Tonight I had my first play with Linksys’s DMA2200, over the last week I have been using the DMA2100 (see this video) and have found it pretty good, not quite up to the Xbox 360 as an Extender but its silent and small.
The DMA2200 is the 2100’s big brother. It has a built in upscaling DVD player and a few more connection options. The additional extender connections include an optical output and SCART connector (the 2100 has a adapter for SCART that is only a stand def cable). The other difference are a built in power supply so you don’t need the power transformer that the 2100 has, 3 wifi aerials for a better network connection and of course the DVD player.
In operation there is an extra menu option on startup for the DVD player and a LCD display on the front panel but once in Media Center it looks identical to the 2100 (and the LCD doesn’t do anything in Media Center mode). I felt the 2200 looked better than the 2100, the picture seems sharper but I could be imagining it.
The DVD player at first look seems fine, it upscaled the content and the menu was simple to use. My next test is to try a US region DVD to see what regions it will play.
So overall I like the 2200 better than the 2100, it looks better and of course in the living room a DVD player a must (well until I get all my content on to my Windows Home Server). I am going to see how I get on with it over the next week and I will be using it with wifi only.
I recorded an unboxing video and a video comparing the DMA2100 to a XBox 360 which will be out over the next week