Associated Press Reviews Linksys DMA2200 Extender
writer Peter Svensson recently reviewed the Linksys DMA200 Extender. While he didn’t give it a shining review,
these types of reviews often point out important facts and opinions that need
to be looked at. Often when technology enthusiasts
like myself review such a product the mass market aspect doesn’t shine though
to its fullest. After all, I’ve been
using Media Center and Extenders for years and have a general knowledge of all
General points made by Svensson in the review.
- “Worked pretty much as advertised”
- However, “will be met with as little enthusiasm as the first
- Apple will be one to ”spark interest” in category
Problems and issues with the Linksys DMA2200 included
- Microsoft making the software, others making the hardware
and web services
- Leads to confusing, poorly integrated mess of a system
- Apple remote has six buttons, DMA2200 has 48
- Confusing UI on third party apps like Vongo
- Couldn’t figure out how-to register for Showtime plug-in
- Points out Microsoft has Xbox 360 rentals that don’t work on
- Older wireless can’t stream HD content nicely
- Odd problem with on/off of the Extender, says it magically
turned itself on/used more power off then on (not so sure about that one).
I agree with a lot of what Svensson had to say. The key to these products need to be that
they just work, without setup issues, without service registration issues,
etc. One of the things that’s been in my
head lately is that fact that TiVo is actually outdoing Media Center in terms
of online services because of the simple consistent UI that is provided. Microsoft on the other hand wants to have
third parties do their own UI, this often leads to the hard to navigation and
mussed together services that MTV Networks has put out.
Whether Apple will be the one to “spark interest” in the category
still remains to be seen, but they have a better chance than Microsoft at this
point. I’ve been saying for years that
if Microsoft doesn’t connect their products and advertise them as connected
then they will basically fail. The Xbox
Marketplace rentals are a key example, as is the lack of Zune integration with
other Microsoft products, and dozens of other examples. The thing that would benefit Microsoft right now is competition.
I still fail to understand the concept behind the
button-less remote. There really needs
to be a distinction made between functionality and number of buttons. When Apple provides all the features that
Media Center has with six buttons and it works nicely let me know. The real problem here is the lack of remote
design, and oddly enough this has been a problem with the CE industry for ten
years. No one knows how to design a nice
ergonomic remote that still functions correctly (with the exception of
Logitech). Less is not always more in
terms of remotes. In the review Svensson
said he never used the numeric buttons.
I think most PVR users still use them relatively often. I use them all the time search through my
music collection. There is still a need
for these buttons, the remote just has to be nicely done.
At the end of the day Svensson review brings up some good
points to look at, but at the same time I think he had decided before that the
Apple TV was almost his definition of what the Linksys DMA2200 should have
I’ve currently got a DMA2200 and will be posting a review in
the upcoming weeks that will include some interesting aspects.