dealssony smp-n100 network media player with wi-fi for…

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Anyone have any comments/used this before? Been looking for a deal on something so I can stream my tv shows and movies from my PC to my TV (couch is much more comfortable than desk chair). Any info? I'd mostly like to stream my actual files .avis and HD movies.

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this is actually a pretty cool unit, it will stream just about any format you can thing of in Audio and Video. You can also attach an external HD to it and serve it directly instead of going through your home "network". Ive been looking at this unit along with others like the RUKO or the WD and think this one is very comparable if not better in some areas. the only thing that worries me is its a Sony... Dont get me wrong I love Sony, but they have a horrible track record of updating their projects. The Ruko seems to be the most popular of all the brands that are out. Im still on the fence, but at 49.00 i might just jump on this.

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I was hoping to use this as a network media player but it didn't like streaming my mkvs. I love my Seagate Free Agent Home Theater+, this was sub-par, not plug and play.

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@fivemtz: any advice on a good freeagent model? Skeptical of this Sony if it won't stream my MKV's :-/ and I haven't heard good things about the WD devices either.

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I don't see a need for this. I don't see that it would do anything that your computer or laptop doesn't already do. An XBox or Wii, Sony Playstation etc can all connect to your network and online as well. Seems like an extra piece of equipment

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@colbytitus: Except for someone like me where my TV is 3x the size of my monitor and I'm not a gamer so I don't own an Xbox or Wii. Also, I don't think its possible to stream you PC's video collection over your network via a Wii, but maybe I'm that out of touch with what those devices do these days.

What? Amazing, not everyone owns all the same stuff :O. I am disappointed, though, that not a single one of these type devices has consistently good reviews (was looking up the Seagate ones, too.)

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I have one of these. If you find it doesn't stream certain files here's the best work around I've come across:

1. Download vuse (torrent program)http://www.vuze.com/
2. You will see your network devices inside the program
3. Set the media player to convert to DTV 720p
4. Drag and drop media files into the media player and let it convert

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@bknabl: (I feel like maybe I should just ask a question on the boards) What kind of files do you normally have to do this with? How long does the conversion take for say, an HD movie (assuming you have the same mkv trouble as the poster above)?

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@meh3884: WiiMC is a very nice and free media center application for the Wii. It's simple to use and install, and I find it quicker to navigate to your content than XBMC and the PS3's DLNA player. I bought a WD TV Live plus to go in another room after setting up my WiiMC box, and promptly returned the WD. It was awful. I'm liking the looks of this thing, though I'm tempted to just get another Wii.

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@colbytitus: I have a Wii that I mostly use to stream content to my living room TV. I am in need of another media player for my second TV, but I'm not looking to spend $150 bucks on another Wii and I don't have a spare laptop or $400 to buy one to set up as a media player for my spare TV. This device is small, cheap, and it outputs 1080, which the Wii does not.

So there is a need for it. Just not for someone like you.

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@meh3884: Normally I convert .mkv files. I have a quad core pc and converting usually takes about 5-6 minutes for a 30 minute tv show. Times will vary depending on your setup. The program converts the file to (I believe) .fov files

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We bought one of these earlier this month. It has been running great. The good:

plays Netflix and Pandora hassle-free
has RCA jacks so if you have older AV stuff, this gadget still works
has HDMI and digital audio outs as well
in addition to the WiFi, it has a physical network connection in the back
front panel USB reads media files and sorts them into the proper categories
parental lockdown features if you wanted to stick this in a kid's room

The bad:

set-up involves a lot of going back-and-forth to a computer
Wireless Protected Set-up would not work -- keys had to be entered via T9
at one point, the on-screen directions, manual, and customer service site disagreed on what to do next
The Sony site listed in the manual is some sort of self-referential Mobius Strip. If you search for the customer service site and follow the directions there, all is well.

The N200 version of this device lets you use your smartphone as a full-text keyboard remote -- that would be handy.

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reviews on newegg indicate that codec support over DLNA is more limited than codec support from a USB hard drive. Can anyone who owns one comment on this? I exclusively stream over DLNA or windows network.

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SOrry if this was covered, but does anyone know outside of MKV's if there are other common video formats this won't play.

Also, can you ship files to the device wirelessly?

Thanks,
-F