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: Dlink operating systems are very bad, they seem to be developed by complicated designers and programmers, always a lot of bugs so you need new firmware to avoid half of the bugs. They devices work but you need a lot of hours dedicated to understand their OS. So if you are not an IT expert, do not buy them.
Summary: I struggled over buying this thing. I wanted a turn-key solution; I'm just getting too old to trial-and-error all this stuff and find the 'magic combination' to the modern-wonder of watching electronic-media on your home entertainment system. Still - the price dropped enough I said "what the heck" and dove in. D-link has been a solid company with other products, why not?
Summary: I bought the DMS 320 to use with Tversity to stream content from the internet to my TV. The 320 actually works pretty good. I can send video and audio via wireless and the picture is regular definition 640x480. The problem is there are only a few streaming channels that work with Tversity and the Dlink media server software only plays content that you have on your hard drive.
Summary: If you are expecting too much from the D-Link DSM-320, you will probably be disappointed. Having two of them now, it honestly rates around a 2.5 out of 5. It is frustrating because several popular formats won't play on it. It claims to play AVI files, but h.260, as well as a host of other popular versions of AVI and MP4 files will not play. The audio tends to get out of sync toward the end of a feature-length film, not to mention that the audio is too low anyway.
Summary: I was personally not complety impressed with the router as a whole. It does seem to have some reception problems and will hick-up often. Also you cannot run your microwave without causing it to lock up. It severed its purpose over all well and is a great alternative to making the investment to acutalling installing a computer in the living room to connect directly to your system. It has overall been the best of its kind that I have experienced thus far.
Summary: So far this product has been great, when it worked. From what I've read, the problems I'm having staying connected to my media server have more to do with Vista and WMP11, than with this product. I will be trying TVersity instead and that may solve my problems of a disorganized library that is available sporadically, and open new possibilities with its transcoding capabilities. I would rate this product much higher if decent server software were shipped with it.
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27 November 2007
Summary: I bought this a year ago-- set it up (relatively painless) then promptly forgot all about it. The other day I was looking for something and found this unit and couldn't remember what it was. The fact is that this item has limited functionality. If you are not interested in signing up for a number of pay services it is pretty much limited to playing internet radio stations and showing pictures from the computer to the television. It doesn't even support plain old AVI.
Summary: I really had high hopes for this product but am a little disappointed. It doesn't always find the server so you have to restart a few times before it will work. The video playback is jerky, that was the main reason I bought this thing so I could watch video on my tv and it is a neither smooth process or a good quality (and yes the video is fine on the PC).
Summary: It took me about 30 minutes to get this out of the box, set it up, and start playing music. The biggest obstacle was that I forgot to tell Windows Media Player 11 that this device was friendly and could be trusted. Took me a couple of trys before I actually paid attention to the very clear error message, which was something like (device is not yet authorized). Great! But now come the gotchas, in order from the biggest to the smallest...