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D-Link DSM-520
5.4 out of 10

D-Link DSM-520

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Overall 4
4.0

D-Link Customer Service Stinks

J H., Newegg
25 July 2009
  • Summary: Will never buy another D-Link product because they seem to put out a product with holes in the firmware, and promise to fix it with next firmware update. They never make good on their promise. I have 2 different D-Link products, it has happened to me twice now.
  • Pros: Plays anything with Mpeg4 coding. Plays Mp3's and views jpgs fine. Descent for the money.
  • Cons: D-Link has quit supporting this product and has left big holes in the product. Review D-Link forums for DSM-520 and you will see that product still needs a few fixes in the next firmware, but D-Link has abandoned it. GUI not very good either.
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Overall 4
4.0

Should have bought an Xbox-360

Anonymous, Newegg
17 October 2008
  • Summary: Firmware version installed was 1.06 when purchased. I currently use an Xbox-360 as a media server. I thought it would be nice to add a 2nd media server to another room. I purchased this stand alone unit with high hopes and I thought that it would at least have the same if not better functions than...
  • Pros: Looks nice, USB in front. So far no problems with playing .avi files as reported by others.
  • Cons: Video - I mainly play .avi files. This unit only supports 2x FF. When I use the page jump feature, it no longer syncs the audio and video. Off by as much as 2 seconds. Photo - Navigation does not display thumbnails even though this option is selected. Music - If you use the file name as the Band ...
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Overall 4
4.0

READ: Playing DVD rips on the dsm520

Robert K., Newegg
6 August 2008
  • Summary: I bought this unit thinking that it would play ripped dvds. It does, in a sense -- it plays VOB files; which a normal dvd player plays in sequence which is listed in an IFO file. In other words, if you have a movie, you can rip a single VOB file, rename it to moviename.vob and the dsm-520 will play...
  • Pros: Plays a wide range of media formats, handles nonstandard size vobs (larger than 1gb) fine. upnp connects well, but is limited by tedious software.
  • Cons: Will not play dvd IFO files, nor ISO's of DVDs. Terribly sluggish remote-control. Software looks like someone developed the gui from the early 1980s.
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Overall 4
4.0

Does not work as advertised

Gary P., Newegg
21 April 2008
  • Summary: Streaming of DivX-encoded AVI files works well. Streaming of DVD-compliant MPEG files works well. Streaming of DVR-MS files recorded by MCE 2005 (my main purpose for using this unit) works horribly, even though it is advertised by D-Link to work.
  • Pros: Wireless G, nice form factor, many output port types including digital audio, HDMI 1.3a, and component video out.
  • Cons: Does not stream DVR-MS files adequately, even after upgrading to latest firmware revision (1.06) and D-link Media server software (1.10). Cannot even play back DVR-MS files adequately direct from a USB drive connected to the unit! What happens is, audio is choppy and stutters, and also out-of-syn...
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Overall 4
4.0

I can't take the server disconnects

Mark D., Newegg
9 July 2007
  • Summary: It would be nice to support ability to get info and artwork for MP3's. But mostly it would be nice if the server didn't disappear and cause disconnects. (While I suspect this may be because the server software has an issue on Windows 2000 AS, if I have to deploy a dedicated Win XP Pro PC as a...
  • Pros: It lives up to it's HDMI and SDIF Coad Digital output quality. In general it does what it claims.
  • Cons: Don't support FLAC. (I have all my CD's ripped to FLAC and also generated 194Kbs .jpg's. The server is running on a Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and iti s annoying that it gets a disconnect during a play list, or in the middle of the Slide show with or without music in background.
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Overall 4
4.0

I don't really care for this player

John C., Newegg
6 July 2007
  • Summary: Be careful if you purchase an after-market UPnP server... I needed to buy one for my Macintosh. My particular server has a maximum bandwidth of 8mbps... I've never seen HD content with a stream of less then 12mbps.
  • Pros: Mostly works with all Video, audio, and picture formats. Easy network setup. UPnP compatibility.
  • Cons: I have the DSM-520, although it is a little older. I do not have an HDMI output, only component video. My firmware is up to date. The remote is aweful. 75% of the buttons you'll never use, and there are buttons missing, that I find myself looking for all the time, like "skip Ahead". The GUI is ve...
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Overall 4
4.0

dsm-520

joseph k., Newegg
16 November 2006
  • Summary: If you think you can get around having a computer or htpc to play music files located on a hard drive using the DSM-520, think again. Tech support was of no help and disconnected me three times in a row while I was on hold for a combined 42 minutes waiting for transfer to a Sr. tech.
  • Pros: Clean package, network connection fast and problem free
  • Cons: The box it came in and D-link website claim direct connect support for USB hard drives. I tried 3 different brands of validated working USB hard Drives and none of them were recognized by the dsm-520, ranging in size from 60gb to 500gb. The 520 acknowledged that they were plugged in to the usb po...
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Overall 4
4.0

DSM 520

Anonymous, Newegg
2 October 2006
  • Pros: nice animation on the screens
  • Cons: MP3 playback cuts out intermittently. MPGs play fine...so it's not my network. I'm using an Infrant NAS with UPnP AV
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Overall 4
4.0

not for HD MPEG-2 playback

Anonymous, Newegg
12 February 2006
  • Summary: How can they release a product and call it HD but not support playing HD streams that you'd get from either cable of OTA?
  • Pros: Worked fine with the UPnP media server software I wrote and had previously only tested w/ Intel's sample software. Setup and configuration was a easy, and auto download of firmware is nice. Aspect ratio config did the right thing so I could use my tv's 16:9 shrinking for letterbox Xvid clips.
  • Cons: Does not do HD MPEG-2! It's limited (check D-Link's specs and user's manual) to 8Mbps MPEG-2 stream which means that it can't even play a standard DVD VOB stream at full rate (9.8Mbps) (unverified). Most VOB's are less than 8Mbps, so most people won't notice a problem. If you plan on being able t...
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