USB Flash Drives (Dlink DSM - 330)

Hi,

I recently bought a Dlink DSM-300 "DivX Connected" Media streamer, and to my disappointment, discovered that you could not use USB flash drive (or external HD) on the front to play video/photos/music.

I find this extremely disappointing as i thought i had found the perfect wireless media player....

What were Dlink thining when putting this right at the front of this unit (in full view), when really all it is, is maintenance port.... hardly ever touched in every day usage.

I am now considering buying a Dlink DSM-510, which although is DivX Certified, is not "DivX connected", and therefore won't get the really fancy interface (which i like), or Apple TV (which i wasn't too keen on before).

Although i really like the Stage 6, and most other functions of this unit, i most probably will be sending back to Amazon, because it is simply not what i thought it was....

Im sure i am not the only one that has had this issue, especially when i have read reviews specifying that you can use the front port to play music and videos (see links below).

I find that having my PC Turned on all the time is very tiresome, i might as well use Orb through my Wii.

http://www.computershopper.co.uk/shopper/reviews/154797/dlink-dsm330.html

http://www.cybertheater.com/d-link-dsm-330-divx-connected-wireless-hd-media-player/

I have a couple of questions which im surprised have not already been raised in this forum before.

1. When will new firmware be available to use the front USB port as a UPNP input device (weeks, months, years? ever?)

2. In regards to DivX connected. Will there be any other manufactures creating boxes like the Dlink DSM-330, if so who is currently developing hardware, and what are the timescales on this (approx eg, as in Netgear Q2, 2008). Also will this hardware manufacture support UPNP...! What i will probably do, is wait for someone to bring one out...

I eagerly await your comments, as i would like to keep this unit knowing there are going to be new software updates very soon that will satisfy my requirements.

Many thanks

Ian

I wish plugins and other

I wish plugins and other improvements had come better ad quicker. The connected radio was something that should have been there since day one.
Without Stage 6 is better to scrap the idea of online streaming unless you add full support of sites like youtube.
You guys should consider a new business model.
1)If you cant afford coders and the open source is slow, you should probably consider pay for/premium schemes and get punters what they ask for.
2)Very few can afford consistent provision of video streams. Why not integrated the server with a torrent based media manager (like vuuze and so on)??

Of course any of those 2 ideas would take ages to be implemented so there goes my smile again.

I like the Vuze idea

Let me see what we can do about that one.

am lovin it

i finally got mine today after a weeks delay as amazon had sold out !!!

I am loving it !!!!

Nice

You may want to check out the (unnoficial) DivX Connected Forums @ http://connunity.com

DSM-510

Hi all.

I just bought a D-Link DSM-510. I am having several problems, and I'm struggling to find a forum where I can get help. Can anyone point me in the right direction, or does anyone here have experience with the 510?

Many thanks,
Chris

Is it too late to return it for a DSM-330?

I can only recommend D-Link tech support for issues with the 510.

Dsalmonsen, Thanks for

Dsalmonsen,

Thanks for answering my post, unfortunately you didn’t answer my 2 questions.

I will re clarify, in case there was confusion

1. When Approximately will UPnP support be developed for the Dlink DSM-330 in weeks, Months, years?

2. What other hardware partners have DivX Connected teamed up with (if any?) and are any of them planning on support UPnP.

I was thinking of trying the DSM-510 instead. Any comments compared to the DSM-330?

DSM-510 [£139.99] - http://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Link-DSM-510-WiFi-Multimedia-Player/dp/B000LIDKJ4

More features are still to come

New features are are being added via software and firmware updates on regular basis. The hardware for this device was already in existence prior to the development of the DivX Connected device firmware and the ability to support direct USB playback was not something that was easy to add prior to release due to nature of the architecture. We are planning on adding support for USB playback but it is not in the near term.

Warning: Please do not use the Connected device too long before deciding to switch to another one as you may be very disappointed in anything else afterward, even with the current limitations. :)

Dsalmonsen, Thanks for

Dsalmonsen,

Thanks for answering my post, unfortunately you didn’t answer my 2 questions.

I will re clarify, in case there was confusion

1. When Approximately will UPnP support be developed for the Dlink DSM-330 in weeks, Months, years?

2. What other hardware partners have DivX Connected teamed up with (if any?) and are any of them planning on support UPnP.

I was thinking of trying the DSM-510 instead. Any comments compared to the DSM-330?

DSM-510 [£139.99] - http://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Link-DSM-510-WiFi-Multimedia-Player/dp/B000LIDKJ4

I can not give specific answers to these questions

We have not announced any device partners for DivX Connected beyond D-Link so I can not provide any information beyond that at this time.

It will be months before we able to provide a beta firmware update for the DSM-330 that would support UPnP playback.

I would hands down recommend the DSM-330. As long as you have a good PC and network it will be a much nicer experience all around. The approach taken between the two is completely different and the strengths of the DSM-330 will become even more apparent in time. If you are a technically advanced user and have lots of DivX and XviD files, then I think it is even more in favor of the DSM-330.

Back in the box :(

Hi dsalmonsen,

I just thought I'd reply to you post. Many thanks for responding so fast.

I evaluated the DSM-330 all weekend and came to the decision that its is not what i am looking for.

The Mp3 browsing and Stage6 features are very nice indeed, but unfortunately they are just luxuries.

The main reason for buying the unit was to use my USB flash drives to play my movies, and not have to have my PC running all the time.

I have packed the unit up and its ready to go back to Amazon.

I will keep an eye on the development of the unit, and hopefully when the firmware supports UPNP i will look at re-purchasing it.

In the meantime I'm saving myself almost £100 and purchasing this budget unit :

Sumvision Phoenix Premium Divx HDMI DVD player 1080P DIVX/XVID/MP4 Black

(http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139176) - £39.99
(http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=5129&ref=froogle&id=6688) - £35.99

After I've had a chance to evaluate it, I'll post up a quick review for anyone else in the same predicament as myself.

All the best, and give me a shout when the DSM-330 supports UPNP. ;)

Ian

Hey there Ian... would you

Hey there Ian...
would you consider selling your DSM 330 to me?

Thanks,
s

Hey there Srlle, Sorry, i

Hey there Srlle,

Sorry, i already sent it back to amazon about a week ago... :(

I'm sure there is a few other people on here that would like to sell you theirs...

jrmgolem - http://labs.divx.com/node/4734 doesn't seem to be enjoying his purchase, give him a try.

hope this helps.

Ian

A DVD player is the best choice.

A DVD player with USB DivX playback capability is the best choice if you do not need the convenience of the network connection and the content management.

Hi dsalmonsen, I just read

Hi dsalmonsen,

I just read this morning that Stage6 is going in 2 days time.

Wow, this is a surprise. you guys @ connected must be really gutted about this.

Was there some sort of trouble, or a lawsuit or something? why would DivX pull the plug so quickly...?

Normally things like this take months to close down.

It must have cost Dixv alot of cash to do this.... think of all the branding, marketing and resource....

What is the next thing to happen, are you guys worried...?

Surely you only step now is to either get youtube on board or get some kinda of legit equivalent of p2ptv on the go.....

I know this isn't very constructive, but i'm really glad i'm returning my DSM-330 unit back to amazon now...

I'm going to sit tight for the next 12 months and see if DivX can pull it all back.

All the best, and good luck.

Ian

Stage6 shutdown not ideal but...

The Stage6 shutdown is not ideal but I think it will be forgotten in regards to connected over next few months. While it was a service with great potential and showcased what could be done with HD video over the internet, it was something that others are starting to offer. In fact all of the Stage6 based plug-in content has found alternate hosts and will continue on Connected uninterrupted.

This was not a surprise as it was announced months ago that it would spun off in hopes of making it separate venture. There is always risk in something like that when the on going costs are so high.

Update?

Hi dsalmonsen,

I was just checking back to my original post to see if there has been any progress??

Are there any firm plans yet to introduce USB file support (music and movies) to the DSM-300?

Let me know as i'm still really keen, but will not consider buying the unit until is has this feature.

Many thanks

Ian