Media Center Extender

Any computer that is loaded with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium, or Windows Vista Ultimate is compatible with the Windows Media Center Extender. The extender for Windows Media Center can stream media from your computer to the connected extender device. The media that can be streamed includes photos, videos, music, television shows, movies, and recorded television shows or movies via DVR recording.

The concept behind the Windows Media Center Extender is that it eliminates the need to have your computer set up in your living room. You are capable of streaming the media to a different location in your home without physically moving your computer. Also, the Windows Media Center software can be used by multiple people within your home at the same time.

Media Center Extender Version 2
The Version 1 of Windows Media Center Extender is no longer being sold. For most, the main reason to avoid using this version would be that it is not compatible with Windows Vista. Either way, your best bet is to go with a Version 2 Extender.

The Version 2 Extender was mostly used with the Xbox 360 gaming system when this Extender was originally released. The Xbox 360 is compatible with the Extender and it only takes a simply download to set everything up. If your computer is loaded with Windows Vista then you do not need to download anything as everything is already compatible to work properly.

The technology behind the Version 2 Extender has continued to advance and for a few years now it has incorporated 802.11n wireless connectivity. This has resulted in users not being as limited to what they can do with the Extender. Now people can easily stream video in high definition (1080p is compatible) and various other viewing formats such as DivX and Xvid.

Compatible Extender Devices
As a result of the technology being improved dramatically it allows for people to use different Extender devices with the Windows Media Center Extender. This would include various electronics devices such as DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray players, as well as high definition TV’s.

Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 gaming system is by far the most compatible Extender device. It is capable of working properly as an Extender device with Windows Vista, and it works with Windows XP Media Center as well. Other Extender devices are not compatible with many operating systems.

There is no debating that gaming platforms have been designed to work as both gaming devices and entertainment devices. The Xbox 360 and PS3 alike have many characteristics that makes them a great entertainment system. If you wish to use your Xbox 360 console as a way to stream media then you will have no issues doing so.

The Windows Media Center Extender software designed for the Xbox 360 system is readable software created by Microsoft. The software will load up with the Xbox 360 system just like an Xbox video game would. The connection between the Xbox 360 and your computer can also be done wireless if you wish.

Everyone with both a television and a computer can benefit from using the Windows Media Center Extender in some way. You will be able to completely transform your Xbox 360 into a major entertainment device with the Media Center Extender. You can ultimately use your Xbox 360 for just about anything by doing so. You will be able to stream media such as photos, videos, TV shows, movies, and music on your Xbox console.

You also have the option of using some extra add on features such as news, video on demand, and sports results or standings. If you own an Xbox 360 then you should take advantage of the benefits of using the Extender software.

This Media Center Extender Review is Written/Updated on Aug 10th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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