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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cisco Releases New Linksys E-Series - Very Simple Design

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/05/...routers-and-sw/

"If you dig the stylish look on the Linksys E4200 802.11n router but prefer something more wallet-friendly, then Cisco's latest range of home routers and switches will likely suit your taste. Gone are the curved grooves and blinking LEDs on the top, but these routers -- ranging from $59.99 to $159.99 -- still go about their usual wireless business at up to 300Mbps, with additional simultaneous dual-band support on the pricier E2500 and E3200. Like their predecessors, you'll also find a refreshed, feature-packed Cisco Connect software suite in the box, which promises to make installation and management a whole lot easier."

No more blinking lights? Just a nice sleek simple look? I guess I could get used to that. And the price isn't too shabby either. I think they're onto something here. These actually tempt me to replace my perfectly good router at home for no good reason. Now that's marketing! Follow the link for more detailed specs.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Linksys Wants You to Love The Media Hub

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en...products/NMH410

"You love your media, so treat it well. The Media Hub makes it easy to organize, access, and share your digital video, photos, and music -- around your home and around the world. With massive capacity, intelligent aggregation, and media optimized file-serving capabilities, it’s an ideal way to manage your material, enjoy your entertainment and share your memories. Show your media how much you love it – give it a Hub."

I can't say I understand or am thrilled by Linksys' attempt to make me love my media, but the Media Hub does look like a decent upgrade from the standard UPnP capable NAS. The Media Hub comes with a lot of services that one would expect from current generation NAS like devices of something with Windows Home Server such as file aggregation, the ability to share your media with friends on the net, automated backups, but what makes the Media Hub stand out from more other devices is the pretty LCD screen that helps you interact with your precious media files via a five way navigation pad. While this certainly is a nice idea on paper, I can't help but wonder if they've done any practical tests. Any computing appliance I have, from a router, to NAS to a wireless webcam is configured and managed through a web interface. I don't think it's necessary to physically be there to change a setting, and the premium that a physical "control panel" usually commands is not worth it to me. Did I mention that it currently retails at Amazon for $429.99 for 1TB? Are you feeling the love?


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Barb Says: Need a Media Center Extender? Skip Linksys, go for the D-Link

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/...an+Linksys.aspx

"Out of the box, the DSM-750 blows the dinky Linksys DMA 2100 out of the water. Solid construction and a nice looking peripheral that doesn't look like cheap plastic in my living room. The DMA 2100 has no optical SPDIF (RCA flavor digital SPDIF only) and worse, does not see Atheros based SSID's and probably some other brands. The DMA 2100 only has two antennae. D-Link has all the ports and three antennae, which really helps with wireless connectivity ."

A Pinto and a Ferrari will get you from A to B, but you're going enjoy the ride in the Ferrari alot more Seems like Linksys has made a Pinto. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't given manufacturers a reference design to use. It would seem to make for a much more consistent user experience.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Linksys DMA 2100 Media Center Extender Reviewed

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.trustedreviews.com/home-...ter-Extender/p2

"Thus, every now and then you'll find a file that you'd like to play, but Media Center won't play ball. You either won't be able to see it, or it simply won't be able to decode it. And, though there's often a way around any problem through a variety of registry hacks and tricks, these aren't user friendly solutions. It is this that really gets to the crux of the problem of the whole Media Center Extender concept. In theory it has endless potential, but it's held back by Microsoft's wish to control every aspect of it. So, if you're knowledgeable and patient and understand the ins and outs of what's required to get what you want, then you may find the DMA 2100 a device that gives you almost everything you desire."

Trusted Reviews has taken a look at Linksys' latest Media Center Extender, and gives it mostly high marks. Unfortunately, it's still limited by the very operating system that makes it so enticing in the first place. If all you want to do is record ad watch TV from a Media Center PC, play MP3 music files, and view pictures, then the Media Center concept could be just the thing for you. If you want to do anything more advanced however, you'd be better off brewing your own home-built solution. And besides, at this price why not buy an Xbox 360 instead?


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