Media Servers

Olive O4HD Music Server

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Setup

After unpacking the O4HD, I connected the antenna, a pair of RCA cables, and a power cord and was ready to go. I turned on the Olive and browsed to the network setup menu. I selected a wireless network connection and was presented with a list of my neighbor's networks. I was surprised to find that there was no way for me to connect to my own wireless network. The reason for that is that I do not broadcast the name of my wireless network. This is a standard security feature found on every wireless router today, and unfortunately one which the O4HD does not currently support. I made Olive aware of this problem, and they will be updating their software to allow a user to manually enter the network name and password when the wireless network name is not broadcast. Rather than reconfigure my network, I just ran a network cable over to the Olive and used the Gigabit Ethernet connection instead.

I thought that would be my only setup challenge with the O4HD, but I quickly ran into another problem. I wanted to make use of the HDMI output from the Olive, so I connected an HDMI cable from the O4HD to my Anthem Statement D2 processor. I switched inputs on the Anthem and watched in disbelief as the Olive's video output flickered unintelligibly on my Samsung television. Despite trying various configurations, I was not able to view the O4HD video output on my Samsung HLS series DLP television. My Anthem, the O4HD, and the Samsung DLP display support 480P, so everything should have worked, but unfortunately this sort of thing can happen in the wonderful world of HDMI. I did try the same connection with a Samsung LN series LCD television and I was able to get a picture from the O4HD. I unplugged the HDMI cable and decided to just use the touchscreen for the rest of the review.

After verifying that I was able to see the O4HD on my home network and ensuring that the Olive App could find the server, I was finally ready to start using the O4HD.