Cisco Systems' Linksys division has introduced a combined DVD player and wireless multimedia adapter at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Linksys DVD Player with Wireless-G Media Link (WMLD54G) plugs into a TV and home stereo via standard composite, component or S-video cables. It normally operates as a DVD player but can also bring in streaming audio and video and still images from a PC over an 802.11g wireless Lan.
Users will be able to stream video files in MPEG2, MPEG4 and Divx formats and audio files in MP3 and Windows Media Audio formats from a PC or other storage device to the TV or stereo. The files can be sent over the wireless Lan or over wired 10/100Mbps (bit-per-second) Ethernet.
The 802.11g standard allows for a maximum carrying capacity of 54Mbps. Users can also send digital photos from a wirelessly connected device for viewing on the TV, along with music to accompany them.
The DVD player can even be linked directly to an internet connection, over either a wired or wireless connection, and stream music from internet radio stations without the need for a PC.
The device will go on sale through resellers, at stores and online before the end of the first quarter, priced at less than $300.
By the end of February, Linksys will also roll out a wireless adapter specifically for music which can stand alone or work with a home stereo.
The Wireless-B Media Link has a LCD and can be fitted with optional speakers for use in a room without an existing stereo. Consumers can send digital audio stored on a PC or other storage device to the Media Link via a standard 11Mbps 802.11b wireless Lan or via wired 10/100Mbps Ethernet.
Using the LCD and remote control, users can select songs, play lists and services. They can also access internet radio stations and music streaming services directly from the device.
Pricing has not been finalised but expected to be between $99 and $129.
Stephen Lawson writes for IDG News Service