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Adventures in Wireless Media Entertainment

I just upgraded to v0.9.56.2 of TVersity which manages the content for my wireless media player.  Around Christmas 2005, I finally obtained a wireless media player, the D-Link DSM-320.

I guess I should have looked at the TVersity site earlier, because there was a bug which would occasionally freeze my DSM-320 when playing certain video content, but I thought it was because of buggy D-Link firmware.   (I did have a fun time upgrading to v1.07 of the firmware).

Overall, though, I am very happy with the arrangement.  While I wish that the media player supported a few more streaming formats natively, I have to say that the hardware has been good -- except for the one borked upgrade that resulted in an RMA -- and the software has been tremendous.  I'm glad I found the TVersity software, becasue it offers far more flexibility than the native D-Link application does.

To capture the streaming video and audio, I use the Replay AV software. Nice app that comes with a flexibile, built-in scheduler, and as opposed to some of the applications that I tried previously, does not have to record via my computer's soundcard.  This means that I can download multiple streams simultaneously, and not worry that my downloads will be affected by my own use of the computer.

The primary captures I obtain are from 3ABN, and mostly audio at that.  I have been experimenting with technology podcasts as well, with much success.

Overall, I jumped into the wireless media player game quite late, but I'm happy with the choices that have been made.  I do wish the hardware supported WPA/WPA2, rather than just WEP, but that's a minor issue right now.

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Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2006 4:02 AM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.