Linksys DMA2200 Media Center Extender for Windows Vista

My Linksys DMA2200 arrived today, thanks to the Media Center team at Microsoft (Thanks, folks!).

Linksys DMA2200 

I was fortunate enough to get to test a competing product, the D-Link DSM-750, prior to this.

 D-Link DSM-750

PRO: The single biggest advantage of the DMA2200 over the DSM-750 is a built-in DVD player.  This is a 1080p upscaling DVD player. Sadly, you have to exit the Media Center Extender UI to get to the DVD player, but........ Its an inconvenience, not a show-stopper.  

PRO: The UI in the DMA2200 seems to be a bit snappier and smoother than the DSM-750. 

CON: The DMA2200 does not have the Windows Media Connect feature of the DSM-750.  This allows you to access shared music, movies, videos and pictures across your LAN.  Of course, you can do this within Media Center, too, so I don't see this as any big loss.

The DMA2200 does what you would expect a Media Center Extender to do, and so far, does it pretty well.  It presents almost every function of the full Media Center Experience, and does it in a small black package.   No need to have that clunky PC in the den or living room any more. 

Both units support Draft N wireless. as well as wired ethernet.  And they both support Composite, Component and HDMI video.  Surround sound support is standard for both units, as well as S/PDIF audio out.  I haven't tried the wireless yet, since I already had CAT-5 running to the devices location.  All in all, if its a choice between these two units, I'd spring for the extra bucks and get the DMA2200, as it doesn't lose anything I'd miss and gains a DVD player.

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  • Welcome back Doug! :)

    March 21, 2008 7:44 PM
  • Scott said:

    Any thoughts on how this compares with a Slingbox?  I already have a Linksys router, I'd rather try to use it.  Is it an issue of wireless network speed?  I've also been looking for some way to view WMC over a remote desktop software on another computer.

    February 4, 2009 1:35 AM