Wireless Media Players

Technology has come so far that all sorts of multimedia data today can be transferred, shared and enjoyed instantly. While computers are suitable for personal use, sharing music, videos and pictures with family and friends can bring everyone together. After a great vacation, the hassle of uploading the pictures from camera to the computer and then transferring them again to the TV for a slideshow can be a lot of hassle. Or, arranging a playlist in the computer’s media player for a party and then transferring it to the stereo is basically valuable time wasted. Through a wireless digital media player, anything can be transferred to the stereo or the TV with a click. No need to copy, paste or convert formats. The wireless digital media players can play anything on the TV and stereo without a hassle.

The technology is easy simple. The PC requires a wireless internet network. The wireless digital media player needs to detect the network while being connected to the TV and the Stereo. When a command for playing any sort of media file is conducted, the command goes from the PC to the wireless router and that passes on to the wireless digital media player.

The wireless digital media player turns the ordinary computer into a multi-media server. Usually after it is set up, it needs to be configured with the computer with the required IP address and other wireless network related information. Once the computer and the media player is working compatibly, the media utility provided by the wireless digital media player needs to be installed in according to make sure it receives command fully. It is recommended to use popular media players such as Apples iTunes and Windows Media Player but some chose to use other applications that has the appeal of letting the consumer browse the internet right on the TV screen along with the multimedia features.

In most cases the wireless digital media players support 802.11b/g wireless standard and WEP encryption. However, for a better cyber safety, it is advised to use one with WAP/WAP2 encryption as they tend to serve well to protect wireless connections. Also keeping the type of security and the brand in mind, there might be additional requirements to set up firewalls to protect the media player.

Apple TV seems to be an ever popular choice in the field of Wireless Media Players. Since its release in 2007, it has developed both physically and technologically. It has a sleek and sophisticated hard body just 7.7 inches wide and 1.1 inches high. It not only lets the consumer enjoy videos and music from iTune, it can access internet photo galleries too along with the ones available in the computer. It can also stream videos from youtube and obtain podcasts. It is an affordable choice as well. The only low point of this gadget is that it only works for HDTVs.

The D-Link DSM-520 is a bit old fashioned but it can co-operate with a vast number of media format and also has a very consistent streaming capability. It can stream high resolution videos (up to 1080i) in MPEG format. It also supports WMA format detained from internet video stores, rhapsody streaming as well as the internet radios. At the price of $200, it is considerably affordable as well as tech savvy compared to other wireless media players.

The Roku Digital player is the simplest and most affordable wireless media player. It is very popular with Amazon and Netflix users. It does not need a PC to stream videos; instead it can directly get videos from Amazon Video on Demand and Netflix Watch Now. However, if the wireless internet speed is below 2mbps, the video streaming will be disappointing.

Before purchasing a wireless media player, it is best to know the priorities. Such as what kind of media is one looking for to play or what kind of format does the media player support. Discussing the details with a tech-advisor at any store would be best to end up with the right product.

This Wireless Media Players Review is Written/Updated on Dec 3rd, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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