Got the M4000P last night and set it up. Purchased a drive for it, since the old setup I am replacing was a huge loud PC with ATI All-In-Wonder. In all I am pretty happy.
I've been following all of the angst in this thread about problems with the device with some interest. These are my observations:
- It's a nifty looking all-plastic unit, and the remote is well laid out. I'm not really accustomed to the control toggle on the front panel of the system unit, except to turn it on-- it's a little fussy as far as I can tell. The data that appears on the LED display on the unit is somewhat useful-- it will scroll the file name if you change files, tell you the elapsed time if you are playing something, tell you the resolution if you toggle the resolution settings, and allow you to do some very basic menu navigation if the display isn't showing (but only if you know the menu layout).
- With everyone's hopping back and forth between firmware revisions, I left the manufacturer's firmware on there. It's the alpha one-- 1.98a?
- I've had a little trouble with the codec support and the hodgepodge of different video files I have around. So far I've found that it won't play Divx with Global Motion Compensation (GMC) enabled, MPG42, and a few other file types I have kicking around. Most play fine, but it isn't like a PC where you can download any missing codecs. I also have a couple of files where there is a black bar or a horizontally smeared bar to one side. Given the number of compression options you can use with most of these codecs, it doesn't surprise me that there are some glitches. In general it looks and performs well
- Did some tests with command-line ftp. I had no problems with putting multiple files to the device, but I am wondering if the problems the_idol was having were from copying multiple threads to the device simultaneously. Anyway, FTP seems to be working fine for me, but I don't doubt there are problems with file deletion errors because there are FAQs explaining that you should do periodic chkdsks when it is connected over USB.
- The unit is pretty quiet, but if you really listen the fan isn't silent. There's a faint rattle which worries me because one of these tiny fans on my PC logic board got worse and worse after getting a rattle like this. Of course it is a lot quieter in general than my old PC.
- On the 10/100 duplexing front, all of the lights on my switch are amber, so I have a lot of work to do before I am doing 100 full duplex to anything on my network. I never worried much about it because the bottleneck before was my ISP connection-- I wasn't doing much between the PCs on my network. I fiddled around with streaming to the device with a low bandwidth file, and it was lovely.
- After moving it from a wired network to a wireless network using a dd-wrt enabled router set up for client bridging, I am not getting to or from the device. It's hard not having a command line on the device you are trying to troubleshoot. I didn't have enough time to sort it out last night.