Buffalo Media Player LT-H90 Specifications

LinkTheater LT-H90 Media Player
v1.0
Introduction 3
Product Diagram
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Connect Your Cables
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Remote Control 8
Getting Started 11
Install PC Software
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Using the LinkTheater20
Settings 24
Display Modes28
Using Windows Media Player
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Transcoder
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Specifications 36
Warranty
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Contact 38
Using LinkTheater
Thank you for choosing LinkTheater! This manual should help you configure and use your new LinkTheater.
Buffalo Technology’s LinkTheater LT-H90 Network Media Player is the
missing link between your TV, home entertainment center, and computer
network. Now, you can play the movies, music, and photos stored on your
computers from the comfort of your living room, through your TV and home
entertainment center.
The LinkTheater connects to your local network with an RJ-45 Ethernet port.
For best performance, wireless connections are not recommended.
The LinkTheater has a wide variety of AV connections on the back, including
High-Definition compatible video connectors as well as digital Dolby™ 5.1* and
DTS compatible audio connectors. LinkTheater also supports Universal Plug
& Play for easy installation.
LinkTheater plays back most popular video, image, and audio formats. See
the Specifications page for a list of supported file types.
Prepare to experience one of the highest quality, most versatile media players
available! Buffalo Technology’s LinkTheater will provide seamless access to
your multimedia archives.
Please check our web site (www.buffalotech.com) for updates and additional
support for this product.
*Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Colby and the double-D symbo0l are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Power switch
Hold 10 seconds to reset unit.
Lift door for USB port.
May be used with
USB memory sticks,
camcorders, or FAT32
USB hard drives.
120V AC
HDMI (720p)
10/100 Ethernet
Toslink digital audio out (5.1)
Composite Video out
RCA stereo audio out
D4/Component HD
video out (720p)
USB port for use with USB
memory sticks or FAT32 USB
hard drives.
Package Contents:
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LinkTheater Media Player
Ethernet Cable
Remote Control with Batteries
AC Power Cable
LinkTheater CD-ROM
User Manual (this guide)
Standard A/V Cable (Red, White, and Yellow RCAs)
If any items are missing from your package, please contact
Buffalo Technology’s Technical Support or contact the place you
purchased your product from.
Preparation:
The LinkTheater connects to a TV or video monitor with
composite (RCA), HDMI, D4, or component style video
connectors.
Find an appropriate place to install the LinkTheater. We
recommend that the install place is:
• within visible site of the primary seating area. This device
uses an IR remote control and requires line of sight.
• conveniently located near your TV and Hi-Fi.
• on a flat surface or cabinet. We do NOT recommend
placing it on top of a warm-running audio/video
component, due to potential overheating concerns.
Connect your cables:
The LinkTheater must be connected to a TV or monitor. Although
the LinkTheater plays mp3s and other popular music formats, a
TV or monitor is required to navigate and configure options on
the LinkTheater.
There are many ways to connect the audio and video output of
the LinkTheater to a TV or home theater. The following directions
describe connecting your LinkTheater to your TV or monitor
with the standard yellow analog composite video connector,
which almost any TV will have. This cable is included in your
LinkTheater package and will work with most TVs.
Here’s a simple way to connect your LinkTheater directly to a TV:
1 - Hook up the included analog video cable to your TV or
monitor. Most TVs will have the connections color-coded: Yellow
for video, red for right-audio, and white for left-audio.
2 - Connect the other end of the analog video cable to the
associated ports on the LinkTheater. The ports are also color
coded: red for right audio, white for left audio, and yellow for
video.
3 - Connect the CAT-5 Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on
the back of the LinkTheater and connect the other end to a router,
hub, or switch on your network.
4 - Plug the power cable into an AC power outlet. Buffalo
recommends connecting the AC adapter to a power-strip with
a surge protector to protect it from power surges caused by
lightning.
5 - Plug the power connector from the AC adapter into the back
of the LinkTheater. The ‘POWER’ and ‘STANDBY’ lights on the
front of the LinkTheater will blink and then turn on. You do not
need to press the power button on the front of the LinkTheater.
If the lights don’t come on within a few seconds, check that the
proper AC adapter is plugged in and seated correctly. Also,
check that your power-strip or surge protector is on.
6 - Once the ‘POWER’ and ‘STANDBY’ lights on the front of the
LinkTheater are on, the device has properly powered up and is
ready for use. At this point, please turn on your TV or monitor.
Change your TV or monitor’s source setting to correspond
to the input that you plugged the LinkTheater into. Once the
LinkTheater’s menu appears, your LinkTheater’s video is
properly connected.
Note: These instructions are for a simple setup, where the
LinkTheater is connected directly to a TV with RCA connections.
Many other ways to connect are possible. For instance, if you
seek the best overall performance available, you might connect
the audio to an AV Receiver with a toslink digital connector and
the video to your monitor with a D4-to-component or HDMI cable.
If the toslink 5.1 digital audio output is used, you’ll need to enable
it in Settings before using it. Additional cables (not included with
the LinkTheater) will be necessary for any of these alternate
configurations.
Remote Control
The LinkTheater's navigation and settings are all done via the included remote control.
To navigate through the menus, use the up, down, left and right
arrows. To make a selection, press the ‘Enter’ key. Also, the
left and right arrows can be used to navigate forward and back
through the menus.
Info – The info button will bring up information regarding the file
that is currently being played back. This includes file name info,
format info, and in the case of movies and music, how long the
file has been playing.
Setup – The setup button will instantly take you to the System
Settings area.
Refresh – The refresh button will automatically refresh what is
on the screen. For example, if recent files have been added
to a media server, pressing the refresh button may display the
new files. Some DLNA servers may need to be refreshed at the
server level.
Repeat – The repeat button will simply repeat a video or music
file that’s being played back.
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Audio – Audio is used to select
different sound track options
that may be available in video
files.
Playback Controls – The
playback controls work similarly
to that of a VCR or DVD player.
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PHOTO
HOME
UP
Video – The video button will
cycle through the four supported
video modes. CAUTION:
Using this improperly could
result in losing video display.
In that event, continue to cycle
through the video modes by
pressing the VIDEO button until
the display returns.
STOP
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ZOOM
playback,  stops playback,
>> is fast forward, >I goes to
the next song, etc.
Video, Music, Photo – The
three video, music, and photo
buttons can be used while
navigating a media source.
Pressing one of these buttons
will instantly change your
viewing to the file types that
correspond with the button
pushed. For example, if you’re
browsing video and press the
music button, you’ll instantly be
browsing music instead.
Home – The home button will return you to the main navigation
hub.
Up and Down – The up and down buttons work like Page Up
and Page Down does on a computer. This is a quick way to
browse through folders that have a lot of media.
Volume and Mute – The LinkTheater has its own independent
volume control that can be used along with or as an alternative
to your TV or sound system’s remote control. This allows you
to quickly mute or raise/lower the volume without having to
necessarily use the TV or sound system’s remote control.
Stop – The stop key will temporarily pause a slideshow that’s in
progress.
Track – The track button will skip forward or back to the next
video, music, or picture file.
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Getting Started
Installing software on your computer.
The LinkTheater is designed to play media files that are located
on computers and NAS devices. Where do you keep your
movies, music, and pictures? If they’re on Windows PCs, then
turn to the next page and begin installing software on your PC.
If your media files are stored on a NAS device like the
TeraStation Live or the LinkStation Live, then you may not need
to install software at all. Turn to page 20 to start using your
LinkTheater immediately!
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Installing the Buffalo PC Utility:
Please follow the install steps below if you wish to use the
LinkTheater to access media files on a Windows PC:
1. Insert the LinkTheater CD-ROM into your PC’s CD-ROM
drive. The program will run automatically.
2. Press the ‘Start’ button.
3. Agree to the End User License.
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4. Press ‘Start’.
5. Click Reboot to finish the installation and restart your PC.
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6. After the reboot, please launch the ‘Configure MediaServer’
program from the start menu.
Configuring the Buffalo PC Media Server:
Now that the Buffalo PC Media Server is installed and running,
you must point it to the media on your computer.
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There are two options for adding media:
Add - By pressing the Add button, you can specifically pick a
directory on your computer to share with the LinkTheater. If you
wish to add multiple directories, then you can add them one at a
time by repeating the process.
Auto Search – Auto search launches a wizard that will help you
automatically find your media.
Press the Next button to continue.
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Select which drive or drives you’d like to include in the search.
Click on Next.
Additional options are available. We recommend that you keep
the options as is. Click on Next when ready.
After the search completes, you will be asked to confirm which
folders you’d like to add to the media server. Checked folders
will be shared, unchecked folders will not. Once you have
analyzed the list, click on Confirm.
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The Options tab will let you turn on and off file sharing. It also
includes other options, including the ability to control whether the
media server starts when your computer starts.
To disable file sharing, press the Turn OFF File Sharing button.
You may want to turn on Access Control to prevent certain
devices from accessing your media content. This is especially
important if there are multiple LinkTheaters or other DLNA
playback devices on your network.
If you’d like to prevent some devices from accessing your date
while permitting others, press the Turn ON Access Control
button. Press Add to bring up the access control wizard.
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Press Next.
And then press Next again.
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Select your preferred method for assigning access to drives.
Once complete, press Next.
You can continue to add more access grants by pressing the
Add button again. The access rules will appear in the main
application console.
Congratulations, you’ve completed the installation and
configuration of the Buffalo PC Media Server.
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Using the LinkTheater
Use the remote to choose and play your media files.
When the LinkTheater first turns on, it shows the Home screen. Use the up and down arrows on your remote control to highlight
your choice, and then press enter to open it.
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Browse Media will access any of the following media devices:
• DLNA Media Servers
• The PC Utility that came with your LinkTheater
• Buffalo’s DLNA Home Server NAS products (LinkStation
Home Server and TeraStation Home Server)
• 3rd party DLNA servers like TwonkyVision (www.twonkyvision.
com)
• Microsoft® Windows® Media Connect
• Microsoft® Windows® Media Player 11
• 3rd party UPnP A/V Servers
Highlight one and click the right arrow to browse content.
Network Shared Folder shows NAS devices on the local network.
Highlight one and click the right arrow to browse content.
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Browse USB shows FAT32 formatted USB storage devices
connected directly to the LinkTheater. Highlight one and click the
right arrow to browse content.
To play a media file, just highlight it and press Enter on the
remote. As it plays, you can use the fast-forward and rewind
buttons on the remote to navigate through the file. 22
Camcorder Backup
will back up your
camcorder or camera
to a USB hard drive
automatically. Connect
your FAT32 USB hard
drive to the rear panel
of the LinkTheater and
your camcorder or
digital camera to the
front-panel USB port.
The LinkTheater will
back up your media
files automatically. Your camcorder must
be in mass storage
mode for this to work
properly.
When you see the
Complete screen, your
files are backed up to
the hard drive!
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Settings
Optimise the LinkTheater for your home theater.
Right out of the box, your LinkTheater’s basic configuration
works well for many users. However, you have the option to
modify many of its settings to give the best match with your other
equipment. To access settings, choose Settings from the Home
menu, or press the Settings button on your remote.
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System settings are divided into four categories.
System Preferences include such settings as the delay times for
the screensaver and slideshow, LED brightness, and whether or
not to enable the digital audio output.
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Network Settings contains settings that affect your LinkTheater’s
network connection. By default, the LinkTheater uses DHCP
to configure all network settings for you automatically, but if you
prefer, you may create new profiles with manual settings. 26
Display Settings lets you toggle between various video output
modes. This is where you adjust the picture to display properly
on your 16x9 HD monitor. Press the Enter button on your remote
to toggle through the available modes.
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Display Settings:
The LinkTheater supports four display modes. Changing the
display modes could result in your LinkTheater not operating
properly so please make sure you know which modes your TV or
monitor supports:
Composite 480i 4x3 – This is the standard mode. It utilized
the standard RCA (yellow) video cable or to transmit video data.
480i means the picture is displayed at the resolution 640x480
interlaced.
Component 480p 4x3 – This is identical to the mode above,
requiring a TV or monitor with HDMI, D4, or component video,
however, this mode uses 640x480 progressive resolution. This
is the same resolution that a progressive scan DVD player would
use. If your TV or monitor doesn’t support 480p than this mode
will NOT work.
Component 720p 16x9 – This mode is the native format for many
common HDTVs. It’s broadcast over the HDMI and D4/component
video connectors. Most widescreen HDTVs should support this
mode. It uses 1280x720 progressive resolution. If your TV or
monitor doesn’t support 720p than this mode will NOT work.
Component 1080i 16x9 – This is the best, highest resolution
mode available from the LinkTheater. If your TV or monitor
can displays 1080i images, then this is the mode to use. The
HD image is transmitted over the D4/component and HDMI
video connectors. Use of this mode with 720p monitors is not
recommended. Even if they can display it, they’d look better in
their native 720p. Only use this mode with HD TVs that display
1080i resolution.
Please check with your TV or monitor’s documentation and
specifications to determine which mode you should use.
NOTE: The LinkTheater can only transmit D4/component and
HDMI video simultaneously. It cannot transmit on D4/component
and composite or HDMI and composite simultaneously.
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Reset System Settings will return all settings to their factory
defaults. Any changes you’ve made will be lost.
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Configuring Windows Media Player:
With Windows Media Player 11, a PC can stream media files to
the LinkTheater. If you’ve already installed the Buffalo PC Media
Server utility, then using Windows Media Player 11 may not be
necessary. Windows Media Player 11 replaces the Windows
Media Connect 2.0 software that was available within previous
versions of Windows XP. If you still have Windows Media
Connect 2.0 software on your computer, it will continue to work
with your LinkTheater, but upgrading to Windows Media Player
11 or later is recommended.
Among other functions, Windows Media Player 11 streams
multimedia content to devices like LinkTheater. Currently it’s the
only way to transmit DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected
multimedia files from a Windows XP PC to LinkTheater. If you
do not own or use any DRM protected multimedia files then
setting up Windows Media Player is not necessary. Windows
Media Player supports playback of DRM protected files that use
the WinDRM codec. Currently, the LinkTheater only supports
playback of DRM protected files that use the WinDRM codec
(this includes napster.com, walmart.com, rhapsody.com,
movielink.com, cinemanow.com and other sources).
You can get the latest version of Windows Media Player from
Microsoft’s Window’s Update (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.
com ).
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In Windows Media Player, click Tools and choose Options.
From the Library tab, choose
Configure Sharing.
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Make sure that you have a check next to “Share my media to:”. If
your LinkStation is powered on and connected to the network, it
will appear in the window as an “Unknown Device” with a yellow
triangle and an explanation point.
Highlight the new “Unknown Device” and click Allow.
Note: If more then one device is listed then multiple media
players are available on your network; in this case either add all
of them or determine which one is your LinkTheater by turning it
on and off and seeing how the list is affected.
Click Settings to specify what media files to share with your
LinkTheater.
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Change settings as desired. Click OK when done.
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Transcoder
Transcoder software lets you play even more types of files.
To play files created by older utilities such as Windows Media
player 7 or 8, you’ll need to use transcoder software to convert
the files to playable formats. To do this, click Start - Programs BUFFALO - MediaServer - Transcoder.
Click Add to add files to the transcode list, and then Start to
convert them.
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For best results, Windows
computers streaming media
to your LinkTheater should be
running DirectX9.0c. You may
install DirectX9.0c from the Buffalo
software disk.
An electronic copy of the
LinkStation user manual (this
guide) is available on the disk.
The electronic copy of the manual
is in PDF format. To read it,
you will need a PDF reader like
Adobe’s Acrobat, included on the
disk for your convenience.
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Specifications
LT-H90 LinkTheater
Supported Multimedia Formats*
Video Formats Audio Formats Image Formats Video Modes MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, XviD**, wmv 9, H.264
MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A (AAC)
JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF
480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
Wired LAN Interface
Interface Transmission Speed Connector Type Access Method IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)
10 / 100 Mbps
RJ-45
CSMA/CD
USB Interface
Interface Data Transfer Speed USB2.0/1.1
480 Mbps
Other
Supported OS Product Voltage Power Consumption Dimensions Weight Windows® XP, Windows® 2000 (with SP4), Vista®
50/60 Hz, 120 V
Max. 19 W
W 8.25 x H 1.94 x D8.25 in
Approx. 2.5 lbs.
* Included transcoder software allows conversion of older formats such as WMV 7/8 to playable
formats as well.
** SD, MP3 audio only.
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Multimedia Product Warranty
Buffalo Technology (Buffalo Inc.) products come with a one-year limited warranty from the date
of purchase. If the Buffalo product malfunctions during the warranty period, Buffalo Technology
will replace the unit, provided the unit has not been subjected to misuse, abuse, or non-Buffalo
technology authorized alteration, modifications or repair.
All expressed and implied warranties for the Buffalo Technology product line including, but not
limited to, the warranties of merchantability and fitness of a particular purpose are limited in
duration to the above period.
Under no circumstances shall Buffalo Technology be liable in any way to the user for damages,
including any lost profits, lost savings or other incidental or consequential damages arising out of
the use of, or inability to use the Buffalo products.
In no event shall Buffalo Technology’s liability exceed the price paid for the product from direct,
indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use of the product, its
accompanying software, or its documentation. Buffalo Technology/(Buffalo Inc.) does not offer
refunds for any product.
Technical Support and firmware upgrades for Buffalo Technology products are restricted to the
country/region of purchase.
Please have your proof of purchase receipt to get warranty support. All defective products shall be
returned with a copy of proof of purchase. In no event shall Buffalo Technology’s liability exceed
the price paid for the product from direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages
resulting from the use of the product, its accompanying software, or its documentation. Buffalo
Technology does not offer refunds for any product.
All rights reserved. Buffalo devices are designed for home or office use. Buffalo cannot be made
liable for any damages, loss of data or damage following thereof (including, without limitation,
damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other
pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use this Buffalo product, even if Buffalo has
been advised of the possibility of such damages.
We reserve the right to upgrade our products in keeping with technological advances.
To protect against power surges and power outages, we strongly recommend that you use power
surge protection and UPS solutions suitable for your situation.
This warranty is void if:
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The product was operated/stored in abnormal use or maintenance conditions;
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The product is repaired, modified or altered
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The product was subjected to abuse, neglect, electrical fault, improper packaging,
accident or acts of nature;
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The product was installed improperly;
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The serial number of the product is defaced or missing;
•
The tamper seal on the casing is broken.
© 2003-2008 Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc.
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Contact Information
for America and Europe
North America:
Buffalo Technology USA Inc.
11100 Metric Blvd., Suite 750
Austin, TX 78758
General Inquiries: Monday through Friday
8:30am-5:30pm CST
Direct: 512-794-8533 | Toll-free: 800-456-9799 | Fax: 512-794-8520 | Email:
sales@buffalotech.com
Technical Support: North American technical support by phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week. (USA and Canada).
Toll-free: (866) 752-6210 | Email: info@buffalotech.com
Europe:
Buffalo Technology UK Ltd.
2 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane
Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7BW
United Kingdom
General Inquiries:
Email: sales@buffalo-technology.com
Technical Support: European technical support is provided in English, German, Italian, and
Spanish. For opening hours and relevant phone numbers, go to www.
buffalo-technology.com/contact.
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