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Packard Bell [email protected] TV 2 with Net2Plug - £52.85 or less delivered
Packard Bell Medi@ TV 2 with Net2Plug - £52.85 or less delivered

Packard Bell [email protected] TV 2 with Net2Plug - £52.85 or less delivered

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Packard Bell [email protected] TV 2 with Net2Plug - £52.85 or less delivered from Microdirect.co.uk

Stream Video, Music and Photos from your PC to your TV with no additional hardware!

Microdirect site brands this as ** AMAZING DEAL **, but I leave it for the techies to explain why. Go through Quidco for 3% cashback.

Description: The Packard Bell [email protected] PLC Edition is comprised of a [email protected] digital media receiver and a Net2Plug PowerLine USB plug. The slim and elegant device plugs into a TV and/or home stereo system. It lets users enjoy digital media files stored on their PC from the comfort of their couch; the user no longer needs to be in the same room as the PC.

At the heart of [email protected] are two software applications: the Packard Bell Media Organizer for the PC and the Packard Bell Media Viewer for the TV. On the PC, Media Organizer automatically finds and categorizes media files and displays them in a convenient jukebox interface. With Media Organizer the user can create music playlists, organize photos into albums and sort files by genre, artist, etc. Media Organizer automatically detects when new media files are added to the PC.

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I saw this earlier in an email and have been pondering it ever since. Ive been wanting a device like this for a while, at the mo I just plug the laptop into the TV. Anyone know anything about it, I can find no (English) reviews?

Hi all,

This is my first post but I have used this site for the last 12 months or more & it has saved me a few quid since then, so thanks all.

I bought this item about 2 weeks ago to replace a faulty DIVX DVD player & it is great, the initial setup was a breeze but I needed to turn my firewall off (Blueyonder PCgaurd) & keep it turned off when I use it making sure to turn the cable modem off too! Videos play very smooth on the 3mbps quality setting (DIVX) without stopping or jerking (check the minimum pc specs though I think it maybe around a 2 GHz CPU). I have also connected it to my Hi-fi so all audio comes out of that. The only problem I did have it was supposed to be reduced to around £40 during one of the 3 hour sales at microdirect but still got charged the full amount, when I spoke to them they said the diffrence would be refunded but hasn’t yet

Regards

Ipaq

This thing looks like it is pretty much the same as Hauppauge! (hopefully I spelt that correctly :)) Media MVP.
Basic MPEG2 renderer with no hardware support of MPEG4, DivX, etc. It relies on PC to do the hard job (transcoding from DivX to MPEG2 for example). No UPnP supported according to User Guide.
It is cheap though But there are much better devices on market.

UPD: This is Homeplug edition so might be an interesting alternative to WiFi renderers and to MVP.

I bought it anyway and I'll have a mess with it. My original plan was to put a PC behind the TV but the trouble'n'strife wasn't too pleased with that idea and remote controlling was going to be an issue. I hadnt realised that the encoding was done at the PC end. That said, Im hardly likely to be using the PC at the same time as watching TV in the other room.

Anyone know if this has any kind of DRM built in (ahem, obviously just out of curiosity)

Can anyone link an online PDF manual for it?

Cheers

(Forgot also, I have both the PC and the TV plugged into a mess of 4 gang plugs. Will the electric circuit based ethernet work when not plugged directly into a wall socket?)

Jonno

Can anyone link an online PDF manual for it?


User Guide

The manual tho suggests that you can only add one music album at a time. I have 421 albums - will I have to add them one by one? :cry:

Hi all,

Try this link, it is the for the [email protected] TV 2 with Net2Plug which is the item they are selling not the [email protected] link in Kommunist's post which I believe is the older version. The media library software with this item scans & picks up all video, music & photos on the drives / folders you specify all in one go!

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Regards

Ipaq

Bloody thing came on Microdirects lunchtime offers so I cancelled and re-ordered it Thats £11.75 saved. Woohoo!!!

Kommunist

UPD: This is Homeplug edition so might be an interesting alternative to … UPD: This is Homeplug edition so might be an interesting alternative to WiFi renderers and to MVP.



It appears that Net2Plug is not compatible with HomePlug - it's a proprietary setup.

MediaMVP has benefit of support from GBPVR as well as Hauppauge and enjoys considerable support in both forums. The wireless version appears to be available in the UK (at last) according to the Hauppauge website.

It appears that Net2Plug is not compatible with HomePlug - it's a … It appears that Net2Plug is not compatible with HomePlug - it's a proprietary setup.


If that's the case then too bad for Packard Bell

Anyway, concept is pretty much the same as MVP. I personally prefer UPnP or SMB devices which don't rely on PC to get files.

Hi,

But if the alternative uses ethernet dont you have to unplug your cable modem everytime you use it?

I have this net2plug system on usb & it works like a charm.

ipaq

Hi,But if the alternative uses ethernet dont you have to unplug your … Hi,But if the alternative uses ethernet dont you have to unplug your cable modem everytime you use it?

Not if configured properly. I guess you can configure your firewall as having the player in "Trusted zone" (or whatever they call it). Then you can set a rule, which ban player from accessing Internet (if you really don't want it to).
Is your network router-based?

Just got mine through yesterday and i was up til 1am this morning trying to get the damn thing to work.

WARNING TO ANYONE THINKING OF BUYING THIS:

If you run a 64bit processor this will not work, or at least not with the AMD64's.

The Net2Plug software and setup was a piece of cake and had a steady 14MB network running, the issues lie in the streaming of the media from the PC to the [email protected] device.

"Error: Media Processing Failure" is what i was receiving and all i could find on it from the net were two dutch sites and a post on the uk packard bell forum. Plus an additional post thats been added by me now.

Anyway spoken to microdirect and they are aware of these issues.... great, didnt mention it anywhere on their site! Im awaiting a call from their customer services so that they can pay for the return shipping costs. Guess i will keep an eye open for an alternative product.

PS: Damn shame really as the product looked pretty sweet to be honest.

Thanks, this is very good piece of information!

Fladams

Just got mine through yesterday and i was up til 1am this morning trying … Just got mine through yesterday and i was up til 1am this morning trying to get the damn thing to work. WARNING TO ANYONE THINKING OF BUYING THIS:If you run a 64bit processor this will not work, or at least not with the AMD64's.The Net2Plug software and setup was a piece of cake and had a steady 14MB network running, the issues lie in the streaming of the media from the PC to the [email protected] device."Error: Media Processing Failure" is what i was receiving and all i could find on it from the net were two dutch sites and a post on the uk packard bell forum. Plus an additional post thats been added by me now.Anyway spoken to microdirect and they are aware of these issues.... great, didnt mention it anywhere on their site! Im awaiting a call from their customer services so that they can pay for the return shipping costs. Guess i will keep an eye open for an alternative product.PS: Damn shame really as the product looked pretty sweet to be honest.



Can you be more specific. I've have it working on a 3Ghz AMD64 (939 pin). I havent watched anything terribly long but Ive listened to plenty of music. Apart from being susceptible to problems when the PC is busy its been fine for me. (The way the music/video is organised is bloody terrible tho. Ive had all sorts of trouble trying to divide up my stuff to keep a smaller amount available to it so its actually possible to find what you want)

Fladams

Just got mine through yesterday and i was up til 1am this morning trying … Just got mine through yesterday and i was up til 1am this morning trying to get the damn thing to work. WARNING TO ANYONE THINKING OF BUYING THIS:If you run a 64bit processor this will not work, or at least not with the AMD64's.The Net2Plug software and setup was a piece of cake and had a steady 14MB network running, the issues lie in the streaming of the media from the PC to the [email protected] device."Error: Media Processing Failure" is what i was receiving and all i could find on it from the net were two dutch sites and a post on the uk packard bell forum. Plus an additional post thats been added by me now.Anyway spoken to microdirect and they are aware of these issues.... great, didnt mention it anywhere on their site! Im awaiting a call from their customer services so that they can pay for the return shipping costs. Guess i will keep an eye open for an alternative product.PS: Damn shame really as the product looked pretty sweet to be honest.



[COLOR=black][SIZE=2]I bought this product and it plays only about 5% of my media files. I have been getting the "Error: Media Processing Failure" over and over again and couldn’t work out for the life of me what it was. I was installing codec's all over the place. So much so that i seemed to have fubor'ed the OS [/SIZE][/COLOR]
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[COLOR=black][SIZE=2]I applied for an RMA with Micro Direct and have just received it. It seems that want me to pay for the postage. Even though they knew it didn’t work with AMD 64 and i had some items missing (as stated in the manual, it should come with batteries and a USB A to B cable).[/SIZE][/COLOR]
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[COLOR=black][SIZE=2]Very Unhappy - Hope they will refund postage![/SIZE][/COLOR]

Just out of curiosity - there are some rumours that [email protected] is the same thing as iCube [email protected] (at least they look similar apart from Net2Plug stuff) so it could support uPnP protocol. Can you try it with some uPnP media servers like TVersity or Twonkyvision?

Kommunist

Just out of curiosity - there are some rumours that [email protected] is the same … Just out of curiosity - there are some rumours that [email protected] is the same thing as iCube [email protected] (at least they look similar apart from Net2Plug stuff) so it could support uPnP protocol. Can you try it with some uPnP media servers like TVersity or Twonkyvision?



If you want to give me some more info on how/what to do I'll have a crack.

what:
1.]TVersity
2. ]TwonkyMedia trial

how:
1.]TVersity
2. ]Twonky forum

I do have Twonky running on Linksys NSLU2 but it is completely different installation compared to PC. I do have TVersity on WinXP however.

TBH, I do not think that chances this setup will work are very high because of that Net2Plug thing. Also I am not convinced that this device is supporting uPnP.
But still worth a try isn't it?

Im nearly sure it is uPnP and it can run on normal ethernet too (although I havent tried yet). Also the net2plug runs as a separate service on the PC from the media server so it may work with some twiddling (yes that IS a technical term ;))

So if it is uPnP then it might work
You can try other servers as well (like On2, Swiss Center, Wizd for example) and see if you can get this thing to work.

To me the whole x64 issue sounds like a bug in their server, not the device. And if it could work with alternative software then it'll be useful.

Do remember that there are some devices like Hauppauge MVP that are not uPnP compatible and server software need to download firmware into client first. Hope that's not the case in [email protected] Fingers crossed!

1st @ Gary_rip: I complained to customer services at Microdirect and said they had mis sold the item to me as they were aware of issues with the 64bit processors. Just had an email from them this morning and they will fork out the shipping costs for me to return it.

2nd @ Jonno: Damn you just blew my explanation right out the water of it being issues with the processor. I run a AMD64 3200+, Windows XP SP2, 1 gig RAM.

Are you able to provide me with some details of your PC build, im still curious about this product.

Cheers.

Fladams

1st @ Gary_rip: I complained to customer services at Microdirect and said … 1st @ Gary_rip: I complained to customer services at Microdirect and said they had mis sold the item to me as they were aware of issues with the 64bit processors. Just had an email from them this morning and they will fork out the shipping costs for me to return it.



Are they paying up front or will they refund you after?

Im not planning on paying anything. Although ive now sold the product too someone else who i work with. Hopefully they will have more luck then me. If he has issues too then i'll probably give him the cash back and send it off next week.

The email i received from microdirect is below:

Dear Sir or Madam

I am writing to you in regards to your collection service. If you want you can take the item down to one of the Amtrak or City Link depot’s and they will return the item back to Micro Direct, however you will need to go online and create a RMA number as all items that are being returned need to have a RMA number. When you request the RMA online you need to note (if necessary) that you will drop off the parcel at one of the above depots. Then you will be able to submit your request.

Or you can request for the collection service which I can arrange a collection from your house if you wish, just let me know what you wish to do.

Thank you

Thanks... im gonna call them and bite their ears off now!
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