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.
Summary: This product worked great for piping my recorded TV shows from my Vista PC to my television, but I had to use a hard wired connection that produced minimal lag after the initial load. The wireless connection would not detect my network, and after it detected the access point (when I took it out of the TV cabinet), it would not authenticate because I was using WPA-Personal with AES (required for my iPod Touch).
Summary: I am relatively new to Media Center PCs. I have a Vista Media Center PC and wanted to extend the PC into the bedroom where we have our elliptical. My wife uses the elliptical and likes to watch TV. My Vista Media Center PC is a single core 3Ghz Athlon 64 running Vista 64 bit home premium. I have a single tuner Hauppauge MCE150 analog tuner card and a dual tuner network based HD HomeRun tuner.
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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: Setup out of the box went smoothly and quickly. Both the component and HDMI connections worked flawlessly. It does not seem to be a resource hog. I have found that if you turn it off it is a little slow to restart. My solution is to just leave it on all the time. I have only used the wired ethernet connection and have no experience with the DMA2100's wireless networking.
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.