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Anyone tried the WMA11B?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ubiquitin, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. ubiquitin

    ubiquitin Guest

    Linksys has a wireless "media center" that has the same size and shape as the WRT54G series. Curious whether anyone has tried them. They're pretty cheap, and let you play your MP3 and other audio files through your TV. Even comes with a remote. Amazon carries them for $52, see:

    amazon.com link for WMA11B
  2. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    I've had one for about 5 months now and am very happy with it. I'm sure there are better media players out there, but the WMA11B does exactly what I want it to do. I basically use it as a music jukebox and it works really well.

    The only downsides I can think of for my application are:

    a) we have to link up a portable TV to the device as there's no on-unit display.
    b) The menu system can be frustrating - it takes more clicks than I feel is necessary to get to where you want to be.
    c) There was a c) but I've completely forgotten what it was!

    I'm using a fairly old and clunky P3 333MHz PC to drive it. It sometimes takes a while for this old thing to get up to speed to send the data to the WMA11B (if I'm not patient enough, the WMA11B hasn't been able to pick up the entire list of songs on the hard drive). I understand though that a better PC would get rid of this problem.

    In summary, I think one day I'll buy something more hi-tech, but for now the WMA11B has been a great introduction to wireless music streaming. As it's cheap as chips to buy, install and maintain, I would have no hesitation in recommending one.

    Hope this helps,
    Chicken Madras.
  3. harryy

    harryy LI Guru Member

    I have had a WMA11B for about five months. I like it a lot except for one major problem. It will not read the artist and album from the music file tags. Therefore, I can't select music by artist or album. This is a problem with the software I used to convert my songs to MP3 format. That is a whole new topic of discussion, see the new topic I am about to post.
  4. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    I've remembered what c) was!

    ..c) Whenever it is set to play in Random mode, it always always always starts off with the same track - the first track. Hardly random eh?!

    I agree with the point about the tags, although this might be down to my lack of experience. Lately I've upgraded from Win98 to W2K and the new version of Windows Media Player appears to be much better at ripping music with WMA11B-friendly tags.

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