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This Intel Viiv technology-verified LinkTheater Wireless-A&G Network Media Player includes 802.11a/g wireless networking, digital 5.1 audio outputs, a USB port, S-video and SCART video outputs, and the ability to natively play many of the latest audio/video formats. It will stream multimedia from a Windows PC, Buffalo LinkStation or TeraStation, USB storage devices, or any DLNA media server device.

Supported Multimedia Formats:
Video Formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, XviD, WMV, H.264 (MPEG4 AVC)
Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A (AAC), LPCM, AC3
Image Formats: JPG, BMP, PNG

USB Interface:
Standard Compliance: USB 2.0
Connector Type: USB Series A
Number of Ports: 1
Data Transfer Rates: Max: 480 Mbps (High Speed Mode), Max: 12 Mbps (Full Speed Mode)

Video Interface:
Standard Compliance: PAL
Connector Type: S-Video (Y/C), Composite Video, SCART Video
Number of Ports: 1 S-Video, 1 Composite Video, SCART Video

Audio Interface:
Standard Compliance: Dolby 5.1 (with S/PDIF only)
Connector Type: Composite Audio, Optical Digital Audio
Number of Ports: 2 Composite Audio, 1 Optical Digital Audio (S/PDIF)

Wireless LAN Interface:
Standard Compliance: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Frequency Range (MHz): 802.11a: 5,180 - 5,320 802.11g/b: 2,412 - 2,472
Antenna: 2
Transmission Rate: 802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
Wireless Security: WPA-PSK (TKIP), 128/64-bit WEP

Wired LAN Interface:
Standard Compliance: IEEE802.3u(100 Base-TX) IEEE802.3(10 Base-T)
Data Transfer Rates: 10/100 Mbps
Connector Type: RJ-45
Number of Ports: 1

Others:
OS Support Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98SE
Dimensions 279mm x 50mm x 124mm
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#1
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#2
#3
How does this compae to the Popcorn Hour player?
#4
VDisillusioned
Some other ones here rate it quite highly - http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/Reviews.asp?ProductID=3923. It's a good price now too, elsewhere are still asking from £50+ up to £100 for this.
#5
unfortunately the review are not good for this device.
#6
at first look it looks terrific value supports HI-DEF codec then looking a little closer it appears not to be able to connect to tv via a HI-DEF connection no hdmi not component and no vga
#7
ijwia
at first look it looks terrific value supports HI-DEF codec then looking a little closer it appears not to be able to connect to tv via a HI-DEF connection no hdmi not component and no vga
There isn't an equivalent product with all that in that you could buy @ this price. As an entry level media streamer, it does what it says on the tin.
#8
looks a great price
to be able to stream hd content you will need a N/N1 ROUTER
i have to pinnicle showcenter 200 and as i only have a pre n router
struggles with hd content
but geat price as i said
if i never had the show centers would of orderd 2
the show center has conpontent out for hi def content
#9
This device only does 802.11a,b,g not N or pre-N.
#10
Please read this comment before ordering:

"The Link Theater worked perfectly well with my XP machine. I have since upgraded to a Vista machine and I cannot set it up. When I enquired about this with Buffalo their response was "The LinkTheater is currently not Vista compatible. There may be software released that will enable the device to work with that OS but there has been no official statements given at this time."
#11
valentins
Please read this comment before ordering:

"The Link Theater worked perfectly well with my XP machine. I have since upgraded to a Vista machine and I cannot set it up. When I enquired about this with Buffalo their response was "The LinkTheater is currently not Vista compatible. There may be software released that will enable the device to work with that OS but there has been no official statements given at this time."

Windows vista is fully supported on this - they have probably done firmware or software updates since that was written a year ago.
#12
valentins
Please read this comment before ordering:

"The Link Theater worked perfectly well with my XP machine. I have since upgraded to a Vista machine and I cannot set it up. When I enquired about this with Buffalo their response was "The LinkTheater is currently not Vista compatible. There may be software released that will enable the device to work with that OS but there has been no official statements given at this time."


That was from a review given on 25th July 2007 (broadbandbuyer), the Play page says it is Vista compatible so if it isn't, send it back.
#13
The web site has a download of a "utility CD" dated October 18th 2007 (http://buffalotech.com/support/getfile/?PC-P4LWAG100.iso )

Wonder if a new firmware is on that?

I was also tempted by the Buffalo NAS media server listed on a post her a few weeks ago, but it had major Vista problems too Cant help wonder if this is why they have been so cheap! :-(

I have found some info on a 3rd Party software, Swiss Center which is free http://www.swisscenter.co.uk and supposedly works with this, but no idea if it gets around some of the pitfalls
#14
i dont want to sound dumb can somebody please explain what this does? you link windows vista pc and it plays over wifi whats on your laptop on your tv?
#15
@miserablemiser

Yes it does or it streams the content of any DLNA Storage Device (Buffalo Linkstation or others).

I am not sure if it also supports Upnp but if you buy one you can for example install Xbox Media Center on your Mac, Linux or Windows PC.

Shame the unit has no own Amp built in to Power a pair of speakers as I would have bought one straight away if it had.
#16
SteffenUK;2771070
@miserablemiser

Yes it does or it streams the content of any DLNA Storage Device (Buffalo Linkstation or others).

I am not sure if it also supports Upnp but if you buy one you can for example install Xbox Media Center on your Mac, Linux or Windows PC.

Shame the unit has no own Amp built in to Power a pair of speakers as I would have bought one straight away if it had.


DLNA is higher spec (well more sophisticated) than uPnP, and normally effectively compatible. I use Nero Mediahome for this purpose, which is DLNA - it is less quirky than the Windows Media sharing player interface too, as long as you turn off the nuisance Nero Scout which indexes and takes up half the PC's power! uPnP devices certainly see that OK.

Can't you just use a set of 2.0 or 2.1 amplified speakers?... the sort of thing you attach to a PC, using a converter plug as necessary: ie. 2 phono to stereo jack socket.You can get them in any quality from ultra cheap junk all the way to really "nice!" to suit your budget.
#17
The price is good but the user reviews from 3 sites are bad: a familiar story.
#18
#19
You would be much better of with a softmodded Xbox as a cheap media streamer. If you can't get one, then I would hit ebay for a Pinnacle Showcenter box as theses can be had cheap but offer a far better interface and experience. If you are serious about streaming media, or require High Def content then you really need to step up to the Popcorn Hour A-100 for a proper box, or a basic media centre PC.
#20
Does this do any more than my Xbox 360 streaming through to my tv?
#21
I got one of these for Xmas (feckin £90!)

Not a bad device. Won't work with BBC iPlayer content sadly (don't know if the bitrates too high or the DRM causes the problems, but I think it's the former).

Needs to be in a pretty good area WiFi reception-wise, but is great for streaming video (as an audio streamer it's very basic though). I initially used it with Windows Media Player on my Vista PC, but I now have it's cousin, the LinkStation 500GB NAS drive so I don't even need the PC turned on.

At this price I'd snap it up.

As said above, no HD. But my TV's an old one with only SCART/RCA inputs anyway so not a big deal for me.

Neilquane - no. It's a similar feature to your Xbox 360 streaming AFAIK.
#22
beanoni
Neilquane - no. It's a similar feature to your Xbox 360 streaming AFAIK.


Cheers bud
#23
i had problem streaming on my pinicle show center 200
would see the router/pc for a week then no or very low reception
managed to sort it by resetting the router with the reset button
been fine ever since but needed to re input the wep key
i can now run the same episode of only fools and horses on 2 show center 200's
in 2 different rooms at the same time
before ressting it i could only run 1 show center at a time and not together
not tried swiss center software due to the problems stated above
has any one tried it and is it any good

EDIT
THE QUOTE I REPLIED TO HASNT APPEARED AT THE TOP OF THIS POST
#24
stick with a soft modded xbox 1 with xbox media centre, you cant beat it as a standard def media player
#25
tvesity or swiss center will work great with this and make it a much better device tveristy will allow it to play all sorts of stuff that it doesnt support by encoding on the fly its the software that will be rubbish not the player.
#26
is this any good for the RECIVA internet radio stations?
#27
Sorry for asking what is no doubt a dumb question, but my 3com wireless firewall router has just died.:-(

Would this piece of kit be a suitable replacement to connect two PC's and a laptap to my Bband connection???
#28
toffeelover
Sorry for asking what is no doubt a dumb question, but my 3com wireless firewall router has just died.:-(

Would this piece of kit be a suitable replacement to connect two PC's and a laptap to my Bband connection???


No
#29
So I can hook this baby up to my telly and watch stuff off my PC's hard drive? I've got a wireless router so assume my PC is ready to go!
#31
review:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/networking/review/2007/04/12/Buffalo-LinkTheater-Wireless-AG/p1

My biggest concern is that you cannot skip around your library very easily like media centre. If you want to listen to ZZ Top, you have to scroll through every other artist in your library before you get there.

Personally I think this is a great price for entry level media streaming, if you don't have a huge amount of content. However, I would advise you wait a little longer for the Popcorn hour A-110 (http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=catalog&task=info&item_id=6&main_id=0&category_id=) which should cost about the £150 mark.
#32
Have a linkstation, would love one of these but seing all the poor reviews I will pass! Popcorn thingy looks ace though.
#33
thanks guys for all your info - one last question "can you stream HD Audio (i.e Dolby Digital, DTS etc) over WIFI? the only reason i ask is that i have a laptop thats mid range and wanted to use that as the source (or possibly buy a storage device)

thanks again
#34
more reviews here.
Suggests some scart issues.
I love Reciva radio and if this worked as a client would consider it to connect to my hi fi.
http://www.productwiki.com/buffalo-linktheater-pc-p4lwag/
#35
dr.met.ty;2782936
is this any good for the RECIVA internet radio stations?

It can play internet radiostations from TVersity, for example (you'll need to add it there manually) but it won't connect to Reciva database.
#36
Little advice for anyone whos wants one.

Firstly i haven't got one, i have the next one up which has a upscaling dvd player built in.

The basic device was way before its time, i was watching HD movies before most even knew what 1080 was, now remember this, because its from a few years ago (2001/2 i think), it won't play your latest codecs, like the new wave of media players will etc popcorn/istar/divicos, (istarhd owner myself)

Keeping that in mind, if you want to watch, any xvid,divx,dvd,TS./avi or listen to music, or radio stations or even browse the internet at dial up speed, and you have the content either on a NAS or on your computer harddrive.

when i bought mine it was a natural evolution from the first divx/xvid players some years ago (which all worked for a month then died)

The interface is extremely user friendly (way better than any of new ones out there, unless you have link/moviejukebox)
Brilliant for kids room, saves a fortune on sratched and sticky dvds!..and you can put it somewhere they can't reach, which is a good bonus.

Hope that helps!
#37
"Keeping that in mind, if you want to watch, any xvid,divx,dvd,TS./avi or listen to music, or radio stations or even browse the internet at dial up speed, and you have the content either on a NAS or on your computer harddrive."

Doesn't quite make sense this, if you want to watch..... ?? Are you saying it is good for just old video with older codecs or will it play the latest avi's?

Also you say DVD, will it play VOB files then as this is not mentioned?

Cheers
#38
kevyn
review:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/networking/review/2007/04/12/Buffalo-LinkTheater-Wireless-AG/p1

My biggest concern is that you cannot skip around your library very easily like media centre. If you want to listen to ZZ Top, you have to scroll through every other artist in your library before you get there.

Personally I think this is a great price for entry level media streaming, if you don't have a huge amount of content. However, I would advise you wait a little longer for the Popcorn hour A-110 (http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=catalog&task=info&item_id=6&main_id=0&category_id=) which should cost about the £150 mark.

My os is xp

I take the Popcorn hour A-110 is not a wireless device then? whats best wired vs wireless? Any ideas whats the best setup for me, i have just received a new talk talk Huawei hg 520 wireless router to go with my Dell dimension 4700 pc, my pc is upstairs my hd tv downstairs:? Any help appreciated.
#39
bobdylan
"Keeping that in mind, if you want to watch, any xvid,divx,dvd,TS./avi or listen to music, or radio stations or even browse the internet at dial up speed, and you have the content either on a NAS or on your computer harddrive."

Doesn't quite make sense this, if you want to watch..... ?? Are you saying it is good for just old video with older codecs or will it play the latest avi's?

Also you say DVD, will it play VOB files then as this is not mentioned?

Cheers


oops sorry my bad!

it will play everything i have thrown at it, except some of the latest HD codecs, h246 stuff etc, yes it will play dvd files, but not ISO files.
#40
adeo
My os is xp

I take the Popcorn hour A-110 is not a wireless device then? whats best wired vs wireless? Any ideas whats the best setup for me, i have just received a new talk talk Huawei hg 520 wireless router to go with my Dell dimension 4700 pc, my pc is upstairs my hd tv downstairs:? Any help appreciated.


It can be made wireless, (but forget streaming HD content over wireless, unless you like stuttering and freezing and slow motion, much easier to run some CAT5 down thru your floor down to the tv downstairs) but depends what you want it for, too be honest the latest media players, istar,popcorn etc, are meant for HD material everything else in there devolpment has taken a 2nd seat to that, so unless your downloading HD film/files 5gig to 55gig in size! from usergroups its rather pointless, there basically for HD addicted people, you can connect a blueray or hd-dvd player/drive to them, but they cannot play orginal bluerays or hd disks.
If you only have standard dvds, xvids, or avi's to watch. then a xbox streamer or this buffalo would make more sense, both practially and on the wallet

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