Nothing I write will give this justice!!!
Let me try to explain what I mean:
For the last 3 to 4 years I’ve been building my Home Theater, inclusive of a small humble home network (my expertise in the latter is very limited) to be able to stream my media as an integral part of the whole thing.
I’ve upgraded every component upto my current set up:
Pioneer Elite Receiver VSX-94TXH
Pioneer Elite Blu Ray Player BDP-95FD
Pioneer Elite 50" PRO1150-PRO Plasma
Sony PS3 40GB version
Onkyo DVCP-802 CD/DVD Multi-player with SACD and DVD-Audio
Panamax Power Conditioner M5400-PM
Direct TV HD DVR
Definitive Technology Speakers: BP7004 Super Towers, CLR2300 and BP2X
Logitech Harmony 1000 LCD Tablet Universal Remote
PC: Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q870
WD ELite 500GB portable drive
Some 600 CDs and 200 DVDs to go with all this.
CAT5 wires right into my HT with a D-Link LAN switch
So as you can see, it’s a half-way decent set up but my biggest problem was always how to stream it all without having to connect the portable drive to the laptop (or any of the other PC/Laptops in the house) and do a WiFi into the PS3 which kept dropping or even if wired, having to switch inputs on the Plasma, get the controller for the PS3, blah, blah, blah…
Long story short, after a trip to CompUSA today, and almost being talked into another $500 worth of hardware ■■■■, one of the kids there told me that WD made this media drive and to look for it in Best Buy.
So after hooking this up -with nothing more than the expected 20 or so minutes inclusive of upgrading the firmware and all the other little stuff, this is HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
I can already:
Stream media from my portable hard drive as expected,
Retained all my playlists,
3,It appears in all my other PCs/LAptops as a network drive - so I don’t have to unplug the drive to move it outside if I want to hook up my Laptop in the patio,
The Pandora accounts(s) worked flawlessly. My wife and I have have VERY different musical taste and we can now select the user account and play our respective favorites,
It has a built-in screen saver - basic, but there - so no worrying about Plasma burn-in.
5, Etc., etc., etc.,… I’m not even done with all the stuff it can do and I made it a point to stop playing with it and post my experience.
So, if you are considering this gadget…STOP READING AND GO GET IT!!!