AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 Full HD Network Media Streamer Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2012-02-28

The Playon!HD Mini 2 Full HD Network Media Streamer from AC Ryan has a pretty small footprint and is able to stream multimedia content (videos, photos, music) right from our network; in case we have attached to it an USB Flash Drive or external HDD, we can play back the multimedia contents locally. The device can be also connected wirelessly to the network via an accessory sold separately.

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The Device Internals

The unit can be opened relatively easy, by removing two screws from the back and lifting the clips on each side; the plastic clips are the main reason we must be very careful when opening the device, because these can break; in the older PCB revisions, near the central chip we could also find a mini PCI-E slot, which now seems to be removed:




Near the back ports, we can find the Realtek RTL8211E, which is an Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver:




The brain of this unit is the Realtek RTD1185DD System on a Chip, with the CPU at 500Mhz:




Around it, we can find two Nanya NT5TU64M16GG-AC DDR2 memory chips:




Also nearby, there is a Hynix NAND Flash with the HY27UF082G2B code name, where the firmware is stored:




In the front there is a header for the frontal LED and the on/off switch:




Near them we can also locate the IR receiver:



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