The Verbatim MediaStation Pro is a media player with integrated hard disk from 500 GB. The player supports almost all formats of audio and video digital compression, including MPEG 1,2,4 / MP4/divx 3,4,5,6 / HD-MPEG2/SD-MPEG2/XviD (except GMC option applied qpel) / WMV9 (WMV) / TS / TP / TRP / ISO / IFO / VOB. Even the audio portion is fully supported due to compatibility with MP3 / WMA / WAV / OGG Vorbis / AAC and is also full support for image formats with the classic JPG / JPEG / PNG / BMP.
As shown in the photo below
The product comes in a nice box of black. The interior contains the MediaStation, support to hold the device, the wireless antenna, external power, the CD with the manual (in six languages, including Italian) and the USB driver for Windows 98/Me, the remote with two batteries and all the relevant cables for connecting the product with the audio / video devices and the PC. Excludes the optical cable for connection to a Dolby Digital and the cable network.
As seen from the back
the product can be connected to video devices via HDMI port, SVGA port or by using the two holes that are seen centrally jack cables and two cable to devices with composite or with the classic RCA.
To connect to the audio section are available classic left / right channel RCA output, or otherwise, to support the Dolby and DTS tracks are available 's coaxial output or the optical drive.
To connect with the part given the MediaStation has a LAN interface has a wireless 802.11b / g, can be connected to a computer via USB and has two USB ports for connecting additional external drives or USB drives.
You can then add the movie / audio / pictures available on USB sticks or HD, you can connect this device via USB to a computer that will recognize them as any external hard drive enabling you to store inside our films, our images or however, any other files allowing you to use the device as external backup drive for our data.
Also seems possible, given the presence of network connectivity via cable or wireless, you can also transfer these files using the network. One might even say that because, otherwise, why buy a device with network support. We will see shortly that, in the installation and use, things will not all be roses and flowers.
The first note that there are negative for the product is the printed booklet contained inside the package and called "quick start guide". Usually the quickstart guide is the only thing that you look because it contains patterns and step, step by step to attack the device to other devices with the pattern of connecting cables between devices and the startup of the device.
This booklet instead, albeit translated into several languages, contains nothing. Two page with the system requirements, limitations on guarantees and references to technical
I honestly expected more from this type of manual but this small flaw is balanced by an excellent manual on the CD that explains how to connect wire and sign the MediaStation in both the audio / video is that the part of the network.
And now the pain starts.
We have the MediaStation working. How do I take the movies? Obviously I could connect it via USB to your computer and put the movie on your hard drive but since the device has, as mentioned above, network interfaces I can use it as network attached storage.
The first idea, once identified the IP address obtained from the device by the DHCP server on my network, is that it has on shared network resources by the entire hard drive but unfortunately, a search of the shares on the IP MediaStation proves to be no active network server.
A little 'navigation within the setup menu bodes well given the presence of protocols such as SAMBA, FTP, NFS, and UPnP. But after a while 'I realize that all this stuff really need to see any shares in the external sense that if the network is a shared samba, ftp, nfs with in films, images sounds, MediaStation allows you to run these files remote and therefore will see on the big screen movies and all media content shared on the network and it also seems to work very well because the MediaStation immediately identifies and makes available all of the shares on my computer at home. A useful feature, but it is not what interests me now. How to put movies on the hard disk inside the MediaStation.
An "FTP Server" gives me hope, even if I am forced to use an FTP client, always better than having to always have the device near the computer connected to USB. Sets the data and I connect remotely. Seems to work, as well as if any attempt to go write fails. It seems as if the device is mounted read-only because any attempt to write to get a response like "access denied".
Disheartened after further tests, since the manual recommends it, I try to see if there's a firmware upgrade on the site of verbatin but not find any information regarding my product. Even more disheartened I lean on me google returns a link to this forum thread hardware upgrade to which I come to discover many interesting things.
Look at the picture below. Is familiar?
But it is our Verbatim MediaStation Pro But no. And 'the MEDIAGATE MG-350SHD of AL Tech.
What did they do then those Verbatim? They took a third-party product and have, as they say, rebrandizzato. Up to here nothing wrong except that the Mediagate has support for NDAS which is an evolution of the NAS developed by Ximeta, which, although as proprietary implementations, allows you to see even the remote storage like a local disk.
So if the Mediagate MediaStation and are the same person because the Mediagate not find support for the NDAS?
It is discovered by looking at the firmware version of the model Verbatin
contrasts sharply with the latest firmware which is seen to be the original 1.1.11. What then 1.1.12 present in my model? Rebrandizzazione most likely the product was not made only outside but also inside with a firmware version specially created by Verbatim. Only in this version the support NDAS has not been placed.
Now, as for me, but I believe that you, too, support for the NDAS is essential, as we see it back by resetting the product "Origins" by entering the "old" original firmware.
Add support NDAS to MediaStation Pro from Verbatim
To do this we download firmware 1.1.11 from the site of Al Tech and piazziamolo on a USB stick formatted VFAT / NTFS. Then enter the key on one of the two doors of MediaStation. To see the stick I had to power cycle the equipment. Having identified the key entriamoci and posizioniamoci with the cursor on the file update
and start the update by pressing the OK button on the remote.
Once complete, restart the MediaStation it magically becomes the Mediagate.
This is where finally, in setup, the voice DNAS so you can activate.
Note also the green skin of the original version as opposed to the blue skin of the branded. Which you prefer? I do this here .
Then just download the NDAS support for Windows XP / Vista on your PC and everything is finished? Unfortunately it is not so why put a hand to c''è again Verbatin branding.
To mount the remote device via NDAS is because you need to know two unique parameters of the device, its ID and the so-called "Write Key". In manual Mediagate c''è wrote that these values are found on a label located underneath the device. And in the branded version from Verbatim? No trace of this fucking label.
How do? There is help NDASSCAN, a software developed by a guy who is my greatest admiration, that in using the driver tries Ximeta NDAS devices on the network by removing the two pieces of information we need.
But still a bit of trouble before reaching the end of this ordeal. The library needs NDASSCAN winpcap, and was hardly a problem, but was developed for the version 3.11 drivers Ximeta currently available in version 3.40 so incompatible. Furthermore NDDASCAN search the library in C: \ Program Files \ NDAS \ System as we know that in Italian systems drivers will be installed in the C: \ Program Files \ NDAS \ ...
We thus see how to get out of this collapse.
Download and install
the NDAS driver version 3.11 (icio60, in a comment, I noted that the 3.11 is no longer available on the Ximeta. So you can find this version here.). At the end of the installation we create the folder C: \ Program Files and copiamoci the whole folder C: \ Program Files \ NDAS \.
We download NDASSCAN directly and let us save it in c: \ Program Files \ NDAS \ System.
save the data and the ID wirt key, delete the folder C: \ Program Files created and uninstall the old drivers Ximeta.
Then, install the updated drivers. Appear in the system tray icon NAS Device Management, right click and "Register New Device". We complete all required fields and the result will eventually be a new disc on computer resources.
What to say? Verbatim that if he had done his ca ** would be a good product and still is as long as you follow the guide above, otherwise it remains the usual external USB device to be moved from time to time we watch a movie on TV.
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