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Dane-Elec So Smart - Wifi / Lan / Full HDMI / DivX Support / USB 2.0 - 1024GB (1 Terabyte) External Hard Disk Drive £179.99 delivered @ 7dayshop
Dane-Elec So Smart - Wifi / Lan / Full HDMI / DivX Support / USB 2.0 - 1024GB (1 Terabyte) External Hard Disk Drive £179.99 delivered @ 7dayshop

Dane-Elec So Smart - Wifi / Lan / Full HDMI / DivX Support / USB 2.0 - 1024GB (1 Terabyte) External Hard Disk Drive £179.99 delivered @ 7dayshop

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Looks like a good bit of kit, 1tb drive that plays a wide range of formats, is wireless & has HDMI,

So Smart is a complete Media Player Hard Disk, You can enjoy High Definition video as you can connect the So Smart drive digitally to your HD-TV thanks to the HDMI connector, it is also compatible with Component, S-Video and more... So Smart can also be connected to your pc via both Lan/Ethernet and also WiFi 802.11 b/g technology. So Smart comes ready out the box to play or view DivX movies, videos, photos and music!

It will become the center of your digital house and is simple and easy to use!

Technical Specs:
Product Capacity: 1024GB
Cooling Fan: Yes
Supported Video Formats: DivX, AVI, ISO, Xvid MPEG, MPG, VCD (DAT), DVD (VOB, IFO), WMV (WMV-9), ASF (WMV-9), TP, TS, TRP.
Supported Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, PCM, AC3, DTS (decoding including down-mixing), DTS pass through
Support Image Formats: BMP, JPEG/JPG, PNG.
Power Supply: Universal AC 100-240V (Certified UL, cUL, CE), 0.6A - 50-60Hz - DC +12V/3.5A
Dimentions (WxHxD): 7.4 x 7.6 x 2.3 inches
Weight: 2kg
Warranty 1 Year

Supported Inferfaces:
Video Output: HDMI, Composite, S-Video, Component
Analog Audio Output: Stereo RCA
Digital Audio Output: Coaxial, Optical
TV System: NTSC, Pal (Or auto), HD Component Y, Pb, Pr (480p, 720p, 1080i) / HDMI (480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p).
Hi-Definition Decoding: WMV, ASF, AVI, MP4 Formats, MPEG-2 Mpat HL (720p/1080i), MPEG-4 ASPat L5 (720p) and WMV9 Mpat ML (720p).
Audio Decoding: MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Layers I, II and III (MP3), MPEG-2 BC multi-channel Layers I, II and III, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, AAC-LC, WMA9 and WMA9 Pro Decoding
Networking: Wifi 802.11b/g (Security: WEP or WPA)
Interface: 1 HUB (USB 2.0 x 2, USB 1.1 Compatible), 1 USB 2.0 Slave Port

Hard Drive Specifications
HDD: 3.5" SATA
Speed Rotation: 7200 rpm
Average Seek Time: 8.9ms

PC System Requirements:
USB 2.0
Windows XP or VISTA Only!

Included Accessories:
Infra Red Remote Control, USB 2.0 Cable, A/V Cable, HDMI Cable, Wireless Antenna, A/C Adapter, So Smart Drive.

32 Comments

Original Poster

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/images/products/dane_so_smart.jpg

Pretty piece of kit!! shame there's no *.mkv support

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neilquane;4990752

shame no *.mkv



I did notice that, i have the popcorn hour, but at this price with 1tb i think its a very good deal:thumbsup:, plus its a nightmare trying to stream HD to any media player, unless of course you keep it on the HD, wonder if it may get .mkv with a firmware update in the future?

There is a lot of bang for buck in it so I'm voting it hot. mkv seems to be getting more and more popular its only a matter of time until the manufacturers catch on I think.

For those interested there is some custom firmware which adds mkv suppourt although not H.264
dekonass.no-ip.biz/?p=471

Original Poster

neilquane;4990876

For those interested there is some custom firmware which adds mkv … For those interested there is some custom firmware which adds mkv suppourt although not H.264http://dekonass.no-ip.biz/?p=471



Good spot:thumbsup:, do i keep my popcorn hour or go for one of these:?:?, decisions, decisions

thought i knew my stuff but whats .mkv?

edit: found the answer here: en.wikipedia.org/wik…ska

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clondikemike;4991038

Good spot:thumbsup:, do i keep my popcorn hour or go for one of … Good spot:thumbsup:, do i keep my popcorn hour or go for one of these:?:?, decisions, decisions



Surely that depends on whether you will actually play H.264 based content doesn't it? You mentioned that you'd prefer MKV which both devices do but only the PHour does H.264.

Also, looking at feature list for even the base model Popcorn...

popcornhour.com/onl…id=

...shows that it has a rather lead over the Dane-Elec, assuming you use those other features, P2P, NAS, Windows Media Player, HTTP, Web streaming video (Youtube etc). :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Cuddy;4991160

Surely that depends on whether you will actually play H.264 based content … Surely that depends on whether you will actually play H.264 based content doesn't it? You mentioned that you'd prefer MKV which both devices do but only the PHour does H.264.Also, looking at feature list for even the base model Popcorn...http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=catalog&task=info&item_id=5&main_id=0&category_id=...shows that it has a rather lead over the Dane-Elec, assuming you use those other features, P2P, NAS, Windows Media Player, HTTP, Web streaming video (Youtube etc). :thumbsup:



I dont really use it that much for hd tbh, plus the base popcorn hour without a hd atm is far more expensive due to the $, find it a great machine but really buggy, but i suppose most media players are, i had a pinnacle showcenter before the popcorn hour and that was also very buggy, having the ability to use it for torrents is very handy though, but the youtube viewing is really just a gimmick, think there is a lot more it can do than i use if for

How much did you pay for your Popcorn at the time then?

Original Poster

Cuddy;4991548

How much did you pay for your Popcorn at the time then?



I think i paid £92 for it & then put a 250gb hd in it, the exchange rate was over $2 to the £ at the time,

I just had a quick Froogle and you're right, current prices for the Popcorn are not cheap, especially considering the lack of drive!

If you ever sell yours, can I be first in the queue? :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Cuddy;4992300

I just had a quick Froogle and you're right, current prices for the … I just had a quick Froogle and you're right, current prices for the Popcorn are not cheap, especially considering the lack of drive!If you ever sell yours, can I be first in the queue? :thumbsup:



No problem:thumbsup:

What's the point if it doesn't support the most popular codecs out there for HD....mkv wrapped h.264. If you take the custom firmware route you'll miss out on normal updates too.

Good for those that want a huge drive for dvix films / tv series....but v.poor in comparison to the PCH. I would suggest getting a driveless PCH with some good HD powerline adapters and just streaming the content from your PC. You can always add the drive later when prices come down or you find yourself with a spare one after a computer upgrade.

Depends if you're on a tight budget though I suppose, horses for courses. IMO though only go for it if you want to sacrifice a well supported solution that really works, for a cheaper solution that needs dodgy firmware hacks and has incomplete codec support.

Why buy a bPod when you really need an iPod? (that said, I don't like iPods).

Cheers, RyChaBoy! :-)

As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for around £80 - stick the custom firmware on and add a usb wi-fi dongle (£20?) and you've got something that supports .mkv and streaming for £20 less.

chrishill;5653838

As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for … As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for around £80 - stick the custom firmware on and add a usb wi-fi dongle (£20?) and you've got something that supports .mkv and streaming for £20 less.



+1

for the MKV issue - can't you just use a MKV to VOB converter, and then play this on the So Smart? I do this for my PS3

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chrishill;5653838

As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for … As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for around £80 - stick the custom firmware on and add a usb wi-fi dongle (£20?) and you've got something that supports .mkv and streaming for £20 less.



Wow i never knew that, so i have a Iomega 1TB external desktop drive, can i make it wireless by putting my Lyksys wireless speedbooster into it via the usb connection, which i got free with my lynksys router?

what firmware do i need? i still have the cd's that cam with the router and the speedbooster wireless card (although its not a card its a small matchbox size thing)

at the moment my external drive is hooked into my xbox360
Thanks

Good to see more devices like this coming out and replacing dated optical media.
But if you already have a portable hard disk (as every techy type will already have) the WDTV is good value. Can't see the point in networking these TBH, although good for media management, I want to turn off as much kit as possible.

Roccostan;5654548

Wow i never knew that, so i have a Iomega 1TB external desktop drive, can … Wow i never knew that, so i have a Iomega 1TB external desktop drive, can i make it wireless by putting my Lyksys wireless speedbooster into it via the usb connection, which i got free with my lynksys router?what firmware do i need? i still have the cd's that cam with the router and the speedbooster wireless card (although its not a card its a small matchbox size thing)at the moment my external drive is hooked into my xbox360Thanks



Not exactly. I was talking about a Western digital TV HD player (WDTV) with custom firmware on it and the usb wi-fi dongle plugged in to that, not the HDD.

What you need is something like this ]USB to NAS converter plugged in to your HDD and your wireless router. they're about £30.

hmm bit pricey

i think a egreat is a better choice. you can get that and a seperate 1tb for about the same price. the key difference s egreat runs on nmt (networkmediatank) same as a popcornhour, so there is more support. DTS (downmixing) and MKV support is supported.

So all in all, good deal, but not a great product i don't think.

Would of been OK a year or 2 ago when DivX & Xvid were all the rage, but no official MKV or H.264 support? Either buy a WD HDTV or a network media tank (I have a HDX1000), obviously uses a media CPU well past its sell buy date as MKV/H.264 requires quite a bit of grunt.

Isn't Dane-Elec like an umbrella of the Toshiba Corporation?

My xtreamer cost £100 and supports mkv. I just need to receive it now

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chrishill;5654809

Not exactly. I was talking about a Western digital TV HD player (WDTV) … Not exactly. I was talking about a Western digital TV HD player (WDTV) with custom firmware on it and the usb wi-fi dongle plugged in to that, not the HDD.What you need is something like this ]USB to NAS converter plugged in to your HDD and your wireless router. they're about £30.



Thanks for this, but it has some poor reviews i.e doesnt have an ethernet port. is there anyway that I can plug my HD directly into my router? my hard drive has usb and router has ethernet of course.

Neiliboy;4991080

thought i knew my stuff but whats .mkv?edit: found the answer here: … thought i knew my stuff but whats .mkv?edit: found the answer here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matroska



New container format supports multiple audio streams, embedded subtitles with custom fonts.

Amazing improvenent over AVI if you ask me.

chrishill;5653838

As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for … As an alternative you can get a 1TB external HDD for about £70, WDTV for around £80 - stick the custom firmware on and add a usb wi-fi dongle (£20?) and you've got something that supports .mkv and streaming for £20 less.



Would this allow me to copy media from my PC to the externall HDD connected to the WD ? Could I then play that media on my 360 / PS3 ?

ash.connor;5658304

New container format supports multiple audio streams, embedded subtitles … New container format supports multiple audio streams, embedded subtitles with custom fonts.Amazing improvenent over AVI if you ask me.



I'm not sure about the "new" bit.

I remember getting hold of a video some years ago, all in MKV format. I had no idea what I could play them on, but then it was pointed out to me that XBMC has offered support for a very long time. The Xbox then became the main media centre.

IMVHO, MKV was always better than DivX and XviD - I have nothing but trouble with those formats - judder, sound synch and so on. I've never had such problems with mkv.

newsgroupmonkey;5659508

I'm not sure about the "new" bit.I remember getting hold of a video some … I'm not sure about the "new" bit.I remember getting hold of a video some years ago, all in MKV format. I had no idea what I could play them on, but then it was pointed out to me that XBMC has offered support for a very long time. The Xbox then became the main media centre.IMVHO, MKV was always better than DivX and XviD - I have nothing but trouble with those formats - judder, sound synch and so on. I've never had such problems with mkv.



DivX and XviD are codecs, MKV is a container same as AVI/MP4

You can have DivX and XviD encoded videos within a MKV file, although H.264 is most common.

Ash

ash.connor;5660458

DivX and XviD are codecs, MKV is a container same as AVI/MP4You can have … DivX and XviD are codecs, MKV is a container same as AVI/MP4You can have DivX and XviD encoded videos within a MKV file, although H.264 is most common.Ash



Sorry, that's good point.

I should have said DivX within AVI.
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