This is a discussion on Streaming Devices within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Has anyone used any of the available media streaming devices? (Netgear MP101, Philips Streamium, Roku, etc). I am thinking about ...
- 24-10-06, 08:39 PM #1
Has anyone used any of the available media streaming devices? (Netgear MP101, Philips Streamium, Roku, etc).
I am thinking about buying one, but not sure how good they are - especially with the Sky router!
Tempted with an MP101 as they are going cheap on eBay (under £40), but they are audio only. Looks like a true multimedia (audio, video, photos, etc) device is going to cost near £100 upwards.
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- 24-10-06, 10:05 PM #3
I have an MP101. It's not a great product (Netgear abandoned support for it in no time) and their Musicserver software is appalling. The box is notoriously temperamental when used wirelessly. There are several people on ebay who offer a "I'll fix your MP101 problems" service for a small fee - for those people too dim to Google and find the Yahoo group that specialises in this. Only WEP is supported. The sound quality is good.
That said, if you use say Twonky for the server software and get one of the "better" boxes then yes - it works well with the Sky router.
On the other hand, the Roku boxes are superb. You get what you pay for.
- 25-10-06, 08:39 AM #4
I use a "good ole Xbox" which has been "chipped" and running XBMC (Xbox Media Centre - google XBMC). You can buy one for £50, the chip for £30 and a 320Gb HDD for £50. The Remote control is under £20. So, for £150 you have a fully configured Media Server which looks identical to MS XP Media Centre Edition but running off a linux core (don't panic - you never see the command line and need to know Zero about linux).
It plays / streams Music (iTunes DAAP share), Photos and plays ANY video file format. Connects to the 'Net, gets RSS feeds, YouTube, Google Videos and has a Web and FTP-server.
www.xbox-scene.com and look in the forum.
- 25-10-06, 10:09 PM #5
yep i have to agree the xbox makes a good old ,media location but i still prefer my fireball.
- 26-10-06, 10:17 AM #6
Inside my house I use VLC to stream TV from my PC with a TV card to my other one. I'm sure with a bit of port forwarding setup it would work over the internet.
And it's free.
- 25-01-07, 11:53 PM #7
Re: Streaming Devices
I have a Philips SLM5500, which sends the wireless router bezerk when I try to connect. If I take the wireless encrytion off it works fine. Put it back on and the router starts to power recycle!
Anybody got any ideas?