I’m later than I’d have liked in pointing out Chris Lanier’s thoughts on the the relatively new Linksys DMA2200 Microsoft-based v2 Media Extender. Overall Chris seems pleased with the form factor and basic extender functionality, though he dings the unit for lacking more comprehensive media format playback capabilities:
Iâd give the Linksys DMA2200 a 6/10. It still needs a lot of work, and I really feel at this point with it being a second generation product that these issues shouldnât exist. For simply extending the âcoreâ? Media Center experience (minus videos), the DMA2200 is fantastic. However, it still lacks in providing format support to bring the device to the level it should be.
Check out the entire series:
- Linksys Extender Review Part 1: Media Center & PC Setup
- Linksys Extender Review Part 2: Extender Experience
- Linksys Extender Review Part 3: Wrap-up
Chris also notes that the D-Link DSM-750 v2 extender should be shipping soon. In addition to Windows MCE extender functionality, the D-Link unit should provide more flexible media playback options via it’s Media Lounge interface.
I believe the Xbox 360 is still a better value (gaming, content downloads, and media extender) than these devices, assuming one can deal with the noise and bulk… and that the types of media one intends to play are supported.