Typically, when I review these types of devices, the first thing I do is see how much of my existing media library they can handle. I've yet to try a networked media player that could do it all. With the 2200, I first had to get it access to my library. Figure 8 shows the menu where you can configure the 2200 to load media from network drives.
Figure 8: Network Share Setup
The problem I had at this point was mounting network shares. All my media
is available on the network, but I typically have username/login protection on
the shares. This menu gave me no way to specify the login credentials, so I could
only access my shares that had
Note also that when I mounted my shares on the Vista notebook using the proper login credentials, the 2200 still couldn't see them. To get around this problem, I eventually just copied a sample of my files over to the Vista notebook to check them out there.
So how well did the 2200 do with my files? As usual with these products, it was a mixed bag. Figure 9 shows the picture selection menu where all of the photos are displayed as thumbnails.
Figure 9: Photo Selection
Linksys documents support for JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF files and the 2200 had no
problem with any of my image files. From this menu, the 2200 could also do a basic
As far as music, Linksys supports MP3, WMA,
The 2200 had no problem with my MP3 files, but understandably couldn't play my DRM restricted music that had been purchased from the iTunes music store. Figure 10 shows the Music selection screen where each album is represented by a
Figure 10: Music Selection
Music can be listed by artist, genre, album, etc. Once a playlist has been started, you can navigate into the Pictures menu and start a
General support for video playback is always hard for these devices, since there are so
many different video formats in use. Linksys claims support for
For my own
I first downloaded a number of codecs so that the Vista notebook could play most everything. But as I went through the same set on the 2200, I found a lot of unplayable videos. Mpeg1 and 2 files played pretty well and ome of my XviD and DivX videos played, while others didn't.
For example, I had a collection of movie trailers that I downloaded from Divx.com, and although the 2200 was able to generate a thumbnail for the menu (Figure 11) none would play.
Figure 11: Video Selection
I also have a large collection of H.264 mpeg4 videos created through Handbrake, but most wouldn't play. But once again, the 2200 was able to generate a thumbnail. But I also had other H.264 files that played fine.
Some unplayable videos would throw an error indicating that a codec was missing (there is no way to add a codec to the 2200), while others would start and then just immediately finish without complaint as if the movie was done. I also
noticed that support for