Question about Linksys DMA 2100 Media Center Extender (DMA2100)

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I have 2 extenders - both are doing this: when I reset them they go through the setup and tart to communicate with the PC then they freeze up and the screen goes blank. When I go to the PC it sees them but can't talk to them. The Extenders are on 2 different TVs, same thing happening on both

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This problem has affected many Linksys DMA extender owners in the US and Australia since 4 November; European users are unaffected.

Cisco (owners of Linksys) took an update server offline which the Linksys tries to communicate with; when it can't reach it, it fails to startup correctly.

The solution is to block the Linksys from accessing the Internet, at least until Cisco get the server back online -- apparently they are working on this and it should be fixed soon.

There are a lot more details in this discussion thread on The Green Button and I've also written a blog entry with more details.

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    Cisco have now fixed their server problem, and any affected Linksys DMA units should now be operating normally again.

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Not so much a solution as something to check. I've had those problems when either the network was too slow or the server with media center was overloaded / too busy.

Some tips:
-WIreless doesn't work for video
-If this a cabled connection downstream a wireless router, take it out / replace it with a switch. The internet wan link for a wireless router with a gigabit switch can still be 100mb... and get overloaded.
-powerline adapters are iffy and even good ones will not work at times
-if your window media center PC is doing several things already, you'll have trouble starting another extender... esp if it is not a very powerful PC with disk writes not spread out over different disks. Media Center is sort of an anti-tivo design. Rather than break the work up between various medium power video units in different rooms... it's all done on one PC and streamed to underpowered player / extenders. So, I put mine on a quad core, with SSDs for recording media, and some of the fastest fixed drives I could find... that I then raid 0ed for previously recorded programs (ie, I record live tv to an SSD and at 1am a script runs that moves the days recorded programs to larger fixed disks for future viewing).... Now it finally works....

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