Pros Nice that it has HDMI connection
Cons NERO streaming software is poor. Cannot reply HD files consistently
Summary The Nero software is probably the biggest problem. First it REMOVES all previous versions of Nero, including my PRO version so I immediately lost functionality. It's obviously a first generation product that needs a lot of improvement. It streams video sometimes and other times, it just displays an image on the screen and sound chirps in every so often but nothing you can watch since it's like a still shot. I though it was the limitation on the wireless G so I got a Cat 5e to do a wired connection and had the same results. The replay is inconsistent as I can view the same movie several times and each time it will stall at different parts of the movie. When I go to watch the same video on the PC, it replays flawlessly so I know the file is of good quality. Also, the device and Nero lack any kind of diagnostics to help you pin point problems (I think they knew there were weaknesses and didn't want you to be able to diagnose it) BTW you cannot replay programs recorded in Dolby 5.1 without buying a nero plugin from nero.
D-Link: Time to think about this...People like me spend several thousands on a Big screen 1080p LCD and expect to watch quality, not Atari.
I feel like I bought a kids toy and it wasn't cheap at $199. Maybe their DSM-750 will be better, I sure hope so.
I would not recommend this to anyone with an HD TV.
Pros Nice Packaging
Cons Start with 20 minute wait for India customer service
Summary Partial setup instructions, dead remote and firmware that does not download. WOW! $85 from Dell. Should be no more than $8.50 for a bad toy to play with.
Pros Small Footprint, Clean GUI
Cons Definitely not for avg. Joe Doe-Doe
Summary Took some time tinkering but I finally got mine to work. The issues that I encountered were most likeliy, largely due to configuration errors on my part.
Monday when I first got the unit from CC, after a while of fumbling around (before I figured out how to use the set Up a Wireless Network" wizard in XP, which is easy as pie) I spent a good while trying to configure it for my wireless connection displaying over the included composite/av cable. I finally got it to work with my already installed edition of Nero.
I hooked it up to my HDTV over Wifi with a HDMI. Worked like a breeze.
When I installed an ethernet port near my HDTV, my laptop worked fine plugged in, and plugged in thru a netgear 10/100 hub. The DSM-510 however, would not auto-get an IP address like it should when turned on, and whenever I went to the Wired Connections menu the unit froze.
A little research located updtaed firmware. I installed. This fixed the problem with the unit's ethernet port, however, this also created a new, more daunting problem. After installing the 1.03 firmware, I could only get the unit to display over HDMI after MANUALLY changing the units settings to digital... That means I had to have the unit connected to TV via HDMI annnnd Composite, change my tv to composite, set the unit for digital, quickly change my tv to HDMI input, select "accept settings" on the unit, and NOT turn the unit off, or HDMI display would not work unless i repeated the process to change the settings. It should "auto-sense" HDMI connectivity and default to it when working properly, and it did, until i upgraded to 1.03 firmware. Dlink customer service asked me to reset the unit and retry connections and different methods. We agreed, somehow, something in the 1.03 firmware got corrupted as i upgraded. I do use a very cheap and very old usb stick which likely was the culprit.
When I exchanged the unit today, it worked with my ethernet connection over HDMI right out of the box. I'm betting that wifi will work just fine and easily configure with "wireless setup wizard/usb stick method."
I did encounter a Rewind problem today with some really crappy low-res boxing avi early this evening. FF worked fine, but when i hit rewind, it KEPT rewinding even after pressing every other button on the remote. Power cycled, FF'd to spot just fine...
I hope with this unit I am able to add an HDTV tuner to my PC, use Nero to stream it to the unit.
For $149, I am absolutely satisfied with my experience, the product itself, and I would recommend it to intermediate networkers/techies.
The current technology is what it is. Wireless G just isn't great for HDTV streaming, thats not Dlinks fault. They clearly recommend wired connection which hasn't choked for me. It hasn't refused any of my file types, but Nero Recode should smash anything I throw at it into something proper for the unit.
My dream/wishlist for a unit like this would be:
All shiny black enclosure
standard av component form factor to allow space for my added features
self-contained Terabyte internal NAS included + Upnp server
and retail it for $349Updated
USE WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 11!!!
BTW, some people say you have to "uninstall your current nero to use the bundled nero software..."
No you don't. From the get-go all I did was use my old Nero 7 that I already had that was updated... Just don't install anything if you've already got Nero... just enable Nero Scout and Sharing.
DO NOT USE NERO. Nero is super slow on the unit and FF/RW makes the unit CHOKEEEE!
USE WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 11, I cannot stress enough. It boggles my mind why D-Link packages it with Nero for streaming... NERO makes this product look bad, not D-Link. WMP11 makes this product sexy I swear if it were a woman i'd do it.
Pros wireless or wired video streaming from your PC to a TV, MP4
Cons there are bugs, needs a reboot once in a while with wireless, OK with wired
Summary I've been using DSM-510 for almost 2 years now and I can say It's a great product. It has issues - especially with wireless streaming - but those are workable and not too bad when you figure how to fix them for the first time. Overall, it's been working well for me (I recently bought my 2-nd unit for another room's TV) and me (and my kids) really cannot live without it.
Pros Form factor, form factor, form factor. This device is half the size of a Nintendo Wii, it fits perfectly into any environment around your HDTV. Streams fast and reliably with the right router/network setup. D-link Tech Support WILL HELP YOU!!!
Cons People must be aware that the device is limited to 1080i output, which is not useful to inidividuals expecting Full 1080p output on their HDTV's. A good 720p stream is the most you can hope for, which is quite a lot from this little device.
Summary Do not give up if the device does not set up or perform properly immediately. People put down technical support but if you give a good hour of your time to these guys, they will make sure things are setup to perform optimally, believe me this is from personal experience. I was just about ready to ship this device back when I couldn't even detect any media servers on my network, but it turned out to be a firewall/limitation from my router. There is never a reason this device won't provide you a reasonable solution to streaming your media, it picks up your media very quickly and streams VERY quickly. Windows Media Player 11 is by far the easiest media server to use, don't bother with anything else unless you are looking for special functionalities that WMP 11 can't provide. The biggest factor in stream media adequately will always be your router/switch/hub that transmits data through your network, if things arent running smoothly.. or at all as was in my case, fiddle around with your router settings. I may sound like a D-link fanboy/ employee but I began with the worst experiences with this product and once it was configured correctly, it turned out to be the best experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for a nice compact media player to stream there media to their TV's. If you are expecting Blu-Ray/ 1080p quality video streaming, buy something higher-end than this, but I doubt you will find something with as small/compact a form factor, I just love good things that come in small packages =D