Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: WMA11B
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CNET editors' review
price range: $27.99 - $64.64
- Reviewed by: Brian Nadel and Brian Nadel
- Reviewed on: 07/29/2003
- Released on: 07/15/2003
The good: Good audio and graphics quality; easy setup; intuitive onscreen menu; includes audio and video cables.
The bad: Can’t handle video, Internet radio, or audio CDs; requires Windows XP and .Net framework; hogs host PC’s resources; incompatible with firewall; meager one-year warranty.
The bottom line: The Linksys Wireless-B media adapter does a good job of letting media hounds beam MP3s to their stereo or digital pictures to their TV, but it's pricey considering what it still lacks.
Even on sale...this thing is terrible.
by dreiter91910 on November 11, 2005
Pros: Great Idea.
Cons: Doesn't work.
Summary: I'm just here to echo the views of others about this product and it's tech support. They are both worthless. Mine never did work. I keep my pc ...
Summary: I'm just here to echo the views of others about this product and it's tech support. They are both worthless. Mine never did work. I keep my pc very up to date, so I think I was doomed from the start. There is a patch with is supposed to make this work with XP SVCPK2, but it sure didn't for me. This is the first time, I have not been able to make a computer peripheral work they way I expected it to. When I finally did call tech support, they were clueless. I actually told them about the patch available on their website. This thing seemed like a good deal at 29.99 from a major computer retailer who has them on sale this week, but resist the temptation. You'll end up with nothing but a headache. Thankfully, I still have my receipt.
Works well for a $30 device
by access_denied on November 7, 2005
Pros: Inexpensive ($30 @ CompUSA - no rebate required)
Cons: Not the most intuitive
Summary: Bucked the negative reviews figuring that for the $30 asking price, I'd give it a shot and see if I could get it working. Was intially very frustrated by ...
Summary: Bucked the negative reviews figuring that for the $30 asking price, I'd give it a shot and see if I could get it working. Was intially very frustrated by the fact that the configuration software couldn't locate the device on my network even though I could see it in the DHCP list. Found that by temporarily disabling my Firewall (ZoneAlarm - free version), the configuration utility was able to find and configure the adapter. After that I re-enabled the firewall and was off to the races – it works pretty well too. There are definitely some things I'd like to see them do differently, but for $30 - it's worth the price.
Very Cool – But Difficult to Setup
by esolm on October 30, 2005
Pros: All Those MP3’s On The Computer, Are Now Playing On The Stereo
Cons: Hard To Setup – Included Software Is Not Polished
Summary: Once you get the Linksys Media Adapter up and running you will be the envy of your friends with all those mp3’s streaming to your stereo and basic song ...
Summary: Once you get the Linksys Media Adapter up and running you will be the envy of your friends with all those mp3’s streaming to your stereo and basic song info being displayed on your TV.
So first the hard part getting the Media Adapter up and running, the Media Adapter has two flaws – the software out of the box isn’t Windows XP SP2 compliant and the device doesn’t work with the windows firewall. The work around is fairly straight forward. For the software you need to download the patch from Linksys - first you install the software then you can install the patch. As for the firewall you have two options if you are using the windows firewall you can turn it off (not advised to run your computer without a software firewall), or you can use another firewall. The problem with the windows firewall is that you can open up the firewall to specific software or ports but you can’t open it to a specific IP address. I’m running the MacAfee firewall which allowed me to designate the media adapter’s ip address as a trusted connection.
Once you get the Linksys media adapter up and running you’ll find that the software is less than polished. The biggest problem is that as you rip more music into your music directory the software does a poor job keeping up and the next time you try to use your media adapter you’ll find that your map of your music directory is corrupted and it will only see a fraction of your music the solution seems to be a reboot of your computer.
After you get back these quirks the device works great. I’ve never had such great access to all my music before.
Tough to set up and keep running.
by Sir1oin on October 3, 2005
Pros: Play MP3's and View Pics from your computer on your Home Theater System.
Cons: Doesn't work with Win XP SP-2, doesn't work with MS or McAfee Firewall, terrible remote response.
Summary: I have used this product for a year and a half. I've called customer service at least a dozen times to get it to work. It seem that everytime ...
Summary: I have used this product for a year and a half. I've called customer service at least a dozen times to get it to work. It seem that everytime I would update Windows XP I would have to reset my router and the Media adapter. Then, when it did work it would respond as slowly to it's remote as FEMA did with Katrina. Don't buy if you are a techie that keeps his computer up to date. The Linksys Media Adapter program engineers can't keep up with the current MS operating software changes. As far as I know there hasn't been a firmware update and the beta software update that they 'allowed' me to download was about a year old. Now that doesn't mean I don't like Linksys. I have their router and cable modem and they are top notch.
Does Exactly What it Says it Does But.......
by imdbassman on March 28, 2005
Pros: Does Exactly What it Says it Does
Cons: Will not work thru a firewall and XP SP2 .net Framework
Summary: Purchased and installed it about a year ago. Worked fine, had no problems. Easy to install and setup. Updated to XP Service Pack 2 and things got weird. It still ...
Summary: Purchased and installed it about a year ago. Worked fine, had no problems. Easy to install and setup. Updated to XP Service Pack 2 and things got weird. It still played music from the folders I had defined in the Media Adapter Folder Manager when I was running with SP1. But when I attempted to add additional folders using the Media Adapter Folder Manager an error was generated telling me to stop and restart the application's service. This did nothing to resolve the issue. I sent an email to Linksys customer support. They responded with a fix in about 11 hours. This device will not work with MS .net Framework 1.1 and associated patches. Basically Linksys' resolution is removing the .net Framework 1.1 and installing .net Framework 1.0 (which is in the Media Adapter's installation CD). The device supports WEP so the the firewall issue not really a major problem if your wireless network is configured correctly (though the firewall issue is a shortcoming). Some of the newer media adapters now support video, iNet radio and a wider selection of supported photo formats. Still, I liked the look and performance of this product.
Works but only just
by kraftee1 on March 22, 2005
Pros: It will work just
Cons: Won't work with the latest MS.Net patches & absolutely no support forthcoming from Linksys
Summary: Nice little unit, if only Linksys would actually produce updated software for it. As it stands now it is not compatable with SP2 firewall (no suprises there) & you can'...
Summary: Nice little unit, if only Linksys would actually produce updated software for it. As it stands now it is not compatable with SP2 firewall (no suprises there) & you can't patch/secure MS.Net or else the software won't run and the lack of support leaves a bad taste in the mouth considering it's produced by a supposedly premier company
Does exactly what it says on the tin!
Pros: Easy setup, does support custom directories (I have music spread accross various H/Drives), S-Video support, TV Menu, only £65, works fine with my firewall, no gaps between music
Cons: Doesn't support video
This product does not support XP SP2
Cons: I just bought this at Circuit City and after spending six hours trying to get it to work, three of which were on the phone with Linksys customer support, we came to find our problem. The WMA11B will not work with Microsoft XP service pack 2. It only wor
Good basic performance, horrible customer service
Pros: Great for MP3s and viewing JPGs - wireless reception seems good.
Cons: CPU hog, even when not in use - customer service on more than one occasion involved long waits, language barrier, and no answer to problems
Had potential, but too many flaws without updates
Pros: 1. Can play MP3s, WMAs and show pictures. 2. Unlike others comments you can pick any directory ... I don't use my profile directory for music.
Cons: 1. Bad remote control, sometimes mistakes new press for previous button being pressed. 2. Either looses sync or dumps buffer ... occationally hear clicks and pops. 3. Limited info on screen. 4. Cannot select to play all songs by an artist randomly withou
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: WMA11B
- Description: The Linksys Wireless-B Media Adapter lets you bring the digital music and pictures stored on your computer to your Home Entertainment Center, without running cables through the house. Using a wireless connection, the Media Adapter displays your digital photographs on the TV for the whole family to enjoy. And your digital music collection is finally freed from those little computer speakers and can play in full glory through your stereo system. The Wireless-B Media Adapter sits by your home stereo and television and connects to them using standard consumer electronics cables. Then it connects to your home network by Wireless-B (802.11b) wireless networking, or if you prefer, it can be connected via standard 10/100 Ethernet cabling. Using the included remote control and the user-friendly menus on your TV, you can browse through the digital pictures on your computer by folder, filename, or thumbnail. You can view pictures one at a time, or watch an automatically created slideshow of all the pictures in a given folder. The Media Adapter supports four popular picture formats: JPG, GIF, TIF and BMP. Use the remote control's Zoom button to get a close-up of the details in your pictures. You can also use the remote to browse your MP3 or WMA formatted music collection by title, artist, genre, folder, or playlist. Choose the music you want, and let the Wireless-B Media Adapter play it through your stereo system. You can even let music play in the background while you browse your pictures. Let the Linksys Wireless-B Media Adapter bring your digital media out into the living room for the whole family to enjoy.
- Type of product Digital multimedia receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 6.3 in x 2 in x 7.5 in
- Weight 13 oz
Network & Internet
- Functionality Digital audio playback,
Digital photo playback
- Encryption 64-bit WEP,
- TV tuner type None
- Supported Audio Standards WMA,
- Supported Pictures Standard JPG,
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Device Type None
- Digital Storage Media None
- Connector Type 1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ),
1 x Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ),
1 x Network ( RJ-45 )
- Type Remote control
- Technology Infrared
- Cables Included Video cable,
Video / audio cable,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year