Summary: I play with media players since several years ago. I'm using the air now at home and I'm very happy with this devices. I used Asus, WD and Mica devices in the last 3 years. My bluray/dvd collection (more than 500 disks) is now available in external USB disks and a Synology DS413 NAS. I have a great home network with Gigabit routers, Yamaha 7.1 High end home theater, 2 Sony Led TVs, 802.11N network, 100Mb Internet connection, Ipad, Xbox, BB, Android, PC, Laptops and other...
Summary: The O!play Air works as advertised, to a degree. If you have Windows 7 64 bit, there is a problem with this device being able to access various files on your HDD. I found this out after I couldn't access a different HDD in my computer. It kept coming up asking to enter a login & password. I tried every trick I could find on the internet, including altering my registry (something not for the inexperienced user), but nothing worked.
Summary: The product has been great for playing back all of the file types i have thrown at it. The documentation is not very good. FYI - if you are going to enter a WEP key the screen for it only has hexadecimal (not ascii) so convert your wep key if needed. I also have not been able to see my windows 7 shares but I do think i need to do more research on the issue and do not blame Asus.
Summary: Great stuff :) works flawlessly with flash drives and external hard drives, set up was a breeze :p only problem is the control can't turn it on for some reason, if i take the plug out and put it back in it'll start and i get full operation, i just refuses to start with the control, works to temper my laziness i guess :p the interface feels like it lags though, response time is not bad but not great either accessing media on the network can be difficult for non-techy...
Summary: Pro: Silent (No Fans) No Heat Read all videos available in the net Small Cons: Wifi N does not stream >720P HD perfect Firmware Updates (Now on 1.12N, waiting for a new one) Only support 2.4 Ghz band range (Not 5Ghz) Gigabit RJ 45 port not present (Only 10/100)
Summary: I purchased and tested this product out before handing it over to my parents. The wifi works really well from my tests, but they only use it to play media from USB flash drives. Several points I want to make: 1.) Go to Asus and download the latest firmware driver. The device works well without it, but it resolves some issues other reviewers have been describing and adds some other features. 2.) Device is good for handling any format thrown at it. Got it for RMVB.
great features but the interface is still lacking!
20 February 2010
Summary: I have 3 HD Media players on my network. All three have worked very well with microsoft WHS. Currently connected to my network i have one of each of the following: 1) Western Digital WD TV Live Network-ready HD Media Player 2) ASUS O!Play Air - Wireless N TV HD Media Player 3) ASUS O!Play - TV HD Media Player I would rate them in this order. The western digital seems to be the smoothest running, most user friendly one we own. Overall all 3 have streamed videos very well.
Summary: A friend brought the non-wireless version and I got a demo. I decided to give this wireless version a try. Here is my setup: a NAS drive, a 802.11n gigabit rounter and this unit. The unit does not come with good documentation. Unless you are a computer geek like me, setup could be very challenging. Initial connection to play video stored on the NAS drive is very choppy. After a day of investigation (more like trial and error), I isolated the problem to the NAS drive.