Media Routers

February 27, 2009

Bosco's Freebie Screen Share


Show what you are doing on your PC/Mac with your best bud while he/she can show you the same with Bosco's Screen Share. The technology works with any web sharing system whether it is a room or half a world away. Best of all, because it is advertiser supported, its free. If you need help configuring your computer and router, the company offers training. Bosco interactive screen sharing is compatible with Mac OS X (7.8 MB) and Windows XP/Vista (3 MB.) and you must have either high speed Internet connection or LAN.

Via Bosco

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January 22, 2009

Xtreme All-in-One Router


D-Link has unveiled an all-in-one router dubbed the Xtreme N DIR-685. The 802.11n Wi-Fi storage device also features NAS, 2 USB ports, SharePort technology for printers and scanners and a 3.2" LCD monitor with up to 1.6 million colors. In addition, it has internal antennas and a built-in FTP server to access files from your home network or the Internet. A WLAN scheduler can be preset to turn off, and its Green tecnology automatically adjusts power usage, making it eco-friendly. Top that off with FrameChannel, a freebie web service to help customize images for display. Contact D-Link for availability and price.

Via D-Link

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September 9, 2008

Niveus Media's 2009 Pro Series n9 Media Server - 8 HD Tuners to Rock your World!


If you're looking for the mother-of-all media servers, you'll want to check out the Niveus Media's 2009 Pro Series n9 Media Server. The n9 comes with 8 HD tuners and 10 media extenders. Nope, that's not a typo and according to EngadgetHD:

"Niveus has nurtured the digital cable functionality and compatibility since early 2007 and is proud to be one of the first to support both eight CableCARDS and ten extenders," states Tim Cutting, Niveus CEO and Co-Founder. "By doubling the performance of the Niveus Media Server, we can now support even the largest installations."

The ability to access a robust DVR library and distribute all live and recorded HD content to eleven independent zones will be supported by Niveus' most powerful media server, the Pro Series n9, set to be released in Q4 2008. The n9 will feature a next-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, for the ultimate in high-definition, multi-zone entertainment.

Pairing the n9 with four Niveus Digital Cable Receivers, an external, dual CableCARD tuner device, allows cable subscribers to simultaneously view and record eight standard definition or HD programs. Leveraging the increasingly popular Extender for Windows® Media Center platform, users can now stream these eight digital cable signals along with ALL other HD content in up to eleven zones.

We doubt there's enough electricity in our house to run this sucker. No word on price but we do know the last n9 with 4 tuners came in at $15,000 grand so be ready to take a second or third job for the pleasure of owning the n9 powerhouse.


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August 28, 2008

ReQuest Unveils Intelligent Media Client


ReQuest announced today that ReQuest iQ and F-Series media servers owners can now purchase a network add-on that brings local DVD, video, and music playback and archiving to multiroom systems, According to the press release:

The ReQuest Intelligent Media Client includes a slot-loading DVD drive to deliver local playback of DVDs, as well as the ability to archive movies to the host system's iQ or F-Series media server. Once archived, music, movies, and videos become part of the server's library, available for search, instant recall, and enjoyment in any room of the house via ReQuest's powerful yet simple graphical user interface (GUI). Movie playback, whether local or archived, is upscaled to 1080p by the IMC for near-HD image quality via its HDMI and component outputs. The IMC also acts as a gateway to online media and offers access to millions of videos from YouTube. In the near future, ReQuest plans to integrate many more services like YouTube for streaming and downloadable content of music, video, and photos.

The release also states:

Setup is equally easy: The IMC requires just a standard Ethernet CAT5 connection to the home network, and is quickly configured using the HD TV GUI. The IMC provides high-definition video output up to 1080p via HDMI and component video simultaneously, allowing installers to display HD on the local room's TV or projection system while distributing the same HD content throughout the house. Connections for optical digital audio output are supported for the local home theater or stereo audio installation.

The press release states the device is affordable at just under $2500 but for an add-on but it's still a little rich for our blood.


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June 23, 2007

Pixel Magic Systems Media Players HD MediaBox

Hd Mediabox Head2

We just saw the HD MediaBox™ from Pixel Magic yesterday at Microcenter. It was tucked behind one of the smaller HDTVs and looked interesting. The HD Mediabox is a high definition HDD (hard disk drive) media player which gives instant access to your high definition video, digital music, digital photos and DVD files no matter where they are stored - on it's internal hard disk drive (HDD), on your personal computer*, USB HDD or Network Attached Storage box*. The HD MediaBox™ supports output resolutions of up to 1080p so you can now set all your HD media free from the constraints of your monitor. Use any VGA, component video, DVI or HDMI equipped display device - Flat panel displays, projectors, HDTVs and more.

The HD MediaBox™ is designed with high quality audio playback in mind. Equipped with 24-bit/192KHz audio DAC from Analog Devices Inc, low noise Op Amps from Burr-Brown® (famous for their clean output and ultra-low distortion characteristics) and our own specially developed timing circuitry, HD MediaBox™ can now be the centre of your hifi as a high end CD jukebox storing thousands of CDs!

We'll find out more as we check out this interesting new streaming wonder.

At Pixel Magic Systems - Media Players - HD MediaBox

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May 22, 2007

Planex MZ-04G Media Router


The Planex MZ-04G Router is a new breed of routers that does more then just route your traffic around your house. Typical routers only allow you to create a home network from just the one incoming connection you have to the internet. The new trend now is to build more functionality into these devices allowing you to do more with them then ever before.

One of the big new additions to these new routers is an embedded BitTorrent client. One of the pains about using BitTorrent to dowload media from the net is the fact that you have to leave your computer on all day to do it. We hate wasting energy and wish we could have another low power unit do all of our BitTorrent downloads for us. Well enter the MZ-04G.

By hooking up a USB hard drive to the to one of the 2 USB ports on the back of the router you can save all your downloads right to that, again keeping the main PC off for the night. Even if you aren't big into downloading BitTorrents you can still take advantage of the USB ports to add some NAS to your home network.

We can only assume that we will be seeing more and more of these types of products this coming year. There is no release date yet, but we will be sure to update you once we find out.

via engadget.

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