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LinkSys Cisco Media Hub 405

LinkSys Cisco Media Hub 405

The Interface

Lastly Cisco/Linksys has created a very easy to use and GUI system accessible through any web browser, this gives you access to any files stored but more importantly allows you to play almost all media files (full list of supported files below) whether they are video or music. It even shows slideshows of your pictures and albums utilising flash 9 or higher. The web pages flow together very well almost to a point where you forget that you are actually using a web based system.

Supported files types:
Audio – M4A, M4B, MP4, 3GP, WAV, OGG, FLAC, AAC, MP2, AC3, MPA, MP1, AIF, ASF
Video – MP1, MPG, SPTS, MP4, AVI, VOB, DivX, 3GP, VDR, MPE, DVR-MS, Xvid, M1V, M4V, MOV, MPV
Playlists – M3U, M3U8, PLS, WPL

The Web based system may be used more by experienced enthusiast users, after all it all depends on your reasoning for purchasing a NAS solution. For example if you use the media manager through the browser it is a very straight forward solution which will allow you to search for items, show artwork in your music collection as well as playing slideshows of your pictures and stream movies/music through the Flash based players. Clearly all of this will be bandwidth limited depending on your specific home configuration.

Moving your media onto the device can be achieved by many means; FTP, copying straight to the device through your mapped network drive, via the initial installation or through the file browser area in the web browser. Some users may desire for it to simply backup their media onto a network device.

If this is the case Cisco have created a one click backup solution using NTI shadow via the web interface … you simply click the backup solution and it copies any changed or additional files from your pc/laptop to the device. This can also be achieved from the front LCD display on the 400 series or scheduled through the web interface. You can keep an eye on the status of any file transfer by the task bar application which notifies the size of files left to copy and time remaining. It also details how much storage is taken up on the device by each file type shown on the image below.

Along the same lines as the above is the media importer utility, this application scans your system for all media files and copies them to the hub. It keeps them stored in individual folders on the drive but at present there is only Microsoft Windows support for this.

Administration of the unit is handled through a web browser using the same great GUI system. From the configuration utility the front screen shows Name, IP address, Disk storage status and the service status.

Another option for external access is to configure the remote access system. This solution configures a secure connection from your hub via Cisco’s own site and you simply sign up and retrieve your own unique web address at https://www.ciscomediahub.com then setup UPNP on your internet router/firewall. This allows you to securely access the hub via an external source to get all the features you desire in the comfort of your own home, which is a practical idea. The media hub is supplied with 12 months subscription to this service however after that it will cost $9.99 per year, not a great deal of money but it begs the question why even bother with a fee that small?

The hub has support for iTunes using its “iTunes server” setting although there are some limiting factors in regards to using video and also at present there is no support for Time Machine. It is however loaded with the Bonjour service so for all the Mac users out there it is still a very usable device.

With regards to streaming content to other devices the Media Hub fully supports DLNA 1.5 & UPNP for those of us that use our Xbox360, PS3, Nokia N95 or other supported devices to play media.

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