The first v2 Extender is now officially shipping! The Linksys
DMA2100 is available now from Dell for $250. It supports playback of MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP
(DivX/Xvid), and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) along with being completely silent (no
DivX Working on Linksys Extenders
There is also a hands-on thread at
The Green Button with posters who have the unit in their hands.
says it only support Xvid,
this is wrong. (Read Update2) It supports both DivX and Xvid as they are
both really just MPEG-4 ASP. The
difference is that DivX is a registered trademark and thus Linksys would want
to get DivX Inc. to certify the device before they say it will play the
content. That crap aside, it plays both DivX and
Update 2: A few posters have said they can’t get DivX content to play. I find it hard to believe that Linksys would limit playback to a FourCC of “Xivd,” but I hope to be able to find out more. Both DivX and Xvid are MPEG-4 ASP and as long as their is an MPEG-4 ASP compliant decoder both DivX and Xvid can be decoded without any issue.
When encoding DivX for this device you most likely can’t use Global Motion Compensation (GMC), Qpel, MPEG quantization, or multiple B-frames. Disable these in your DivX encoder before encoding. Once encoded, the features can’t be removed.