I won't have room to cover some of the other features of the Ultio in detail, but I'll discuss them briefly. One unique feature that the Ultio brings to the table is file management (Figure 11)
Figure 11: File Manipulation
The Ultio has the capability to copy, rename, move and delete files through the TV
The Ultio also supports downloadable, installable modules (more on this later). Two capabilities that are available now are a Torrent download feature (Figure 12) and a Samba
Figure 12: Torrent Capabilities
Figure 12 shows several torrents in the process of downloading. I found this feature worked fine. The
Under the Covers
Figure 13 shows the main board of the Ultio. Like many of the systems I've worked with lately, the interesting parts are hidden away under a massive
Figure 13: Mvix Ultio Main Board (click to enlarge)
Since the main processor is hidden, I had to dig in a bit to figure out what it is. A quick network scan of the device turned up an open Telnet port, which presented a login prompt when I connected. I tried logging in with the documented admin account without luck, but when I tried "root" I was in! No password needed. So keep this in mind if you add the Ultio to your network.
It's no secret that the Ultio runs Linux and Mvix provides a complete GPL download site including source code and a tool chain so you can build your own firmware. Mvix is even running a contest with a $500 prize for the best new feature developed.
Poking around a bit, I saw that the kernel was version 18.104.22.168, there was 128 MB of RAM and the processor was
I mentioned earlier that the Ultio had a downloaded package capability, but when I had tried it using the documented installation procedure, all I got were errors. Once I was in with a
The Ultio is an interesting media player with some nice features. I liked the fact that the user- interface was given a bit of thought and polish with nice artwork and media previews. All too often it seems that these UPnP media players just provide little more than a plain list of filenames and directories to choose from.
I also appreciated the openness of the Ultio with the encouragement to external developers. Hopefully some developers will take up the challenge and come up with new capabilities.
The main problem I had with the Ultio was the flakey interaction with UPnP servers. This is unfortunate and hopefully Mvix will issue a new firmware to address it. I was also a bit disappointed that some of my HD content wouldn't play, so I would hope that this can be corrected as well.
Comparing the Ultio and the