Get ready to ditch those bulky set-top boxes and clunky media servers. The WirelessMediaStick from HSTi is a media streamer the size of a thumb drive that shares content from any computer on your home network with any USB-enabled media playback device. Connect the WirelessMediaStick to your Blu-ray or DVD player, TV, DVR, or even a digital picture frame, and you can play movies, music, and photos over your wireless network.
The WirelessMediaStick operates over an 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz) wireless network and uses a USB 2.0 host interface to connect to nearly any device equipped with a standard USB Direct port. The manufacturer, Home Server Technologies Inc (HSTi), says the device supports VGA, 480p, 720p, and 1080i video, and most video, audio, and image file formats.
Setup involves plugging in the WirelessMediaStick to the USB port of your computer to configure it for your home network. Next connect the WirelessMediaStick to an entertainment device equipped with a USB Direct port. No batteries or external power supply are required. To stream your media files, use a web browser to connect to the IP address of the device and share your files. HSTi says that in the future the WirelessMediaStick will be able to share content directly from the internet to your media playback devices. Product updates will also be downloadable from their web site to keep the WirelessMediaStick up to date.
HSTi says that for streaming HD video, an 802.11n network connection is required. For standard definition video, an 802.11a/g can also be used. Music and pictures can be streamed using an 802.11b (or higher) connection. The WirelessMediaStick supports most common formats including DivX, MP3, MP4, AVI, MPEG, WMF, JPEG, GIF, BMP, and PNG as well as other formats supported by your playback device.
The WirelessMediaStick is priced at US$120 and will be available for order on the HSTi web site beginning January 15. Units will begin shipping the last week of February.