The Verbatim MediaStation Pro is a media player with integrated 500-gigabyte hard drive. The player supports almost all audio and video digital compression, including MPEG 1,2,4 / 3,4,5,6 MP4/divx / HD-MPEG2/SD-MPEG2/XviD (except GMC option applied qpel) / WMV9 (WMV) / TS / TP / TRP / ISO / IFO / VOB. Even the audio is fully supported due to compatibility with MP3 / WMA / WAV / OGG Vorbis / AAC and is also full support for image formats with classic JPG / JPEG / PNG / BMP.
As shown in the photo below
The product comes in a beautiful black box. The interior contains the MediaStation, support to hold the device, the wireless, the external power supply, CD with manual (in six languages, including Italian) and the USB driver for Windows 98/Me, the remote two batteries and all relevant cables to connect 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 you see jack and two centrally supplied cables to devices with composite or with the classic RCA.
To connect to the audio section there are the traditional left / right channel RCA output or otherwise, to support the Dolby and DTS tracks, you have the 'one optical or coaxial output.
To connect with the data on 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 sticks.
You can then add films / audio / pictures available on USB sticks or HD, you can connect this device via USB to a computer that will recognize it like any external hard drive to be closed inside our films, our images or however, any other files, and to use the device as external backup drive for our data.
Also seems possible, given the presence of network connectivity cable or wireless, you can also transfer those files using the network. Would say so too because otherwise why buy a device with network support. We will see shortly that, during the installation and use, things are not all rosy.
The first note that there are negative for the product is printed booklet contained inside the package and called "quick start guide". Usually the quickstart guide is the only thing you see because it contains patterns and step step by step to attach the device to other devices with the pattern of wiring between devices and the startup of the device.
This booklet instead, albeit translated into several languages, contains nothing. Couple of pages with the system requirements, limitations on guarantees and references to technical assistance
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 MediaStation working. As we put the movies? Obviously I can connect via USB to your computer and put the movie on your hard drive but since the device has, as mentioned above, network interfaces, I 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 on the IP shares of 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 then allows you to 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 home computer. A useful feature, but is not what interests me now. How to put movies on the hard disk inside the MediaStation.
An "FTP Server" gives me hope, although I will be 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. It 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, try to see if there is a firmware upgrade on the site of verbatin not find any information regarding my product. Even more disheartened I lean on my google returns a link to this forum thread hardware upgrades which come to discover many interesting things.
Look at the picture below. There is family?
But it is our Verbatim MediaStation Pro But no. It 's the MediaGate MG-350SHD of AL Tech.
What have they done so than 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 that, even as proprietary implementation, can even see the remote storage like a local disk.
So if the MediaGate MediaStation and are the same person because I do not find in MediaGate NDAS support?
It is discovered by looking at the firmware version of the model Verbatin
which contrasts sharply with the latest firmware that is seen to be the original 1.1.11. What then 1.1.12 this in my model? Most likely rebrandizzazione product has been made only outside but also inside with a firmware version specially created by Verbatim. Only in this version support the NDAS was not called.
Now, as for me, but I think for you, support the NDAS is essential, we put it back as returning the product "to the roots" by inserting the "old" original firmware.
Add support to NDAS MediaStation Pro 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 either doors MediaStation. To see the stick I had to power cycle the unit. Having identified the key entriamoci posizioniamoci with the cursor and update files
and start the update by pressing the OK button on the remote.
When finished, by turning the MediaStation it magically becomes the MediaGate.
This is where finally, in setup, the voice is that cDNAs can then activate.
Also note the green skin of the original skin as opposed to blue than branded. Which you prefer? I do this here .
Then just download the NDAS support for Windows XP / Vista PC and everything is finished? Unfortunately it is not so because to put a hand 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 that these values are written on a label located underneath the device. And in the branded version from Verbatim? No trace of this fucking label.
How do? Helps us NDASSCAN , a software developed by a guy who is my greatest admiration, that, using the driver tries Ximeta NDAS devices on the network by removing the two pieces of information we need.
But some problems still before reaching the end of this ordeal. The needs of libraries NDASSCAN winpcap , and so far little bad, but it was developed for version 3.11 of Ximeta driver currently available in version 3.40 incompatible. NDDASCAN also search the library in C: \ Program Files \ NDAS \ System while we know that systems Italian drivers will be installed in C: \ Program Files \ NDAS \ ...
Let's 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 at Ximeta. So you can find this version here .). At the end of the installation create the folder C: \ Program Files copiamoci and the whole folder C: \ Program Files \ NDAS \.
Dumping NDASSCAN and let us save directly in c: \ Program Files \ NDAS \ System.
save the data ID and Wirt key, delete the folder C: \ Program Files created and uninstall the old drivers of 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 is finally a new disk on your computer's resources.
What can I say? What if you had made the Verbatim ** about her, would be a good product and still is to follow the guidance provided above, otherwise it is the usual external USB device to be moved from time to time we watch a movie on TV.
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