Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

Summary: Fury Friday: I'll be jumping on the soapbox each Friday and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. This week: Media center extenders

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TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware
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Every Friday, I'll be jumping on the soapbox and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. Think of a dumbed down version of Peter Griffin’s 'Grind my Gears'.

I for one am a big fan of media center extenders. Don't get me wrong; I don't collect them like some nutter who shouts at pigeons as they fly past my bedroom window. I own just the one. Above all else they make perfect sense for student consumer.

You go ahead and (probably illegally, I know what you're like) download all of your television series' for the week into a shared drive, pop the kettle on and sit in front of the telly in the front room of your student house.

Wrong. For two parts, in that many of those who bought the seemingly 'bog standard' Linksys DMA2100 media extender is now dead because of a phone-home situation gone horribly wrong, and secondly because now there aren't any decent extenders on the market for less than $200.

Nice going there, technology industry. You've really screwed us over this time.

Now students who have extenders are either stuck without one, with what is now an expensive paperweight, or facing the Amazon electronics section with a heavy heart and a depressed credit card. Yes, plastic has feelings, at very least during times of crisis.

I know, for some people 'the DNS trick' worked and they can carry onas if nothing but a mild inconvenience occurred. For me however, seemingly the only man on the planet this didn't work for, is stressed out of his face because now he's chained to his desk in a chair with lumbar support but with cold feet. My fireplace is in the living room where it should be.

So this is a plea to the people at Linksys, and a reminded to all the other idiots out there thinking of screwing over consumers in this way. Either sort out the problem with your phone-home hardware, or how about this - don't do it in the first place? Kill switches in a theory to the right minded individual may be a great idea, but when it happens to you, it gets really bloody annoying.

Mega rawwrrwrr.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • I cannot blame you for this

    Linksys needs to send out an update IMMEDIATELY to fix this issue, or they might be looking at a class action lawsuit on the horizon.
    Lerianis10
    • RE: Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

      @Lerianis10 My colleague says that the DNS issue is fixed - still nothing this end. I know this has gone on for ages now, but I'm still really, really... peeved.
      zwhittaker
    • RE: Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

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  • RE: Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

    Also I'm aware many may think this is an old issue, and many have found it to be resolved since a server at Cisco got borked - but for many, including myself, a few friends of mine etc., the list goes on - are still having problems.
    zwhittaker
  • RE: Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

    Buy junk you get junk.
    james347
    • RE: Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

      @james347

      Linksys stuff is not 'junk'. They are one of the best names out there when it comes to computer networking equipment. Plus, they are a Cisco subsidiary now, so they have Cisco standing behind them as well.

      This espouses why NO piece of equipment should have in it that it has to 'call home' to a Linksys/other companies server in order to work.

      That 'feature' needs to be removed. It isn't a feature.... it's a DETRIMENT!
      Lerianis10
  • Just another EPIC = FAIL

    for M$ plain and simple.
    those morons cant do anything right.
    Ron Bergundy
    • RE: Fury Friday: Media center extenders that can't 'phone home'

      @cyberspammer2

      Really? MS developed the extender firmware?
      aep528