By Ian Dixon (20.1mb 55mins 1sec)
This week Todd Bowra from the Media Center team at Microsoft joins me to talk Windows Media Center Extenders. We talk about how to get the most out of Extenders, using the Xbox 360 as an extender and future Extender devices.
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The Media Center Show with Orb Networks, email the show: Show [at] TheDigitallifestyle.com
00:58 Coming up this week
01:47 Email – using Orb as a software extender
03:56 One Voice LTB Q-Bean Wireless 2.0
06:11 TV Toolbox
06:59 What 3rd party apps do you use?
08:11 One Voice: Media Center Communicator – Download a free trial
09:44 Welcome to Todd
11:30 Extender Usage
12:28 What is an Extender
15:30 Can you use a Xbox 360 Core as an Extender?
17:54 Difference between Extenders
19:14 Network performance
21:46 HD content
26:05 Vista Media Center on the Xbox 360
34:18 Connecting a Extender to Vista
36:14 Managing your libraries on Media Center
39:00 Parental Controls
41:00 New Media Center Extender devices
42:00 Standalone Extenders
45:00 Divx on Media Center Extenders?
47:18 Audio devices
48:24 Software Extenders
51:28 Find out more information – Troubleshooting guide
52:17 Thanks to Todd
52:44 Send in your email
53:00 My book – Using Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center is still available
Links mentioned by Todd during the interview:
Microsoft top-level page for Media Center/MCX: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/mediacenter/default.mspx
Windows Vista firewall configuration: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/mediacenter/firewall.mspx
Windows XP firewall ports:
General: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/extender/setup/firewall/config.mspx Norton Personal Firewall: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/extender/setup/firewall/norton.mspx
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.