D-Link MovieNite Plus Review
Sean Gibson / Dec 10th, 2012 No Comments
The D-Link MovieNite Plus device hooks up to your television or home theater via an HDMI input and wirelessly connects to your network. It allows users to access popular streaming media services such as Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Rhapsody, Vudu and others. The D-Link MovieNite Plus offers 1080p HD video, 5.1 surround sound audio, over 130 apps and channels, the option to connect via Ethernet or 802.11N wireless and even a smartphone app that allows you to turn your phone into a remote control. Those in the market for a streaming media device should definitely consider the D-Link MovieNite Plus due to the Audio/Video quality it offers coupled with a competitive retail price.
[adsense250itp]The D-Link MovieNite Plus offers the ability to be a media server, stream internet media via popular services, wired internet, wireless 802.11N connectivity, plus full 1080p resolution. The unit is extremely small with dimensions of 4.8 X 4.6 x 1.1 inches and weighs a paltry 6.5 ounces. There is one HDMI out port in the back, but there is also an option to use a 480i standard A/V connection if you aren’t able to use HDMI. The MovieNite remote app is available for both iPhone and Android. The unit retails for $79.99 which is competitively priced against folks like Roku (same) and Apple TV ($20 under, but less features). Smart shoppers should note that this device has been seen *well* below that price point ($59) on Amazon representing a major advantage over the competition. There are over 130 apps and channels in total, including the aforementioned Netflix, Vudu, Pandora and others, but also some social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. A remote control is included (with batteries!) that has four very handy buttons that allow users to drive directly into Vudu, Netflix, Pandora or YouTube.
Installing the D-Link MovieNite Plus is extremely easy and can be done even by non-technical types. Simply remove the product from the packaging, plug in a HDMI cable (make sure it’s a good quality one) into the unit and into your television, then plug in the AC power adapter. At this point the process is almost complete. Users will then need to power the unit on, flip their television to the appropriate HDMI input, then go through the quick installation screens that come up on first boot-up. This involves selecting your wireless network (assuming you don’t plug it in via Ethernet) and entering in your wireless network password. That’s it! The overall installation time should take even non-technical users about ten minutes tops.
Using the D-Link MovieNite Plus
Many homes have gotten used to using apps in their home theater to enjoy a better experience with television shows, movies and general streaming media clips. However, some consumers don’t have the fancy apps built into their HDTVs, nor do they have Xbox 360s or PS3s to take advantage of those apps. On top of that, even if one has their main home theater to watch Netflix, for example, they cannot typically use the service on their bedroom television. That’s where the D-Link MovieNite Plus comes in, to offer a low-cost solution to provide access to these great applications from either your main home theater (representing a much lower cost than a new TV or buying a console system) or being able to use the same apps that are used on the main home theater in an alternate space.
Getting into the applications is extremely intuitive and using the remote control is extremely easy. Those familiar with the apps to begin with will quickly realize the apps are all the same from any other device used in the past. The internet connection, thanks to the 802.11N wireless signal, is extremely strong and (assuming it’s paired with a great router) consistent in performance. The 1080p video and 5.1 surround sound are really impressive with the HD content that can come through thanks to Vudu, Netflix and even YouTube. One cool feature not touted enough is the ability to watch wireless cameras set up in a home (such as the Cloud Camera 1100 from D-Link) to do some surveillance if need be.
The unit has 130+ apps, some of which are “sub apps” that can be accessed through the main top-level applications. Spending ten minutes to dive into all the apps to uncover what they offer will really represent all the learning one has to do with the unit to master it. Performance wise the MovieNite Plus does everything as advertised – it streams wonderfully and operates quickly. If there are some negatives, it’s the lack of particular streaming services such as Amazon and Hulu (rumors say it might be coming soon).
Being able to stream content into an alternate space (or bringing it into the home for the first time) is a wonderful experience thanks to the D-Link MovieNite Plus device. It’s well built, extremely small, priced competitively and performs to every expectation. Overall, this is a very solid device and comes recommended for purchase.
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