Will the Linksys Media Center Extender play DVDs from MCE2005 syst

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Mike Z, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Mike Z

    Mike Z Guest

    I was curious if the Linksys Media Center Extender will play a DVD from the
    MCE2005 system, or would I need to have a separate stand alone DVD player in
    the room with the Linksys Media Center Extender?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
    Mike Z, Dec 13, 2004
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  2. You cannot watch DVDs directly from the MCE. You can convert the DVD to a
    format supported by MCE and play the video that way. Peter Near has an
    excellent guide for this procedure in a blog entry:

    http://mcemvp.us/blogs/pnear/
     
    Jason Hoekstra, Dec 13, 2004
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  3. Mike Z

    Mike Z Guest

    Thanks Jason! That blog answered all of my questions. Seems kind of a pain
    to go through that whole backup process for a DVD if you are only going to
    watch it once in a while. I could see it being helpful if you have kids that
    watch the same video over and over (and over). Sounds like I'll be keeping
    my stand alone DVD drive in that room.

    -Mike
     
    Mike Z, Dec 13, 2004
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  4. Mike Z

    Nigel Barker Guest

    A more convenient alternative may be to use an Xbox as the MCX. It not only can
    function as a standalone DVD player but you can also play games on it:) It's a
    $100 cheaper to buy an Xbox plus MCX application than the Linksys box too.
     
    Nigel Barker, Dec 13, 2004
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  5. But does this calculation include the wireless connection on the Xbox to
    receive the signal?
     
    Neal Stoughton, Dec 13, 2004
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  6. Mike Z

    Nigel Barker Guest

    No but a few metres of Ethernet cable is much cheaper than a wireless setup &
    more reliable.
     
    Nigel Barker, Dec 13, 2004
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