Summary: my needs are simple and this does the job. Play DIVX /AVI/XVID + MP3. HDMI to SAMSUNG 46" quite happy with result, given the price, bought this used. Not sure I would pay full price given the DSM 330 is out there.
Pros: relatively simple setup. does 1080i(ish) via HDMI, ever so slightly better interface than 320RD (own that to) plays MP3 up to 320 encode. Sees the DSM G600 straight up and played off USB attached (EXT3) formatted drives. Plays via media server s/w fine. Works with 3rd party S/W as other reviewers...
Cons: FF/Rwind s_u_x just like the 320-RD. gets confused when jpg in music folders. Does not play MKV, not much does without a tweak. Occasional hiccup losses connection to NAS box. Only basic bookmarking and really quite useless.
Summary: Even if it costs more (which usually isn't the case) I buy from Newegg, the service has been outstanding in my experience.
Pros: I now own 3! If you have basic computer knowledge this thing is great. Fill a computer up with DivX movies and connect it to a router and you can watch them anywhere in your home wirelessly! No fees, no services. The only limits are hard-drive space and ability to get content. (2tb = more than 2,...
Cons: The search function is what drops it from 5 to 4 stars.
Summary: I run the DSM-520 on 1.02 firmware on the my wireless G network and feed it with uShare 1.1a UPnP media server running on a Slackware 12 Linux box. I transcode my DVDs with K9copy using 2 pass Xvid, 720 width at 5000 bps to maintain maximum resolution and make sure I keep the movie files under the...
Pros: Simple setup HDMI, S-Video, Composite and optical audio connections Uses 10/100 Ethernet or 802.11G WEP/WPA wireless networking
Cons: Limited processing power Newer firmware breaks video performance
Summary: I'm using a D-Link DGL-4300 router along with it, 802.11g and WPA-PSK encryption, hooked up via HDMI to a Panasonic 42" plasma TV. I'm running the 1.05 firmware for the DSM-520, and version 1.08 of the media server software.
Pros: I'd disagree with the most recent 1-star review. This device plays DivX and XVid files quite well. I've also tried .VOB playback, and it seems okay. Perhaps adamf was using old software/firmware, or had a poor wireless connection?
Cons: The media server software is kind of bare bones, but it works. Rewind of videos is choppy. High-bitrate video content would probably run better over wireless than wired, so I'll be wiring mine (though most content plays very well over wireless). No Quicktime or H.264 support, but not a big deal f...
Summary: Get TVersity - it can stream Internet radio stations, some video stations (Bloomberg) and Podcasts including video.
Pros: This is an awesome product. Coupled with TVersity and the right codecs it plays everyting: AVIs, MPEGs, MP4s. It's rock stable. I use WiFi and there've been couple of instances where my WiFi couldn't keep up with the stream but the player recovered from it after several seconds. Mind you I don't ...
Cons: HDMI doesn't work with Samsung LNT-4061 TV - not a showstopper by all means - that's why no 5 stars. I don't know if this is Samsung problem or DLink. I'm getting new cable box with HDMI so I will try it and if it works then must be DLink problem. I got lastet firmware too.
Summary: A Wishlist: 1. Ability to store bookmarks since AVI files don't have chapters. 2. Ability to use search feature in conjunction with FF/Rewind. 3. Should be able to use the "next/previous" buttons to jump in 5 or 10 minute increments in video files with no chapters. 4.
Pros: Excellent support for XVid encoded AVI files. Quality is AWESOME over wired network using Tversity or the d-link media server software. TVersity seems better to me, at least on the server/interface side. Photos and music files work well over wireless.
Cons: Video performance nonexistent over wireless. 100Mb Ethernet needed for acceptable video performance. Bugs! A short list: 1. if you pause for more than a minute or two, when you unpause the screen will just go black and you'll have to start the movie from the beginning after rebooting the player. ...
Pros: Plays all my movies from the computer, as desired! With audio output to hi-fi and video to TV gives great 'home theater' performance
Cons: Does NOT play MP4 movies in iTunes format (which was my default so I could watch on iPod), so had to convert all the files to a different format. Documentation is not too clear on this. As other have said - frustrating to now be able to play music downloaded from iTunes.
Not everything I wanted, but as close as I'm going to get
Eric W., Newegg
18 February 2007
Summary: I am somewhat disappointed, but somewhat satisfied. I have this connected to a UPNP compliant NAS box and it works. However, it will not play protect content from the NAS. Protected content can only be played from within a computer and streamed to the DSM-520.
Pros: UPNP compliant, HDMI, component, and composite outputs, optical and coaxial digital outputs, nicely built hardware, solid and light weight, quiet operation, low power consumption
Cons: To get best performance must use DLink Media Server software, slow interface, blue activity light can be distracting
Summary: I was tired of burning CD's and Dvd's, and finding them all over the house, so I bought one of these so that the kid could watch their movies straight off the network. I love it so much, I bought a second one for the bedroom, and planning a third.
Pros: Excellent compatibility with XVID content. HDMI Out. Beautiful picture! Digital 5.1 Audio. Simple (but slow) interface lets wife and other non-techies access media on a network server safely and securely.
Cons: Not 100% compatible with some of the more exotic codecs (but what is?) Slow interface. Included Server software is junk - use Media Extender from MS instead.