Since the unit is sized similarly to other audio / visual components, I just pulled out my existing DVD player and slid the LinkTheater right in. Connecting the device was simply a matter of connecting the S-Video and audio cables and turning it on. Although I have an Ethernet switch in my entertainment center, all its seven ports were in use! So I decided to initially check the LinkTheater out using its wireless capabilities.
The user interface uses whatever video display device you have connected to the box and an infrared remote. So after the LinkTheater booted, I went into the setup screen and configured it for my wireless network (Figure 2).
Figure 2: LinkTheater wireless setup
The one glaring omission on the wireless setup screen - at least for security - was WPA support, so I set it up with the less-secure 128 bit WEP encryption and let it reboot to acquire an IP address. Note that the LInkTheater supports Buffalo's proprietary AOSS push-button wireless automatic configuration system. I didn't have an AOSS-capable AP to test it with, so I can't report on how (or whether) AOSS worked.
When the unit came back up, the "Log In" screen (Figure 3) listed several of the Twonkvision UPnP servers that I have running on my network. But I wanted to initially test it with the included server software, so I set about installing it on my Windows XP laptop. Installation was uneventful and for the most part, I just accepted all of the defaults and let it start up.