Buffalo Technology PC-P1LAN Network Card User Manual

Network Media Player
User’s Manual
Using Link Theater
Detailed Configuration
Using LinkTheater
Supported file formats.......................................... 3
Registering playback folders............................... 4
Data playback on a television.............................. 4
Converting files..................................................... 4
Configuring access restrictions.......................... 6
DLNA media server playback . ............................. 8
Detailed Settings
LinkTheater Advanced Settings........................... 9
Media Server Configuration................................ 10
BootServer Manager........................................... 11
Manually configuring an IP address ................. 12
Verifying computer’s IP address.......................... 12
Configuring the LinkTheater's IP address........... 14
Troubleshooting.................................................. 16
Glossary............................................................... 21
Specifications...................................................... 22
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The following notations and symbols are used throughout this manual.
Notations and Symbols
Caution are items that you must pay particular attention to
Caution mark................. Items which follow
when handling Link Theater. Failure to follow this mark may result in personal
injury and/or damage to the device.
Next operation mark...... Page numbers that come after
indicate the page you should proceed to
Terminology notation within the manual
•This manual assumes that your computer has the following drive configuration:
C: Hard disk
E: CD-ROM drive
•Names enclosed in [ ] brackets within the manual represent dialog box names, menus, buttons, check
boxes or other such items that you need to select when operating the device.
•Names enclosed in < > brackets represent keys on the keyboard. (Example) <Enter>
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Thank you for choosing LinkTheater! This manual should help you configure and use your new LinkTheater.
Supported file formats
The following file formats can be played back using LinkTheater.
Media Server trans code compatible
format (*1)
• Audio files encoded in either MP3 or WAV (uncompressed)
Compatible formats
• Image files saved/compressed in JPEG, BMP or PNG formats
• Video files encoded in MPEG-2 format
Compatible video
Image section
digital compression format
• MPEG-2 standard resolution (*.MPG file, m2p file)
Audio section
digital compressed
• MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2
2 channel
• MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3
2 channel
Audio section
digital uncompressed
Linear PCM
Compatible audio formats
Compatible image formats
• Maximum resolution 720 x 480 Maximum 8Mbps (*3)
• Maximum frame rate 30fps
2 channel
16 bit, 48kHz
• Linear PCM (*.WAV)
• MPEG-1 Audio Layer -3 (*.MP3)
• JPEG (*4), BMP, PNG
*1: LinkTheater plays MPEG-2 and MP3 files. Other formats are transformed into MPEG-2 and MP3 for
For format transformation, your PC should meet the following requirements.
■ Minimum system requirements
[CPU] Pentium4 1.4GHz or higher, or equivalent performance CPU
[Memory] 256 MB or higher
■ Recommended system requirements
[CPU] Pentium4 1.8GHz or higher/ Celeron 1.8GHz or higher/ Pentium M 900MHz or higher
Celeron M 1.0GHz or higher, or equivalent performance CPU recommended.
[Memory] 512 MB or higher recommended.
*Low bit rates may allow some files to play from PCs that do not meet the above requirements.
*Not all files can be played.
*2: The AVI codec must be installed in your computer to convert and play AVI files.
*3: If LinkTheater is connected to an 11Mbps wireless LAN, or if playback is performed from an USB1.1
device, demanding video files (3Mbps or more) may skip or drop frames.
*4: Only baseline JPEGs can be viewed.
Registering a folder for playback
In order to play computer files on LinkTheater, you need to register the folders on the computer. Refer
to the separate [Read Me First] document, and register your media folders for playback.
Data playback on a television
Refer to the separate [Read Me First] document for details on the procedure for playing back computer
or server data on a television.
Note LinkTheater can play MPEG-2 and MP3 files. Other formats are automatically transformed for
playback. You can change the image quality by right-clicking on the Transcoder's task tray icon and
selecting Quality from the displayed menu, or as shown below.
Converting data
When videos cannot be played smoothly because of dropped frames, or if you want to play back
MPEG-2 files that have a bitrate higher than 8Mbps, you need to convert the files on your computer
before playback, as shown below.
Click [Start]-[(All) Programs][BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN][Transcoder]-[Transcoder].
Drag and drop the file that you
want to convert.
* In order for you to distinguish between
explanations concerning the television
screen and computer screen and
explanations about the computer screen
are marked with this icon
* Screens shown in this manual are
examples. Your display may be slightly
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Click [Edit Settings].
Select the compression
quality, then click [OK].
If you wish to configure image quality settings
individually, click [Add] in step 4 on page 4, and
set the details as desired. Individual items can be
selected under [New Profile].
The following items can be set.
Click [Add].
Mode can be selected from constant bitrate (CBR),
variable bitrate (CVBR), and constant quality (CQ).
The features of each mode are explained in the
[Glossary] on page 21. Items that can be set in [Rate
settings] differ depending on the mode selected
Maximum Bitrate
This setting is the maximum bitrate used when
recording. This can only be set when [Variable
Bitrate] is selected in adjustment mode. It is possible
to set a value in the range of the [Bitrate] value in
the item above ~8000 (kbps).
[Status] displays [Awaiting
conversion] → [Converting] →
[Conversion completed].
“Bob” interlacing produces the sharpest image but
may leave noise artifacts. “Median” interlacing
reduces noise but may remove image detail.
Note To stop the conversion process, click
[Stop]. Click [Start] to restart a stopped
Audio bitrate
A high bitrate provides higher sound quality, but it
also increases the size of the file.
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CPU processing speed
Image quality improves with a larger value, but the
strain placed on the CPU (computer) also increases.
Use higher numbers if you have a fast computer.
Normally, a value in the range of
0~2 is used.
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Minimum Bitrate
This setting is the minimum bitrate used when
recording. This can only be set when [Variable
bitrate] is selected in adjustment mode. It is possible
to set a value in the range of the [Bitrate] value in
the item above ~192 (kbps).
Note You can specify the save destination
and name of the file after conversion by
clicking [Output file]-[Browse]. By default,
the converted file is added and saved
to the same location as the conversion
source file, and [MPEG2 (PC-P1LAN)]_000
is added to the end of the file name (the
000 number counts up when the same
name file is converted a number of times).
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The larger the set value, the clearer the image
will be. However, the size of the recorded file also
increases. The possible setting range is 192~8000
If [Variable Bitrate] is selected in adjustment mode,
recording is performed within the range of bitrates
set for maximum bitrate and minimum bitrate. Set
this value so that it falls between the [Maximum
Bitrate] and [Minimum Bitrate] which will be set
Configuring access restrictions
You can set access restrictions to shared playback folders, so that the folder can only be played back
when specific conditions are met. These settings can be performed as follows.
Click [Start]-[(All) Programs][BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN][Configure Media server].
Click the [Permissions] tab.
Click [Turn ON Access
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Click [Only accept access
from the following client
When you want to prohibit specific
conditions, select [Prohibit access from the
following client devices].
Click [Add].
Click [Next].
Select the conditions for
access restriction, then click
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You can select restriction conditions
of host name, IP address,
network address, and MAC
address (get MAC address from
the back of your LinkTheater).
Detailed Configuration
Step through the wizard to complete the access
restriction settings.
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Playing back DLNA compatible media server data
About DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) has defined product design guidelines [Home Network
Device Interoperability Guidelines] with the aim of standardizing electronic industry technology and
realizing an interconnected environment of digital equipment (computers, household appliances,
mobile devices).
LinkTheater can play media files from DLNA compatible media servers such as the Buffalo LinkStation
HS-DGL Home Server series. Select "HOME Server" (the DLNA compatible media server) from the
LinkTheater Home screen, and press the [Select/Play] button on the remote control.
Your DLNA media server may not have DLNA functionality turned on by default. For LinkTheater to
stream media from a DLNA server, DLNA must be turned on! This is not always the default setting.
Refer to your DLNA media server's manual for more information on enabling DLNA media server
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Advanced Settings
Normally, you won't need to change these settings. Here's explanations of each in case you do.
LinkTheater Advanced Settings
Press the power button and
start LinkTheater.
You can configure each of
these items.
Using LinkTheater
* Screens shown in this manual are
examples. Your display may look slightly
Select [Settings], and press
The following settings can be performed in
[Edit Profile].
Obtain automatically (DHCP): If there is a
DHCP server on the network, an IP address
is assigned automatically.
Manual settings: You can also manually
enter the IP address and subnet mask.
The settings are enabled by selecting the
items edited above in [Profile selection],
and pressing the [Select/Play] button on the
remote control.
• Display settings
In [Screensaver], you can set the amount of
time (1~60 minutes) before the screensaver
starts on the television screen when there
are no operations performed.
You can set the amount of time (3 seconds
— 2 minutes) that a photograph is displayed
on the television screen in [Photo display
• (Firmware) Version
This displayes the firmware version number.
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• (Wired) Network settings
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* In order for you to distinguish between
explanations concerning the television screen
or computer screen, explanations about the
television screen are marked with this icon
Media Server Configuration
You can register folders that will be played on LinkTheater and also set access restrictions. Click [Start][(All) Programs]-[BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN]-[Configure Media server] to display the settings screen.
Shared folder screen
• Add
Registers folders that contains files that you
want to play on the LinkTheater.
• Delete
By selecting a folder and clicking [Delete],
registration of the shared folder is deleted.
• Update
This updates the shared folder and file
• Automatic search
This starts the automatic search wizard. You
can find folders on the computer that contain
video, audio, and image files by using the
automatic search wizard.
Settings screen
• Enable file sharing on computer startup
This setting enables file sharing when the
computer starts up.
• Display icon in task tray when program
is closed
This setting displays an icon in the task tray
when [Media server settings] is closed.
• Default settings
Restores Media server settings to the initial
• Do not share files
This setting disables file sharing.
• Share files
This setting enables file sharing.
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BootServer Manager
Access restrictions screen
You can set firmware rewrite (FW) and enable/
disable server functions using the BootServer
administration tool. Click [Start]-[(All) Programs][BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN]-[BootServer Manager]
to start the tool.
BootServer Management screen
• Enable access restrictions
This setting enables access restrictions.
This is not displayed if the settings are
already enabled.
• Disable access restrictions
• Only allow access from the following
client devices
This detects BootServer media servers on
the network.
• Check all
This displays a check mark in the check
boxes for all detected servers.
This setting only allows access from devices
listed in [Restriction rules].
• Clear All
This cannot be selected when access
restrictions are disabled.
• Update Firmware
Removes all of the check mark displays.
This cannot be selected when access
restrictions are disabled.
• Add
Detailed Configuration
This updates checked server firmware.
• Prohibit access from the following
client devices
This setting prohibits access from the
devices listed in [Restriction rules].
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This setting disables access restrictions.
This is not displayed if the settings are
already disabled.
• Detect servers
[FW version after rewrite] displays the
version number after rewrite.
• Turn ON Server
Enables servers that have a check mark
• Turn OFF Server
Disables servers that have a check mark
* Do not disable all servers on the network,
or the PC-P1LAN startup screen will
not be displayed. You need at least one
BootServer media server to use the
You can set allow/prohibit conditions (host
name, IP address, network address, MAC
address) using this wizard.
This cannot be selected when access
restrictions are disabled.
• Delete
You can delete conditions by selecting them
in [Restriction rules] and clicking [Delete].
Caution An icon
is displayed in the task
tray when your computer is running
the BootServer media server. If no icon
is displayed, the PC-P1LAN startup
screen will not be displayed.
Click [Start]-[(All) Programs][BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN]-[PC-P1LAN
BootServer] to launch the BootServer
media server on your PC.
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This starts the Add access restrictions
This section gives proceedures for manually setting IP addresses, describes firmware update
procedures and the procedure for playing back LinkStation data, addresses basic troubleshooting,
and gives device specifications.
For customers that do not have a router
(Procedure for manually configuring the IP address)
If you have no router on your network and connect your LinkTheater directly to your PC, you'll need to
set the IP address manually. To do this, you'll need to determine the IP address and subnet mask for
your computer. Only configure the LinkTheater's IP address manually if you have a good reason for
doing so, e.g. you are not using a router, or your network has no DHCP server.
Note The numbers and letters that are displayed on the screen will differ according to your environment.
Checking the computer’s IP address
Click the menu below and start the command prompt.
[C:\>] is displayed on the screen. Type [IPCONFIG/ALL], and press
the <ENTER> key.
The IP address is displayed in the [IP Address] column, and the
subnet mask is displayed in the [Subnet Mask] column.
Select [Start] - [(All) Programs] - [Accessories] - [Command prompt].
Ethernet adapter local area connections
IP address :
Subnet Mask
Connection-specific DNS Suffix :
Description : BUFFALO LGY-PCI-TXD Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address :
DHCP Enabled : Yes
Default Gateway
DNS Servers :
Now you know your computer's IP address. See page 13 for more on LinkTheater's IP address and
Subnet mask. Continue to page 14 to set LinkTheater's IP address and subnet mask.
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What is the LinkTheater IP address value?
Set the following values for the LinkTheater IP address.
Computer IP address
LinkTheater IP address
When the IP address is Set to
Set the same value
Set a different
number from the
computer between
2 and 254
What is the LinkTheater Subnet mask value?
Set the LinkTheater subnet mask value to the same value as the computer’s subnet mask value.
Computer’s subnet mask LinkTheater subnet mask
When the value is Set this to
Set the same value
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Configuring the LinkTheater's IP address
Select [Edit Network Profile] ,
and press button.
Select [Static], and press
Enter the IP address and
subnet mask, and press the
[Select/Play] button.
Press the power button and
start LinkTheater.
Select [Settings], and press
button on the directional pad.
Select [Network], and press
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Caution Make sure the LinkTheater's IP
address is not the same as the
computer’s IP address. If you are not
sure of the value to set, see page 12.
Example: If the computer’s IP address is
[] and the subnet
mask is [],
then set the LinkTheater's IP
address to []
and the subnet mask to
Note The IP address and subnet mask can
be entered using the ten key buttons
on the remote control. You can enter a
"." (decimal point) by pressing the [1]
button twice in succession.
Select [Select Network profile] ,
and press button.
Select [Static], and press
Detailed Configuration
By pressing button twice,
you can return to the screen in
procedure 4.
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Your LinkTheater is now configured with a static
IP address.
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I cannot switch the power on
The power cord is disconnected from the wall
socket or LinkTheater
Connect the power cord to the wall socket or
I cannot see videos or hear sounds
Cause (1):
The connection to the television is incorrect
Solution (1):
Connect the television correctly
Cause (2):
The correct video input has not been selected
on the TV
Solution (2):
Select from inputs that are connected to
LinkTheater, for example “video”, etc.
Cause (3):
The LInkTheater or television mute function is
Solution (2):
Press the [Mute] button on the remote control
to disable the mute function. Refer to the
manual that came with your television for
details on how to disable the television’s mute
Cause (4):
DirectX has a problem, or has been deleted
Solution (4):
Insert the CD provided into the computer's
CD drive, and select [Install DirectX] from
easy setup. Then follow subsequent onscreen
messages to install DirectX.
The remote control doesn’t work
Cause (1):
There are no batteries inside the remote
Solution (1):
Set batteries inside the remote control
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Cause (2):
The batteries are exhausted
Solution (2):
Replace the old batteries with new ones
Cause (3):
The batteries are not inserted correctly
Solution (3):
Check the polarity of the batteries (+, -) and
insert them correctly
Cause (4):
The remote control is being pointed at the
Solution (4):
Point the remote control at LinkTheater to
operate it.
Cause (5):
There is an obstruction between the remote
control and LinkTheater
Solution (5):
Either move or avoid the obstruction.
Cause (6):
The remote control is too far away from
Solution (6):
Move the remote control closer to LinkTheater
to operate it.
Cannot recognize the files inside
a registered folder
Cause (1):
The file names are written in 2 byte code
Solution (1):
Files that have names written in 2 byte code
characters may not be displayed correctly.
Change the file names if they are not
displayed correctly.
The startup screen is not displayed,
and the computer is not recognized by
Cause (1):
The LAN cable is not connected
Solution (1):
Check that the LAN cable is connected to
both the computer and LinkTheater (push in
the LAN cable until you hear a “click”). After
connecting the LAN, switch the LinkTheater
power off and on again.
Cause (5):
There is a problem with the router or access
Solution (5):
If you have tried all of the above solutions
but LinkTheater is still not recognized on
the environment connected to your router or
access point, refer to [Read Me First] and
connect LinkTheater directly to the computer.
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Cause (4):
The BootServer is not running on your PC
Solution (4):
Check that the BootServer icon
displayed in the task tray. If the icon is not
displayed, click [Start]-[(All) Programs][BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN]-[PC-P1LAN
[When Trend Micro PC-Cillin 2003 is
Use the following procedure to disable the
[Personal firewall function].
1. Select [Start] - [(All) Programs] - [Trend
Micro PC-Cillin-2003] - [PC-Cillin-2003
2.When the [PC-Cillin-2003 operation screen]
starts, click on the [Professional] tab.
3. Click the [Emergency lock] button
displayed on the right side, check that
[Emergency lock is OFF] is displayed, and
click [OK].
4.Check that there is an x mark in the
[Wireless LAN mode] button. If there is no x
mark, click the [Wireless LAN mode] button
to switch the wireless LAN mode OFF.
When these settings are completed, close
the [PC-Cillin 2003 operation window].
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Cause (3):
The software that came with LinkTheater has
not been installed
Solution (3):
Insert the CD provided into the computer’s
CD drive, and click [Install PC-P1LAN Utility]
from easy setup.
Cause (7):
Software that contains a firewall is installed
Solution (7):
If a firewall is enabled, the computer may
not be recognised from LinkTheater. In this
case, you can disable the firewall function
or accept use of UDP ports [59821] [59823]
and TCP ports [8888] [9666] [9667] [58080]
[58001] [59824], or uninstall the software that
has firewall settings. Contact the software
maker for information about firewall settings.
The following is an example of how to
disable a firewall.
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Cause (2):
The wrong cable is being used (when
connecting directly to a computer)
Solution (2):
You need to use a crossover cable when
connecting LinkTheater directly to a
computer. Connect with a crossover cable.
After connecting the cable to the LinkTheater
and to your LAN, switch the LinkTheater's
power off and then on again.
Cause (6):
The IP address is wrong
Solution (6):
Refer to “For customers that do not have
a router” (page 12) and check that the
computer IP address and LinkTheater
IP address have the first three groups of
numbers the same, and the last group of
numbers different. For example, if the
LinkTheater IP address is [],
check that the computer's IP address is
[] or something similar. Subnet
masks should be the same for both.
5. Select [Start] - [(All) Programs] - [Trend
Micro PC-Cillin-2003] - [PC-Cillin-2003
If [Use LAN proxy server] is unchecked, the
settings are complete.
If it is checked, click [Detailed settings] and
proceed to procedure 6.
6. When the [PC-Cillin 2003 operation
screen] starts, remove the [Enable personal
firewall] in [Personal firewall] - [Security
level], and click [Apply].
[When Trend Micro PC-Cillin 2002 is
You can either use LinkTheater with the
[Personal firewall function] disabled, or
you can register LinkTheater as a [Trusted
computer] using manual settings. See below
for more details.
Procedure for disableing the personal
firewall function
1. Select [Start] - [(All) Programs] - [Trend
Micro PC-Cillin-2002] - [PC-Cillin-2002
* If PC-Cillin is permenantly running, right
click the PC-Cillin icon in the task tray,
and select [Open settings screen].
2. Uncheck [Personal firewall] from quick
settings in the PC-Cillin 2002 operating
screen, and click [Apply].
This completes the settings.
Procedure for registering the Link
Station IP address
1.Select [Start] - [(All) Programs] - [Trend
Micro PC-Cillin-2002] - [PC-Cillin-2002
* If PC-Cillin is permenantly running, right
click the PC-Cillin icon in the task tray,
and select [Open settings screen].
2.Select [Personal Firewall] - [Trusted
computers] from the menu on the left side
of the PC-Cillin 2002 settings screen.
3.The network adapter is displayed in the
[Trusted computers] column. Check it and
click [Apply].
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I cannot playback videos, music, or
Cause (1)
The file is not suitable for playback on
Solution (1)
Not all computer files can be played by
LinkTheater. Play only the filetypes listed on
page 2.
Cause (2):
File is damaged
Solution (2):
Damaged files cannot be played back.
Cause (3):
JPEG files other than baseline JPEG files are
being displayed
Solution (3):
LinkTheater can only display baseline JPEG
files. Use normal baseline JPEG files.
Cause (4)
The saved folder heirarchy is too deep
Solution (4)
For image files, only files in the first two
levels can be played back. Move the files into
second level or higher folders.
Cause (5)
Image and audio are not interleaved
Solution (5)
AVI files that are not interleaved cannot be
played back. When creating AVI files, create
them with the interleave setting.
Cause (6)
Files that have been encoded in DivX 5
format with [Use Quarter Pixel] or [USE GMC]
options enabled are being played back
Solution (6):
Files that have been encoded in DivX 5
format with [Use Quarter Pixel] or [USE GMC]
options enabled cannot be played back.
Disable these options when encoding the
Cause (7)
Files are copy protected
Solution (7):
DRM and copy protected files cannot be
played back on the LinkTheater. Play only
files that do not have DRM or copy protection.
Videos are not displayed correctly
Cause (1):
Videos are recorded in a television format
other than NTSC
Solution (1):
LinkTheater plays NTSC video. Record all
videos in NTSC format for playback on the
Cause (2):
LinkTheater is connected to an 11Mbps
wireless network
Solution (2):
If LinkTheater is connected to an 11Mbps
wireless network, playing back files above
3Mbps may lead to skipping or dropped
Generally, televisions display with overscan,
which cuts a small amount of the video signal
periphery when displaying the video on the
screen. The amount of periphery cut differs
depending on the television, so the edges
(perimeter section) of the video may appear
ragged, or the video may appear either
vertically or horizontally distorted. Adjust this
in your TV's image settings.
Provided software is being blocked,
and LinkTheater cannot recognize the
computer (Windows XP)
After installing the provided software, the
[Continue to block this software?] message
may be displayed after restarting the
If this occurs, click [Remove block].
If you clicked [Check later]
Restart the provided software. [Continue to
block this program?] is displayed again. Click
[Remove block].
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Cause (1):
Traffic on the network is not leaving enough
bandwidth for the LinkTheater to operate
Solution (1):
If another device is communicating on the
network while LinkTheater is playing back,
the network may become congested and
skipping or dropped frames may occur. If
skipping or dropped frames occur, finish other
network tasks, then play your video files.
When watching on a television, the
edges (perimiter) of the video are cut
and the video appears distorted
Detailed Configuration
Sound skips/frames dropping occur
during playback
Cause (4):
The bitrate exceeds 8Mbps
Solution (4):
Using the procedure on page 3 to convert
video files to MPEG-2 format with a bitrate
less than 8Mbps.
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Cause (2):
LinkTheater is connected to your television
through a VCR
Solution (2):
LinkTheater is equipped with copy protection,
so playing back videos through a VCR may
cause the video to roll or become distorted.
Connect LinkTheater directly to an input on
your TV.
Cause (3):
The type of file, definition, or encoding
conditions for playback are not suited to
Solution (3):
skipping or dropped frames may occur with
some files. Play files that are supported by
LinkTheater (page 2).
If you clicked [Block]
Use the following procedures to change the
firewall settings.
1.Click [Start]-[Control Panel].
2.Click [Network and Internet connections][Change Windows firewall settings] (or
double click [Windows firewall]).
3.Click the [Exception] tab.
4.Click the [BUFFALO MediaServer] check
box to display a check mark. Click [OK].
Technical Support
North America Support is available 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week:
Telephone: 866-752-6210 Email: info@buffalotech.com
Europe Support is available between 9am6pm (GMT) Monday-Thursday and 9am4:30pm on Fridays:
Email: helpdesk@buffalo-technology.ie
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Digital file format developed for Windows
by Microsoft. If a video is recorded in AVI
format (without using codec), the recorded
file size becomes larger because video
compression is not used (if recorded at
320 x 240 resolution, 30 minutes of video
requires about 5GB of space). Advantages
are that files can be processed simply using
editing software, but video and audio timing
may become out of sync if recorded for a
long period of time.
• CBR: Constant Bit Rate (Constant
Like MPEG-1, but much better. This is the
format used for DVD-Video.
WMV is Microsoft's Windows Media Video
• Codec
Codec is the collective name for coding
and decoding. A codec is a program that
compresses/decompresses video and audio,
and is required for playing/saving video on a
computer. There are many types of codecs,
and different codecs are required for different
video files. If there are no codecs that suit a
particular file on the computer, the video may
not be displayed, or the audio may not be
• Bitrate
Rate of data flow for a video file. Higher
bitrates give better quality video, but increase
network traffic and file size.
• CQ: Constant Quality (Constant quality)
Detailed Configuration
The bitrate is changed automatically to
keep image quality constant. As the bitrate
changes according to the video, the size
of the recorded files will differ greatly
depending on the video being recorded
(videos with lots of movement are larger).
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Videos are usualy recorded at the same
bitrate (amount of data). For this reason,
there may be reduced image quality if
you compare scenes that have a lot of
movement with those that have little
movement. Furthermore, block noise may
also occur in scenes that contain intense
movement because of the lack of bitrate.
• MPEG-2
• CVBR: Constrain Variable Bit Rate
(Variable bitrate)
This mode records within a bitrate range
(data size) set prior to recording. Recording
is performed with a higher bitrate when there
is a lot of movement, and a lower bitrate
when there is only a little movement. On
LinkTheater, you can specify the (average)
bitrate and maximum bitrate, and record
using the (average) bitrate value as the
average value.
International standard of animation
compression defined by the Moving Picture
Expert Group (commonly known as MPEG
format forum). MPEG format adopts a
method that compresses the video and
audio data separately, and is the format
used on DVD-Video and Video-CD. There
are a number of formats within MPEG
format, such as [MPEG-1] or [MPEG-2].
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Wired LAN interface
Compatible standards
Conforms to IEEE802.3/IEEE802.3u (10BASE-T/100-BASE-TX)
Transfer rate
10/100Mbps (Auto sensing)
Connector type
RJ-45 8 pin connector
External output
NTSC (Japan domestic specifications)
Composite video
RCA Pin jack x 1 (yellow)
Analog audio
RCA pin jack x 2 (left: white right: red)
BUFFALO MediaServer
compatible computer
DOS/V computer with Ethernet board (OADG specifications), and NEC PC98NX series
Supported OS
Windows XP, WIndows 2000 SP4 or later
*If you are using Windows 2000 SP4, update your computer to the newest
version from Windows Update. LinkTheater may not operate correctly unless
Windows 2000 is up to date with the newest version.
Pentium3 800MHz or above, or equivalent performance CPU
*To playback files other than MPEG-2 and MP3, you need the operating
environment descried on Page 2.
256MB or higher
*To playback files other than MPEG-2 and MP3, you need the operating
environment described on Page 2.
Hard disk
50MB or more free disk space
*To playback files other than MPEG-2 and MP3, you need 4GB or more of free
disk space.
Ethernet port (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T)
Power source
Power consumption
Average 5W max 6W
Operating environment
Temperature 32~104º F, humidity 10~50% (without condensation)
8.7" (W) x 1.8" (H) x 4.9" (D) including rubber legs
1.3 lbs.
Supported LinkStation
*Video and audio files other than MPEG-2 and MP3 files cannot be played
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Display lamp specifications
LINK lamp
Power lamp
Power lamp
Lit green
When power is ON
Lit orange color
When in standby mode
LINK lamp
Lit green
Lights when the LAN link is up, goes out when the LAN link is down
Flashing red twice
System malfunction. Contact the BUFFALO support center.
Flashing red three times
Wired LAN malfunction. Reconnect the LAN cable.
Flashing red five times
Server malfunction. Check the following items.
• Is the startup server running on the computer?
• Check that the uImage file and initrd.boot file are in the [ProgramFiles][BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN]-[BootServer]-[firm] folder on the computer startup
hard disk. If the files are missing, copy them from the CD provided [PCP1LAN_firm]-[firm] folder.
Using LinkTheater
Detailed Configuration
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