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  Windows Media Connect
Time: 15:37 EST/20:37 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Jonathan Tigner

Installing Windows® Media Connect enables you to deliver music, photos, and videos that reside on your Windows XP PC to devices that support the uPnP protocol. This includes digital audio receivers, connected DVD players, set-top boxes and more. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

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#1 By 23275 ( at 10/13/2004 4:55:00 AM
#2, these really hold a lot of promise. Custom Media Centers and extended devices, working as an aggregation point on one end and consumption points on the others, has a lot of interest in and outside the home. We have been pressing this very hard for nearly a year and our formal and fun launch is on-going through tomorrow. It is a blast to set this stuff up [properly], and watch as families and businesses start to enjoy and leverage this stuff. Where the average home has some three computers of different types, consoles and media devices, managing them and what they do is becoming a central issue for people. Busy families want the benefit, but not the headache - helping them do this safely, reliably and in a way that is a lot of fun has proven to me one of the most enjoyable markets we have worked in. As an extension of the office, and with the proper connectoids [proving the ability to control remote client state], corporate CEO's have proven to be the biggest advocates - one can restore several treasured hours a week to them at home.

#2 By 2960 ( at 10/13/2004 8:35:51 AM
Ok, this is a serious question...

At one time, UPnP was considered a BAD thing to have enabled for security reasons.

Has this changed, or is it that just no one cares any more?


#3 By 135 ( at 10/13/2004 10:22:22 AM
It was only considered a bad thing because of a vulnerability found in the XP UPnP provider.

But since it's actually useful and nobody has found new vulnerabilities, we've forgotten.

#4 By 23275 ( at 10/13/2004 12:34:37 PM
The way that UPnP is supported is different now and not a bad thing at all. Its use can be controlled and made very useful, but that depends upon the companies making compliant devices and how they implement it. Both TOS and QOS filters can be use along with more intelligent switching to control and route packets in ways that work well. Where implemented well, UPnP can provide people a lot of value. It is like most other things, there are good and bad ways to use them and a combination of factors will determine what each experiences.
It would be real hard to just say, "try it this way... etc..." because not all implementations would work for all people, or companies. How do you want to implement it and for what purposes? What do you want to support with it? If I know what you want to do, perhaps I can recommend how you might implement it in a way that will help you and your users.

#5 By 3339 ( at 10/13/2004 1:50:46 PM
"we've forgotten."

I thought we had forgotten because no one seriously uses it. There have been few if any significant and useful implementations. That's why it's been forgotten.

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