Media Streamers and Hubs Guide
The ExtremeVision sports an easy to navigate graphical user interface (GUI), though it is not necessarily the snappiest as you jump from option to option. Dressed mainly in black and blue, the Linux interface offers six main tabs; namely Multimedia, iMedia, News Reader, Web Browser, Bit Torrent and Setup. Since the player supports UPnP and assuming you are connected to a network, all available UPnP compliant servers should show up under the Multimedia tab with content you can leech from. Similarly, any plugged-in USB or eSATA drives would show up in the Multimedia section as well. The player also comes with a Samba client for that matter. Just ensure that your firewall settings (if any) on your home network do not get in the way of your file sharing jaunts.
As mentioned, this player isn't just a media player. It is packed with web services such as a proprietary web browser and a handful of bookmarks which direct you to sites such as FaceBook, Google, Flickr and YouTube. On the flip side, navigating the browser is a tad cumbersome if you're depending on the remote, but fear not. To ease your pain, hit the "Help" button to find out where the hotkeys are located. That should speed things up a little. For entering URLs and such, you can fire up the player's virtual keyboard by hitting that "A-Z" key. Interestingly, RSS feeds can also be added to the player's RSS list. Another bonus feature we fancy is the army of online radio stations listed under the likes of Live365 and SHOUTCast Radio. Audio streaming was lag-free when tested over our LAN connection. If you think your TV speakers suck, you can opt to pump out PCM or RAW streams, if your receiver is able to decode the latter. Both digital formats apply, mainly over HDMI or S/PDIF for surround sound CODECs such as DTS and Dolby Digital. Passthrough is also possible for lossless formats like DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD.