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Good: Straightforward and easy to use, nice interface
Bad: It does a bad job playing most HD (720p or 1080p) videos
Comment: I have owned this product since it was released, it is great value for money and easy to use.
I have a 100Mb wired ethernet connection into a Netgear hub / router and link via HDMI into a HD TV. Video storage is via two x 2TB NAS devices which connect via uPnP into the WD box.
Common video formats are fine for MD (DVD) and I have never encountered any issues with AVI that are encoded for the DVD type resolutions.
However, it has serious problems playing the now common HD file and encoding formats, which is very disappointing since this is supposed to be a HD streaming device. MKV and MP4 files have a less than 40% success rate (I have tried many different encoding formats for both files including all those supposed to be supported by this device).
As such, I am replacing it an admittedly much higher priced unit that can play just about everything.
I wouldn't recommend this device if you wish to stream a variety of HD video formats.
Good: Works out of the box
Bad: Very very occasional hang
Comment: Unlike the reviewers at cnet I had no problem with connectivity. I used a Dlink wpa-140 wireless usb network adaptor to connect to my network. Within 5 minutes of opening the box I had a choice of playing video from 1 windows share or 4 smb shares (3 on Macs and one on a Dlink DNS-323 NAS) I also had a choice of playing video from the uPnP AV server on the nas device and via the AV server built into Vuze. All worked however some MKV files would not play through the AV server on the nas but would play through the smb share on the same device. I have not yet found a video format in my 1.5TB collection that the device can not play over an smb share.
As regards performance not one slight glitch in the picture so far I am actually amazed with this. The wireless usb connector is an 802.11n device my wireless access point is an Apple Airport Extreme so 802.11n again with 1 GigE and my switch is a 1 GigE D link device and the nas has a 1 GigE interface.
Just buy one you won't be sorry.
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