support people I talked to said they have been receiving a lot of complaints very similar to mine and they are not able to figure it out, and one even implied that the product was released without proper testing and advised me to return it and wait for a more reliable version to be released as they would consider it a defective product.

    So I did end up returning mine to Amazon, and found an XBOX 360 (the simple Arcade version) for $159 on Dell's Website. And after the 360 as my Media Center Extender, I am pleased that I went this route. And for those files that don't play through Media Center, the XBOX lets you play the videos directly off of your computer without going through the Media Center Program and it will download the necessary codecs itself. I don't even plan on really using the gaming system, but I guess now I have it anyway.

    My Conclusion/Recommendation : There is a reason that this product is so heavily discounted, so avoid it. The next cheapest extender I could find was the XBOX, so get it instead! If you don't want to go this route there are a number of other Brands available, so I would spend the extra cash and get something that is reliable and works well....more info
  • Great extension
    Does what it says - I am able to watch movies, listen to music etc. from my TV upstairs without running wires to my PC downstairs. Very nice way to extend my media viewing area....more info
  • I want to love this product, but I can't.
    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.

    5. XviD codec will play on the device. DivX codec (even though it's an Mpeg 4 codec) will not work. You can hack the FourCC identifier embedded in the file to read XviD and then it will work. So this must be a software restriction imposed by Linksys. And I don't want to hack my carefully created DivX library.

    6. Certain types of WMV files will garble after about 15 to 20 minutes. Specifically, WMV9 VC1 is the problem type. I'm really out of luck since I only backup my DVD's to WMV and DivX (Since the Xbox can play those).

    7. XviD and MP4 video files will not rewind or fast forward. And if you press the skip forward and back buttons the video will freeze for about 20 seconds before it responds.

    8. If you press pause too often it'll show you the RESTART/DONE/DELETE screen as if the movie has finished. And then there's no way to fast forward to where you were in the file.

    9. The device would power up to the setup screen even though I set it to power up to the Media Center. This confused my wife who is not computer savvy.

    10. My Music library is not huge, but it wanted to scan for changes every time I entered the music area.

    I'll list some good qualities so that I'm not totally negative.
    1. Live TV works well.
    2. Wireless N works really well.
    3. XviD is a nice touch. (I just wish is could rewind and fast forward.)

    Overall the only two things that didn't give me problems were the wireless connection and watching Live TV. Since mostly everything else doesn't work I have to return it. I wasn't the only one with these issues. You can visit http://www.thegreenbutton.com/ forums and see that others had the same exact problems. In the future a firmware could be released that addresses all these issues. If that happens I'll see about updating/retracting this review. ...more info
  • Linksys Media Center Extender
    Although this device worked as advertised I've been disappointed with the content it provides. I can't blame the device but rather Windows Media Center. It would be a great improvement if the media center provided the same Internet content provided by a typical web browser. Instead it restricts the content to the kind of fluff one would find in an airlines magazine. Of course it will display live TV but who needs that. So if you are satified with what Media Center offers then this box will perform well for you. ...more info
  • Bad product it should be Free!
    After working technical support for over an hour, it has come to the conclusion that this device does not work with Microsoft Windows Vista using the Ultimate edition. Both the extender and wireless router have been updated with the latest firmware. The extender reboots to default settings; in which the set up had to be re-configured once again. This has been an exhaustive process that entailed restarting my desktop many times, restarting the extender several times, and updating and rebooting my wireless router. The wireless router that I am using does have UPnP enabled and allows an attached device. I pinged the extender to show that it is responsive and did not drop any packets. In fact, I can locate the IP address of the extender in my wireless router settings as an attached device. The final verdict is that this extender is not Vista compliant as it says on the box. It needs some serious overhaul in order for consumers to get the full benefit...more info
  • linksys crap
    I've used Linksys products in the past and have always found them to be mediocre at best. The dma 2100 is no exception. After googling media extenders and having read many reviews most came up with Linksys as the best to date for its size, quiet operation and amount of software offerings on board and the "best bang for the buck", not so. Reports are that the dma 2100 sports a sassy gigabit wireless netcard which was acceptable before the newest software update. Now I have to do much repositioning of the device to finally get "adequate bandwidth". Many freezes while streaming recorded video. My router is behind my TV only 5 feet away. As I have found much software hacking is required to get the media that you want on board.
    As advertised, the unit is very small, about the size of a network router and is very quiet. I want more. I'm no apple fan but found Apple TV to offer more to my liking than media center but that's not Linksys' fault. They just build crappy hardware. Save your money and don't buy this system....more info
  • DO NOT BUY!!
    I have gone thru 2 of these and HOURS and hours with Linksys tech support. It works for a while and quits and support cannot get it going again and seems shocked that I am not willing to spend 2 hrs resolving this. I did that several times but I will never buy Linksys products again. She said well my last customer was on 3 hours.
    She said they do not give refunds... only replacements so buyer beware

    I love Amazon who has refunded my money. Good customer service is why I keep shopping here....more info
  • Poor handling of video
    Handles music and pictures very well but would link up with my linksys n band router well enough to handle video...more info
  • Nothing comparable
    This product could be so much better, but Linksys appears hesitant about creating a new model of media extenders - or even releasing a new firmware version.

    I have had this device for almost 10 months now. I have suffered through the new technology pains like most people who bought this product have. But for the most part, I was satisfied with my purchase, until this past few weeks when the device simply decided to not turn on again. All it did was sit there with a red light.

    So I had to pay to ship it to Linksys, they 'remanufactured' the unit, and then sent it back, but with the wrong power plug face plate. So now I can't even plug it in to the wall! They ARE shipping me a new power supply - but of course that means I have to wait another week. I'm hopeful the device will work at least another 10 months before it quits working entirely so I won't have to pay money to ship defective equipment back to Linksys.

    Outside of all that, for the price, even the outrageous $250 I paid when the unit first came out (if you paid $100, I'm not shedding tears for you), this device delivers if you spend enough time tinkering with it. That means:
    A) Use the wired connection.
    B) Use CAT6 cabling and plugs, jacks, throughout (less crosstalk = less noise = less network issues)! Keep the distance short as possible.
    C) Use a seperate hard drive for Vista Media Center to record shows
    D) Use a gigabit NIC on your media pc and if you use a router, you must go with a a gigabit version.
    E) Ensure your antenna reception is solid before recording shows, otherwise you will suffer freezes on the extender when the signal on the recorded channel dropped.
    F) As far as streaming DVDs via extender, Hollywood doesn't allow streaming DVD content over networks so we can't really blame MS or Linksys for that, they are protecting their own hides from litigation (which is why the Linksys DMA 2200 with DVD player built-in exists). There's a way around it, but YOU have to do the tinkering and its not a perfect solution.
    G) The menu animations ARE slow, so just turn off the animations in the settings section... the response will be exceptionally better, and you won't miss the animations anyway. Want a further boost? Turn off the sounds!
    H) Update to the newest firmware version (there was only ever 2, so if you have 1.0, you have the old one).

    In the end, the only real issue I have with this product is that is doesn't support Wake On Lan, which would allow your Vista Media Center to go to sleep mode when not in use. But since this device doesn't support WOL, during setup it asks to configure media center in Away mode (which really means its always on).

    So, all in all, this is the first media extender effort from Linksys. Not that bad for a first run, however by the looks of things, they won't be making a second run....more info
  • Appears incapable of displaying 1080p
    My DMA2100 does not appear to be capable of displaying 1080p. Linksys replaced the original unit; the replacement also seems incapable of displaying 1080p.

    To test, I viewed on the TV copies of the same picture via the extender and via a computer connected directly to the TV (both accessing the picture stored on a different computer via a hard-wired network). The extender is connected to the TV with an HDMI cable and is set to display 1080p. Using a different HDMI cable (the one I use for my Blu-Ray player), or using a component video cable produced the same results with the extender. The computer is connected with a VGA cable and set to display 1920x1080. The picture is much sharper when viewed via the computer than when viewed via the extender. Viewing a 1080p video clip from Microsoft produced similar results - the video was much sharper when viewed via the computer.

    The extender works fine as a DVR and as a music server, falls short in displaying HD video, and is unacceptable for viewing pictures....more info
  • Good idea, but the software is not yet there...
    I was excited when I say this product for sale for just under $100 and I thought that for that I would give it a try.

    The concept seems good, but I think Linksys jumped the gun on their release of this product. As it is not able to play all the files that it is supposed to be able to play, that is it might play 1 avi file and not another or even weirder was the fact that I was able to play some files part of the time and then when I tried to play them again it would give me an "Unsupported Codec" error message.

    This would be fine and easy to fix, I mean just download a new codec right? Not so simple, as Linksys does not provide the user with any way to transfer these to the player nor a way for the player to recognize they are on your PC. When you look at all the technical support on both Microsoft and Linksys' website (By the way Linksys has one of the poorest Support site I have ever seen, and when you call their tech support hotline they will tell you they know nothing about this product and give you a second number to call to get a hold of their advanced department.) what you are told is that in order to ensure you have the correct codec installed you must open the file in either your Windows Media Player or in the Media Center on your Computer. By doing this you are supposed to be able to then reopen the file on the Linksys extender using the newly downloaded Codec; this does not work!!

    Honestly I only tried this with my Video files, and those that worked looked great on my HDTV. And with that being said, I was unable to use/open over 70% of my files through the extender (even thou the majority of these were compatible file types that according to Linksys).

    What their customer support will advise is that you convert all of the files you desire to play over to MP4 files, but to do this is not only time consuming but it also affected the quality of the output file. Also both support people I talked to said they have been receiving a lot of complaints very similar to mine and they are not able to figure it out, and one even implied that the product was released without proper testing and advised me to return it and wait for a more reliable version to be released as they would consider it a defective product.

    So I did end up returning mine to Amazon, and found an XBOX 360 (the simple Arcade version) for $159 on Dell's Website. And after the 360 as my Media Center Extender, I am pleased that I went this route. And for those files that don't play through Media Center, the XBOX lets you play the videos directly off of your computer without going through the Media Center Program and it will download the necessary codecs itself. I don't even plan on really using the gaming system, but I guess now I have it anyway.

    My Conclusion/Recommendation : There is a reason that this product is so heavily discounted, so avoid it. The next cheapest extender I could find was the XBOX, so get it instead! If you don't want to go this route there are a number of other Brands available, so I would spend the extra cash and get something that is reliable and works well....more info
  • Linksys Media Center Extender
    Amazing product.
    I've got 3 these little boxes and very satisfied. I've switched from cable TV to IPTV using this media extender and Vista Media Center IPTV plug-in. All 3 boxes working good simultaneously with regular old Linksys G router (all wireless). I do not need to burn downloaded DivX movies to CD or DVD's any more to watch it on DivX player. I stream it directly from computer. Also works great with HD DivX with 5.1 AC3 sound. Listening internet radio also amazing. Stereo digital sound decoded perfectly to 5.1 Dolby Digital Pro Logic II - much better than from old fashion FM receiver (no more "shhhhhh" in rear channels).
    All signals are digital - HDMI 1920x1080P, coaxial digital audio out for surround receiver....more info
  • hard wire with cat 5
    This product works flawlessly,if you run cat 5 cable to it, I transfer over the air high definition from my computer hard drive, to the linksys 2100 box to the lcd TV, the picture quality is the same as what I receive over the air with my high definition antenna....more info
  • Won't set up with Vista Home Ultimate
    I really wanted this to work. Received it yesterday and spent several hours trying to get it to work. It would find the network, and the computer would find the MCE, but it would never get past the final stage. The message received was "media center extender setup cannot exchange certificates with device". I upgraded firmware on the extender, and my router. I did manage to get a connection to a laptop running Vista Home Basic, but that is not the computer with my media. After searching many forums, it appears that there are glitches with this product and certain versions of Vista, certain routers, and with security devices and anti-virus software. I removed all my security software but it still wouldn't work. I was hoping to be one of about half of the purchasers that could get this thing up and running, but it is going back today....more info
  • Media Center works extremely well
    I now have three Linksys media center extenders in my home. We have a 10/100/1000 router with 7 computers, and media tv and the 3 Linksys MCE. Each of these work very well. Very small box in size and the visual performance is excellent. I have had to max out hard drive storage the 3 year old MCE pc we use to drive the system and also as a den pc for household computing. I have no complaints.

    I have had a problem with routers dropping speed for no reason (from 100 to 10), but they self recover after a minute or two. This can effect picture quality. Someone using bitstream in the house can also cause a network problem. I also wish there were more internet tv channels available throuth the interface. Hulu and NBC universal comes to mind. Possibly adding them to the PC will address this.

    ...more info
  • Add me to the list of people who like this product.
    I have tried an Xbox 360 (could not make it work and returned it) and then tried a plain old DVD/VCR recorder (tuner would only tune one channel) As a last ditch effort I decided to try this because it was from Amazon (thus would be easy to return) and also was only $105 with free shipping. I figured I would gamble and maybe this thing would work.
    (also, in my experience Linksys has really good customer support - unlike Microsoft with Xbox which is about the worst I have ever seen)

    It arrived and I set it up. One thing that I like is the setup cd which directs the customer to update their Vista software. I did have to run the setup program twice to get it to connect. I am also using the extender wirelessly and it does say there is not enough bandwith that way to do HD.

    What I wanted this for was to extend TV onto the other tv's (I use an aerial antenna for my tv signal and this enables me to not have to split the signal several times) but mostly I wanted to be able to record tv and watch it on the various tv's. For this - this is an excellent product! I do notice some interference with watching live tv and occasionally the product will freeze up - not sure if that would be fixed by running wires but the way I feel is that I want a wireless connection and I fully understand that is not going to be as strong as a wired. Because I dont want to wire I will pay the price for that choice in the extenders not working as well.

    At playback of recoded tv is when this product really is great. That is seamless and generally just perfect. Exactly what I wanted this product to do.

    Compare this to the cost of an XBox. $299 for one with a hard drive and then you have to pay more for a remote unless you are willing to use the game remote. $350 with tax at minimum. This product was $105 and I like it so much I ordered another one so for $220 (other one was not as cheap and did not have free shipping) I got Media Center extended on TWO tv's and did not have to wire them to boot (Xbox is not wireless)

    So if you need the fancy stuff and dont mind the cost and wires then get an Xbox but if you just want to watch and record TV on multiple tv's wirelessly then this is the product for you. Some glitches but still quite good....more info
  • If you don't want support, this is the product for you
    I hope this device gets better with some firmware updates. It has lots of potential. But It falls short so many ways. UnBox videos won't play longer than 15 minutes (way to encourage not pirating tv shows guys...). And there is absolutely NO support from Linksys. If you want a nice way to listen to your podcasts while looking at a picture of the album art on a big flat panel then this is for you. Otherwise I would wait until either they fix lots of problems with this model, or they come out with it's replacement.

    You also shouldn't expect much in the way of content from Microsoft's "Internet TV beta". They don't update it often enough to make it worthwhile, and most of the content is encoded at very poor quality.

    I hate for this review to be such a bummer. But the product really should have had much more work done on it before sending it out the door. It really is a beta test product that has been marketed as "The next best thing", but doesn't deliver.

    If you have the cash sitting around and don't mind being frustrated at the lack of functionality, or you just want to have the latest cool gadget, then you are gonna buy it anyway. But at least you have been warned....more info
  • Great extension
    Does what it says - I am able to watch movies, listen to music etc. from my TV upstairs without running wires to my PC downstairs. Very nice way to extend my media viewing area....more info
  • Cheap DVR
    I started using windows 7 beta media center and a Hauppauge DTV card as a cheap DVR. I can "throw" the PC screen and live/recorded TV over to any TV in any room in the house with this box. The live and recorded TV looks flawless this way. The box is also very small, maybe about the size of a wireless router or cable modem. It's also very sleak and black so you hardly notice it by the TV.

    That said, I only give it 3 stars, because windows media center extenders have some inherent limitations and fall short of providing a reasonable single source home entertainment solution. Primarily, you can't play DVD's that are in the PC's DVD drives over an extender in another room. (You can play them if the PC itself is connected to the TV with no extender box). There are "hints" on the web to violate copyright laws and rip your rented DVD's to your hard drive, and then convert them to a video format compatible with windows media center - good grief, what a hassle. Also, you can't use the extender to play netflix on demand, which you can (with plug-ins) if you connect the PC directly to the TV. So if you want a single box, sleak solution for a home entertainment center this won't do it because of the limitation on playing DVD's and video over the net. In the end, even though I like it, it's basically a waste of money because I'll end up needing a different solution in the long run for a consolidated home entertainment system.
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