Summary: My family has been using the Linksys media extender for the better part of the last month. So far, it has been a good experience and we're very happy with the purchase. We're running Windows Vista Home Premium with a Q6600 Quad-Core processor, 4 GB of ram, and an Nvidia video 8800 GT video card. We are streaming everything wirelessly on Windows Media Center a Linksys Wireless N router with absolutely no networking hiccups.
Works Great, Watch netflix watchnow with vmcnetflix
14 May 2009
Summary: I recently purchased the LinkSys DMA2100 to stream content from my Media Center PC to our HDTV. Setup of this unit with Vista Home Premium media center was quick if instructions are followed. It was easy and seamless. I was able to configure the netflix media center plugin (vmcnetflix) to work with this media center extender to view streaming video from netflix (Watchnow) . It works great, it took several attempts to get this plugin working on extender.
Summary: I bought this product with the WRT600N dual-band gigabit router with storage link (the gigabit router had its own issues - I will write another review for it). The media center extender locked up consistently or would lose its connection to the network (using 2.4 Ghz band on the WRT600N as the WRT600N didn't seem to be able to handle both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz devices operating simultaneously).
Summary: Linksys has decided not to patch the firmware to work with Windows 8. I repeat. This product does not work with Windows 8 so if you have it or intend to upgrade in the future do not buy this product.
A decent V2 extender, but missing obvious features
Pooh Dad, Amazon
14 May 2009
Summary: I use this at 720P 2 floors up from my MIMO G router and it works pretty well with the exception of live HD video. Navigating the media center interface is not as fluid as when the PC is connected directly to the TV, and it takes a long time to update my large library everytime I turn it on. I think the dual band Linksys wireless N router would help here (a $250 upgrade).
Summary: I bought TWO DMA-2100 (no dvd drive) from Amazon and was able to hook it up and get it working on my new wireless N 5 GHz home network. I'm browsing through the elegant Media Center menus to find the reason I bought this thing in the first place - DVD PLAYBACK from my Vista Media Center P.C. -- only to find that FUNCTION IS MISSING!!! After Calling Linksys, SONY(the maker of my PC) and Microsoft...
Summary: It plays our recorded TV, pictures, DVDs ripped to XviD (not DVDs in the player), and music from the other room with an interface that looks just like Vista Media Center. Wife acceptance factor = high. We are using wired ethernet (100) and a 1080p tv via HDMI. The supplied remote is good. Speed of menus is acceptable (even faster, if you turn off transitions in the setup). FF, rewind, pause, etc. are all fine for Live/Recorded HD TV -- looks perfect on our 1080p tv.
Summary: I am not unrealistic in my expectations. I didn't want this product to do anything except what the device was supposed to do. Unfortunately, I am disappointed at several aspects of the DMA-2100. I got a great deal on it. Instead of list price ($360) I got it for $150. When I opened the box I noticed the quality of the hardware was better than average. Many people say they don't like the remote, but I thought it was stylish and simple.
New pricing makes this a great buy for a very good product!
J. Sopha, Amazon
14 May 2009
Summary: In summary - the DMA-2100 is very much worthy of your $100. It's not perfect - but for the price, you won't come close to finding anything else this simple and effective. Candidly speaking, I am pretty darn technical, so I am confident in my review. Moreover, I am approaching this review from the POV of someone that is not as technical as I am.
Summary: I purchased two of these extenders in Januray to go with my two XBox 360's, and I am nothing but pleased. I ended up buying a QuadCore 6600-based PC to use as the media center, mainly because I didn't want to have to go through the hassle of upgrading my older machine to Vista. I am connecting it to a wired network; I haven't yet gotten a 802.11n router so I can't speak to how well it works wirelessly. The interface is exactly like it is on the Vista machine.