Buffalo Technology PC-P1LAN User Manual

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Network Media Player


User’s Manual

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Supported file formats..........................................


Registering playback folders...............................


Data playback on a television..............................


Converting files.....................................................


Configuring access restrictions..........................


DLNA media server playback ..............................


Detailed Settings


LinkTheater Advanced Settings..........................


Media Server Configuration...............................


BootServer Manager...........................................




Manually configuring an IP address .................


Verifying computer’s IP address.........................


Configuring the LinkTheater's IP address...........








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The following notations and symbols are used throughout this manual.

Notations and Symbols

.................Caution mark

Items which





when handling Link Theater.


injury and/or damage to the

Next operation mark......

Page numbers that come





are items that you must pay particular attention to follow this mark may result in personal

indicate the page you should proceed to

Terminology notation within the manual

This manual assumes that your computer has the following drive configuration: C: Hard disk


Names enclosed in [ ] brackets within the manual represent dialog box names, menus, buttons, check boxes or other such items that you need to select when operating the device.

Names enclosed in < > brackets represent keys on the keyboard. (Example) <Enter>

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file formats




back using LinkTheater.





Media Server trans code compatible



format (*1)









• Audio files encoded in either MP3 or WAV (uncompressed)

Compatible formats



• Image files saved/compressed in JPEG, BMP or PNG formats




• Video files encoded in MPEG-2format


Image section

MPEG-2standard resolution (*.MPG file, m2p file)


digital compres-

• Maximum resolution 720 x 480 Maximum 8Mbps (*3)


sion format

• Maximum frame rate 30fps




Compatible video



MPEG-1Audio Layer 2

2 channel


digital com-

MPEG-1Audio Layer 3

2 channel










Linear PCM


2 channel





16 bit, 48kHz









Compatible audio formats


• Linear PCM (*.WAV)



MPEG-1Audio Layer-3(*.MP3)








Compatible image formats


• JPEG (*4), BMP, PNG


*1: LinkTheater plays MPEG-2and MP3 files. Other formats are transformed intoMPEG-2and MP3 for playback.

For format transformation, your PC should meet the following requirements.

■ Minimum system requirements

[CPU] Pentium4 1.4GHz or higher, or equivalent performance CPU [Memory] 256 MB or higher

■ Recommended system requirements

[CPU] Pentium4 1.8GHz or higher/ Celeron 1.8GHz or higher/ Pentium M 900MHz or higher Celeron M 1.0GHz or higher, or equivalent performance CPU recommended.

[Memory] 512 MB or higher recommended.

*Low bit rates may allow some files to play from PCs that do not meet the above requirements.

*Not all files can be played.

*2: The AVI codec must be installed in your computer to convert and play AVI files.

*3: If LinkTheater is connected to an 11Mbps wireless LAN, or if playback is performed from an USB1.1 device, demanding video files (3Mbps or more) may skip or drop frames.

*4: Only baseline JPEGs can be viewed.

Registering a folder for playback

In order to play computer files on LinkTheater, you need to register the folders on the computer. Refer to the separate [Read Me First] document, and register your media folders for playback.

Data playback on a television

Refer to the separate [Read Me First] document for details on the procedure for playing back computer data on a television.

Note LinkTheater can playMPEG-2and MP3 files. Other formats are automatically transformed for playback. You can change the image quality byright-clickingon the Transcoder's task tray icon and

selecting Quality from the displayed menu, or as shown below.

Converting data

When videos cannot be played smoothly because of dropped frames, or if you want to play back MPEG-2files that have a bitrate higher than 8Mbps, you need to convert the files on your computer before playback, as shown below.


Click [Start]-[(All)Programs]-

3 Click [Edit Settings].








Drag and drop the file that you



want to convert.


4 Select

quality, then

*In order for you to distinguish between explanations concerning the television screen and computer

explanations about the

are marked with this


*Screens shown in this manual are examples. Your display may be slightly different.

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If you wish to configure image quality settings

5 Click [Add].

individually, click [Add] in step 4 on page 4, and

set the details as desired. Individual items can be


selected under [New Profile].


The following items can be set.



Mode can be selected from constant bitrate (CBR), variable bitrate (CVBR), and constant quality (CQ). The features of each mode are explained in the [Glossary] on page 21. Items that can be set in [Rate settings] differ depending on the mode selected here.


The larger the set value, the clearer the image will be. However, the size of the recorded file also increases. The possible setting range is 192~8000 (kbps).

If [Variable Bitrate] is selected in adjustment mode, recording is performed within the range of bitrates set for maximum bitrate and minimum bitrate. Set this value so that it falls between the [Maximum Bitrate] and [Minimum Bitrate] which will be set below.

Maximum Bitrate

This setting is the maximum bitrate used when recording. This can only be set when [Variable Bitrate] is selected in adjustment mode. It is possible to set a value in the range of the [Bitrate] value in the item above ~8000 (kbps).

Minimum Bitrate

This setting is the minimum bitrate used when recording. This can only be set when [Variable bitrate] is selected in adjustment mode. It is possible to set a value in the range of the [Bitrate] value in the item above ~192 (kbps).


Note You can specify the save destination and name of the file after conversion by

clicking [Output file]-[Browse].By default, the converted file is added and saved

to the same location as the conversion source file, and [MPEG2 (PC-P1LAN)]_000is added to the end of the file name (the 000 number counts up when the same name file is converted a number of times).

6 [Status] displays [Awaiting conversion][Converting]

[Conversion completed].

“Bob” interlacing produces the sharpest image but may leave noise artifacts. “Median” interlacing reduces noise but may remove image detail.

CPU processing speed

Image quality improves with a larger value, but the

strain placed on the CPU (computer) also increases. Note Use higher numbers if you have a fast computer. Normally, a value in the range of

0~2 is used.

Audio bitrate

To stop the conversion process, click [Stop]. Click [Start] to restart a stopped


A high bitrate provides higher sound quality, but it also increases the size of the file.

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Configuring access restrictions

You can set access restrictions to shared playback folders, so that the folder can only be played back when specific conditions are met. These settings can be performed as follows.

1 Click[Start]-[(All)Programs]-


[Configure Media server].

2 Click the [Permissions] tab.

4 Click [Only accept access from the following client devices].

When you want to prohibit specific conditions, select [Prohibit access from the following client devices].

3 Click [Turn ON Access


5 Click [Add].










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6 Click [Next].

7 Select the conditions for access restriction, then click [Next].

You can select restriction conditions of host name, IP address,

network address, and MAC address (get MAC address from the back of your LinkTheater).

Step through the wizard to complete the access restriction settings.

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Playing back DLNA compatible media server data

About DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) has defined product design guidelines [Home Network Device Interoperability Guidelines] with the aim of standardizing electronic industry technology and realizing an interconnected environment of digital equipment (computers, household appliances, mobile devices).

LinkTheater can play media files from DLNA compatible media servers such as the Buffalo LinkStation HS-DGLHome Server series. Select "HOME Server" (the DLNA compatible media server) from the LinkTheater Home screen, and press the [Select/Play] button on the remote control.

Your DLNA media server may not have DLNA functionality turned on by default. For LinkTheater to stream media from a DLNA server, DLNA must be turned on! This is not always the default setting. Refer to your DLNA media server's manual for more information on enabling DLNA media server functionality.

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Advanced Settings

Normally, you won't need to change these settings. Here's explanations of each in case you do.

LinkTheater Advanced Settings


1 Press the power button and start LinkTheater.

*In order for you to distinguish between explanations concerning the television screen or computer screen, explanations about the television screen are marked with this icon


*Screens shown in this manual are examples. Your display may look slightly different.

2 Select [Settings], and pressbutton.

3 You can configure each of these items.

• (Wired) Network settings

The following settings can be performed in [Edit Profile].

Obtain automatically (DHCP): If there is a DHCP server on the network, an IP address is assigned automatically.

Manual settings: You can also manually enter the IP address and subnet mask.

The settings are enabled by selecting the items edited above in [Profile selection], and pressing the [Select/Play] button on the remote control.

• Display settings

In [Screensaver], you can set the amount of time (1~60 minutes) before the screensaver starts on the television screen when there are no operations performed.

You can set the amount of time (3 seconds

— 2 minutes) that a photograph is displayed on the television screen in [Photo display interval].

• (Firmware) Version

This displayes the firmware version number.

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Media Server Configuration

You can register folders that will be played on LinkTheater and also set access restrictions. Click [Start]- [(All) Programs]-[BUFFALO]-[PC-P1LAN]-[ConfigureMedia server] to display the settings screen.

Shared folder screen

Settings screen

• Add

Registers folders that contains files that you want to play on the LinkTheater.

• Delete

By selecting a folder and clicking [Delete], registration of the shared folder is deleted.

• Update

This updates the shared folder and file display.

• Automatic search

This starts the automatic search wizard. You can find folders on the computer that contain video, audio, and image files by using the automatic search wizard.

• Enable file sharing on computer startup

This setting enables file sharing when the computer starts up.

Display icon in task tray when program is closed

This setting displays an icon in the task tray when [Media server settings] is closed.

• Default settings

Restores Media server settings to the initial settings.

• Do not share files

This setting disables file sharing.

• Share files

This setting enables file sharing.

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