Summary: Every month, manufacturers unleash even more MP3 players to an increasingly confused public. Not only do these devices have wildly divergent features, but ongoing format wars mean the MP3 player you choose dictates where you can buy your digital music. These devices are anything but one-size-fits-all. First, there's the question of design.
Summary: I'm a big fan of the DLink DSM-520 as a media receiver. So the DSM-320RD seemed like a great product. It's a media receiver in the same product line as the DLink DSM-520, but it's newer and it has a built-in DVD player. When I plugged it in and started using it, the first thing that was apparent is that the menus were MUCH faster, and looked MUCH better. I was happy. Then I started playing my media. The playback is decent, but... It freezes up a lot.
Summary: I read the other reviews, some glowing, others well.. not so glowing. The price was right, ($149 - 50 rebate) So I thought I would take a chance. I read the other reviews so I have no one else to blame but myself. First off, I am only interested in playing videos from my computer, so I have no idea how well the image viewing or MP3 playing works. I also notice other people reviewing this product had all kinds of problems with wireless connections.
Summary: Even after reading the bad reviews this product received from other reviewers I still purchased it. It is pretty easy to set up, but once connected to my PC it had very inconsistent behavior. The device would lose connection to the server after a being idle for 1-2 hours and require a reset. The video performance was awful with the included software.
Summary: We turned our porch into a 4-season sunroom/TV room a year ago. In addition to wiring it with coax, I ran a few ethernet cables in as well just have them. When we were done, we had the perfect place to watch TV on our new 42" plasma. But the ethernet wiring was just sitting there and it began to naw on me. Then I discovered these media devices and my blood went up. I picked the D-Link because all the devices get iffy reviews and it was the low-cost item.
Dump the shipped software and you will be very happy!
D. Scott McDaniel "Twitter- @mcdev", Amazon
17 November 2006
Summary: After a couple of days of no luck with the shipped software, I started reading deeper into these reviews and took the advice of those using TVersity. Within a few minutes of installing and configuring it, I had a perfectly functioning media player! The shipped software would see the server, but within seconds of clicking a file, would say 'server not found'. TVersity has yet to drop my connection.
Summary: I bought this unit after trying another Media Center Extender product by another manufacturer. I spent about 2 hours on the phone with tech support because I could not get the DSM 320 to recognize my playlists. For hours I tried tech support, before they told me I had to buy more software to get it to do that.
Summary: Great product that worked out of the box. I'll explain... This is EXACTLY the product I needed. I have an ATI TV Tuner Card installed on my computer and over time have created a large collection of my favorite TV shows in mpeg format. I have the choice of sitting at my desk chair and watching these shows, or burning them to a DVD, then taking the DVD to the den and viewing the DVD on the large screen TV. No more "sneaker" net for me.
Summary: I've had my DSM 320 for a little over a year now, and I have now given up on the unit. While the idea of the wireless media player is very enticing, the problems one encounters on the way make it less than enjoyable. To begin with, the initial installation of the product took two full evenings on the phone with Dlink Tech Support (who are actually quite pleasant). It finally would play, but not playlists or protected music.
Summary: I bought this primarily so I could play music from my PC over my stereo system for the house. It works well and the sound is good (I have a D-Link router so no problems with compatibility). However, I have just two complaints: 1) The software interface on the PC needs a lot of improvement. This is where you designate various folders containing multimedia content to be accessed by the DSM-320.