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LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200

£258 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Linksys

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Devices such as the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 enable you to connect your television to your computer via a home network and control Media Center from the comfort of your couch.

Devices such as the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 enable you to connect your television to your computer via a home network and control Media Center from the comfort of your couch.

Media Center has proved that TV can work on the desktop, but can it take over your television?

Bill Gates has rarely made a secret of wanting to bring Windows out of the spare room and integrate it throughout the house: he'd like Windows reading recipes to you in the kitchen; controlling the lights in your bedroom and taking over the television in the front room.

And while the Vista-powered fridge and voice-operated bedroom remain only in the residence of Bill Gates, Microsoft has made serious strides to taking over your front room.

Windows Media Center is a decent attempt to bring together all the media in your life (movies, pictures and music) with television broadcasts and - looking to the future - IPTV.

Windows Media Center is also one of Microsoft's most accomplished pieces of software: stylish to look at, simple to use and genuinely powerful, it offers all the features required to take your television to the next level.

As well as enabling you to watch and record television, Media Center acts as a central hub for all your digital media (movies, music, photos etc.)

The only down side is that Media Center is obviously a Windows program and huddling round the PC to watch the latest episode of 'Heroes' doesn't go down as well as slouching on sofa. This is where a Media Center Extender comes in.

Devices such as the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 enable you to connect your television to your computer via a home network and control Media Center from the comfort of your couch.

The most commonly used Media Center Extender is Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, which acts as a quick-and-dirty way to watch digital media on your television. The down side to using an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender is the considerable noise produced by the fan, which distracts you to the point where the device becomes unusable.

So, even if you're running an Xbox 360 there's a lot that LinkSYS has to offer with the LinkSYS Media Center Extender. It offers a near silent running mode, plus a built-in DVD player complete with HD upscaling. And the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200's thin-design black box looks much more stylish underneath your high-def television.

Setup of the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 is relatively painless providing you're running a version of Vista with Windows Media Center (Vista Home Premium or Ultimate). It is important to note that this device won't work with Windows XP Media Center, which is a shame.

The LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 can connect wirelessly or via a local network and we found it easy enough to get the system up and running either way.

Once it's on your network you simply fire up Media Center on your PC and select the device in the Settings menu, the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 puts an eight-digit number on screen, which you type into your PC and from then on you can use the DMA2200 to control Media Center on your PC.

It's great in theory, although we found it to be less than ideal in practice. The problem lies with Media Center itself though, rather than with LinkSYS's Media Center Extender DMA2200.

NEXT PAGE: Media Center - the weak link. Plus, our expert verdict > >

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LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 Expert Verdict »
Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Wireless Ethernet - 11 Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - 300Mbps IEEE802.11 Draft N, Wireless Ethernet - 54 Mbps IEEE802.11a
A/V (RCA Composite), Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical, RCA, Component Video, Ethernet - RJ45, HDMI, S-Video
1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
WEP - 128-bit, WEP - 256-bit, WEP - 64-bit, WPA, WPA2
Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Wireless Ethernet - 11 Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet - 300 Mbps IEEE802.11 Draft N, Wireless Ethernet - 54 Mbps IEEE802.11a
1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Image Format: JPEG
Video Format: MPEG 1, MPEG 2, WMV
Audio Format: AAC, MP3, PCM, WAV, WMA
Audio CD, DVD
2.2kg
231x125x329mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

While we like the LinkSYS Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200, we found using Media Center too unreliable to replace our Freeview boxes, let alone a service such as Sky+. And although media streaming and DVD upscaling make this a fully-featured device, its Media Center foundation prevents it from reaching its potential.

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