Summary: After first setting up the media extender it would not identify my network. Following the instructions provided by Cisco I could not get the extender to identify my network. I then called Cisco technical support to help with the problem. I was first told that the unit bought was out of warranty and there was nothing they could do for me.
Impossible to use when watching movies and need to skip forward or backwards
W. T. Wilson "Todd", Amazon
22 January 2010
Summary: I bought 2 of these MCE's a year ago. The setup is OK. The video quality is great. But the negatives are huge. I will list those below: 1) the device is very sluggish to respond to the remote. Often times, you press a button and then wait 2-5 seconds (or more sometimes) for the device to respond. 2) if you are watching a movie, and for whatever reason you want to skip forward or backward, this device is dreadful at this.
Summary: I've used Linksys products in the past and have always found them to be mediocre at best. The dma 2100 is no exception. After googling media extenders and having read many reviews most came up with Linksys as the best to date for its size, quiet operation and amount of software offerings on board and the "best bang for the buck", not so. Reports are that the dma 2100 sports a sassy gigabit wireless netcard which was acceptable before the newest software update.
Summary: I was excited when I say this product for sale for just under $100 and I thought that for that I would give it a try. The concept seems good, but I think Linksys jumped the gun on their release of this product. As it is not able to play all the files that it is supposed to be able to play, that is it might play 1 avi file and not another or even weirder was the fact that I was able to play some files part of the time and then when I tried to play them again it would give...
Summary: I have gone thru 2 of these and HOURS and hours with Linksys tech support. It works for a while and quits and support cannot get it going again and seems shocked that I am not willing to spend 2 hrs resolving this. I did that several times but I will never buy Linksys products again. She said well my last customer was on 3 hours. She said they do not give refunds... only replacements so buyer beware I love Amazon who has refunded my money.
Summary: I really wanted this to work. Received it yesterday and spent several hours trying to get it to work. It would find the network, and the computer would find the MCE, but it would never get past the final stage. The message received was "media center extender setup cannot exchange certificates with device". I upgraded firmware on the extender, and my router. I did manage to get a connection to a laptop running Vista Home Basic, but that is not the computer with my media.
Summary: After working technical support for over an hour, it has come to the conclusion that this device does not work with Microsoft Windows Vista using the Ultimate edition. Both the extender and wireless router have been updated with the latest firmware. The extender reboots to default settings; in which the set up had to be re-configured once again.
Summary: Pros: * Codec support about the best of any media center extender (that isn't really saying much, of course) * Small * Silent * Cheap Cons: * Performance is unacceptable. This device does not have the horsepower to decode MP4 very well which is the whole reason I ordered the unit. It does not even have the horsepower to display the animations in the menu smoothly. This is a big issue that there is no way around other than redesigning the product.
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.