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Item#: N82E16882104102

LINKSYS WMCE54AG Dual-Band Wireless A/G Media Center Extender

  • IEEE 802.11a/g
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps
  • Ethernet, USB, Video Out (Composite,S-Video, Component), Audio Out (Analog R/L,SPDIF Optical), IR Out
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Model

Brand
LINKSYS
Model
WMCE54AG

Spec

Network Interface
1 x 10/100Mbps
Wireless Standard
IEEE 802.11a/g
Ports
Ethernet, USB, Video Out (Composite,S-Video, Component), Audio Out (Analog R/L,SPDIF Optical), IR Out
Power
100V~240V AC
Dimensions
17.0" x 2.0" x 12.3"
Weight
5.71 lbs.

Features

Features
Review and play music collection stored on a Windows Media Center PC
View digital photos stored on a Media Center PC
Play home videos or downloaded movies stored on a Media Center PC
Watch and record TV shows. Record by series, actor, category and more

Buttons: Power, Standby, MDI/MDI-X, Video Select, Enter, Back, Up, Down, Left, Right
Cabling Type: CAT 5 Ethernet, RCA Audio, RCA Video, S-Video, Toslink Optical, Component Video, USB
LEDs: Power, IR Receive
Transmit Power:16 dBm
Security Features: WEP
WEP Key Bits: 64, 128

Minimum Requirements:
Windows Media Center PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Wireless-A, Wireless-G or Wired Network
Television Set with RCA Audio and Video Inputs

Package Contents:
Dual-Band Wireless A/G Media Center Extender
Setup Wizard CD-ROM
Remote Control
User Guide
Quick Install
RCA Audio/Video Cables
S-Video Cable
Ethernet Cable
AA Batteries
Registration Card

Packaging

Package Contents
WMCE54AG
User Guide
Resource Disk
Batteries
RJ45 Cable
Remote control
Cables

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  • Gilbert C.
  • 10/17/2006 8:40:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent PRODUCT!!!!!! READ!!!!

Pros: Plays ANY Video i pick, No problem!!! read my other thoughts on how to make is BABY WORK!!!

Cons: Pain to get it up and running perfectly... but once its up and running its streams "any" video file out there smoothly even burned DVD copy on a harddrive streams SO Smooth (im running the extender wireless about 25 feet from the router)

Other Thoughts: make sure your have a copy of MCE 2005 on a PC where you will connect d extender 2, just follow d instruction on how it will connect on the manual that it came with, once connected make sure you get d firmware upgrade 4 your extender on d linksys website before firware upgarde make sure you get net framework 1.1 & net framework sp1 before installing rollup 1 then install rollup 2 on MCE PC 2 get firmaware upgarde 4 your extender, as 4 your MCE PC make sure you have installed a dvd player software like powerDVD, intelDVD, get k-lite codec pack full version installed on MCE PC, the most important file 2 install on your MCE PC is d transcode 360, after installing transcode dont restart wait 4 firewall 2 ask transcode 2 be unblocked then restart, once all these are done, turn on your extender pick d video or dvd 2 play instead of pressing "OK" on the remote 2 view the video, press "more" then pick "more" on your screen then pick transcode then "ok", it will play the video... ENJOY!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/26/2005 11:13:42 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsNot too shabby

Comments: After deliberating for quite some time on how to get all my media files (MP3s, photos, videos, recorded tv, etc) off the garage computer and into the comfort of my living area, I decided I would give the whole MS Media Center concept a whirl.

I purchased Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE) and installed it on an old computer (AMD Athlon 2100, 640MB RAM, Nvidia 6200 video card, Hauppauge PVR 250 MCE). Initially I had trouble playing DVDs and watching live TV through MCE, however after I installed the Nvidia decoder ($19) everything worked like a champ. Not sure why MCE doesn’t include a decoder, but whatever.

The Linksys Media Center Extender was easy cheese to install and setup. Just follow a couple easy instructional steps and it was done. I have it connected through a wired network (100mbps) at home so network performance doesn’t seem to be an issue. Not sure how the wireless performs? This unit has all the outputs a person would need - component video, optical audio, s-video, etc. The unit itself is sleek; low profile, cool green glow around power button. No fans, so it is absolutely silent.

The GOOD…
The extender and the MCE PC have identical interfaces, so whether you are at the computer or the TV, they work the same!

Recording and scheduling TV programs is a snap. The menus are very intuitive. MCE automagically downloads up to 14 days of TV guides. Just click on the shows you want to record and it does the rest.

Easy to setup playlists for music, sounds just as good as the raw MP3, but even better on a real stereo/theatre system. :)

No problems pausing live tv

Easy to view photos

The BAD…
Can’t say the picture quality is great. I have it running through s-video, which is MUCH better than the composite output. Photos are not crisp and clear. Watching either recorded or live TV is a bit distorted and pixilated, but not that bad. Personally, I can live with this, just because I enjoy the functionality, however if you are a video quality nut, wait for the next version…Media Center Edition 2010 or something ;)

I have a ton of digital pictures. The only view MCE offers is “thumbnail”, so it takes up a ton of room. I wish they had an option to do “detail”, that way I could see more photo folders on one page. Oh well, what can ya do?!

The response time on the extender is a little slow. It stalls for about ½ second between each function pressed on the remote.

Other than that, this setup rocks! If you want an easy setup to get away from your PC and actually enjoy media in the comfort of a couch, this is your answer!

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  • PETER C.
  • 9/9/2005 4:54:37 PM
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1 out of 5 eggsStupid!

Comments: No Divx or Xvid play back... not really worth it unless you like soundtracks.

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  • Peter O.
  • 8/17/2005 1:28:48 PM
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2 out of 5 eggsNot ready for prime time

Comments: After hours of trying to get the extender to connect with my PC over a wireless network (Linksys B/G) I decided to return the unit. Even though the extender connects to the PC, it loses connection after a few minutes, with an error message. The connection is good, as displayed at the extender end, so it must be a technical glitch. Conclusion: spare your money (even if you get a refund, you have to pay for shipping) and wait until they figure out a more robust way to establish a wireless connection from your PC to the TV.

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  • Mark F.
  • 6/14/2005 7:39:42 PM
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4 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Comments: Works with wired and wireless ethernet in our home with 0 hassle. Was especially pleased with the picture displayed on our ordinary TV via the composite output. DVD's can be played but only if the VOB files are transcoded. Transcoding takes too much time to set up for regular use but the transcoded files can be streamed. Music works with no hitch at all as does My Pictures. My DVD's (a freeware add on for MCE) does show all DVD's in your collection (but won't play them due to the extenders limitations). If you want a cheap PVR and already have an MCE computer this is a great gadget.

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  • Chris H.
  • 3/22/2005 2:33:24 PM
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3 out of 5 eggsLinksys Wireless Media Extender Not for all

Comments: Bought it to play movies i have on my pc and found out after getting it that it wont play Divx or AVI files. Way to expensive for what it can do. Also has issues connecting to my media center pc and it is on a wired network. Says it only uses 4-6Mbps of network bandwidth but cant connect on a 100Mb network. Just beware!

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  • Kevin M.
  • 2/9/2005 12:35:58 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsWorked great with no fuss

Comments: I was suprised how easy this was to use. I have 2 Dell b/g access points and a Dell 8400 with MCE 2005 and everything connected and configured quickly the first time. The hardest part was typing in the WEP key on the extender unit itself, but who likes typing HEX anyway. Picture quality is great.

As always, newegg delivered it super quick.

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