BCCHardware @ CES 2009 - Linksys and Gdium

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BCCHardware @ CES 2009 - Linksys and Gdium
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Day 0 at CES actually found us at a few press conferences as well as a couple of suite visits.  We managed to start off the day with a stopover at Linksys to preview their entire line on home networking and entertainment devices.  While Windows Media Center has really changed the way we interact with our media on our TV.  Linksys has taken their home networking and products to the next level with a whole slew of new gear.

Linksys Demo

Their nine "new" products include:

  • Network Media Hub 500GB (NMH305)
  • Network Media Hub with LCD Screen 500GB (NMH405)
  • Network Media Hub with LCD Screen 1TB (NMH410)
  • Wireless Home Audio Conductor (DMC350)
  • Wireless Home Audio Director (DMC250)
  • Wireless Home Audio Player (DMP100)
  • Wireless Home Audio Docking Station for iPod® (MCCI40)
  • Wireless Home Audio Controller (DMRW1000)

 



Media Hub Home Page

 

The central point of this system is the media storage device that comes in two-bay flavors and ships with either a 500GB or 1TB drive pre-installed.  You can add a second drive to these units and scale several storage bays into your system.

 Linksys Media Hubs
Linksys Media Hubs

 

The audio can be played throughout your home via a dual-band wireless "n" connection on either the Wireless Home Audio Connector, the Wireless Home Audio Director or the Wireless Home Audio player.  All of these points can be defined into zone and you have the ability to play the same stream on all devices or different audio streams to each device.  The flexibility is quite impressive for a wireless entertainment solution.

 Wireless Home Audio Connector
Wireless Home Audio Connector
Home Audio Director & Speakers
Home Audio Director & Speakers

 

The beautiful thing about this solution is that it is operated from a very nice wireless "n" touchscreen remote.  It's not as fancy as some Logitech Harmony devices, but is has a lot of flexibility, customization and is very simple to use to setup and synchronize different media zones.

Home Audio Controller
Home Audio Controller

 

When it's all set up and running it can be controlled via a basic IR remote.  One other distinguishing feature is the ability to stream your iPod music anywhere in your home.  It's a nice setup that is still a little bit away from a hard launch but shows a lot of promise.

 Typical Setup
Typical Setup

 

On the next page we'll briefly cover the Gdium from EMTEC.