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.
Great idea but very difficult to set up
by fbcurse on April 24, 2005
Pros: great way to play your music on a home stereo
Cons: but w/ XP service pack 2 it has all kinds of problems
Summary: and apparently with .net 1.1 either. I managed to get it to work but at some point windows must have updated to .NET 1.1 and I didn;t ...
Summary: and apparently with .net 1.1 either. I managed to get it to work but at some point windows must have updated to .NET 1.1 and I didn;t realize it. That was the end of this. tech support is BS for this product. they don't have a clue. tried to demand a refund for a product that does not work and THEY HUNG UP ON ME! now I have another piece of junk collecting dust. Do yourself a favor and try a different product.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
It saves _msl.lock files all over my machine!
by ma8yu on January 3, 2006
Pros: Works for a few songs
Cons: It saves _msl.lock files all over my machine!
Summary: The fact that it saves _msl.lock files all over my machine has created numerous problems for other programs running on my machine. If *any* other program uses the mp3 ...
Summary: The fact that it saves _msl.lock files all over my machine has created numerous problems for other programs running on my machine. If *any* other program uses the mp3 files in your songs directory, be careful! My first reccommendation is to setup a read only file share and point the lynksys program to that instead of the real directory. Otherwise it will save hundreds, of _msl.lock files that cannot be easily removed.
I spent hours investigating problems on my PC only to discover that the stupid little linksys program was saving files that were left open and could not be erased. The only way I could delete the files was to reboot in command line mode! This product works great for a few songs but if you have hundereds-thousands it is too much pain to make it work.
Maybe someday Linksys will post a software upgrade...
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
It works, but Linksys needs to UPDATE
Pros: It works great for what it is supposed to do. Set up can be a pain, but if you 1. set it up while hooked into a wired network and then switch to wireless. And 2. Turn off software firewalls and virus detection when you want it to work. A lot of potentia
Cons: LIMITED features, but yet so much potential! It really needs to be able to play video, and streaming media from the web. Internet radio, etc. Needs software to manage playlists and selections from the computer. Needs screen saver for TV music operation.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
No Firewall?? The response from Linksys
by tsteffes on June 22, 2005
Cons: No Firewall support.
Summary: I called and inquired about the "you have to turn off the firewall to make this work" stance. After several hours of arguing with their tech support (who told me ...
Summary: I called and inquired about the "you have to turn off the firewall to make this work" stance. After several hours of arguing with their tech support (who told me I needed to call Microsoft to find out what ports I needed to open up... idiot!), this was the response I received the next day via email:
"The WMA11B uses dynamic ports (changes all the time) for buffering purposes. You will not be able to use this with a firewall… This should not be a problem though for the fact that you “should” already have a Linksys router which contains an advanced hardware-based firewall."
And if I don't have a hardware firewall am I supposed to just open up my computer to attacks so I can listen to music?? Other products use set ports and rules can be created on the firewall to let the device talk to your computer.
This product stinks. The support stinks. Linksys's lack of concern for their customer stinks.
I will never buy another Linksys product again!!
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by kamanojk on October 2, 2007
Pros: Works well once set up
Cons: Difficult to set up
Summary: This adapter meets the need for music and pictures to be piped in to my bedroom from the desktop in the den. I like its relative small profile (fits easily ...
Summary: This adapter meets the need for music and pictures to be piped in to my bedroom from the desktop in the den. I like its relative small profile (fits easily next to my TV). Hoping firmware upgrades are coming from Linksys to improve options menu and options themselves
Lousy. Hard to set up. Tech support is obtuse.
by warjo on June 24, 2007
Pros: It's great to be able to show images on the TV Screen.
Cons: Doesn't have controls that show up on computer screen. Has lousy setup instructions.
Summary: I bought the machine hoping to show images from my hard drive on the TV set, where people could sit back and look at them. I also hoped to be ...
Summary: I bought the machine hoping to show images from my hard drive on the TV set, where people could sit back and look at them. I also hoped to be able to play music stored on my computer through my stereo system. After calling for help a few times, I did finally get slide shows working. Then I found out you can control the device only through a television set. So you have to have the TV and Stereo in the same room to play music at all.
I used it a few times for pictures. Then I had to reformat my hard drive, and in the process wiped out the unit's installation on my lapttop. I tried to install it again, and it wouldn't install. I called for help and spent about an hour with somebody who didn't seem to be able to answer direct questions, but rather just listen and then go to the manual and try to pick an answer that seemed to apply. I finally typed, "I'm out of time," and disconnected. An hour later I got a phone call from somebody telling me the device is out of warranty, and it would cost me $29.95 for assistance. I didn't go for it.
I really feel I have been cheated.
Don't Buy this product you will never get it to work.
by kevburt on January 13, 2006
Pros: None to list
Cons: Difficult setup, does not work with firewall on
Summary: Don't buy this product! It is almost impossible to setup, it does not interact with firewalls that are enabled, and tech support is almost non-existant. All in all a ...
Summary: Don't buy this product! It is almost impossible to setup, it does not interact with firewalls that are enabled, and tech support is almost non-existant. All in all a very tough lesson learned about linksys.
More trouble than its worth
by Geddy Lee on January 7, 2006
Pros: when it works, it does it's job
Cons: difficult setup, terrible customer service and support, impossible to uninstall, can't use a firewall?!?!!?!
Summary: When this thing works it works.
I have had one for a year, and it has worked for 4 weeks of that time. To cut a long story short, it ...
Summary: When this thing works it works.
I have had one for a year, and it has worked for 4 weeks of that time. To cut a long story short, it took them 3 years to patch the buggy software and make it compatible for windows SP2. Their customer support doesn't know enough about computers or their own products to help. It cannot work through a firewall and unfortunately this is not mentioned in the documents anywhere, so it can take a age to set up. Finally the software cannot be uninstalled properly and despite vain attempts, I can no longer use it as i can't install or uninstall the software. It's not really worth the effort.
Awful - Will not do photos as shown
by kenerback on December 8, 2005
Pros: Does handle MP3s
Cons: After about 4 hours with tech support, was told that it will not handle as large (around 3 meg) JPEGs, or as many as I have.
Summary: I have tried to return, with no luck. I have spent hours on the instant messaging tech support line, and over an hour on the phone. If I push hard ...
Summary: I have tried to return, with no luck. I have spent hours on the instant messaging tech support line, and over an hour on the phone. If I push hard enough, they agree that the product does not work, and promise to have the supervisor call me with authorization to return. Several days later I get a totally stock answer.
Do not buy this if you have a decent camera, and want to use it with a decent library of pictures.
standby fails after insallation.
by mike210 on November 14, 2005
Pros: good quality sound/images.
Cons: standby fails due to a running process
Summary: After installing the software my computor fails to enter standby. Linksys support is no help, and the heavy accent makes them difficult to understand. Initially had firewall issues (xp widows ...
Summary: After installing the software my computor fails to enter standby. Linksys support is no help, and the heavy accent makes them difficult to understand. Initially had firewall issues (xp widows firewall)but was able to config the firewall to allow it. Linksys people did not know how to do this and told me to turn off the firewall.
- 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