OMG - This box is great ! ! ! (after the firmware upgrade)
8 May 2008
Summary: This little guy exceeds my expectations. I never take the time to write reviews, but after spending two days with my new little friend, the DSM-510, I feel he deserves some outward praise. My setup: I have a PC with Windows Vista MCE running in a closet.
Summary: I've been wanting to do the full PC to TV thing for a while now so that I could watch my Divx movies from Bittorrent, but never had the cash or time to set up the entire rig. I also wanted to run my music through my surround that is set up on my TV.
Summary: For the first 6 months it worked great for me. Picture quality on my plasma via HDMI was fantastic, beyond my expectations. Listening to music over digital optical link with the receiver doing DAC is really good quality.
Summary: I bought this device from Circuit city in May 2008 for approximately $79 (yes you read it right; seventy nine), no wonder they went out of business. I have had this device for almost a year and half now and I have greatly enjoyed it.
Summary: I have been looking for an appliance such as this. I had tried to build a mythTV box, but I could not quite get is all together. All I really wanted to do was to be able to select music and videos from my central file server and display them. The D-link worked like a charm.
Pros: Small, HDMI connection, both wire and wireless connections. Worked right away (I went the TwonkyVision, so I can't speak to the boxed software). Firmware update link on the menu.
Cons: It would be nice to browse thumbnails for the music and videos.
Summary: Works FLAWLESSLY with TwonkyMedia running on Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10.2. All you have to do to get a connection is to assign the DSM-510 a static IP on your router then assign and then open Twonky's web interface and assign that IP and the DSM-510 to the list of allowed devices. Done!!!
Pros: The on screen interface is very intuitive and simple to navigate. If you want to stream movies and music from a media server it does that much flawlessly. I highly recommend using TwonkyMedia as your media server software if you are using a Linux box. It works GREAT with the DSM-510. See other th...
Cons: Not very much in the way of interface customization. The menus are very much fixed. It'd be nice if you could hide certain menus that you don't want to use. On the upside it does allow an option resume on the last screen you were using so you always end up where you want to be most of the time wh...
Summary: Anyone streaming media through a Viiv network, wired or wireless, will tell you there is no other way to go but Viiv. Everything is working perfectly. I suggest getting an online membership to Vongo and stream the movies to the DSM-510.
Pros: Viiv, Viiv, Viiv; Streams all media over wireless LAN from Vista HPE 32-bit with no problems at all; whatever file types Viiv support will get streamed
Cons: Viiv setup takes some time to complete (requires Viiv PC and Viiv router)