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Buffalo LinkTheater PC-P4LWAG


$249.00

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Streams well over WLAN and fits together with Buffalo LinkStation NAS and a Buffalo Airstation router.

The Cons:It does not support subtitles!! The scart connection is a joke. It disturbs other scarts, can't "play together" with them and does not recognize (switch) the ration 16:9 . 4:3 as all other scart connected devices. The units respond to ~1 in 10 remote button pushes, so that to navigate down through 10 files and then play a file frequently takes hundreds of key presses. The units frequently loose network connection while idle, and this requires navigating all the way back to the main menu, frequently hundreds of button pushes on the remote. If a new file is added to the terastation or other media server the units lock up when a "refresh" is done to the server; any file that is playing halts. There are several buttons on the remote that if pushed lock the unit up to the point that a factory reset must be done to recover.

The new LinkTheater is amongst the first multimedia devices designed to work with Intel Viiv technology ? a new PC platform that will help make it easier for families to download, store and view all kinds of digital entertainment and information.

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Powered by Mediabolic?s Media Player software and the high-performance Philips Nexperia media processor, the Buffalo LinkTheater Wireless-A&G Media Player enables consumers to unlock and stream personal and premium content from their Intel Viiv technology-based PCs to other rooms in the house.

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    Streams well over WLAN and fits together with Buffalo LinkStation NAS and a Buffalo Airstation router.

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    It does not support subtitles!!

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    The scart connection is a joke. It disturbs other scarts, can't "play together" with them and does not recognize (switch) the ration 16:9 . 4:3 as all other scart connected devices.

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    The units respond to ~1 in 10 remote button pushes, so that to navigate down through 10 files and then play a file frequently takes hundreds of key presses. The units frequently loose network connection while idle, and this requires navigating all the way back to the main menu, frequently hundreds of button pushes on the remote. If a new file is added to the terastation or other media server the units lock up when a "refresh" is done to the server; any file that is playing halts. There are several buttons on the remote that if pushed lock the unit up to the point that a factory reset must be done to recover.

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    The fast-forward and rewind functions are useless. The "resume" function is just an evil joke. There are NO provisions for playing sequential files or creating a "play list". If you use "pause" resign yourself to the fact the audio will never sync back up with the video during the rest of the playback.

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wings466
wings466: #buffalo_linktheater_pc_p4lwag Quote: The units respond to ~1 in 10 remote button pushes, so that to navigate down through 10 files and then play a file frequently takes hundreds of key presses. The units frequently loose network connection while idle, and this requires navigating all the way back to the main menu, frequently hundreds of button pushes on the remote. If a new file is added to the terastation or other media server the units lock up when a "refresh" is done to the server; any file that is playing halts. There are several buttons on the remote that if pushed lock the unit up to the point that a factory reset must be done to recover. Quote ends.

Mostly true, the buttons to surfe the files is not only up-down. There are small gray buttos under the left and right arrows, these are page up, page down. A small gray button above the right-arrow is Home, brings you back to the main level where you choose the server. You do not have to go back just by using the left arrow. For example pictures inside a directory (or all pictures) can be seen by juts pushing the up and down arrows when a pic is diplayed. Oct 22, 08
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wings466
wings466: #buffalo_linktheater_pc_p4lwag I just did set up one. Streams well over WLAN and fits together with Buffalo LinkStation NAS and a Buffalo Airstation router.

That was about it for "pros", all cons stated by Fish4Fun are valid. To add a few from a Europen point of view:

The scart connection is a joke. It disturbs other scarts, can't "play together" with them and does not recognize (switch) the ration 16:9 . 4:3 as all other scart connected devices.

It does not support subtitles!! This is a big minus. The only way to watch movies is to burn the subtitles on the video and that is not the way to do it! Feb 1, 08
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Fish4Fun
Fish4Fun: #buffalo_linktheater_pc_p4lwag I have two of these, PC-P4LWAG, and while I love being able to watch my media files on the big-screens, the horrible firmware really detracts from the fun. The units respond to ~1 in 10 remote button pushes, so that to navigate down through 10 files and then play a file frequently takes hundreds of key presses. The units frequently loose network connection while idle, and this requires navigating all the way back to the main menu, frequently hundreds of button pushes on the remote. If a new file is added to the terastation or other media server the units lock up when a "refresh" is done to the server; any file that is playing halts. There are several buttons on the remote that if pushed lock the unit up to the point that a factory reset must be done to recover.

The fast-forward and rewind functions are useless. The "resume" function is just an evil joke. There are NO provisions for playing sequential files or creating a "play list". If you use "pause" resign yourself to the fact the audio will never sync back up with the video during the rest of the playback.

While the wireless performs very well, when connected via lan cable the unit is highly unstable, so plan on installing a wireless router if you don't already have one.

The unit has so much potential that it is really a shame it is so frustrating to operate. If there is anyone in the room with you when attempt to navigate to and play a file they will almost certainly assume you are an idiot and ask you to hand them the remote; their assumption being that you can't figure out how to push the buttons.

With a firmware upgrade this unit could be REALLY COOL, but as it ships it is very frustrating and only a half-a-step above really bad.

Fish4Fun Jan 4, 08
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