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Brief Review of MG-350HD

post #1 of 30
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Brief review
Ok, I manage to buy one from the company direct on my last trip to seoul for US$150.
So far it's working as advertised, and I put in a 300gb hdd.
1)connects via 11g to my home network for media streaming.plays normal media files well,but the HD Wmv shutters during streaming
2) NDAS works and the key is located underneath the box.Software in the box.Appears as a hdd on my computer and can transfer and delete files to it. Though this takes a longer time than usb 2.0 for transfer.
3) plays all the hd wmv files that was dnloaded from microsoft website on the installed hdd full screen and great resolution.
4)connected via usb host an optical drive to play dvd direct.This works but tends to make the system unstable and takes out the wireless network.I had to reset by removing the pwr and usb cable and redect my wireless network.
edit:to retect again I had to unplug the pwr adapter and after a short while plug in again and everything is okay again.
5)bgm selection for photo viewing (plays music during photo slide show)
6)upscale media up to 1080i for component connection,higher for dvi 1080p(though I have not tried dvi yet)
Have not tried the wired lan connection and dvi connection to the TV (still waiting for my dvi to hdmi cable)
Hopefully a firmware upgrade will solve the usb host issue.
Cheers
post #2 of 30
You got a great deal on the price! As of what I know the MSRP will be double that price. The wireless works great on music and small movie files, have not yet tried a full movie or HD movie. But the streaming seems to have no lag whatsoever. The wireless is a GREAT add function to these devices!

My HD sample movie plays extremly well and I do agree with the great resolution!! I have not had any problems with the USB host, I played full ISO file from an external and played fine.

Other than that still finding out this units true potential!
post #3 of 30
I am almost ready to buy the MG-35, but would like to wait for the MG-350HD - unless it's significantly higher in price.

At $150 in Seoul, that seems like a no-brainer. Is there anyway to get one of these shipped to the U.S.?

Based on the feature differences, does it make sense to wait for the MG-350HD?
post #4 of 30
Slyck,
It would be foolish to not wait now for an extra few months for the new models to arrive. There's a few of them coming from different manufacturers. You'll be kicking yourself after if you buy now.

If after they arrive, you still want only one of the current crop of players, then the new model will drive the price of the current stock down anyway.

This is a new model coming soon too.
http://www.i4u.com/article5705.html and it will be distributed by www.mvixusa.com
post #5 of 30
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Originally Posted by anywareus View Post

You got a great deal on the price! As of what I know the MSRP will be double that price. The wireless works great on music and small movie files, have not yet tried a full movie or HD movie. But the streaming seems to have no lag whatsoever. The wireless is a GREAT add function to these devices!

My HD sample movie plays extremly well and I do agree with the great resolution!! I have not had any problems with the USB host, I played full ISO file from an external and played fine.

Other than that still finding out this units true potential!

Hi,where did you buy your MG-350HD?Have you manage to connect via the dvi output?Funny yours do not have a problem with the usb host feature,I can play the full dvd also.It's only on restart/power up that the wirelss drops off,though.
Let me know if you encounter any new findings.Cheers
post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by slyck View Post

I am almost ready to buy the MG-35, but would like to wait for the MG-350HD - unless it's significantly higher in price.

At $150 in Seoul, that seems like a no-brainer. Is there anyway to get one of these shipped to the U.S.?

Based on the feature differences, does it make sense to wait for the MG-350HD?

Not sure if they would shipped to US,though I think that only after an official launch.
Features wise definitely worthwhile. Much more functionality than the MG-350.
post #7 of 30
How do you rate the UI? Any screenshots available?

Thanks!
post #8 of 30
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will try to send some images when I get home
post #9 of 30
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sending images after 5 posts only
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by jkinghome View Post

How do you rate the UI? Any screenshots available?

Thanks!
post #11 of 30
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post #12 of 30
Thanks for these - I think the layout looks ok - do you have any where you select files? Do you like the UI?

I think this maybe the one for me.

Have you tried playing .iso files? Is there a place where you cna load in a graphic of the DVD instead of a name? I doubt it but it would be nice.

Thanks again for doing this!
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by jkinghome View Post

Thanks for these - I think the layout looks ok - do you have any where you select files? Do you like the UI?

I think this maybe the one for me.

Have you tried playing .iso files? Is there a place where you cna load in a graphic of the DVD instead of a name? I doubt it but it would be nice.

Thanks again for doing this!

Playing iso files should be no problem, for me I just copy the entire dvd contents to the 300 gb hdd and play from it in 720p component output and it looks great.

Not sure about the graphic of the dvd,but I doubt it.
post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by riderxps View Post

Playing iso files should be no problem, for me I just copy the entire dvd contents to the 300 gb hdd and play from it in 720p component output and it looks great.

Not sure about the graphic of the dvd,but I doubt it.

Does this mean that you do not need to run any programs to "decrypt"/"rip" the DVD? You simply copy and paste onto your hard drive? Does this work for commercial DVDs? Thanks for any help.
Justin
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by J_P View Post

Does this mean that you do not need to run any programs to "decrypt"/"rip" the DVD? You simply copy and paste onto your hard drive? Does this work for commercial DVDs? Thanks for any help.
Justin

it will only work if there is no copy protection,you must decrypt if there is.
post #16 of 30
Hi all,

I work for Anyware Computer Accessories, the distributor of the Mediagate MG35, MG25 and the new MG350HD in Australia and NZ. I can see that some of you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the wireless Mediagate. I would like to confirm with you all that we are expecting stock of the new wireless Mediagate to arrive in Australia in early August. The product will be available for purchase from our resellers around Australia and NZ. If you're unsure about your local Anyware reseller you can always call us (1300 ANYWARE: 1300 269 927) or visit our website for further information.

As a special promo for you forum readers we'd like to offer you two special gifts if you purchase either the MG35 or the new MG350HD. All you need to do is send your proof of purchase along with your name, address and phone number to:

AVS Forum Mediagate Promo
PO Box 9241
Scoresby, VIC 3179

and we'll send you a FREE AL Tech wireless optical mouse and a USB massage ball to say "thank you".

Cheers! Jo @ Anyware Melbourne.
post #17 of 30
Does the wireless interface support WPA ?
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by jonnic View Post

Does the wireless interface support WPA ?

The Mediagate has WEP
post #19 of 30
Can the MediaGate stream internet radio and tv?

If not would this be possible in a future firmware upgrade.
post #20 of 30
Does anyone know if the 350HD implements the NDAS functionality using a software emulation or by hardware NDAS implementation ?
post #21 of 30
Hi Jonnic,

Based on the presence of the "ndas_emu.o" kernel module in the firmware images, I'm pretty certain it's software NDAS just like the MG-35.

The MG-350 firmware is in the same format as the MG-35 (and the MG-25). Check out the tail end of the MG-35 firmware thread if you're interested in rifling through the MG-350 images.

pb
post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by ChessKing View Post

Can the MediaGate stream internet radio and tv?

If not would this be possible in a future firmware upgrade.

Currently the MediaGate cannot stream internet radio or TV. It may be possible in a future firmware upgrade though, but probably not anytime soon.
post #23 of 30
Jo,

Thanks for you reply, can you tell me if the MediaGate handles subtitle files eg. srt files? The specs I seen on websites don't mention this.

Thanks.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Phantoma View Post

Slyck,
It would be foolish to not wait now for an extra few months for the new models to arrive. There's a few of them coming from different manufacturers. You'll be kicking yourself after if you buy now.

If after they arrive, you still want only one of the current crop of players, then the new model will drive the price of the current stock down anyway.

This is a new model coming soon too.
http://www.i4u.com/article5705.html and it will be distributed by www.mvixusa.com

Found this link you can get one from here

http://www.pjbox.co.uk/cgi-bin/ca000002.pl

Mvix MV-5000U Multimedia Center 200GB

Price: £175.00 / 253.75 Including VAT at 17.5%

review from

http://tomshardware.co.uk/2006/03/1...e_uk/page3.html


I can not see the Wi-Fi Connection anywhere on this product
post #25 of 30
Hey guys, I first started out just wanting a simple 15 dollar HD Enclosure, to make my internal HD into an External USB HD, then i came across one of these buggers and now I want one bad...

I can't seem to get what i want all into one package. The Mediagate MG-350HD has everything except one thing, it would be nice to have a built in LCD screen for times when you want it to work as a standalone music player you know?

I noticed the Mvix players do... however the wireless version is not out, and it seems Mvix is a lot more expensive, and just not up to par with MG-350HD (from what i've seen on spec sheets)

So i'm thinking, get the Mediagate MG-350HD then mod it... somehow either attach into the casing or externally slap on a mini lcd screen... (Obviously breaking into casing would void warranty, but would look the sweetest) I have a small understanding of Electrical engineering, but not enough to get this done right (alone anyway) so i dunno. any body know of any other good HardDrive Media player that have an LCD in it? (Doesn't have to be color/vga) a simple Text menu would suffice like the mvix...

Also damn i can't find mg-350hd to buy anywhere but korean sites
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by dorrough View Post

Hey guys, I first started out just wanting a simple 15 dollar HD Enclosure, to make my internal HD into an External USB HD, then i came across one of these buggers and now I want one bad...

I can't seem to get what i want all into one package. The Mediagate MG-350HD has everything except one thing, it would be nice to have a built in LCD screen for times when you want it to work as a standalone music player you know?

http://www.z500series.com/features.php

This may be what you're looking for.
post #27 of 30
Hi
To those who have the 350HD. How is the lag time when doing a jpeg slideshow? Does it automatically show pictures taken vertically display correct?
I read somewhere in this forum that there is a 5 sec time lag between jpegs which mean you'd be staring at a black screen...
Does it play back music with a slideshow?
The major reason for this unit, apart from others, is the ability to play jpge slideshow..
Thanks
Pat
post #28 of 30
WPA is now supported with the most recent firmware. So is wireless NDAS (and you can do wireless and wired at the same time).
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by Jo @ Anyware View Post

Currently the MediaGate cannot stream internet radio or TV. It may be possible in a future firmware upgrade though, but probably not anytime soon.

Too bad -
The inability to stream and play from the internet and the inability to accommodate playlist files, i.e. m3u files,are the major drawbacks. Oh and also the lack of screen saver (or to use a slideshow of pictures as a screensaver).
I used to get all this from a PRISMIQ (which did not have a hard drive and which died on me after th e company, unfortunately, went out of business) - so it does not seem like it should be too hard to do.
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by ChessKing View Post

Jo,

Thanks for you reply, can you tell me if the MediaGate handles subtitle files eg. srt files? The specs I seen on websites don't mention this.

Thanks.

I know the MG350HD supports .SRT files (I'm not sure about the MG35).

I have a "test" avi file (a DVD rip) which contains three audio tracks (main movie, commentary 1, commentary 2) and I have three .SRT files (one for each audio track).

With the MG350 I can select any audio track and the corresponding .SRT file and it works great.
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