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PC–P3LWG/DVD
Contents
Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
High-Definition Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Package Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Hardware Diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Connecting LinkTheater to the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Configuring LinkTheater Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Using AOSS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
External Wireless Antenna Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Standard Controls / Important Tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
The Log In Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
DVD / VCD Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
DVD / CD File Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
USB Device Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
PC Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Configuring the LinkTheater Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
LinkTheater PC Software Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Windows Media Connect Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Windows Media Connect Playback. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
LinkStation Compatibility with LinkTheater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
LinkStation Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
TeraStation Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Future Capabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Technical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Warranty Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
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Safety
Using this Safety Guide
In order to use this guide correctly, the meaning of the notations and symbols used are described below.
Notations and Symbols
Caution Mark
Caution
Items to which you must pay attention when handling the product. Failure to
follow this mark may result in personal injury and/or damage the equipment.
Reference Mark
Reference
Refers to the related subject page.
For your safety, please be sure to follow the instructions given below:
To prevent unexpected injury to yourself or others, or damage to the equipment, be sure to follow all the
safety precautions given below. To use the LinkTheater correctly, first read these precautions and make sure
that you understand the contents. After reading, be sure to store this manual in a safe place so that you can
refer to it if necessary.
This manual contains instructions concerning the general operation of the computer system to which the
Linktheater is connected, as well as those concerning the LinkTheater itself.
Please note that our warranty will not cover any damage or failures of the computer, the loss or corruption
of data, or damage to the LinkTheater due to misuse.
Meaning of Notations and Symbols
Meaning of Notations
Danger
Indicates a hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, runs a high risk of death or serious injury.
Caution
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in death or serious injury.
Warning
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate personal
injury and/or damage to the equipment.
Meaning of Symbols
This symbol indicates warnings and cautions e.g. electric shock warning
This symbol indicates actions that must not be performed (prohibited actions)
This symbol indicates actions that must be performed (essential actions)
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Danger
Prohibited
When handling batteries
Do not disassemble or remodel.
Do not place a metal wire between the + and – pads. Do not carry with a hairpin or necklace.
Do not place in the fire or overheat.
Do not pierce with a nail, hit with a hammer or stamp down.
Or heat will be generated and the battery will ignite and explode.
Warning
When handling batteries
Do not disassemble, remodel, repair or charge.
Do not use a new and a used battery or two batteries of a different make together.
Prohibited
Do not mistake the + and – nodes when inserting the battery.
Do not leave used batteries in the device.
Or heat will be generated and the battery will ignite and explode.
Contact
Prohibited
Strongly
Recommended
When a battery leaks do not touch the liquid.
The liquid that leaks from a battery may burn. If the liquid gets on skin or clothing wash
with clean water. If the liquid gets in your eye, wash with clean water immediately and seek
medical treatment.
When changing the batteries, only used those which have been specified.
Using batteries other than that specified may result in the leakage of fluid, and the battery may
ignite and explode.
Make sure to observe the instructions of the computer and peripheral manufacturers when
installing and using the LinkTheater.
Strongly
Recommended
Do not attempt to disassemble or repair the LinkTheater.
This may result in fire or electric shock
Disassembly
Prohibited
Prohibited
Strongly
Recommended
Prohibited
Strongly
Recommended
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Using the device with a different voltage such as may exist overseas, may result in a short
circuit, smoke or fire.
Only insert the plug into a 100V (50/60Hz) AC socket.
Insert the AC adapter firmly into the AC Socket.
Using the equipment without the AC Adapter firmly inserted may cause a short circuit or
overheating, or result in fire or electric shock.
Do not damage, process, overheat, or attempt to repair the power supply cable, as this may
result in fire or electric shock.
- When installing the equipment, do not crimp the power supply cable between walls and racks
(shelves) etc.
- Do not place heavy objects on the power supply cable, or pull at the cable.
- Do not place the power supply cable close to heat sources, or overheat the cable in any way.
- When removing the power supply cable, be sure to remove it my holding the plug.
- Do not bend the cable past its natural bending radius.
- Do not move the LinkTheater while the power supply cable is still connected.
If the power supply cable is damaged consult your dealer.
Install the equipment in a location where children cannot reach the interior of the electrical
equipment, cables, or connectors.
Failure to do so may result in injury.
A small child should only use the LinkTheater under supervision of an adult.
Strongly
Recommended
Strongly
Recommended
Remove
Power Plug
Do not handle the equipment with wet hands.
This may result in electric shock if the LinkTheater is connected to the AC power supply.
Even when connected it may cause internal damage to the LinkTheater.
If you see smoke or there is a strange smell or sound, remove the plug from the AC power
supply socket.
Continuing to use the device under these conditions may result in a short circuit, fire, or electric
shock. Consult with your dealer immediately.
Do not use the LinkTheater in bathrooms or other locations with a lot of water or humidity.
Using the device under these conditions may result in fire or electric shock .
Water
Prohibited
Remove
Power Plug
Remove
Power Plug
Prohibited
Strongly
Recommended
Strongly
Recommended
If the product is dropped or subjected to a severe shock, remove the AC adapter immediately.
Continuing to use the device under these conditions may result in a short circuit, fire, or electric
shock. Consult with your dealer immediately.
If liquid or foreign matter enters the equipment, remove the plug from the power socket.
Continuing to use the device under these conditions may result in a short circuit, fire, or electric
shock. Consult with your dealer immediately.
Do not look straight at the Laser Beam.
Do not peer into or open the casing and look straight at the Laser light, as it may be hazardous
for your sight.
To Prevent damage due to static electricity, before touching the equipment, first touch a nearby
metal object (such as a door handle or metal window blinds) to discharge any static electricity
from your body.
Static electricity from your body may result in damage to the equipment.
Only use the power cable and AC adapter provided with the LinkTheater.
The polarity and voltage of the terminal may differ between makes. Which may result in smoke
and fire.
Caution
Please remove the battery if not using the LinkTheater over a long period.
The battery may leak, which would dirty the device and may cause damage to it, or cause a fire.
Prohibited
Prohibited
Do not use the LinkTheater if there has been a leakage of battery fluid.
Continuing to use the device under these conditions may result in a fire, or electric shock. Consult
with your dealer immediately.
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Carefully read the manuals provided by the manufacturers of all other products used (i.e. PC).
Strongly
Recommended
Prohibited
Strongly
Recommended
Strongly
Recommended
Do not install the LinkTheater in the following locations, as doing so may result in an electric
shock or fire, or may adversely affect the equipment.
- Locations with strong magnetic fields (may result in damage).
- Locations with static electricity (may result in damage).
- Locations prone to vibration (may result in damage).
- Locations that are not level (may result in rolling, falling, or injury).
- Locations in direct sunlight (may result in damage or deformation).
- Locations close to fire or subject to heating (may result in damage or deformation).
- Locations where there is a danger of current leakage (may result in damage or electric shock).
- Locations where there is a danger of water leakage (may result in damage or electric shock).
Before installing or uninstalling the LinkTheater make sure to create backup files of all hard disk
data to another media (MO disk, floppy disk etc.).
When making any change to the PC environment there is always a possibility that the data on
the hard disk may be lost or corrupted, therefore it is always advisable to create a backup.
Buffalo will not be held responsible for loss or corruption of hard disk data.
Please remove any dust or dirt from the head of the connectors and do not touch with
your hands.
Dirt on the connector may cause damage.
Do not place any heavy object on top of the LinkTheater.
Doing so may damage the LinkTheater.
Prohibited
Care for CD or DVD media.
- Do not expose to direct sunlight
- Do not use abrasive or solvent cleaners use a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth to remove spots,
dust, or fingerprints. Always wipe from the center to the outer edges and never wipe in a
circular motion.
- Do not use adhesive labels or write on the disk with a pencil or ballpoint pen.
- Store discs in a cool, dry, dust free place.
- Handle the disc only by the outer edge or inner hole, to keep fingerprints and smears from
the surface.
- Store discs in protective storage cases to avoid scratches or damage while carrying.
Do not used scratched or damaged media.
Using such media may result in damage to the LinkTheater.
Prohibited
Prohibited
Prohibited
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Please take care not to damage the reflective side of the media.
- Do not scratch the top (label surface) of the CD or DVD.
- Do not stack uncovered CDs or DVDs on top of each other.
- Do not write on the label side with a ballpoint pen or any hard object.
- Do not use adhesive labels.
Do not move the LinkTheater with a CD or DVD inside.
Do not move the LinkTheater while still operating or while a CD or DVD are inside.
Doing so may cause damage to the media or the LinkTheater. Before moving the LinkTheater
make certain to switch it off and unplug the power.
Strongly
Recommended
Prohibited
Strongly
Recommended
Regularly clean the lens.
Dust and cigarette smoke may adhere to the lens causing poor reading quality or may prevent
writing to the media Use a cleaning kit to clean the lens regularly.
Do not use abrasive or solvent cleaners.
Use a soft cloth when cleaning the LinkTheater. If very dirty, use a slightly damp cloth to remove
any dirt.
Please follow local regulations when discarding the LinkTheater.
Refer to local rules and regulations for the appropriate method to discard the contents of
this product.
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Introduction
Buffalo Technology’s LinkTheater PC-P3LWG/DVD Wireless High-Definition Media Player
integrates your computer network to your TV or home entertainment center. Digital media
can be streamed from a number of sources on your network and/or computer peripherals to
the LinkTheater. LinkTheater will allow you to enjoy your movies, music, and photos from
your living room.
The LinkTheater can connect to your home’s wired or wireless network. Using 54* Mbps
802.11g technology, the LinkTheater can wirelessly connect to your home’s 802.11b or
802.11g network (802.11g recommended for best experience). Additionally, Buffalo
Technology’s AOSS™ technology has been incorporated allowing for push button wireless
setup with other AOSS™ compatible wireless routers and access points. There are two
internal wireless antennas which will help to maximize performance of the LinkTheater;
however, an external antenna connector is available for extending performance and range
even further. In addition to wireless, a RJ-45 wired Ethernet port is also available for quick
100 Mbps wired connections.
The LinkTheater has a wide variety of AV connections on the back, including high-end, HighDefinition compatible video connectors as well as digital Dolby™ 5.1 and DTS compatible
audio connectors. LinkTheater also supports Universal Plug & Play for an easy user
experience.
Most of the industry’s most popular video, image, and audio formats are supported by
LinkTheater. LinkTheater includes support for the following file types:
Video: AVI, DAT, MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, DivX, Xvid, WMV, WMV 9, DivX HD, WMV HD,
VOB, ASF
Image: JPEG, JPEG2000, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF
Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG Vorbis, AIFF, PLS, M3U
Prepare to experience one of the most versatile, highest quality media players available.
Buffalo Technology’s LinkTheater will provide seamless access to your multimedia archives.
High-Definition:
The LinkTheater supports playback on high-definition displays. If a high-definition display is
being used, all of the media file playback is automatically upconverted to high-definition
(720p or 1080i). This results in enhanced image and video quality over a standard player on
high-definition displays. Additionally, the menu and browsing displays are displayed in highdefinition for a richer user experience. Unlike most other media players, the LinkTheater also
supports playback of true, native high-definition video files like DivX HD and WMV HD.
NOTE: Due to the requirements of the DVD Consortium and MPAA, DVD Video playback is
limited to 480p (Progressive Scan) and therefore is not upconverted to 720p or 1080i.
*54 Mbps is the IEEE 802.11g standard theoretical maximum data transfer rate. Actual wireless
network data transfer speed is limited by environmental and system factors and will be less.
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Package Contents
The LinkTheater package should include the following items.
If any items are missing contact your retailer or reseller:
◗ LinkTheater - 1
◗ Remote Control - 1
◗ AAA Batteries - 2
◗ CD-ROM - 1
◗ Power Cable - 1
◗ Manual (This Guide) - 1
◗ Warranty Card
◗ Ethernet Cable - 1
◗ AV (Composite Cables) - 1
System Requirements
◗ Television with one of the following connectors:
• Video: Composite (RCA), S-Video, Component Video, D4
• Audio: Composite (RCA), Coaxial Digital, Optical Digital
◗ A wired or wireless network (802.11b or 802.11g)
◗ One or more of the following media sources:
• Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP PC with a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive
– PC with 500 MHz or above is recommended
• LinkStation Network Storage Center
– With at least version 1.46 firmware (firmware update program included on the CD-ROM)
• TeraStation Network Storage Center
• USB Hard Drive
• USB Multi-Card Reader
• USB Memory Stick
• CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
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Remote Control
Open/Close
Power
1. Power Button
2. Open/Close Button
Info
3. Info Button
Setup
8. Ten Key Buttons
4. Setup Button
Refresh
5. Refresh
TV
Clear
CAPS/NUMS
6. TV Mode
9. CAPS/NUM Button
7. Clear Button
Video
Music
Photo
10. Photo Button
11. Music Button
12. Video Button
Top Menu
Menu
13. Top Menu Button
14. Menu Button
15. Enter Button
Enter
16. Directional Pad
Return
Home
18. Return Button
17. Home Button
19. Play Button
21. Pause/Step Button
Stop
Play
Pause
Slow
20. Stop Button
22. Slow Button
Previous
Rewind
Forward
Next
23. Previous Button
25. Next Button
24. Rewind Button
26. Fast Forward Button
27. Search Button
29. Repeat Button
Subtitle
Search
Repeat
28. Subtitle Button
30. A-B Button
Audio
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Angle
Zoom
Mute
31. Audio Button
32. Mute Button
33. Angle Button
34. Zoom Button
Remote Control
1. Power Button – Turns the LinkTheater on and off.
2. Open/Close Button – Opens and Closes the
LinkTheater’s DVD Drive Door
3. Info Button – Provides on-screen info when viewing or playing a file
4. Setup Button – Setup options for LinkTheater
configuration
5. Refresh – Refreshes the information and file list
on the screen
6. TV Mode – Toggles the different TV modes, the
modes are as follows
a. Composite/S-Video (Default Setting)
b. 480i Component Video / D4
c. 480p Component Video / D4 (Progressive Scan)
d. 720p Component Video / D4 (HDTV)
e. 1080i Component Video / D4 (HDTV)
Toggle the proper TV Mode button by pressing
TV Mode and then the ‘Enter’ button until the
proper display is visible on your screen.
Depending on which cables are used on a TV,
there may be times where the screen remains
black; in this case, continue to press the ‘TV
Mode’ button followed by the ‘Enter’ button
until the proper, visible display is found.
7. Clear Button – Clears the last text or numerical
entry
8. Ten Key Buttons – Used for character input. Press
the numbers multiple times to begin using alphabetic characters. Press the ‘1’ key multiple times
to access punctuation marks and press the ‘0’ key
to insert a space.
9. CAPS/NUM Button – Press once to lock Ten Key
entry to all capital letters, press again to lock Ten
Key entry to numeric entry only, press again to
return to normal Ten Key entry operation.
10. Photo Button – Press the Photo Button to list only
available image files on the display.
11. Music Button - Press the Music Button to list only
available audio files on the display.
12. Video Button - Press the Video Button to list only
available video files on the display.
13. Top Menu Button – Access the Top Menu in DVD
Video Playback
14. Menu Button – Access the Menu in DVD Video
Playback
15. Enter Button – Selects a file for playback, selects a
field for input, confirms on screen messages
16. Directional Pad – Selects the proper content on
the display.
Insert the included AAA batteries into
the remote control by sliding the battery
cover off of the remote control
(as shown in the illustration).
Insert both AAA batteries into
the battery sockets the proper
way, following the etched
guide underneath the
battery sockets.
17. Home Button – Returns the LinkTheater to the
Log In/Home menu
18. Return Button – Returns the display to the previously viewed screen.
19. Play Button – Plays a file, starts a slide show
20. Stop Button – Stops file playback, stops a slide
show
21. Pause/Step Button – Pauses file playback, press
again to step one frame forward
22. Slow Button – Begins slow motion playback, press
multiple times to increase slow motion effect
23. Previous Button – Skips one chapter back in DVD
playback
24. Rewind Button – Rewinds playback, press multiple
times to increase rewind speed
25. Next Button – Skips one chapter ahead in DVD
playback
26. Fast Forward Button – Fast forwards playback,
press multiple times to increase fast forward
speed
27. Search Button – Displays search menu in DVD
playback
28. Subtitle Button – Activates subtitles in DVD or
supported file playback. Press multiple times to
cycle through available subtitles
29. Repeat Button – Repeats DVD, CD, or file playback
30. A-B Button – Repeats a user defined segment of
CD or DVD playback. Press once to mark the
beginning of the playback, press again to mark
the end of playback, press a third time to loop
and repeat the segmented playback area.
31. Audio Button – Cycles through the available
audio playback modes including Mono and Stereo
playback.
32. Mute Button – Mutes the LinkTheater’s audio
output. Press once to mute, press again to turn
mute off.
33. Angle Button – In DVD playback press this button
to change DVD disc angle (on multi-angle DVD
discs). In photo playback or slide shows, press the
Angle button to rotate the photos display by 90
degrees.
34. Zoom Button – Zooms the display in a variety of
ways. If video or DVD playback appears as a small
window, use the Zoom button to make the display fit to screen or operate in full screen mode.
This illustration shows
the angle and distance
maximums for the
remote control. The remote
control must be within a 60 degree
angle of the infrared receiver on
the LinkTheater. The infrared
receiver is located just right of the
LED display.
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Hardware Diagrams
Front Panel
Power Button
Display
DVD Drive
USB 2.0 Port
External Antenna Connector
Eject Button
AOSS Button
Stop Button
Skip Back Button
Skip Forward Button
Play/Pause Button
LED Display
VCD Playback
JPEG Playback
MPEG-4 Playback
USB Playback
CD Playback
Audio Playback
WMV Playback
DVD Playback
Repeat Mode
Play Mode
Pause Mode
Progressive Scan Mode
Numeric Display
Rear Panel
D4 Connector
AC Power Connector
LAN Port
S-Video Connector
Digital Audio Connectors
Composite Audio Connector
Composite Video Connector
Component Video Connector
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Connecting LinkTheater to the Display
Please follow the illustrations below to connect LinkTheater to the display. There are three methods of
connecting video and three methods of connecting audio. LinkTheater came with a Composite (RCA) cable
that will connect LinkTheater to a display. If you prefer to utilize other connectors, please purchase the
proper cables and install them following the diagrams below. It is important to note that any combination
of audio and video connectors can be used and not all combinations are illustrated below. Please consult
your sound receiver’s and/or your display or television’s user manuals to determine the best set of connectors
to use.
Please begin by connecting the included AC Power cable into the AC In port on the back of LinkTheater.
Then, plug the AC Power cable into a power outlet. If you are using an Ethernet cable to connect your
LinkTheater into your network, then plug the CAT5 Ethernet Cable into the Ethernet port on the back of
LinkTheater.
Setup Using Composite Video:
TV Mode: The default TV Mode will be used when using the composite video connector.
(Y)(W)(R)
(Y) (R)(W)
Video
Connector
Audio
Connector
Included Composite Cable
Setup Using S-Video:
NOTE: The included composite cable can be used for this setup, just use the red and white audio connectors only.
The yellow composite video connector can be left unplugged on both the LinkTheater and the display or TV.
TV Mode: The default TV Mode will be used when using the S-Video connector.
(W) (R)
(W) (R)
Composite Audio Cable
Audio
Connector
S-Video
S-Video Cable
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Setup Using Component Video:
TV Mode: The default TV Mode will not work when connecting the LinkTheater via Component Video. The
next section will cover how to get your display working with Component Video cables.
Component Video Cable
(R) (G) (B)
(R) (B) (G)
(W) (R)
(W) (R)
Composite Audio Cable
Component
Video Connector
Audio
Connector
Setup Using Digital Audio:
If using an external sound receiver, please connect the appropriate digital cable from LinkTheater to the
sound receiver via a compatible cable. The options will need to be setup in the LinkTheater main option’s
settings to complete the digital audio setup. Please continue reading to the next page to continue setting
up LinkTheater.
Sound
Receiver
Coaxial
Optical Digital Cable
Coaxial Digital Cable
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Optical
Configuring LinkTheater Settings
Now that LinkTheater is connected to power and your display or TV, you can begin configuring it. Start by
powering on your display or TV, select the right TV input mode (refer to the display or TV’s documentation
to determine this), and press the Power button on the front of LinkTheater or press the ‘POWER’ button on
the remote control. The LED Display should light up immediately and say BUFFALO. If it does not, please
check that LinkTheater is plugged into a working power outlet and that the batteries in the remote control
are good and installed correctly.
Once LinkTheater has turned on, the LED Display will read LOG IN. If you are using Composite Video or SVideo you should see a picture on your display or TV. If you are using Component Video you will need to
follow the next step.
Component Video Mode:
Press the ‘TV MODE’ button on the remote control followed by the ‘ENTER’ button on the remote control.
The display should appear as ‘Component NTSC’. Press the ‘TV MODE’ button again followed by the ‘ENTER’
button to enter additional modes (480p, 720p, and 1080i). If you cycle too far, LinkTheater may select a
mode that is not compatible with your display or TV. In this case, repeat the ‘TV MODE’ button followed by
the ‘ENTER’ button until the proper display is chosen.
Now that everything is hooked up and operating properly, the
Log In screen will be visible on your display or TV.
Press the ‘SETUP’ button on the remote control to begin
configuring LinkTheater.
There are five setup pages within LinkTheater, use the remote
control’s directional pad to navigate between the five graphical
icons inside the Setup area. Use the ‘ENTER’ button on the
remote control to select one of the five setup pages.
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Each setup page contains settings for different LinkTheater functionality. Please read through the five setup
page summaries:
Option Settings Menu
Screen Saver – Specify the amount of time required before LinkTheater begins displaying its default screen
saver. Certain displays or TVs can burn-in if the same image is left on for too long. The screen saver helps
protect the display or TV from this burn-in.
Slide show Timer – The default time between slides when running a photo or image slide show off of the
LinkStation, the USB Port, or the DVD Drive.
Dimmer – Specifies how bright the LED Display on the front of LinkTheater should be. There are three
settings (100%, 50%, and OFF). 100% is the brightest display level, while OFF makes the display invisible.
Subtitle – Specify the default subtitle language for LinkTheater. This applies only where applicable subtitles
are available (like DVD or VCD playback). If you do not wish to use subtitles, then select the subtitles to be
Off. If you ever need to quickly enable subtitles, the ‘SUBTITLE’ button on the remote control can quickly
enable or disable subtitles.
Browser Option – Specify whether or not to run the LinkTheater
browser in High-Definition. This setting should typically only be
checked if you are running a TV or Display that is High-Definition
(720p or 1080i). It greatly enhances the way the menus and
browsers look while operating the LinkTheater. After this option
is enabled, LinkTheater will have to be restarted before the
setting takes effect.
NOTE: Some 480p progressive scan displays may benefit from
enabling this option.
Once all of the settings on this page have been applied, press
the ‘Save’ button. You may be prompted to restart LinkTheater;
please do so if prompted.
DVD Settings Menu
VCD PBC – Specifies whether VCD playback control is enabled. In
most cases this setting should be set to ‘On’.
DVD Parental Level – Specifies whether DVD parental control is
activated or not and to what degree. Some DVDs enforce
parental management levels, allowing players to play only DVDs
that meet specific requirements. The settings are as follows:
Off – Do not enforce any parental control
1 – Acceptable for children of all ages (Typically G Rated
Movies)
2-3 – Acceptable for elementary children (Typically PG
Rated Movies)
4-7 – Acceptable for middle school and high school
children (Typically PG13 Rated Movies)
8 – Acceptable for adults (Typically NC-17 and R Rated Movies)
TV Type – Select the aspect ratio that pertains to your TV or display. 16:9 is specified for wide-screen TVs or
displays while 4:3 is a conventional TV or display.
Auto Play – Specifies whether LinkTheater will automatically play DVDs or VCDs upon being inserted into
the DVD Drive. If turned off, you will be required to select the DVD Disc option from the main Log In screen
whenever you want to play a DVD. Additionally, if a DVD or VCD Movie is in the DVD Drive upon
LinkTheater startup, it will automatically begin playing. If this is not desirable operation then turn
Auto Play off.
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Audio Setting – Specifies whether to use composite audio or digital audio input. If you installed composite
video cables then leave this setting at ‘Stereo Output’. If you used a Coaxial or a Optical digital audio cable
then please select the AC3 5.1 output; this allows for Dolby 5.1 surround sound and DTS surround sound
playback support.
Set Password – Password protect the DVD Parental controls. This prevents an unauthorized user from
changing the DVD Parental controls.
Once all of the settings on this page have been applied, press the ‘Save’ button. You may be prompted to
restart LinkTheater, please do so if prompted.
IP Address Settings Menu
This setup page displays your current IP Address setup depending
on your network. By default, DHCP is used to automatically
select an IP Address for you. Some advanced users may want to
specify their own address and can do so by pressing the ‘Switch
to Manual’ button.
Update Settings Menu
This setup page allows you to check for updates to the
LinkTheater firmware and software. Click the ‘Check for
firmware update’ text and you will begin the process of locating
and applying a firmware update. This option requires a network
connection that connects to the Internet. Only apply firmware
updates if you have been told to do so by Buffalo Technology’s
Technical Support or are positive that a firmware update is
required. Updating a firmware on a device improperly can cause
unexpected behavior.
Network Settings Menu
Now Using – Displays whether you are currently using Wired or
Wireless network functionality.
Network – Select Wired or Wireless depending on how you wish
to connect to your network. If you make a change to this field
you will be required to reboot. After you make a change to this
field, immediately press the ‘Save’ button below, allow
LinkTheater to reboot, and then return to this page to continue
your network configuration. If you are using wireless and wish
to install an optional external antenna, please see the section
labeled ‘External Wireless Antenna Installation’.
AOSS – Specifies whether Buffalo Technology’s AOSS will work
on this product. AOSS is a wireless technology and will only work if the network mode is set to Wireless. If
both Wireless and AOSS are on, then the AOSS button on the front of LinkTheater will work. AOSS requires
an AOSS compatible access point or router; it will not work with non-AOSS compatible access points or
routers. Please see the next section labeled ‘Using AOSS’ for more information regarding AOSS.
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Available – Provides a list of wireless networks available in the area. Only access points or wireless routers
that broadcast SSIDs will be displayed here. Once you select the proper wireless network, press the ‘Select’
button.
SSID – This field displays the SSID that LinkTheater is specified to connect to. SSIDs can be manually
inputted here in the event that they are hidden. The SSID can automatically be filled in by using the
‘Available’ option above.
Connection – Specifies whether to use Infrastructure or Ad-hoc mode. Infrastructure networks are more
common and is the recommended setting.
WEP – Specifies whether WEP encryption is used on the wireless network. If used, please select the proper
input mode from the drop down menu or follow the guide below.
WEP
WEP
WEP
WEP
64 ASCII = 5 digit WEP key
64 HEX = 13 digit WEP key
128 ASCII = 10 digit WEP key
128 HEX = 26 digit WEP key
WEP Key – Manually enter the wireless network’s WEP key if it has one. If it does not have one, then leave
this field blank.
Once all of the settings on this page have been applied, press the ‘Save’ button. You may be prompted to
restart the LinkTheater, please do so if prompted.
Congratulations, the LinkTheater has been fully configured. Press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control
to return to the Log In screen. You can now begin using your LinkTheater to play multimedia files.
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Using AOSS
Please skip this section if you do not wish to use AOSS or do not have an AOSS compatible wireless router or
access point.
Using the documentation that came with your AOSS wireless router or access point, press the AOSS button
on your wireless router or access point until the AOSS light begins to flash on that device. Then, press the
AOSS button on the front of LinkTheater until AOSS begins flashing on the LED Display. The AOSS session
may take up to two minutes to complete, once completed, LinkTheater will display a prompt that states the
AOSS process is complete. You will be required to restart LinkTheater before all of the settings apply. If you
receive an error message, please try the process again or contact our free 24x7 Technical Support.
External Wireless Antenna Installation
The LinkTheater utilizes two internal diversity antennas for use with the internal 802.11g wireless radio. In
some cases it may be necessary to add a higher gain external antenna. If the signal appears weak between
the LinkTheater and your wireless router or access point, an external antenna can be used to help increase
the range and/or signal quality.
The LinkTheater has an MC Card antenna connector on it. Thus, any antenna with an MC Card connector on
it will work with the LinkTheater. For best fit and finish, Buffalo Technology’s indoor antennas are
recommended. Please visit the Buffalo Technology Web Site (http://www.buffalotech.com) for more
information regarding Buffalo Technology antennas.
Installing an antenna is easy. Follow the documentation that was included with your antenna and plug the
antenna into LinkTheater’s antenna connector which is located on the underside of the unit. The connector
is located underneath where the USB Port resides.
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Standard Controls and Important Tips
(MUST READ)
Operating the LinkTheater is generally an easy task. However, due to the extensive feature
set, there are some common usage tips that are extremely helpful. Please read through the
list of tips as it will make operating the LinkTheater much easier:
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At any menu screen, pressing the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control will return
you to the starting Log In page. If you are playing a file of some sort and wish to
return to the Log In page, please press the ‘STOP’ button and then the ‘HOME’
button.
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The ‘RETURN’ button will typically bring you back to the page you were at previously.
If you accidentally browse to the wrong area, the ‘RETURN’ button will quickly return
you to the originating screen.
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The ‘REFRESH’ button will immediately refresh all of the data on the current screen.
If multimedia files have been moved, reorganized, or deleted, a quick refresh will
show the changes immediately. Also, on the main Log In screen, the refresh button
will show new computers and devices available to LinkTheater.
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When playing a video or music file, the ‘MUTE’ button on the remote control will
immediately shut down all audio output from the LinkTheater. Pressing the ‘MUTE’
button once again will un-mute the LinkTheater and resume audio playback at the
original volume level.
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Due to the differences in video file format sizes, some video file playback may appear
to play in a smaller then usual window. In this event, pressing the ‘ZOOM’ button on
the remote control will cycle through several different enhancing modes. Continue
pressing the ‘ZOOM’ button until the optimal view setting is found.
Remembering these simple tips will help make your LinkTheater experience easier and more
enjoyable. Please return to this page to review these tips once you have completed your
LinkTheater setup.
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The Log In Screen
The Log In screen is the screen LinkTheater defaults to after start up. It is also the only screen that gives you
access to all of your computers and devices. If at any time you wish to return to the Log In screen, press the
‘HOME’ button on the remote control; if you are playing back a media file, then press the ‘STOP’ button first.
The LinkTheater uses UPnP (Universal Plug ‘N Play) technology to automatically add computers and devices to
the Log In screen. Unless UPnP has been intentionally disabled on a device, you may be required to add a
computer or device manually. In most cases this step is not necessary and the computer or device will
automatically appear on the Log In screen.
Computers or devices that are presently on will be displayed next to
a teal colored bullet. Computers or devices that are presently off
will be displayed next to a dull grey colored bullet. The last
computer or device you accessed will be displayed with a picture of
a home in the bullet.
To manually add a computer or device to LinkTheater, press the
‘Add’ button on the Log In screen. Use the remote control’s
directional pad to navigate to the ‘Add’ button and then press the
‘ENTER’ button on the remote control.
The next screen will guide you through adding a computer or
device to the LinkTheater:
Media Server Name – Enter an appropriate name to identify this
computer or device on the Log In screen.
Media Server IP – Enter the IP Address of the media server you wish
to connect to. Refer to your computer’s operating system
documentation or your device’s documentation to help you
determine the IP Address.
Always connect to this Media Server – Checking this box will inform
LinkTheater to always manually add this Media Server every time it starts up.
When you have completed inputting the entry, press the ‘Save’ button.
If a computer or device is on the Log In screen that is no longer
necessary it can be removed by pressing on the ‘Delete’ button.
Use the remote control’s directional pad to navigate to the ‘Delete’
button and then press the ‘ENTER’ button on the
remote control.
Check the appropriate computers or devices to be removed and
then press the ‘Delete’ button. After the computers or devices
have been deleted, you will need to press the ‘Back’ button to
return to the Log In screen.
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DVD/VCD Playback
DVD or VCD playback on LinkTheater is very easy, it’s much like a stand-alone DVD player. There are two
ways to begin DVD or VCD playback:
1) If ‘Auto Play’ is turned on in the DVD Settings Menu then just inserting a DVD or VCD will begin
playback.
2) If ‘Auto Play’ is not turned on, then you will have to manually launch DVD Playback by following these
steps:
Insert the DVD or VCD movie into LinkTheater’s DVD Drive.
Once it has been inserted, DVD or VCD playback will be available
from the Log In page. Press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote
control. The top icon will be your DVD or VCD movie, select it
with the directional pad and press the ‘ENTER’ button on the
remote control.
Once you select the DVD or VCD with the remote control, playback will automatically begin.
Please refer to the remote control section to learn more about the remote control’s features in DVD/VCD
playback mode.
To return to the Log In menu, press the remote control’s ‘HOME’ button after DVD Playback has
been stopped.
Progressive Scan Info: The DVD player in LinkTheater is progressive scan compatible. Progressive scan mode
will automatically be activated if you are in a supported video mode. Only 480p, 720p, and 1080i are
supported progressive scan modes, thus, component video cables are required for progressive scan playback
(this is an industry standard). When a progressive scan compatible mode is selected, a ‘PSCAN’ icon will be
lit up on LinkTheater’s LED Display.
To exit back to the main Log In page, press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control after all file playback
has been stopped.
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DVD/CD File Playback
The DVD Drive inside of LinkTheater can also be used for playing back a variety of multimedia files.
The supported disc media are as follows:
CD-ROM
CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD-R
DVD-RW
DVD+R
DVD+RW
If you have a data CD or DVD that is one of the above media standards, then it can be inserted into
LinkTheater’s DVD Drive and accessed.
Insert the DVD or CD media disc into LinkTheater’s DVD Drive.
Once it has been inserted, the disc will be available from the
Log In page. Press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control to
access the Log In page. The top icon will be your DVD or CD data
disc, select it with the directional pad and press the ‘ENTER’
button on the remote control.
Once you have accessed the DVD or CD media disc you will be
able to browse through any available folders and subfolders
using the remote control’s directional pad. When you find a
music, audio, or video file you would like to play, press the
‘ENTER’ button on the remote control.
By pressing the VIDEO, MUSIC, or PHOTO buttons on the remote control you can quickly list only videos,
music, or photo files depending on which button you pressed. On cluttered, large directories this may help
you locate the specific file you are looking for quicker.
Video Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a video file on LinkTheater.
During the video the ‘PAUSE’ button will pause the video’s
playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the video). The ‘REW’
and ‘FF’ buttons will rewind and fast forward the video. The
‘STOP’ button will stop the video playback altogether.
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Photo Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to display a photo on LinkTheater.
Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the photo files in that
directory as a slide show. During the slide show the ‘PAUSE’
button can be used to stop a slide show (the ‘PLAY’ button will
resume the slide show). The up and down arrows on the
directional pad can also be used to change slides. The ‘STOP’
button will stop the slide show. Additionally, the ‘ANGLE’
button on the remote control will rotate an image or photo
90 degrees.
Music Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a music file on LinkTheater.
Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the music files in that
directory as a playlist. The ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to pause
music playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the playback).
The ‘PREV’ and ‘NEXT’ buttons on the remote control can be
used to skip to the next song, and the ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons
can be used to rewind and fast forward a music file. The ‘STOP’
button can be used to stop playback altogether.
To exit back to the main Log In page, press the ‘HOME’ button
on the remote control after all file playback has been stopped.
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USB Device Playback
The USB 2.0 Port on the LinkTheater can be used for media playback. Several USB devices can be used for
media playback including the following:
USB Hard Drive
Memory Stick USB Keychain
Multi-Card Memory Reader
USB Digital Camera
NOTE: Other USB devices may work as well.
If you have a USB storage device, insert it into the USB port on
the front of the LinkTheater. USB Devices can be inserted at any
time, the LinkTheater does not have to be turned off to insert or
remove a USB Device. Once it has been inserted, the USB device
will become available from the Log In page within seconds. Press
the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control to access the Log In
page. The USB Device will be listed based off of its name.
NOTE: When using a Multi-Card Reader, multiple USB Devices
may be available from the Log In screen, each entry supports a
different media format.
Once you have accessed the USB Device you will be able to
browse through any available folders and subfolders using the remote control’s directional pad. When you
find an image, audio, or video file you would like to play, press the ‘ENTER’ button on the remote control.
By pressing the VIDEO, MUSIC, or PHOTO buttons on the remote control you can quickly list only videos,
music, or photo files depending on which button you pressed. On cluttered, large directories this may help
you locate the specific file you are looking for quicker.
Video Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a video file on LinkTheater.
During the video the ‘PAUSE’ button will pause the video’s
playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the video). The ‘REW’
and ‘FF’ buttons will rewind and fast forward the video. The
‘STOP’ button will stop the video playback altogether.
Note: the USB volume must be FAT16 or FAT32 for it to be read
properly by LinkTheater. FAT32 is the default file system for most
USB devices.
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Photo Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to display a photo on LinkTheater. Press
the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the photo files in that directory as
a slide show. During the slide show the ‘PAUSE’ button can be
used to stop a slide show (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the slide
show). The up and down arrows on the directional pad can also
be used to change slides. The ‘STOP’ button will stop the slide
show. Additionally, the ‘ANGLE’ button on the remote control
will rotate an image or photo 90 degrees.
Music Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a music file on LinkTheater.
Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the music files in that
directory as a playlist. The ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to pause
music playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the playback). The
‘PREV’ and ‘NEXT’ buttons on the remote control can be used to
skip to the next song, and the ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons can be used
to rewind and fast forward a music file. The ‘STOP’ button can
be used to stop playback altogether.
To exit back to the main Log In page, press the ‘HOME’ button on
the remote control after all file playback has been stopped.
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PC Playback
To playback files from your PC on your LinkTheater you must install Buffalo’s LinkTheater PC Software or use
Microsoft’s Windows Media Connect Software. Buffalo recommends using Buffalo’s LinkTheater PC Software
for the best playback experience. Windows Media Connect will be required for DRM (Digital Right’s
Management) protected/copyrighted media. After installing the LinkTheater PC Software, please continue
to the Windows Media Connect setup in the next section.
Buffalo LinkTheater PC Software
Requirements to run LinkTheater PC Software:
◗ Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP PC System
◗ CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive
◗ 250 Megs of available Hard Drive space
◗ Wired or wireless network connectivity (802.11b or 802.11g)
◗ 500 MHz or higher PC is recommended
Installation of Buffalo LinkTheater PC Software
Insert the Buffalo LinkTheater CD into the PC’s CD-ROM or DVDROM drive. The CD will auto-launch and bring up an on-screen
menu. If the CD does not auto launch, press on the ‘Start Menu’,
press the ‘Run . . .’ option, and type X:\setup.exe (where X is the
drive letter of your CD-ROM device).
Once the CD-ROM has launched, an on-screen menu will be
visible. Please select the, ‘Install LinkTheater PC Software’ option
and press ‘OK’.
The Setup Wizard for the LinkTheater PC Software will begin.
Press the ‘Next’ button to continue installation.
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Accept the user license agreement by reading the entire license
agreement, selecting the ‘I accept the agreement’ bullet, and
pressing the ‘Next’ button.
Read the information and press the ‘Next’ button to continue.
Select the installation directory. The default installation directory
is recommended, but if you require a special installation location,
please type it in the field or search for it via the ‘Browse’ button.
Once the proper installation directory has been selected, press
the ‘Next’ button.
Select the start menu group that will be created by setup. The
default start menu group is recommended, but if you want to
rename the group, please do so. Additionally, if you’d prefer not
to have a start menu group (not recommended), then check the
‘Don’t create a Start Menu folder’ option. When you have
finished, press the ‘Next’ button.
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Select the additional tasks from the list. It is recommended to
leave the default settings the way they are. Press the ‘Next’
button to accept the additional tasks.
Confirm that the installation information is correct and then
press the ‘Install’ button.
The installation task will take a few moments. When the
installation has been completed, press the ‘Finish’ button. If you
wish to not immediately launch the LinkTheater software, then
uncheck the box prior to pressing the ‘Finish’ button.
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Configuring the LinkTheater Software
The LinkTheater software should be running on your PC at this point. It will
run in the system tray and can be configured by double clicking on its icon.
Once the LinkTheater PC Software is visible on your screen, use
the pull down menu to select ‘Edit’ -> ‘Preferences’.
General
The General preferences menu will allow you to custom configure
the LinkTheater Software. It is not recommended to change any
settings under the ‘System’ tab. Only change the port number if
absolutely required to by a network administrator. Unchecking
the ‘Support for UPnP Media Server’ will force you to manually
find the LinkTheater PC Software from the LinkTheater device
itself. With this option checked, LinkTheater will automatically
find your LinkTheater software.
The ‘Security’ tab allows you to set a password for access to this
PC from LinkTheater. Setting a password here will require a user
of LinkTheater to input a password every time they want to
playback multimedia files that reside on the specific PC. One may
wish to do this if there is adult or mature content residing on the
PC that should be restricted to children. Please make sure to
press the ‘Save’ button after you have inputted a password,
otherwise the password will not be stored.
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The ‘MAC Address’ tab allows you to specify which LinkTheater can see the specific PC; this is an advanced
feature that is not required in most homes. If there are multiple LinkTheaters on your network and you
wish to only stream information from this PC to one specific LinkTheater, then please enter the MAC Address
of the specific LinkTheater into the MAC Address list by pressing the ‘+’ button. Additionally, you will have
to check the ‘Enable MAC address control’ check box. Multiple MAC addresses can be added if you want
this PC to stream information to multiple LinkTheaters.
The MAC Address of the LinkTheater can be found on the rear
panel of LinkTheater just above the serial number. The
LinkTheater will have two MAC Addresses, one for the Wired
Ethernet Port and one for the Wireless Radio. Please enter the
MAC Address that corresponds to the way LinkTheater is
connected (if unsure, enter both MAC Addresses).
Video
The Video preference menu instructs the LinkTheater PC Software
on how to handle video files on your PC. Press the ‘Browse’
button to setup a ‘Video Library’. This library will be the folder
on this PC that will be accessible by LinkTheater. If you would
like to enter more then one folder, then please press on the
‘Watch Folder’ tab, check the ‘Enable watch folder’ option and
add additional folders to that list. Any folder in the watch folder
list will also be accessible from LinkTheater.
The ‘Enable automatic OpenDiv3 video conversion’ option
instructs the LinkTheater Software to automatically convert any
unplayable Div3 format file to a playable DivX format. It is
recommended to leave this option checked. It is also
recommended to leave the ‘Check for OpenDiv3 video every
1 minute(s)’ set to 1 minute. This option instructs the software to
search for new video to convert every 1 minute.
The ‘Remove original file after conversion’ check box instructs the LinkTheater Software to delete the source
file after it has converted it into a playable format. It is recommended to leave this box unchecked.
Music
The Music preference menu instructs the LinkTheater PC Software
on how to handle music/audio files on your PC. Press the
‘Browse’ button to setup a ‘Music Library’. This library will be
the folder on this PC that will be accessible by LinkTheater. If you
would like to enter more then one folder, then please press on
the ‘Watch Folder’ tab, check the ‘Enable watch folder’ option
and add additional folders to that list. Any folder in the watch
folder list will also be accessible from LinkTheater. Alternatively,
an I-Tunes database can be loaded by pressing the respective
‘Browse’ button and selecting the database file.
The ‘Scan for song information’ check box should be checked if
you want detailed information about the song being played to
be searched for. This includes searching ID3 tags and CDDB
databases. It is recommended to leave this check box checked.
The ‘Scan Windows Media Player / Winamp Playlist’ option lists available playlists inside of the library folder
and watch folders.
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Photo
The Photo preference menu instructs the LinkTheater PC Software on how to handle photo/image files on
your PC. Press the ‘Browse’ button to setup a ‘Photo Library’. This library will be the folder on this PC that
will be accessible by LinkTheater.
The ‘Select photo scale’ options help the photos to look better on LinkTheater’s display or TV. Some pictures
may be too small or too large to fit properly on your display or TV. These options help to improve the
photo viewing experience by scaling their size to fit nicely on your display or TV.
The ‘Fit to Screen’ option shrinks or enlarges an image or photo
to display it using the full height or width of the TV. This option
is recommended for most users.
The ‘Full Screen’ option shrinks or enlarges an image or photo to
display it using the full height and the full width of the TV;
in some cases the image will be cropped or expanded to make
it fit. This option is a popular option for users with wide screen
HDTVs (16:9).
The ‘Actual Size’ option displays the image in its exact size and
proportions. Often times images will be too large or too small
when the ‘Actual Size’ option is being used.
Internet
The Internet preference menu instructs the LinkTheater PC
Software on how to handle Internet access through this PC. The
select a photo album for radio playback selection will be the slide
show that plays concurrently when any internet radio site is
selected on LinkTheater. The ‘None’ option from the pull down
menu will instruct LinkTheater to not run any slide show while
internet radio is being used.
Synchronize bookmarks instructs LinkTheater on which of the
two popular PC browser’s bookmark lists should be used for
browsing web pages through LinkTheater.
Language and Theme
Both the Language and Theme options currently cannot be changed. English is the only available language
for the LinkTheater PC Software, and the Mystery theme is currently the only available theme for
LinkTheater.
Once you have configured all of the settings in the LinkTheater PC Software Preferences, press the ‘OK’
button.
Anytime you wish to add new files to the PC for file playback on LinkTheater, make sure to insert them in
the proper library or watch folder or create a new watch folder by re-entering the preferences menu. The
LinkTheater will constantly search for new multimedia files inside the library and watch folders.
After the preferences have been set on the LinkTheater PC Software, other options can be configured by
navigating the main interface on your PC to the three available selections (Video, Music, and Photo).
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Video
The video screen will now be configured with the videos
available from your library and watch folders. By clicking on the
check box that says ‘Play files randomly’, LinkTheater will play all
of the video files in your library and watch folders randomly.
The option to manually convert a non-playable Div3 file to DivX
is also available. You must select a proper file from the screen
and press the button to convert the file.
Music
The music screen will now be configured with the audio and
music files available from your library and watch folders. By
clicking on the check box that says ‘Play music in random order’,
LinkTheater will play all of the audio and music files in your
library and watch folders randomly.
The option to link a slide show to a music folder is also available.
Select a music folder and use the pull down menu labeled ‘Photo
Album’ to play a slide show while the music in that folder is
being played. Different folders can have different photo albums
selected.
Photo
The photo screen will now be configured with the photo and
image files available from your library folder. By clicking on the
check box that says ‘Play slides in random order’, LinkTheater
will play all of the photo and image files in your library
folder randomly.
The option to link a music folder to a slide show is also available.
Select a slide show and use the pull down menu labeled ’Playlist’
to play a music folder or playlist while the slide show is being
played. Different folders can have different playlists or music
folders selected.
Once the LinkTheater PC Software has been configured, you can
exit the main control screen. A dialog box will appear instructing
on whether you want to keep the application running in the
background or not. By leaving the box checked, you’re informing
the LinkTheater PC Software to run in the background, offering
its media content to the LinkTheater. By unchecking the box, you
are instructing the LinkTheater PC Software to shutdown completely, making playback of media content
from this PC impossible. It is recommended to always leave the application running in the background.
Press the ‘OK’ button to confirm that the application will run in the background.
NOTE: The application can always be manually launched from either the desktop icon or the start menu
entry. The application can be exited at any time by right clicking on the system tray icon and selecting the
‘Exit’ option. By default, the LinkTheater PC Software will start with your PC upon its boot into Windows.
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LinkTheater PC Software Playback
Using Buffalo’s LinkTheater PC Software provides for the richest, most feature-filled media playback. Now
that the LinkTheater PC Software is installed and running, you will be able to stream back any files that are
inside the library or watch folders.
Access your PC by pressing the ‘HOME’ button on the remote
control. The Log In page will appear and the computer will
automatically appear on the display or TV. The computer’s name
will be the same name as its Windows machine name. Use the
remote control’s directional pad to select the PC and press the
‘ENTER’ key on the remote control.
Win98 and WinMe Users: You may be required to add your
Win98 or WinMe computer manually. Please see the section
labeled “The Log In Screen” to add your PC.
Once you have logged into the PC, a unique LinkTheater screen
will be displayed. Please select the type of media you wish to
playback. Additionally, the VIDEO, MUSIC, and PHOTO buttons
on the remote control can be used to select the media type. At
any time while browsing the PCs files the VIDEO, MUSIC, and
PHOTO buttons can be pressed to quickly change the media
types listed.
Video Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a video file on LinkTheater.
During the video the ‘PAUSE’ button will pause the video’s
playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the video). The ‘REW’
and ‘FF’ buttons will rewind and fast forward the video. The
‘STOP’ button will stop the video playback altogether.
On the top of the display, there are three buttons:
Go to – Displays a prompt where the number corresponding to
the video can be entered for immediate playback. For instance,
if the video labeled 6 is to be played, pressing the ‘Go to’ button
and entering 6 will immediately begin video playback of the file
labeled 6.
Search – Displays a search field to assist you in locating a specific
file. Once at the search field, enter the title or any portion of the title into the field using the 10 key text entry
of the remote control. Once completed, press the ‘Search’ button. Once the search has completed, the
matching results will be listed.
Play all – Plays all of the files inside of the current folder and subfolders in alphabetical order.
Back – Jumps back to the previous location or folder.
If there are several files in the folder, you may be required to switch between pages. Pages can be switched by
manually navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’
buttons on the remote will change pages.
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Photo Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to display a photo on LinkTheater.
Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the photo files in that
directory as a slide show. During the slide show the ‘PAUSE’
button can be used to stop a slide show (the ‘PLAY’ button will
resume the slide show). The up and down arrows on the
directional pad can also be used to change slides. The ‘STOP’
button will stop the slide show.
On the top of the display, there are three buttons:
Go to – Displays a prompt where the number corresponding to
the photo can be entered for immediate playback. For instance,
if the photo labeled 6 is to be played, pressing the ‘Go to’ button
and entering 6 will immediately begin photo viewing of the file
labeled 6.
Slide show – Displays all of the images inside of the current folder and subfolders in an
alphabetical slide show.
Back – Jumps back to the previous location or folder.
If there are several files in the folder, you may be required to switch between pages. Pages can be switched
by manually navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’
buttons on the remote will change pages.
Music Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a music file on LinkTheater. Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the music
files in that directory as a playlist. The ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to pause music playback (the ‘PLAY’
button will resume the playback). The ‘PREV’ and ‘NEXT’ buttons on the remote control can be used to skip
to the next song, and the ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons can be used to rewind and fast forward a music file. The
‘STOP’ button can be used to stop playback altogether.
On the top of the display, there are four buttons:
Go to – Displays a prompt where the number corresponding to
the music file can be entered for immediate playback. For
instance, if the music file labeled 6 is to be played, pressing the
‘Go to’ button and entering 6 will immediately begin music
playback of the file labeled 6.
Search – Displays a search field to assist you in locating a specific
file. Once at the search field, enter the title or any portion of the
title into the field using the 10 key text entry of the remote
control. Once completed, press the ‘Search’ button. Once the
search has completed, the matching results will be listed.
Play all – Plays all of the files inside of the current folder in
alphabetical order.
Back – Jumps back to the previous location or folder.
Music can be sorted by library, album, artist, or genre by using the four buttons at the bottom of the display.
Navigate to bottom of the display using the remote control’s directional pad.
If there are several files in the folder, you may be required to switch between pages. Pages can be switched
by manually navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’
buttons on the remote will change pages.
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Internet
The Internet portion of the PC Software allows you to do a number of different things. The PC with the
LinkTheater PC Software installed on it will need to be connected to the internet for these features to work
properly. The Internet option can be sorted by web, directory, or radio sites by pressing on one of the three
buttons at the bottom of the display. Navigate to the bottom of the display using the remote control’s
directional pad.
Web
The web function pulls your bookmarks from your respective
web browser (Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox). Navigate to
one of your folders or bookmarks and press the ‘ENTER’ button
on the remote control. The web page for the book mark will
then load on the display. The ‘RETURN’ button on the remote
control will return you back to the original bookmark list. From
within a web page the remote control’s directional pad may be
used to navigate the page and to select hyperlinks. Pressing the
‘ENTER’ button on a hyperlink will bring up the linked web page
on the display.
Directory
The directory function lists common web sites listed by their
category. Navigate through the directory by using the remote
control’s directional pad, then press the ‘ENTER’ button to select
a folder or directory site.
Radio
The radio function lists preset internet radio stations that are
available. Use the remote control’s directional pad to navigate
to a genre of music you’d like to listen to. Press the ‘ENTER’
button to list the specific radio stations that cater to that genre.
The size of the stream is listed after the station in parenthesis.
For instance, (128k) means the stream uses a 128 kbps stream.
To stop a radio station from playing, press the ‘STOP’ button on
the remote control.
If there are several bookmarks or items in the folder, you may be
required to switch between pages. Pages can be switched by
manually navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the
display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’ buttons on the
remote will change pages.
To exit back to the main Log In page, press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control after all file playback
has been stopped.
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Windows Media Connect Setup
Windows Media Connect is available only on Windows XP systems. It’s Microsoft’s software that streams
multimedia content to devices like LinkTheater. Currently it is the only way to transmit DRM (Digital Right’s
Management) protected multimedia files from a PC to a device like LinkTheater. If you do not own any
DRM protected multimedia files then setting up Windows Media Connect is not necessary. Windows Media
Connect 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, movielink.com, cinemanow.com and other sources).
Please determine whether or not Windows Media Connect is
already installed on your Windows XP system. Please open the
Control Panel and locate ‘Windows Media Connect’. Depending
on your Windows XP visual settings, you may need to expand
your Control Panel view to include all available control panel
items. If the ‘Windows Media Connect’ icon is present, double
click on it to launch it. If the icon is not present, please
download it from Microsoft’s site by searching for Windows
Media Connect or download it easily from Microsoft’s Window’s
Update (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com ). After the
installation, search for the Windows Media Connect icon in
Control Panel and double click on it.
Windows Media Connect software will appear on your display.
Windows Media Connect operates out of your system tray,
double click on its icon at any time to display the program.
Once Windows Media Connect is running and displayed on your
screen, the ‘Devices’ page will be displayed. The first step is to
press the ‘Add…’ button.
The Windows Media Connect Wizard will open. Select ‘Device 1’
from the list and press the ‘OK’ button. If more then one device
was listed then multiple media players are available on your
network; in this case we recommend adding all of them or
determining which one is the specific LinkTheater being used by
turning LinkTheater on or off and seeing how the list is affected.
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The device will then be added to the list of support devices.
Your Windows XP machine can now stream media to LinkTheater.
Press on the ‘Sharing’ tab to the left
Press the ‘Add’ button to specify a folder to share to LinkTheater.
Browse to a folder that contains data you would like to share
with LinkTheater by pressing the ‘Browse’ button. Give it a name
that you would recognize and select the privacy settings that
apply to your environment (the default values are acceptable in
most cases). Press the ‘OK’ button when finished. Press ‘Yes’ if
any dialog boxes appear.
Add as many folders as you would like to share with
your LinkTheater. Repeat the previous step as many
times as necessary.
Press on the ‘Settings’ tab to the left
It is recommended to check the check box ‘Automatically start
folder sharing when Windows starts.’ This check box instructs
Windows Media Connect to run every time Windows is started.
If you prefer to launch it manually, then leave the box
unchecked, but if you want to use Windows Media Connect on
LinkTheater you will have to remember to manually launch it via
the Control Panel. Press the ‘Close’ button once you are finished.
Congratulations, Windows Media Connect is setup and running
on your Windows XP PC.
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Windows Media Connect Playback
Now that Windows Media Connect is installed on your Windows XP PC(s), you can access media files that reside in
the Windows Media Connect shared folders.
Access your Windows Media Connect PC by pressing the ‘HOME’
button on the remote control. The Log In page will appear and a
computer will automatically appear on the display or TV. The format
of the name is COMPUTER_NAME : Windows Media Connect (where
COMPUTER_NAME is the machine name of the Windows XP
computer). Use the remote control’s directional pad to select the
Windows Media Connect PC and press the ‘ENTER’ key on the
remote control.
You have just connected LinkTheater to the Windows Media Connect
PC. Windows Media Connect organizes your multimedia files
automatically and depending on your Windows Media Connect
configuration, your screen may look different,
Using the remote control’s directional pad, browse through the
folders and subfolders to find the file your wish to view or play.
Once you have located the file, press the ‘ENTER’ button to begin
viewing or playing the file.
Video Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a video file on LinkTheater. During the video the ‘PAUSE’ button will pause the
video’s playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the video). The ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons will rewind and fast
forward the video. The ‘STOP’ button will stop the video playback altogether.
Photo Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to display a photo on the LinkTheater. Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the photo
files in that directory as a slide show. During the slide show the ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to stop a slide show
(the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the slide show). The up and down arrows on the directional pad can also be used
to change slides. The ‘STOP’ button will stop the slide show. Additionally, the ‘ANGLE’ button on the remote
control will rotate an image or photo 90 degrees.
Music Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a music file on the LinkTheater. Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the music
files in that directory as a playlist. The ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to pause music playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will
resume the playback). The ‘PREV’ and ‘NEXT’ buttons on the remote control can be used to skip to the next song,
and the ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons can be used to rewind and fast forward a music file. The ‘STOP’ button can be
used to stop playback altogether.
Windows Media Connect lists and organizes files automatically; there are often extra folders that must be entered
before file playback can occur. There is no way to change or speed the process up, it is automatically sorted via
Windows Media Connect.
To exit back to the main Log In page, press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control after all file playback has
been stopped.
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LinkStation Compatibility
with LinkTheater
Buffalo’s LinkStation – Network Storage Center can easily playback files contained on it to LinkTheater. If
you do not have a Buffalo LinkStation or do not wish to playback files from your Buffalo LinkStation, then
please skip to the next section.
For LinkStation to stream multimedia files to the LinkTheater, a LinkStation firmware that supports ‘PCast’ is
required. Some older LinkStations may not contain a firmware that supports ‘PCast’. If that is the case then
please proceed with updating the LinkStation’s firmware (instructions below). If you are unsure of whether
your LinkStation supports ‘PCast’, then please follow the following instructions.
Login to your LinkStation’s Web Based Configuration. This is typically done by typing
http://NAME-OF-LINKSTATION into your web browser (where NAME-OF-LINKSTATION is the name you gave
LinkStation during setup). A login prompt will appear asking you for user credentials to login to your
LinkStation. If your LinkStation cannot be found, please consult the documentation that came with
LinkStation or contact our free 24x7 Technical Support.
At the login prompt, enter the proper username and password.
The username is always root and there is no password by default.
However, if you setup a password during your initial LinkStation
setup, then you must enter it in the password field. Once the
proper information has been entered, press the ‘OK’ button.
Once logged in, the main LinkStation configuration page will
appear. At the bottom of the page there might be a PCast
configuration area. If there is a configuration area named
‘PCast’, then you do not need the firmware update and you can
skip the firmware update procedure and continue to the
‘Configuration of LinkStation’ section. If no ‘PCast’ configuration
area exists, then you will need to follow the next step, upgrading
the firmware.
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Upgrading LinkStation’s Firmware to Support PCast
Power cycle your LinkStation by holding the power button down
until the POWER lamp begins to blink. Once the POWER lamp
stops blinking the device is off. Please wait 5 seconds and then
press the power button. The POWER lamp will begin to blink
again signifying the startup process. Once the POWER lamp
becomes solid, LinkStation has successfully restarted.
Insert the Buffalo LinkTheater CD into a PC’s CD-ROM or DVDROM drive. The CD will auto-launch and bring up an on-screen
menu. If the CD does not auto launch, press on the ‘Start Menu’,
press the ‘Run . . .’ option, and type X:\setup.exe (where X is the
drive letter of your CD-ROM device).
Once the CD-ROM has launched, an on-screen menu will be visible. Please select the, ‘Upgrade LinkStation
Firmware’ option and press ‘OK’.
The LinkTheater update menu will appear. There are 2 different
updaters available for LinkStation. Due to multiple LinkStation
models present in the market, you will need to select the proper
updater to update your LinkStation. Fortunately, only the correct
updater will work so you can attempt either one and if it doesn’t
work, then you know the other updater is the proper one.
Update #1 – Updater for version 1.xx LinkStations. 1.xx
LinkStations started shipping in late 2003 all the way up
to early 2005.
Update #2 – Updater for version 2.xx LinkStations. 2.xx
LinkStations started shipping around early 2005.
Please select the updater that you think most closely describes your LinkStation.
If you are unsure, start with Update #1.
Once you press an update button, the updater program will automatically launch. It will begin by searching
for available LinkStations on your network. Update #1 will only find 1.xx version LinkStations while Update
#2 will only find 2.xx version LinkStations. Thus, if the first updater you try does not find your LinkStation,
then simply exit the updater and use the other updater.
Once the proper updater has been selected, the updater will find
all of the available LinkStations on your network. If more than
one LinkStation resides on your network, then please select the
appropriate LinkStation from the pull down menu. Once the
proper LinkStation has been selected, press the ‘Renew Firmware’
button.
A status screen will appear showing the existing version of
LinkStation and the new version this firmware file supports. A
password field is also present, please enter the LinkStation’s
administrator password into that field if you set one. If no
password was set, then leave the password field blank. Press the
‘OK’ button when you are finished.
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The firmware update process will take 3-5 minutes and you will be greeted by a dialog box informing you
when the firmware update has completed. If you have any
problems updating the firmware, please contact our free 24x7
Technical Support.
Configuration of LinkStation
Login to your LinkStation’s Web Based Configuration. This is
typically done by typing http://NAME-OF-LINKSTATION into your
web browser (where NAME-OF-LINKSTATION is the name you
gave LinkStation during setup). A login prompt will appear
asking you for user credentials to login to your LinkStation. If
your LinkStation cannot be found, please consult the
documentation that came with LinkStation or contact our free
24x7 Technical Support.
Once logged into the main configuration page, press on the
‘LinkTheater Settings’ option on the bottom of the main page.
Please see the highlighted section of the image at right:
Once you have reached the LinkTheater Settings page you will be required to setup the following options:
Media Server Function: Enable or Disable the ability for LinkTheater to playback files stored on
this LinkStation.
Media Folder: Select the share or folder from the pull down menu that will be shared from this LinkStation
to your LinkTheater(s). Only one folder or share can be selected on a LinkStation. Please select a folder that
contains all of the files and subfolders you desire LinkStation to share with LinkTheater.
Media Folder Password: If enabled, you will be required to enter a password before files can be streamed
from this LinkStation to LinkTheater. If this setting is enabled, then you will be required to enter a password
twice into the next two fields.
Once you have finished making changes, press the ‘Apply’ button to store the new settings on LinkStation.
You may now close the Web Browser used for configuring the LinkStation.
The LinkStation supports UPnP, therefore, the next time you start LinkTheater this LinkStation will
automatically appear on the Log In screen ready for you to stream multimedia files from. Pressing the
‘REFRESH’ button on the remote control from the Log In page will show the LinkStation without
restarting LinkTheater.
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LinkStation Playback
Now that your LinkStation has been configured with PCast support, you will be able to stream media files
from LinkStation to LinkTheater.
Access LinkStation by pressing the ‘HOME’ button on the remote
control. The Log In page will appear and a new device will
automatically appear on the display or TV. The name of the
LinkStation will appear. Use the remote control’s directional pad
to select the LinkStation and press the ‘ENTER’ key on the
remote control.
Once you have logged into the LinkStation, a unique LinkStation
Media Server will start. Please select the type of media you wish
to playback. Additionally, the VIDEO, MUSIC, and PHOTO
buttons on the remote can be used to select the media type. At
any time while browsing the LinkStation share and subfolders the
VIDEO, MUSIC, and PHOTO buttons can be pressed to quickly
change media types listed.
Video Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a video file on LinkTheater. During the video the ‘PAUSE’ button will pause
the video’s playback (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the video). The ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons will rewind and
fast forward the video. The ‘STOP’ button will stop the video playback altogether.
On the top of the LinkStation Media Server display, there are
three buttons:
Play all – Plays all of the files inside of the current folder in
alphabetical order.
Play randomly – Plays all of the files inside of the current folder
in random order.
Back – Jumps back to the previous location or folder.
If there are several files in the folder, you may be required to
switch between pages. Pages can be switched by manually
navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the LinkStation
Media Server display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’ buttons
on the remote will change pages.
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Photo Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to display a photo on the LinkTheater. Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the
photo files in that directory as a slide show. During the slide show the ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to stop a
slide show (the ‘PLAY’ button will resume the slide show). The up and down arrows on the directional pad
can also be used to change slides. The ‘STOP’ button will stop the slide show. Additionally, the ‘ANGLE’
button on the remote control will rotate an image or photo 90 degrees.
On the top of the LinkStation Media Server display, there are
three buttons:
Slide show – Displays all of the images inside of the current
folder in an alphabetical slide show.
Play randomly – Displays all of the images inside of the current
folder in a random slide show.
Back – Jumps back to the previous location or folder.
If there are several files in the folder, you may be required to
switch between pages. Pages can be switched by manually
navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the LinkStation
Media Server display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’ buttons
on the remote will change pages.
Music Playback
Press the ‘ENTER’ button to play a music file on the LinkTheater. Press the ‘PLAY’ button to play all of the
music files in that directory as a playlist. The ‘PAUSE’ button can be used to pause music playback (the
‘PLAY’ button will resume the playback). The ‘PREV’ and ‘NEXT’ buttons on the remote control can be used
to skip to the next song, and the ‘REW’ and ‘FF’ buttons can be used to rewind and fast forward a music file.
The ‘STOP’ button can be used to stop playback altogether.
On the top of the LinkStation Media Server display, there are
three buttons:
Play all – Plays all of the files inside of the current folder in
alphabetical order.
Play randomly – Plays all of the files inside of the current folder
in random order.
Back – Jumps back to the previous location or folder.
If there are several files in the folder, you may be required to
switch between pages. Pages can be switched by manually
navigating to the arrows in the top right area of the LinkStation
Media Server display. Alternatively, the ‘PREV’ or ‘NEXT’ buttons
on the remote will change pages.
To exit back to the main Log In page, press the ‘HOME’ button on the remote control after all file playback
has been stopped.
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TeraStation Compatibility
LinkTheater is compatible with TeraStation in the same way that LinkTheater is compatible with LinkStation.
At the time of printing, TeraStation information was not available for this manual. If you own a
TeraStation, please consult its documentation and web site for information on configuring it for use with
LinkTheater. The configuration and usage processes will be very similar to LinkStation’s.
Future Capabilities
Due to the extensiveness of multimedia and LinkTheater, there are several planned updates for the near
future. Please check the Buffalo Technology web site (http://www.buffalotech.com) to determine if new
updates are available for LinkTheater. Here are some of the planned upgrades:
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More audio and video codec support
More DRM-protected content playback
Direct downloading/streaming of content directly through LinkTheater
Partenerships with leading content providers to make the LinkTheater experience easier and more entertaining
◗ Third party custom applications, such as ITunes Top 10, News Today, Movie Store, Music Store, etc.
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Troubleshooting
The troubleshooting section answers some Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ). If problems still persist, please
contact our free 24x7 technical support.
Q:
A:
What file formats can I use with LinkTheater
LinkTheater is able to play the following type of files:
Video Files - dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, m2v, m1v, vob, avi, asf, divx, xvid, rmp4, mov, mp4, vro, m4v, m2p,
hnl, wmv, wmv hd, divx hd
Audio Files - mp3, mp2, ogg, wav, aac, wma, pls, m4a, ac3, mp1, mpa, asf, m3u
Picture Files - jpg, gif, bmp, tif, png
Q:
A:
I can’t access the LinkTheater PC software from LinkTheater
Check the following:
1. Check Computer – Check that your computer is on and is not in “sleep” mode.
2. Check the path settings for media content – Confirm that you have placed your media content in
the correct folders you have assigned in the preferences of the LinkTheater PC software.
3. Check computer’s connection on the home network – Ensure that your computer is physically
connected to your home network (or wirelessly connected). If your home network includes a
shared internet connection, check your computer’s connection by trying to browse to the internet.
4. Check LinkTheater’s connection on the home network – Ensure that LinkTheater is connected to the
home network. This can be done by checking if a proper IP Address has been assigned to
LinkTheater (IP Address tab of LinkTheater’s main settings).
5. Check that the LinkTheater PC software is running – Check that the LinkTheater PC software is
running on your computer. Check for the icon running in the system tray.
6. Check network security/firewall software – Some network security or firewall software may prevent
the LinkTheater PC software from operating properly. Try disabling the network security/firewall
software.
7. Check that you’re logged into your Windows PC – If your computer is running Windows 2000 or
Windows XP, make sure you have signed in.
Q:
A:
I can’t hear any sound from LinkTheater
Check the following:
1. Check the volume and power to the speakers – Make sure that your television or sound system is
powered on, and that the volume is at an acceptable level. Some sound systems allow you to
choose the speakers to use for output. Please ensure the correct speakers are selected.
2. Check connections – If LinkTheater is connected to any home entertainment equipment, please
check that the cables are connected properly and firmly.
3. the video and/or song file – Make sure that the content you are playing has working audio. Test
the content for audio playback on your PC. Also, make sure the audio format used is supported
by LinkTheater.
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Q:
A:
I don’t see any video, music, or photos on the LinkTheater
Check the following:
1. Check that video, audio, or photo content is available on the resource you are accessing.
2. Check that the video, audio, or photo file is playable on your PC.
3. Check that the LinkTheater PC Software is configured properly and that the multimedia content is
residing in the configured library and watch folders.
Q:
I changed some of the video, music, or photo content on a resource but I can’t see the changes on
LinkTheater
Press the “Refresh” button on the remote control to refresh the page. Also, try toggling the video,
music, or photo buttons on the remote control.
A:
Q:
A:
LinkTheater responds slowly when I watch a movie, browse photos, or listen to music
Check the following:
1. Publish multiple folders – If there are a large number of files placed in a folder, navigating through
the folder may be slow. Try creating more folders with less content in each folder.
2. Remove unusable files – Move files that are not known to be digital content. Non-supported file
formats may not be seen on LinkTheater but they are still processed and filtered by LinkTheater
which may slow down LinkTheater response times.
3. Check PC performance – Check the performance of the PC. Try installing the software on a faster
PC if available.
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Technical Specifications
Product Specifications
Supporting OS
Package Contents
Driver and Utilities
Power Source
The Actual Product
Cycling Voltage
Power Consumption
Dimensions
Weight
Warranty
Acquired Regulations
Multi-Format Playback
(Playable Disc Types)
Content Formats
Video Formats
Audio Formats
Picture Formats
File Extensions
File Extensions
(via LinkStation)
Video Output Signals
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Win. Me, 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional
LinkTheater, Video/Analog Audio Cable (about 150cm), LAN cable (about 180cm),
Power cable (about 180cm), Installation Manual, Utility CD-ROM, Remote Control,
2 Batteries (AAA)
Media Server Software
AC100V 50/60 Hz
5 V, 12 V
Max. 25 W (at Standby 1 W)
420 x 50 x 265 mm
About 2.7 kg
1-year warranty
UL, FCC, CE, PSE, VCCI ClassBP
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM
Disc Contents Formats (Media): DVD-Video, Video CD, Super Video CD, Audio CD (CD-DA)
File/Contents Formats (Media):
Digital Audio File Formats: MP3, WMA, Ogg, WAV (non-compiled)
Picture File Formats: JPEG, GIF, TIF, BMP, PNG
AVI File Formats: DivX (Ver. 3.11.4.5), RMP4, XviD+MP3/AC3
Video File Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WindowsMediaVideo9
Digital Video Compression Formats:
MPEG-2 (DVD-Video, Super Video CD, *.MPG file) –
Max. Bit Rate: 15Mbps, Frame Rate: Max. 30fps
MPEG-1 (Video CD, *.DAT file) – Max. Bit Rate: 15Mbps, Frame Rate: Max. 30fps
MPEG-4 (*.AVI file, *.MP4 file) – Max. Bit Rate: 4Mbps (DivX), 5Mbps (RMP4), 8Mbps (XviD),
Frame Rate: Max. 30fps
Windows Media Video (*.WMV file, *.ASF file) – Max. Bit Rate: 8Mbps,
Frame Rate: Max. 30fps
Digital Audio Compression Formats:
Dolby Digital (AC-3) Multi-Channel (Digital Output Only, No Decoding Feature)
DTS Multi-Channel (Digital Output Only, No Decoding Feature)
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 1
2 Channel
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2
Multi-Channel
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3
2 Channel
MPEG-4 AAC (Low Complexty)
5.1 Channel
Windows Media Audio 9 (HD)
2 Channel
Digital Audio Non-Compression Formats:
Renear PCM
2 Channel, (S/P DIF) 16/20/24 bit, 44.1/48/96kHz
CD-DA, Renear PCM (*.WAV), Ogg Vorbis (*.OGG), MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3 (*.MP3),
Windows Media Audio (*.WMA), MPEG4-AAC (*.M4A)
JPEG (Baseline JPEG only), GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG
Video Files - dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, m2v, m1v, vob, avi, divx, xvid, rmp4, mov, mp4, vro, m4v,
m2p, (in network mode) hnl, wmv
Audio Files - mp3, mp2, ogg, wav, aac, wma, pls, m4a, ac3, mp1, mpa, asf
Picture Files - jpg, gif, bmp, tif, png
Video Files - dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, m2v, m1v, vob, avi,divx, xvid, rmp4,mov, mp4, vro, m4v,
m2p,hnl, wmv
Audio Files - mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, aac, wma, ac3, m4a, aac, asf
Picture Files - jpg, gif
DA Converter – 12bit/54 MHz
Composite Video – 1.0Vp-p / 75 Ω
S Video – Y Output: 0.7Vp-p / 75 Ω; C Output: 0.3Vp-p / 75 Ω
Progressive/Scan – Y Output: 1.0Vp-p / 75 Ω; Pb Output: 0.7Vp-p / 75 Ω;
Pr Output: 0.7Vp-p / 75 Ω
Product Specifications continued
Audio Output Signals
Rear Panel Input/Output
DA Converter – 24bit/192 MHz
>90 dB (1kHz)
Signal Noise
>80 dB (1kHz)
Dynamic Range
>80 dB (1kHz)
Mixed Noise
>-65 dB (1kHz)
Crack/Noise
Video Output, S-Video Output, Component Video Output (Progressive Scan),
D4 Video Output,
Composite Audio Output, Composite Video Output, Digital Audio Output,
Digital Coaxial Audio
Output, Ethernet Port (100 Base-TX / 10Base-T), AC Adapter Input
Network Interface (Wired)
Interface
Supporting Protocol
Connector Type
Access Method
Transfer Rate
(10BASE-T) IEEE802.3, (10BASE-TX) IEEE802.3u
TCP/IP (HTTP) Setup Features, AppleTalk
RJ-45 8 pin (NIC mode) x 1
CSMA/CD
(Auto Sensing) 10 Mbps 100 Mbps
Network Interface (Wireless)
Standards
Frequency
Data Transfer Rate
Access Method
Antenna Internal
AOSS Technology
Security
IEEE802.11g/IEEE802.11b; ARIB STD-T66
2,412 - 2,472 MHz (11channel)
6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps (IEEE802.11g); 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps (IEEE802.11b)
Infrastracture Mode
Diversity Antennas x 2
AOSS button x 1 (on the front panel)
WEP 128 (104) / 64 (40) bit (Security can be set up by AOSS technology when you have a
Buffalo AOSS enabled router or access point.)
USB Interface
Interface
Controller
Data Transfer Speed
Connector Type
USB2.0/1.1
VIA VT6212L
480 Mbps
Series A x 1 (Front x 1)
DVD-ROM
Interface
ATAPI
Buffalo Warranty
Buffalo Technology (Buffalo Inc.) product comes with a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase. Buffalo Technology
(Buffalo Inc.) warrants to the original purchaser the product; good operating condition for the warranty period. This warranty does not
include non-Buffalo Technology (Buffalo Inc.) installed components. If the Buffalo product malfunctions during the warranty period,
Buffalo Technology (Buffalo Inc.) will replace the unit, provided the unit has not been subjected to misuse, abuse, or non-Buffalo
Technology (Buffalo Inc.) authorized alteration, modifications or repair.
All expressed and implied warranties for the Buffalo Technology (Buffalo Inc.) 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.
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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 (Buffalo Inc.) liability exceed the price paid for the product from direct, indirect, special, incidental,
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4030 W. Braker Lane #120
Austin, TX 78759
800-456-9799
www.buffalotech.com
Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc. is a leading global provider of affordable, easy-to-use, next-generation wired and wireless network solutions for the consumer, SOHO
and SMB markets. With its expansion into the U.S. retail market, Buffalo offers home users a full suite of wireless home networking solutions such as its award-winning
line of AirStation 54g products; its 125* High-Speed Mode™ 802.11g products; and its versatile line of 802.11a/b/g combo products. Buffalo completes its offerings
with additional world-class networking solutions that include memory, storage and multimedia products – perfectly suited for any wireless environment.
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