[mythtv-users] uPNP hardware recommendation..

Brad Fuller bradallenfuller at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 20:45:24 UTC 2008

On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 1:34 PM, Misty P <mistyp at thekorn.net> wrote:
> Brad Fuller wrote:
>  > On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 9:46 AM, Misty P <mistyp at thekorn.net> wrote:
>  >
>  >>  BTW, I'm using a ZyXEL DMA-1000 (non-W) as my mythTV UPnP box.  For
>  >>  $100 ($150 with $50 rebate) out the door, I couldn't come anywhere
>  >>  *close* with anything else.
>  >
>  > The DMA-1000 looks like nice, what are the downfalls of it (besides
>  > what you mentioned)? Are you playing HD with it? Can it play HD and
>  > downconvert well thru the S-Video out?
>  I'm regularly playing 1080i (and 720p) ATSC OTA HD with it, works great!
>  It's kind of funny that you ask if it can downconvert through the s-video
>  output, because that's exactly how I'm using it.  Actually, I'm going down
>  all the way to composite video with a svideo->composite cable, and pumping
>  it through an old but still working great 25" tube.
>  I've run into two negatives with it.  It has absolutely no idea what to do
>  with a MKV file.  Not that big of a deal for me personally, but it's a "be
>  aware" issue.  It also has no idea what to do with h.264.  divx yes, xvid
>  yes, avi's and atsc mpeg2 (all flavors) yes, h.264 no.
>  At $100, I can live without h.264.  At $150, you're now within spitting
>  distance of the popcorn hour machine.  The ZyXEL does have the distinct
>  advantage that you can buy one and have it show up in a few days rather than
>  a few months.  (That's what put me off popcorn hour in the first place -- I
>  needed something NOW, not *next* quarter!)
>  I don't know how often the rebates happen for the DMA1000.  It's possible I
>  was just lucky, but if you're not in a hurry it might be worth keeping an
>  eye on.

thanks for the info.
Was the rebate thru ZyXEL, or thu a dealer (like newegg)?. Where did
you purchase it? I see that several vendors have it.

Brad Fuller

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