"Best on the market - great price, easy install. Don't buy MSNTV!!"4.5 starson by mara1234
Pros: Stream music, photos, video from wireless network with Music Server (any PC). USB thumb drive or MP3 player plugs into front for use w/o PC. Watch auto photo slideshow while listening to MP3s.
Cons: USB direct only supports 20GB so you cannot plug in your large external drive and run without a PC.
Summary: HD or std TV support, 802.11b or g support. All standard outputs supported (composite, component, optical, S-Video, HDMI).
You can even run this without a PC, but you will have to limit the USB to about 20GB (?). This is not specified, but my 300GB USB drive was not recognized. My 1GB MP3 worked fine.
Loading S/W on PC and dragging directories to play into the "shared folder" is a snap. These files (music, video, photos) can then be accessed from the remote TV/Stereo unit (usually at the other end of your house).
Live AOL is free (similar to cable TV music offering - not on demand). Others require subscription. But above method allows no cost streaming.
I first purchased the MSNTV system because they offered a $99 rebate and claimed to do nearly everything D-Link will do (w/o HDTV). But soon discovered there is NO wireless access - box says otherwise. The box also will not work at all without first subscribing to MSN. Salesman said otherwise. I should have known as I have been burned by MSN products in the past.