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Item#: N82E16882139001

BUFFALO PC-P3LWG/DVD LinkTheater High-Definition Wireless Media Player

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  • IEEE 802.11b/g
  • RJ45 + 802.11b/g
  • RJ-45 8 pin (NIC mode) x 1
  • DVD-ROM Interface: ATAPI
  • USB 2.0 / 1.1
  • Video Files: dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, m2v, m1v, vob, avi, asf, divx, xvid, rmp4, mp4, vro, m4v, m2p, hnl, wmv, wmv hd, divx hd
  • Audio Files: mp3, mp2, ogg, wav, aac, wma, pls, m4a, ac3, mp1, mpa, asf, m3u
  • Picture Files: jpg, gif, bmp, tif, png

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Supported Formats
Video Files: dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, m2v, m1v, vob, avi, asf, divx, xvid, rmp4, mp4, vro, m4v, m2p, hnl, wmv, wmv hd, divx hd
Audio Files: mp3, mp2, ogg, wav, aac, wma, pls, m4a, ac3, mp1, mpa, asf, m3u
Picture Files: jpg, gif, bmp, tif, png
Network Interface
RJ45 + 802.11b/g
Wireless Standard
IEEE 802.11b/g
RJ-45 8 pin (NIC mode) x 1
DVD-ROM Interface: ATAPI
USB 2.0 / 1.1
Power Source: AC100V 50/60 Hz
Product Cycling Voltage: 5V, 12V
Power Consumption: Max. 25 W (at Standby 1 W)


High speed 802.11g Wi-Fi streams all media content fast
Supports regular TV and HDTV (720p and 1080i) formats
Supports external 2.4GHz antenna for increased range
Integrated PCast module allows for easy playback from Buffalo LinkStation Network Storage Center and Buffalo TeraStation 1.0 TB Network Attached Storage (sold separately)

Network Interface (Wireless):
Standards: IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b; ARIB STD-T66
Frequency: 2,412 - 2,472 MHz (11 channels)
Data Transfer Rate:
6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps (IEEE 802.11g);
1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps (IEEE 802.11b)
Access Method: Infrastructure Mode
Antenna: Internal Diversity Antennas x 2
Security: WEP 128 (104) / 64 (40) bit (Security can be set up by AOSS technology when you have a Buffalo AOSS enabled router or access point.)

Dimensions & Weight

16.5" x 10.4" x 2.0"
6.0 lbs.

Package Contents

Package Contents
User Manual
Remote control
RJ45 Cable
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2007 8:04:25 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Can stream videos, music, photos with wireless connection. Have set this up with a wireless ethernet adapter, and can stream videos across the house with no stuttering or connection problems.

Cons: Needs some patience to set up. Interface is clunky but works OK.

Other Thoughts: I am getting a second one.

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  • Scott A.
  • 10/23/2007 3:38:26 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsstill outstanding

Pros: This is one of the truly outstanding wireless media players available. I’ve had mine for two years now and have little to no trouble streaming WIRELESS HD video to my T.V. The trick lies in the connection to PC were your video or music is stored. If you have a wireless router with an outstanding connection to your PC, or even better hardwire and a decent connection to your Buffalo linktheater you can enjoy video streaming from your PC to your TV. There are plenty of firmware options out there as well as third party compatible software. Here’s a little secret, even without HDMI this product can up-convert DVD playback to 1080i  now supports WPA

Cons: no hdmi, no customer support

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/8/2007 6:07:04 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIt does a lot

Pros: After firmware update, and latest software, it works great. It plays Xvid wonderfully. FF and RW on the remote now work much better. Has a special menu screen for HD monitors. Very stylish. The built in DVD player also plays dvd data, so you can watch dvd's with xvids on them as well.

Cons: Wireless capability only shines with music streaming. Video streaming should be done via hardwired network cable only. I would characterize this device as experimental, expect some occasional quirks. The remote is counter intuitive. Customer support is a joke, don't get hopes up there.

Other Thoughts: Streaming multimedia is inheritently problematic by nature. However, I think Buffalo has done a great job with this unit. There mistake was marketing this device as a wireless video streamer, as the wireless technology they use does not really have the bandwidth for video. But the unit does support hard wired connections, and I took the time and ran the cable, and I don't have any problems with video streaming now. Keep in mind, you really need a P4 or better to serve the multimedia to the unit. I tried it with a P3 600 and it did ok with music, but it threw a fit with video. Overall I love my Buffalo Linktheater, and am happy I bought it. It's fun.

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  • Dion G.
  • 10/7/2007 11:57:36 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome player with tversity

Pros: This is the best streaming player settop box so far. however if you truely want the powerful ease of use you should use tversity with it as its way better then the java crude that comes with it.

Cons: the software that comes with this is garbage. however thats easy to get past with tversity

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  • Donna H.
  • 9/27/2007 10:23:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYour Milage Will Vary

Pros: If you like your tech to have features and a few quirks, you'll love this. It works well, but requires you to, as well.

Cons: It's not your mother's boom box.

Other Thoughts: If you want it simple, you might be disappointed. If you're willing to work with what you have, you'll be pleased. I've had mine a while and am constantly learning new things about it, and am having a ball. In fact, I got two, and am thinking of a third. But I don't know if I'd recommend this to someone who wants to just open a box, pop in some batteries, and go. You need to read the manual, and also consult with othes who have this unit. There are forums to help too, even though it's last year's model in Buffalo's eyes, it streams video, music, and photos well.

I'd also recommend getting the version 1.6 of the server software, as it is much nicer than what is on the distribution CD.

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  • Mark R.
  • 9/20/2007 11:17:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Price is right

Cons: Buffalo customer support is non-existant. I encourage you to first call the support line before you buy this just to see how bad it is. You will wait on hold for at least one hour. Also, the system just plain does not work. I have an AppleTV in my living room and bought this for the bedroom. This unit freezes every so many seconds when playing back video over and over. The AppleTV was flawless but it requires you to only play mp4 where this unit will do anything... that is... it says it can do anything. But in fact, it does a very bad job at everything. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT... its terrible. Wait for the next generation, maybe they will fix the problems and get better support.

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  • Paul L.
  • 9/10/2007 2:21:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsWARNING - orphan product

Pros: Plays well over wireless and wired network xvid encoded content and MP3s. Works with windows MCE. BETA update supports WPA and some improved performance

Cons: VERY complicated, unrefined user interface.

Other Thoughts: This is an orphan product. Buffalo has removed it from their product listing. The product line manager, Brian V posts on his web site that he left Buffalo as of 9/7, so the beta software updates will probably disappear. Since I like techie products, the cumbersome UI isn't a problem. I hope a group will pick up this item and run with it, since it does exactly what I want in a network media player. PS - download the 1.6 update for the server software from buffalo (before it disappears). Don't bother with the 1.1 distrubution on the CD.

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  • Louvy K.
  • 9/7/2007 8:32:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo NOT get it!

Pros: Wireless feature worked great. Connected to the computer with no problems, after you install the software. The watch folder feature also worked great in seeing my AVi/Divx movies, MP3s and pictures. Player was able to display encoded subs in Divx.

Cons: DVD playback crashes on both orginal and DVD-+R/RW, video playback via NAS and computer also crashes and requires constant resets. Buffalo tech support was no help, 1 week later and they have not responded in a solution. Took them 2 days to tell me that only the Linkstation Live or Terastation was able to stream video to the device, it's not even written in the manual or which model it will work with. Remote control was slow in responding in some menus. Subs encoded in Divx displayed too low on screen and often gets cropped, 4:3 video seems to be shifted to the right leaving a single black bar in the left side of screen. 16:9 Divx video had no playback issue.

Other Thoughts: Althought the idea of a wireless streaming video DVD player was great, this product falls short with playback and interface problems. Tech support was little help. Either wait 24 hours for a responce, or wait on hold forever.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/4/2007 5:26:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Impressed

Pros: Price, you will not find another media player out there that can boast these features for that price. Connected via Ethernet, this thing is a power house, it plays with no lag, no noticeable buffering and the quality is superb. The software is simple to use. Pics and Music work extremely well within the Wireless connection though.

Cons: Wirelessly, this isn't the performance I had hoped for. I will probably end up getting a powerline adapter if extra range is needed. It takes quite a while to buffer video and it's doesn't buffer enough to keep the video going without skipping/pausing. The remote doesn't allow easy navigation within the firmware or controls for video. The software has a very obsolete look to it, it looks like it was made for Win95 or 98. You cannot configure the firmware through the ethernet port by plugging it in to a router or laptop. This would come in handy for typing in an encryption key. If it freezes up, this will become a 30 minute task to get your network going again after powercycles and IP changes.

Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm impressed with the quality and performance of the product, it's a very nice, inexpensive alternative to S-Video cables and RCA adapters. The video quality upconverting exceeds my expectations. The bottom line is, even if you can afford something more expensive, don't buy it. This one will usually get the job done. I wouldn't recommend it on a wireless network unless you're only interested in Pics and Music. The only two major pains are the freezing (which is solved by not running wireless), and the wireless buffer time/quantity. I'd invest in an external hard drive if you hope to do videos wirelessly.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/28/2007 5:11:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsDoes support wpa if you update it!

Pros: Does what it promises
Pretty cheap now that it's towards the end of it's life

Cons: Remote flakey
Could use better codec support
Sometimes freezes

Other Thoughts: First, this device does support wpa if you update the firmware go to Brian verenkoff's web site (he's the buffalo product manager) hint, the url is his last name with the usual before and after. One may also find a region free hack if one were to look for one.
Wifi support is there and flawless with divx, but if you expect to stream DVDs get a cable.
The device works and has a straight forward ui and supports other servers like twonky and wizd.
It locks up sometimes, mainly around network interference (wifi), pausing and trying to run unsupported video, but it's always fixed by hitting the power button.
The remote isn't the swiftest thing, it works, but there are buttons that aren't as intuitive as they would suggest.
That said playing movies has been pleasant and it does double duty as a streaming player and DVD which was all I wanted in the first place.

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