Pros Awesome value for the money, easy setup, works great.
Cons No controls on the unit itself, no presets on remote.
Summary Some people have written that the MP101 is junk. I don't know what their problem is, but the MP101 works great for me (Using Wireless 'b' standard, XP SP2)
Setup was easy and worked the first time. I did not really even have to read the directions. I do wish it had digital outputs...but what can one expect for a $50 after rebates unit.
My SBC DSL subscription is not the highest bandwith, so the premium radio@AOL stream does cut out once in a while. I have an older laptop that I am using as a server.
No regrets about buying this unit...so glad I did.
Pros Easy Setup & Operation
Cons Can't seem to alphabetize playlists, occasionally loses WiFi connection, Somewhat "clugy" server software
Summary Purchased this for a mere pittance on eBay for use in the BR with my Bose alarm clock.
Very happy with this unit so far. It was easy to configure and operates very well, although it occasionally loses connection with my wireless network (the access point is several rooms away).
The server software is straightforward, but doesn't seem to work very well. Importing existing playlists appears to work, but will only import the first selection in the playlist. Pictures of media (album/CD covers) seem to revert to the first selections the software scanned for everything. Auto-playlist generation works well but needs a good deal of tweaking to get selection sequenced the way you want.
But, hey, I usually listen to this as I fall asleep. For my intended purpose, the MP101 works very well.Updated
I purchased my MP-101 as an alternative to commercial radio through my Bose Wave Radio. Hookup was a breeze, although I was disappointed that the WiFi antenna on the unit can't be removed (for upgrade).
The server-side software is allright, although I wish there was a way to alphabetize playlists - the way they're entered in the software is the way they'll appear on the player display.
It works well and maintains its WiFi connection despite being a pretty fair distance from the WAP.
Pros Price, form factor, simple operation (when it works)
Cons Not stable, difficulties with wireless security, remote-only operation
Summary After a year of use, I have given up trying to use the MP101. When it works, the remote-only set-up will drive you crazy. It has limited range and the operations are basic enough that the box itself should have buttons on it.
But to make it work, you need to either shut down your wireless security (which I won't do) or try to work around it (web groups have plenty to say on the subject, but I can't bother and the Netgear documentation and website are no help).
Great concept but incomplete execution and support.
Pros In the begging, it was all about the Rhapsody! The unit's integration with Rhapsody was flawless for me. Streaming my own music is nice, but it's not why I bought the unit.
Cons Latest firmware destroyed the Rhapsody stream capability. Strangely, this firmware also added Radio@AOL support. Netgear won't acknowledge that Rhapsody doesn't work with their product anymore. Still mis-representing product on Website...Oh, yeah I forgot
Pros the price is low, but even then not worth it.
Cons totally unreliable and frustrating, rates a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10
Summary The mistake I made is not returning this device before it was out of warranty. I foolishly hoped that the netgear support people could eventually make it work reliably. Wrong ! After untold frustrating hours of effort, including three software patches, it is just as unstable as ever. Even the access to Netgear support (in India) is unbelievably frustrating. You have to communicate with them through a thread on their web site. They will not simply email back and forth with you. At one point I even wrote a letter to the CEO of Netgear. I received a reply from a Division VP who promised to have a high level technician call me. That never happened. This is probably my last purchase of a Netgear product. I can’t use the device. I may just donate it to charity, take a write off and buy another brand. The frustration of this piece of junk is not worth $129.