$150 Linksys Extenders Hit Amazon.com

Don’t have a Circuit City nearby to get in on that $150 Linksys Extender deal?  No problem.  Amazon.com is pushing out those same Linksys DMA2100 Extenders for $150 as well.  As always Amazon has free shipping options if you can wait a few days to get it in your hands.


The recent crop of Extender deals has me wondering, is Linksys the first to finally understand that $150 is the magic pricepoint for a standalone Extender (as I’ve been saying for years), or are they getting ready to drop the product and move on either to a new unit or out of the Extender market all together?

10 thoughts on “$150 Linksys Extenders Hit Amazon.com”

  1. This is exactly what happened with V1 extenders. They were at first hard to get, then within months they were all over store shelves, then months later they flooded eBay as the manufacturers stopped making them. It was a very short lived run, and there was only one software update released during their entire lifespan. With Microsoft concentrating on non-TV users (as they have stated on TGB), the market for extenders can’t be that strong, since so many other non-MC devices can access music, videos, and pictures on a Windows Vista computer.

  2. I think at that price point it still has to offer a outstanding upscale DVD player or it’s still just playing to hardcore MCE users. Noise issue aside the 360 is still a much more compelling deal (which is s good argument to get the hell out of that market). Nice if we could see a stealth model on the 360 though :p (hello like no fans running if I game is not being played yeash).

  3. I don’t think it needs to include a DVD Player to reach the mass market at that price.  People have DVD players already.  Hardcore MCE users are the ones who want everything in one.  The average user might enjoy it all-in-one, but for something they already have multiple of in their homes I don’t think it is a deal breaker.

  4. Since the 360 is rumored to have a price cut this Sept, it makes sense to unload inventory of the DMA2100. If someone would just come up with an affordable water cooling solution for the 360, I’d buy a bunch more as extenders.

  5. I wish it was because they finally realize the price point was too high or that they are coming out with a new product (one that does the menu animations as well as the 360). Unfortunately, the pessimist in me says that it’s because the extenders haven’t sold and they’re just dropping the product alltogether. I think Media Center as a whole just hasn’t been all that successful. I know, personally, everyone that I’ve ever shown my Media Center / 3 Xbox 360 Extenders setup to raves about it and immediately ask about doing it themselves. Many of them already have XP MCE or Vista Home Premium and an Xbox 360, so cost isn’t really a factor. But they drop the idea as soon as I tell them the limitations with getting full HD content (new computer with expensive CableCARD tuners and NO DirecTV HD option). Plus, now I’m even losing HD stations with CableCARD due to switched digital video. You know how hard my friends laugh that I’ve spent all this money for an awesome setup but can no longer watch DiscoveryHD or ESPNHD, while they can with their $6/month cable box. Media Center’s TV support is a great product in concept that has been rendered lame by the requirement to deal with cable and satellite companies. Sorry, I know I got off topic from the Extenders, but like kingwr stated above, Extenders are only a compelling product for Media Center TV users, and, with all the HD limitations, doing TV in Media Center is becoming harder and harder to justify. Non-TV users will just get a Windows Media Connect device.

  6. I have to agree with Richard etc, this would seem to be an inventory dump. I wonder what the M$ sales pitch was like to these companies..”of course it will fly this time, V1’s had issues, but the market is ready, you won’t get stung”

    I think ignoring the TV issues, this is as much about brand name over function. One of the key things to do is get a big brand CE company involved, such as Toshiba, JVC or Philips, then you would get a better adoption. People accept a box in the front room by these guys that just works, they don’t appreciate or consider the technology in the box.

    Linksys / D-Link / HP are still computer geeky as far as branding goes..they don’t scream front room, they still get lumped together with PC’s, routers etc

  7. I have a Vista MCE box and basic+expanded cable with no cable box. And while I have an ATSC tuner (HDTV) card, I get most of my content from cable in non-HD format. It is non-HD because of the technical hurdles to getting HD. It is a *lot* of data to manage(which requires a fairly capable CPU and Hard Drive), getting QAM to work with MCE is a headache (I’m told it works, but I can’t get it to work), and the constant hiccups from the ATSC tuner in bad weather are so infuriating I sometimes end up watching the lo-res cable signal anyway, when I could watch it in HD if I rented their HDTV box. I’m going to hate it if/when I end up moving to the cable company’s box for HD, because I *love* my MCE’s features, but the hardware to make all this work is not cheap, and as somebody mentioned above, it only costs a few bucks a month to rent the cable box (and get about 80% of the same functionality), so it is getting hard to justify the MCE box (unless MSFT somehow gets IPTV to work over it, but I think even if they do, it will also be over the Xbox, which is again, much cheaper).

  8. I will second everything that Yogi said.

    My fingers are crossed for DirectTV support some time in the next 18-24 months. This single upgrade would completely change MCE for the best and give it the mainstream appeal that current users enjoy.

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