TITLE

Networking Hardware Brings MP3s to You

AUTHOR(S)
Albro, Edward N.; Mainelli, Tom
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
PCWorld;Aug2004, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Product Review
ABSTRACT
This article evaluates Netgear's MP101 Digital Music Player and Linksys' Wireless-B Media Link for Music work on wired or wireless networks. Both devices stream music from the computer's hard drive using server software and both units make it possible to access the subscription-based Rhapsody online music service. The Linksys Media Link also provides support for Internet radio stations, which it can access on its own. The shipping model I tested came with its own attachable, powered speakers, forming a sort of 21st-century boom box. The screen of Netgear's MP101 indicated that it remained on the network but had lost its connection to the server, after trying to play some tunes. After replacing the Netopia router with another brand, the problems vanished. Subsequent tests with a third router proved problem-free as well, suggesting that the original glitch may have been due to the Netopia hardware. Initial setup of the Linksys Media Link was a bit trickier. The operation and menus of the two devices were remarkably similar. Compared with the display on the Linksys unit, the Netgear device's screen was far more legible from a few feet away, but the Netgear remote performed quite poorly.
ACCESSION #
13644731

 

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