Summary: Only bought it because I found a good deal at $50. The only thing it has going for it is that it is a WMC extender. The delay from pushing a button on the remote to when something actually happens is truly something to behold. It takes so long, that sometimes you wonder if you actually pushed the button. So you push it again, then *all* your button presses get processed at once. Then you end up recording Dr. Oz. (Yuck!
Summary: If you have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center the metro will not play nice with this. It does not know how to handle it because it uses a Remote Desktop Connection. You can get live TV by hitting the Live TV button on the remote, Add your recordings library to videos to get them on the Servers Folder. Win 7 works OK as I understand.
Summary: HP X280N MediaSmart Connect Fairly easy to setup. I occasionally have trouble with losing connection between the computer and the TV when watching recorded shows. Don't know whether it's the computer or the router. Love the "guide" feature.
Summary: I initially had the Media Connect setup via wireless g and although I could get most features to work this way, it was intermittent. After running a cable through the ceiling and going through the wired setup, things improved 100%. As per the manual, there are many features that are not supported under wireless g, so product does function as advertised.
Summary: The HP MediaSmart Connect is a quality product. It performs as stated in the product literature. Set up went prettly smoothly. The only challenge was configuring the security settings on my home network. With the help of an internet query, I was able to get the security setting set up. Once the network was set up, everything has worked perfectly. Access to my pictures, music library and video library are great.
Summary: Can I tell you something? Don't even mess with a Linksys Media Center Extender. I had one and was terribly disappointed. Wireless N was awful. Since I read so many good things about this HP Media Smart Connect, I thought I'd give it a try. After hooking up my first one, it wasn't 48 hrs before I needed to add to my collection with a second. this thing works exactly as you'd expect right out of the box. Setup took all of about 3 minutes.
Summary: This is my fourth extender. I also own three of the Linksys DMA2100 extenders. The HP model is nicely constructed. It installed very nicely as a media extender without installing the HP software. I highly recommend NOT installing the HP software. It made a mess of things on my test machine, and frequently caused the MCE to hang. Using it as a straight media extender seems to work as expected. Picture quality is nice. The remote control is better than the Linksys boxes.
Summary: I bought this since I had hoped we are finally seeing a small, quiet, simple box that centralizes all the digital content in your home in a user-friendly way. It also seemed like a nice idea to reduce energy costs by using my loaded home server (located in my office) instead of having multiple systems in the house.
Summary: How I wrote my review: Timing for this review: After one month of Daily use of the HPx280n Background: I did not read any other review of this product. I'm trying to be the most objective I can. Previous experience with other streamers: I will try to compare my Experience with HPx280n to my experience with my other streamer: Netgear EVA8000 (I have used the EVA8000 for more than one year . You also can read my review about that device in Amazon.com).