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Omnifi DMS1

Wi-Fi® home digital media streamer

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by Erin Blanton

You've got hours and hours of music stored on your PC. Why listen on tiny computer speakers or headphones while your expensive home audio system sits idle in another room? The award-winning Omnifi™ system uses Wi-Fi technology to stream digital-quality audio from your PC to a high-fidelity audio system!

The Omnifi™ DMS1 home digital media streamer includes a digital audio receiver, a remote control, and SimpleCenter® software. Hook it up to your PC in either of two different ways: wire it directly to your existing Ethernet network, or connect it wirelessly to your existing 802.11b Wi-Fi access point using D-Link's optional DWL-121 receiver. Then you simply connect the DMS1 to your home audio system with the supplied RCA patch cable, and use the provided software to organize your music and Internet audio streams.

The SimpleCenter® software allows you to rip CDs, classify music groups (reggae, alternative, jazz, etc.), and create music mixes for any occasion. Use the Omnifi remote to select and play your playlists and favorite Internet channels. For a small yearly fee, you can subscribe to SimpleCenter Services, which offers access to Internet radio, music downloads, and a host of other personalized audio and media services. The Omnifi is also compatible with Rhapsody's online music service, which lets you listen to a vast collection of songs, on demand.

Best of all, when you use the optional D-Link DWL-121 Wi-Fi network adapter, your PC will wirelessly stream digital audio to the DMS1 and your home stereo setup — up to 150 feet away! You can have multiple DMS1 streamers operating simultaneously in your home, each receiving different content in a different location. The DMS1 also has composite (RCA) video and S-video outputs on its back panel, so you can view your music menu on your television (other future video uses are pending).

The DMS1 is one part of the Omnifi™ system, which includes three pieces (check the system diagram under More Photos):

  • the Omnifi™ DMP1 car digital media player, a compact box which holds music files and connects to your car's audio system;
  • the Omnifi™ DMS1 home digital streamer, which connects to your high-fidelity home stereo receiver. This unit allows you to listen to music files stored in your computer through your home audio system;
  • The D-Link DWL-121 receiver, which connects to the DMS1 in your home or the DMP1 in your car, allowing you to receive wireless transmission of audio files from your computer.

Note: To use the DMS1 with your computer, you'll need an Ethernet network; wireless operation also requires an 802.11b wireless access point and optional D-Link DWL-121 wireless receiver.

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Details:
  • home digital audio receiver
  • remote control
  • SimpleCenter® software for organizing and scheduling music downloads
  • upgradeable software can be updated to accept format changes
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless router and D-Link DWL-121 Wi-Fi receiver required for wireless transfer of audio files
  • line level (RCA) outputs (connects to your home stereo with supplied cable)
  • composite (RCA) video and S-video outputs
  • accepts a wired Ethernet LAN connection
  • MP3 and WMA compatible
  • minimum system requirements:
    • Pentium II, 400MHz or compatible CPU
    • Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP
    • 128MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
    • 75 MB of available hard drive space
    • CD-ROM drive for installation
    • powered USB 1.1 or 2.0 port (2.0 recommended)
    • monitor configured for more than 256 colors
  • dimensions: 11-1/16"W x 2-3/16"H x 8-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Digital Media Streamer
  • R808-RFD Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • USB-to-Ethernet adapter
  • 76" RCA cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • SimpleCenter CD-ROM (Version 2.0)
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Compliance note

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Features
SimpleCenter Software
System Requirements
Inputs and Outputs

Features

Omnifi System Overview: The DMS1 is one part of the Omnifi system, which consists of three pieces:

  • The Omnifi DMP1 car digital media player, a compact box that holds music files and connects to your car's audio system;
  • The Omnifi DMS1 home digital streamer, which connects to your high-fidelity home stereo receiver. This unit allows you to listen to music files stored in your computer through your home audio system;
  • The D-Link DWL-121 wireless receiver, which connects to the DMS1 in your home or the DMP1 in your car, allowing you to receive wireless transmission of audio files from your computer.

Digital Media Streamer Overview: The Omnifi DMS1 home digital media streamer includes a digital audio receiver, a remote control, and SimpleCenter software. You can hook it up to your PC in either of two different ways: wire it directly to your existing Ethernet network, or connect it wirelessly to your existing 802.11b WiFi access point using D-Link's optional DWL-121 receiver. Then you simply connect the DMS1 to your home audio system with the supplied RCA patch cable, and use the provided software to organize your music and Internet audio streams.

Note: To use the DSM1 with your computer, you'll need an Ethernet network; wireless operation also requires an 802.11b wireless access point and optional D-Link DWL-121 wireless receiver.

Shuffle Play: This feature lets you play the tracks in the current playlist category in random order, or you can play all of your stored tracks in random order.

Favorites Playlist: You can store up to 20 songs in your Favorites playlist. If the Favorites playlist already contains 20 tracks, adding a new track will delete the track that has been in the playlist for the longest period of time. To play the Favorites playlist, press the FAV button momentarily and the DMS1 will play the playlist starting with the first (most recently added) track.

Tag!: The Tag! feature allows you to earmark any song at the DMS1 home digital streamer and then get information about the song in SimpleCenter at your PC. You can learn more about the artist, buy the CD, get album reviews, preview tracks, and more.

SimpleCenter Software

Overview: The Omnifi system is powered by an integrated, easy-to-use software application called SimpleCenter. SimpleCenter includes a CD ripping function (you can create MP3 and WMA files from your CDs) as well as a powerful Media Library, including a playlist editor, for organizing your digital media. For a small yearly fee, you can subscribe to SimpleCenter Services, which offers access to Internet radio, music downloads, and a host of other personalized audio and media services.

Media Library: The Media Library is used to manage and organize digital media that you store on your PC, or other PCs connected by a local area network. The Media Library in SimpleCenter automatically organizes your music files based on artist, album, and genre.

Watch Folders: You can direct SimpleCenter to watch various folders on your PC so that any new media files added to these folders will be automatically added to the Media Library, and will be available on all Omnifi devices.

Categories: When you add media to SimpleCenter, the software automatically organizes all of your digital audio files into the following categories:

  • All Media: all digital media files in your Media Library

  • Artists: your digital media files, sorted by artist

  • Artist/Album: your media files sorted first by artist, then by album

  • Albums: your media files sorted by album

  • Genres: your media files sorted by genre

  • Playlists: playlists that you create with SimpleCenter or import (M3U format)

URL List: You can add URLs for existing Internet media streams to the Media Library. When you add a URL to the Media Library, the URL appears in the All Media category. You can add the URL to a playlist. Media from the URL will be available for playback on your Omnifi digital media streamer if the stream is either MP3 or WMA format.

Playlists: You can organize media in your Media Library into playlists and playlist groups, which are customized collections of media that you create.

ID3 Data Editing: SimpleCenter allows you to edit ID3 data. You can change the following information: title, artist, album, genre, year of release, and track number.

Clean Media (ID3 data) Service: Many digital media files may be found to have no ID3 data or wrong ID3 data. SimpleCenter provides an ID3 data cleaning service that will correct ID3 data in your digital media files with a single button click.

CD Converting: The CD converting (ripping) feature is used to create digital music files (both MP3 and WMA) from your audio CD collection.

Multiple Omnifi Streamers: SimpleCenter supports multiple Omnifi Streamers - you can have several Streamers at different locations in your home, and simultaneously stream different media to each.

System Requirements

System Requirements: To use the SimpleCenter software, your computer must meet the following requirements:

  • Computer with Pentium II 400Mhz or faster processor

  • Windows 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP

  • Minimum 128MB RAM (256 MB recommended)

  • Minimum 75 MB of available hard drive space

  • CD-ROM drive for installation

  • USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 (2.0 recommended)

  • Computer monitor configured for more than 256 colors

Inputs and Outputs

DMS1 Rear Panel:

  • USB: 2 USB ports

  • Audio Output: left and right RCA audio jacks

  • Video Output: RCA composite video and S-video jacks

 
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4 out of 5

Simple and to the Point

Written By Bumpdaddy, Greensboro, NC on Monday, October 24, 2005
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Fosgate hit a home run with this media player. I orginally purchased a Prismiq thinking it was a better deal with it's browsing and image presentation ability but quickly found it unusable with my MP3 collection. Even hardwired it could not compare to the speed of my XBOX Media Center for accessing tracks and playlists. I also hated turning on my DLP television to just browse tracks when all I wanted was music.

I found a great deal on the DMS1 in the outlet and traded up. It was very simple to setup. The SimpleCenter software made configuring playlists on my P600 Mhz PC a breeze. The software ran great compared to the Prismiq software. Once the software was installed, I just connected to DMS1 to my network and it quickly found the player. The sound was great through my Bose system. I only wish it came with an RF remote so I could control it outside too. The unit I returned sounded very monotone and took 2-5 seconds to load each track.

By and large, the DMS1 does exaclty what I wanted; provide access to my MP3 collection in an easy to use way with NO degration in sound quality. Since the DMS1 uses the UPNP standard, there are other media servers that can be used in place of the SimpleCenter software which must run all the time on a Windows PC. Next, I will be testing another media server which can run on a NAS device without a PC. Wish me luck.
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4 out of 5

OmnifiT DMS1

Written By Timothy, Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, July 26, 2005
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I purchased 2 of these devices 3 weeks ago. I found them easy to hook up and so far they have worked very well. I have an extensive collection of music on my computer and this gave me a low cost method of getting the music to different floors in my house. I have not tried the wireless option yet since my house is wired with CAT5. With large collections it can take a few remote clicks longer to get to the music you want but nothing I can't live with. Besides I have all my music at my finger tips instead of searching for CDs and having to put them away.
One thing that is very impressive is that all my collection is at a high level VBR MP3 format and plays them without skipping a beat. Omni tech support said they would support normal MP3's, WMA, and VBR WMA but can not support VBR MP3 though they should play with unexpected results.
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2 out of 5

Caveat Emptor

Written By Norman, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, March 23, 2005
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When it works it's OK

On the upside all of my music is now on my computer, I can play it on the stereo system in the main part of the house, and it didn't cost too much to make it happen. Since the computer is in the office on another floor the fact that I can access the music from the streamer is a big plus. It does a good job of streaming internet-radio and the new firmware finally accepts .asx streams. The whole house is CAT5 wired so I didn't bother with the wireless option.

The downsides are all minor, but plentiful enough to be annoying. First it frequently takes a good 5 minutes for the media player to find the server when it's turned on. It will also drop the connection and lock up when scrolling through music files while I'm looking for something to play (remember this is hardwired to the LAN so it's not a signal problem). Then there are several issues with the way the software is organized. Unlike every other media player I've used, The Clash is filed under T not C. If you have compilation albums and want to listen to the whole album you will have to sift through the Albums list, because the Artist/Album list will only pull up the tracks on the Album by the selected artist. The UI on the media player is only 3 lines, and it will not scroll directly from the end of the list to the beginning or vice versa (the jump 10 button on he remote helps some here). Lastly there appears to be no way to get it to stop at the end of the selected list of songs. It seems to be permanently set to repeat.
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