Summary: Although the DMA2100 isn't Win7 certified, it will work with this OS. However, to be able to view all the Internet TV content now available via Win7 Media Center, you must install a couple of inexpensive 3rd-party software widgets. Win7 presents Internet TV differently from Vista, so the vast majority of available content will be unavailable at the extender without some software augmentation of the PC. Not a big deal.
Summary: I bought this unit some time ago and had to wait until I upgraded to a wireless-N network. Please keep in mind that the best quality of streaming comes from a MediaPc that has a WIRED connection to your network. Once I got my MediaPC on a wired connection (I used the Linksys PLK300 powerline kit for that) I was able to connect from my upstairs bedroom and watch all my content as though I were downstairs! My extender is running on a wireless-N @ 1080i/16:9 ratio.
A decent V2 extender, but missing obvious features
Pooh Dad, Amazon
29 July 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).
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.
Add me to the list of people who like this product.
Marie K. Coffman, Amazon
20 February 2009
Summary: I have tried an Xbox 360 (could not make it work and returned it) and then tried a plain old DVD/VCR recorder (tuner would only tune one channel) As a last ditch effort I decided to try this because it was from Amazon (thus would be easy to return) and also was only $105 with free shipping. I figured I would gamble and maybe this thing would work.
Summary: Although this device worked as advertised I've been disappointed with the content it provides. I can't blame the device but rather Windows Media Center. It would be a great improvement if the media center provided the same Internet content provided by a typical web browser. Instead it restricts the content to the kind of fluff one would find in an airlines magazine. Of course it will display live TV but who needs that.
Summary: When Amazon first listed this product, it was priced at over $300, and IMO, not worth the money. But at under $120, this is quite a nice product. The cons of this extender include: - Limited video format support - Limited wireless reception - Supports Vista Media Center only (no XP) Most of my videos were in either WMV v8 or AVI format - so I had to convert them all to WMV v9 in order to get them to play on my TV. I also had some issues with the wireless.
Summary: I don't have a Wireless N router or card in my PC, so I couldn't get this extender to work wirelessly (Wireless G signal was *just* short of standard TV quality.) But once I ran a cable direct from my PC to the extender, (and once I did a bit of network configuration), this device works very well, as advertised. With the array of devices I have now by my PC, I wish I had bought the extender with a built-in DVD player.
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.
Solid device hampered only by the limitations of Media Center
Allan Harris, Amazon
12 November 2008
Summary: For quite a while, I've been looking to find a better way to play my DVD isos on my TV without burning copies. The DMA 2100 does the job, but not without some trickery to fool Media Center into seeing my movie library. The device itself was easy to set set up, and admirably connects with enough speed to stream video. The HDMI upsized quality of my 480p DVDs is excellent - much better than my Panasonic upsizing DVD player.