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LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender

  • Draft dual band 802.11N, 802.11G, 802.11B (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Ethernet, USB for Service purpose only
  • Audio from Vista PC: PCM Audio,MP3,WMA,WMA-Pro,Dolby Digital AC-3 Audio,MPEG Audio,AAC-LC Stereo
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Your Windows Vista Media Center (Home Premium or Ultimate edition) has it all: photos, movies, music; with an optional TV tuner, you can even watch your favorite show on it. But your tv and easy chair are in the livingroom, and the computer is down the hall, or upstairs. Enter LinkSys's Media Center Extender.

You've already got a local network, so hooking it up is a cinch: connect your Vista computer to the LAN, hook in a cable from your router or use your wireless router to connect the Extender, and hook the other end of the Extender to your TV. Now you can do pretty much anything you could do with the Vista Media Center, but on the screen or in the room of your choice.

Going wireless means you don't even have to route new cables, and it is compatible with both the 802.11b/g standard and the 802.11n standard for maximum compatibility with older routers or the newest. Take a look and decide for yourself; we'll be ready when you are.

  • newegg Complete Home Entertainment Solution With the LINKSYS DMA2100, stream your digital media collection from your Windows Vista Media Center-based PC to your living room TV, watch, pause, rewind and record live TV programming (PC-embedded or optional TV tuner required), or access a broad set of Internet Radio stations and online services from all over the world!
  • newegg Dual-band Wireless-N Support With support for dual-band Wireless-N, the Linksys DMA2100 smoothly streams HD content from virtually anywhere in your home without running wires.
  • newegg Expanded Connectivity The Linksys DMA2100 supports comprehensive video and audio outputs including HDMI 1.2, Component, Composite, S-Video, S/PDIF RCA and Stereo RCA, and features a 10/100 Ethernet port for wired network connection and a USB port for firmware upgrades.
  • newegg Learning Remote Control The included remote control with learning capabilities puts all TV and AV controls in your hand, so you can easily navigate through the on-screen menus, and take command of all playback functions in the comfort of your chair.

Learn more about the Linksys DMA2100

Model

Brand
LINKSYS
Model
DMA2100

Spec

Supported Formats
Audio from Vista PC: PCM Audio,MP3,WMA,WMA-Pro,Dolby Digital AC-3 Audio,MPEG Audio,AAC-LC Stereo via Vista Media Center extension
Video from Vista PC: MPEG-1,MPEG-2,WMV9 (Standard and High Definition),VC-1 Advanced Profile 4.0
Pictures from Vista PC: JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Network Interface
Ethernet, USB for Service purpose only
Wireless Standard
Draft dual band 802.11N, 802.11G, 802.11B (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Power
12V Max. 1,5A (18W)
Attached universial (100-240V) Wall Plug Power supply 12V/1.5A DC-plug, for exchangable Mains Plug clips. For Clips, see Specifications below for each region.
Dimensions
7.1" x 6.7" x 4.45"
Weight
1.53 lbs

Features

Features
High speed, dual-band Wireless-N enables you to stream content from virtually anywhere in your home.
Stream live TV content, movies, photos and music from your Media Center PC on your living room HDTV and home theater
Includes learning remote control; integrates your TV and A/V receiver controls

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Pablo L.
  • 2/6/2009 11:31:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggswired - yes, wireless - not at all

Pros: i truly wanted this to work, because the notion ob being able to wirelessly stream stuff from my computer leveraging mediua center was quite exciting. with HDTV resolution to boot.

Cons: unfortunately the wireless setup did not work out of the box. i should note i have a Linksys WRT610N wireless router that has never shown any compatibiity with any piece of equipment, ever. i took the DMA2100 to where i could connect it using the ethernet port, ad it connected and worked flawlessly and updated its own firmware in the process. i tried to get wireless to work again, but no luck - the DMA2100 would freeze up at random points in the install, and obviously could not connect to either the 802.11 B, G or N bands I have available. in fact it got so confused that it started to make up wireless networks that don't exist when searching for a wireless network.

Other Thoughts: it may have been a defective unit - they were being unloaded at $110 albeit from a reputable source. i know the problem is with the DMA2100, and must send it back.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/1/2009 9:48:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great !

Pros: Works just as described. Using it to extend the Media Center Capabilities and Data from our VMCPC and Home Server to the living room. Started off wireless but noticed some glitching while watching backed up DVDs. Now hardwired Cat 5e and it works flawlessly.

Cons: I only gave a 4 due to a little lag in response from when you hit a button on the remote to when the extender responds. Not bad but worth mentioning thatit can get a little annoying.

Other Thoughts: Ill probably be buying another one for the rec room in the basement.
As usual, Great service and shipping from NEWEGG !!!

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  • Jeffrey W.
  • 1/10/2009 1:33:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product...bad price

Pros: Works great. Compatible with windows 7.

Cons: Ridiculous price. I'm not sure how newegg justifies doubling the price of this. Perplexing considering newegg usually has the best prices.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure newegg will remove this review promptly for being honest.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/8/2009 8:39:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Displays my music library with album art, flawlessly streams audio & SD video across my 802.11g network from the external USB HDD on my wired PC (network optimizer says I'm JUST shy of HD bandwidth). Provides good control over picture libraries, and works well with XM Radio Online. It also plays a variety of formats including MOD files from my video camera.

Overall, I'm thrilled with it, and I'm considering getting a second one for my basement!

Cons: A little rocky getting it set up -- took several tries before the device would communicate with WMC. Takes a little while to boot up from a powered down state.

Menus aren't the fastest, but are honestly better than what I expected from the reviews.

I wasn't able to teach my volume controls from my HTS to the remote -- flashes an error. Could just be my particular HTS (an RCA)

Other Thoughts: Draws a fair amount of resources from the PC when pulling media from the HDD. For me, this is important because I'm using an older PC that's been upgraded to Vista. I find that when the MCE is running from the library, the PC is pretty much useless. It's ok when I'm justing using the MCE for XM, though. Again, I'm sure this is solely related to my configuration. YMMV.

It would be kind of nice to have control over the default online applications -- it lists several, and the only one I really want is XM. But I'm stuck with the list.

There really isn't any direct support or method for archiving DVD's for playback. I didn't list this as a con, though, because that's really about copyright issues, and not the player's fault. It'd be nice if the industry could find a way to coexist with digital archives in a way that doesn't require buying two copies (one disc, one digital) of every movie.

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  • David B.
  • 1/7/2009 4:42:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsexpensive now

Pros: that dma2100 is very smal and work fine with cable. Wireless is too slow to use mediacenter from pc
with 1 hdmi, cannot read divx. (need to be convert into xvid)

Cons: the price. I pay on neweggs site 115$ CAN for that. Now the price is crazy

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  • Channa W.
  • 1/6/2009 7:28:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsLove - Hate 3.5

Pros: Fairly easy setup, good user experience (thanks to Windows Media Center), Play back is great. Paid 150 for mine

Cons: You NEED a fast wireless connection I recommend Wireless-N. To get this device to do exactly what I wanted was difficult, and required a lot of help from Google. Menus are kinda slow.

Other Thoughts: The problem I had in my home was that my music, pictures, and various video content (a mix or Mpeg-1,Mpeg-2, Avi and DivX) was located on my desktop PC. I had spent quite a bit of money on a new flat screen and surround sound system, and basically wanted to use that hardware to play the content on my computer.

Setting up the Media Extender was pretty easy, took about 20 minutes. When starting up the device for the frist time I was expecting to see the rich user experience part of Windows Media Center in this device, but the extender tones down a lot of the animations and menu transitions. On initial startup of the extender the menus and navigation are slow at times and un-responsive, this is EXTREMELY frustrating.

What consumers should keep in mind is that extender only plays Mpeg-1 and Mpeg-2 video, you need to install other codecs (ffdshow) to display AVIs. Flash based sources like Yougle, MyNetFlix, even vmcNetFlix doesn't work, to try and get these setup was frustrating.

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  • Igor P.
  • 12/29/2008 8:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsMust have for HTPC house

Pros: Fast/Easy set up.
Quick menu navigation.
Quick start up (~20 sec).
No access noise.
No access heat.
Very small profile.

Cons: Some video files have to be converter to a different format. (VOB).

Other Thoughts: WOW.
- This is a must have for a Vista MCE HTPC house. The menu navigation and overall response is the same as on the main HTPC. Video quality is the same as on the main HTPC.
- HTPC Specs;
2.3 AMD (AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400)
2 GB Ram.
- I have the main HTPC in the living room and this in the master bedroom. I will buying another one for the basement gym.
- The remote looks cheap but it gets the job done, no complains from me.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 12/27/2008 9:08:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsForget wireless

Pros: Work great when hard-wired. Easy to set up.

Cons: Wireless far to klugey to tolerate, even using the recommended router (Linksys WRT610N Dual-N).

Other Thoughts: Be aware that you won't have access to a Vista 'DVD-library' -- everything else (recorded TV, music, live TV, internet radio, etc) works great.

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  • Kennan J.
  • 12/23/2008 12:39:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDMA2100

Pros: Good deal.

Cons: Signal Strength issues. Solved this when I relocated my router. Gotta love it!!

Other Thoughts: Buy it while you can.

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  • Gregory K.
  • 12/9/2008 7:27:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Overall With One Flaw

Pros: Works great most of the time.

Cons: Isn't configured to send a WOL packet to VMC. Hopefully Linksys will get smart and include this in a new firmware. Also have an issue once in a while where the extender will connect to the VMC for 5 seconds and pop back and said that it lost it's connection.

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