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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
I am after one of these to sit under my tv and stream movies from an external HDD linked to a Linksys NSLU2. I have a little knowledge - which is probably dangerous!

With these units I can add a HDD so it could also be used 'directly' rather than on my wireless network - which is a bonus.

Any good offers/advice appreciated. :thumbsup:
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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
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#2
Look for something called a Pinnacle ShowCentre as an alternative. It has a USB port for direct connection with an external Hard Drive. Had one for like 2 years now, one of the best purchases i made. Plays everything i've thrown at it except the newer Mp4 H.264 files but their not used as widely yet, they was supposed to be a firmware to fix that but its been in production since for ever.

Maybe that Philips DVD Player going around for £50 on the deals forum might be a good alternative if you dont need the wireless feature, you can use to USB port to attach an External HD and play files off that.
#3
No standalone player (apart from Kiss, AFAIR) can stream from NAS (such as NSLU2) on its own. There are some talks on the web about Syabas-based players to get an upgrade so that they could stream directly, but I am not sure when such firmware would be available.

There are two ways to stream from NSLU2 to network player:

1. Get Media player, such as DLink DSM-320, 520, Netgear EVO and such. Then you will need to change firmware on NSLU2 (it is easy but requires computer and networking knowledge). Then you need to install TwonkyMedia (30 EUR) or ushare (free) UPnP AV server.
2. Get player that supporting SMB access. I think Freecom can do this. Maplin also sell some kind of network media player but there is not information on it.

I went the first route and now have movies/music streamed from NSLU2 (The Slug :)) to all my 3 tellies. No PC involved.
#4
Thanks Kommunist.

I've got Twonkyvision - do you mean use 'unslung' on my slug?

Would I still need to set the unslung hack with the Freecom (for wireless streaming)? I like the idea of being able to stick a HDD directly into the Freecom unit for extra storage - portability and all that. Or I could buy another external HDD to connect to my slug....

Mmm.... can't decide which way to go - isn't the Pinnacle Showcenter a similar device to the DSM-320? And is the Freecom unit basically the same with a HDD?

So many questions!
#5
I've got Twonkyvision - do you mean use 'unslung' on my slug?

If you got Twonkyvision on Slug then everything is done :) If it is PC version then you'll need to unsling the slug.

Would I still need to set the unslung hack with the Freecom (for wireless streaming)?

AFAIR, Freecom supporting SMB protocol. But if I were you, I'd give a call to Freecom to confirm this.

Again, AFAIR, Pinnacle, Buffalo and some others are using Syabas firmware. DLink is using Redsonic firmware (I think they are the only ones apart from Zensonic to use this firmware). Kiss is using their own firmware too.
If you go for Syabas-based player, then Wizd might be a better solution than Twonky. But DLink 320 is not supported, although there were reports that 520 is working with Wizd.
#6
This is an amazing bit of kit http://www.mvixusa.com/product.php?product=mx760

put a 500gb HDD in for less than £100 and your all sorted.

if you can find them in the UK (apart from eBay, let me know)
#7
The latest Freecom (Wireless one) is pretty similar to Mvix.
#8
I am favouring this at the moment:
http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=995

I can then stream from my slug/HDD and have direct storage under TV.

The Mvix is much more expensive - if you can find it.

Comments welcome!
#9
There isn't much price difference between Freecom 35 and 350. But the older one is based on Sigma Design EM8511 (that's what I found on web) and the newer is EM8621L (stated in datasheet).
Here is comparison of Sigma chipsets, from which you can clearly see that 8621L is way superior to that of 8511.
#10
Kommunist
There isn't much price difference between Freecom 35 and 350. But the older one is based on Sigma Design EM8511 (that's what I found on web) and the newer is EM8621L (stated in datasheet).
Here is comparison of Sigma chipsets, from which you can clearly see that 8621L is way superior to that of 8511.


Nice one. The later chipset does have a handy set of features.

Not too fussed about the HD features at present - I am still a CRT oik waiting for LCD technology to 'settle' and most of the content will be for the kids anyway. PIP would be a bonus for when I finally get a proper TV!

May still stick with the old chipset model for the £70ish difference....
#11
I know, the HD thing is confusing :) What Sigma actually say is that 8621L can play Nero MP4 and also video encoded with HD resolution. Whether you have SD or HD telly is irrelevant. As to price, you can buy 350 model as a kit from SVP for roughly 127 quid, then put your own hard drive in.
#12
My wife would throttle you if she understood any of this ;-)

I can get Ebay(!) older chipset model (but new with warranty) with 320gb HDD for £127 delivered!?

I think I'm gonna have to think for a while.....
#13
Kommunist
I know, the HD thing is confusing :) What Sigma actually say is that 8621L can play Nero MP4 and also video encoded with HD resolution. Whether you have SD or HD telly is irrelevant. As to price, you can buy 350 model as a kit from SVP for roughly 127 quid, then put your own hard drive in.


Thanks again K. Just bought the 350 kit and will stick a 320gb Seagate IDE drive in and give it a whirl.:thumbsup:
#14
Great stuff! :) How about writing a review once it'll be up and running?

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