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Acer MG3001-p User's Guide
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  • Page 1 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Acer MediaGateWay MG3001-p User's Guide...
  • Page 2 Record the model number, serial number, purchase date, and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your Acer MG3001-p. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number, and purchase information.
  • Page 3 Third Party Software or Free Software License Information Software pre-loaded, embedded or otherwise distributed with the products provided by Acer does contain free or third party software programs (“Free Software”), which are licensed under the terms GNU General Public License (the “GPL”). The Free Software is marked as such.
  • Page 4 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Cautions WARNING Unplug the equipment from the power source during an electrical storm. Lightning may cause electric shock or damage to the equipment. Do not touch the equipment during a storm. WARNING This equipment is for use only in the country of purchase. Using this equipment with a different voltage may cause a fire or electric shock.
  • Page 5: Important Safety Instructions

    Acer MG3001-p User’s Guide Important safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference. 1. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. 2. Unplug this product from the power outlet before cleaning. Use a soft cloth, moistened with water for cleaning.
  • Page 6 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Cleaning and servicing When cleaning your Acer MG3001-p, follow these steps: • Turn off the appliance. • Disconnect the power cord and AC adapter. • Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Important safety instructions....................5 1 First things first .................... 10 About the Acer MG3001-p ....................10 Package contents ......................11 2 An Acer MG3001-p overview ..............12 Front view ........................12 Open front view/display area..................12 Rear view ........................13 Remote control ........................
  • Page 8 Settings menu ........................45 Account manager ........................ 45 Device manager ........................46 Advanced Settings ....................... 47 5 Using your Acer MG3001-p ................. 52 Setting up your MG3001-p....................52 Network Settings >Server Selection..............57 ... 57 If successful, you will be presented with a list of media servers using that access point.
  • Page 9 Acer MG3001-p User’s Guide Searching for files ........................ 76 Settings menu ........................78 Troubleshooting ....................83 Technical Glossary........................ 85 Encryption ..........................87 Product specification ......................88 Supported file formats ......................89 File formats .......................... 89 Warranty information ..................91...
  • Page 10: First Things First

    When connected to an Acer PC that contains your video and audio files, the Acer MG3001-p enables you to display photos, play video content, or listen to music files...
  • Page 11: Package Contents

    Acer MG3001-p User’s Guide Package contents When you unpack your Acer MG3001-p, please ensure that you have all the supplied accessories. Acer MG3001-p console (x 1) Antenne (x1) Triple (RCA) audio/video cable (x1) S-video cable (x1) SCART cable (x1) Remote control unit with 2 x...
  • Page 12: An Acer Mg3001-p Overview

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide 2 An Acer MG3001-p overview Locating controls, jacks, and ports This section describes the controls, jacks, and ports available on your MG3001-p console, plus the layout and functions of your MG3001-p remote control unit. Front view 1.
  • Page 13: Rear View

    8. SCART jack – connects to a SCART cable 9. RJ-45 LAN jack – connects to an Ethernet LAN 10. Reset button – returns the MG3001-P to its original factory settings 11. Antenna – receives wireless data from your PC...
  • Page 14: Remote Control

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Remote control Your MG3001-p is controlled using a remote control unit. The remote unit can be used to start and stop music playback, create an ad-hoc playlist, adjust the volume, and set user preferences.
  • Page 15: General Keys

    COLOR buttons Shortcut functions dependent on menu The default video signal for the MG3001-p is 480i. If your TV is high-definition enabled, you can select either 720p or 1080i high definition settings from the settings menu. Alternatively you can use the ‘video output’ button on the...
  • Page 16: Connecting The System

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide 3 Connecting the system This chapter contains information about setting up your Acer MG3001-p device and its connections. System Requirements Your PC or notebook computer must meet the following requirements in order to be compatible with the MG3001-p:...
  • Page 17: Connecting The Power Cord

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Connecting the power cord 1. Locate the AC input port on the rear of the device and insert the power cord jack. 2. Insert the connector end of the power cord into the AC adapter.
  • Page 18: Connecting Your Mg3001-p

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Connecting your MG3001-p All the audio, video, and network connections needed for the acer MG3001-p are located on the rear of the console. Depending on which type of input your TV or stereo equipment has, follow the instructions below to connect your MG3001-p.
  • Page 19 Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide S-video cable Plug the S-video cable (supplied) into the connector on the rear of the console and the other end into your TV's connector. S/PDIF co-axial digital audio cable Connect the coaxial connectors into the jack on the console and the other end into the corresponding jack on your audio system.
  • Page 20 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Component cables Plug the color-coded connectors into the corresponding color-coded jacks on the rear of the console, and then plug the other end into the component input jacks of your TV. SCART connector Plug the SCART connector (supplied) into the corresponding jack on the rear of the console...
  • Page 21 Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide RJ-45 Ethernet connector Connect the Ethernet connector (supplied) to the console and plug the other end into the networking device. Antenna Attach the supplied antenna by screwing it onto the antenna jack. Please ensure it is...
  • Page 22: Example Home Network

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Example home network The diagram below illustrates how the Acer MG3001-p might look in your home network after you have installed all the components. Internet MP3 Player Cable DSL Modem Wireless Router Digital Camcorder Central Home Drive...
  • Page 23: Configuring The System Software

    The first step is to install Acer eConsole software. Installing Acer eConsole software To install Acer eConsole software first insert the software disk into your PC's optical drive tray. If your system is set to auto start the InstallShield Wizard screen will appear.
  • Page 24 Once finished, the Set-up Synchronize folders' window will appear. By default, the eConsole software will select the Windows designated media files (My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos) to share with the MG3001-p. If the default folders are correct, click Next> to continue with the installation process.
  • Page 25 Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide If you want to change the default settings and share different files, click on the corresponding icon and browse to select the folder you want to share. Click OK to continue. Once you have selected the folders that you want to share, click Next>.
  • Page 26: Using Econsole Software

    MG3001-p entertainment console for playback on your television or audio system using the MG3001-p. To enable your Acer MG3001-p to detect your media files you need to use eConsole software to organize and manage your user accounts. You can use eConsole to create favorite folders, playlists, and edit files for playback on your TV or audio system via your Acer MG3001-p.
  • Page 27: Using Econsole Software

    Once you have installed the eConsole software you can open it by right clicking on the system tray icon and selecting Open eConsole. Alternatively you can open eConsole by selecting Start, All Programs, Acer, and Acer eConsole from the Windows Start menu.
  • Page 28: Managing Media Servers

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Managing media servers The start screen can also be used to enable and disable media servers quickly and easily. Located at the bottom of the start-up screen are graphical representations of all your detected media servers.
  • Page 29: Managing Music Files

    CDs. Sharing music Sharing folders on eConsole enables you to access them with the Acer MG3001-p via your television. With the MG3001-p, each family member or user can share different folders or files.
  • Page 30: Creating A New Music Folder

    Creating a new music folder The MG3001-p lets you create new folders for storing music files. To create a new folder in the shared music field click on Create folder on the left- hand side of the eConsole onscreen menu.
  • Page 31: Viewing Music Folders

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Viewing music folders You can change the way in which your media files are viewed by clicking on View by at the top of the file field. The drop down menu gives you a choice of viewing options: Album, Genre, Artist, Favorites and Playlists.
  • Page 32: Synchronous Folders

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Synchronous Folders A synchronous folder is a folder that is updated by the computer automatically to include any new files or media. The files are synchronized with a folder or removable device of your choice. By default eConsole will choose My Music as your only synchronous folder, new and existing folders can also be converted to synchronous folders.
  • Page 33: Creating Playlists And Favorites

    Playlists and favorites are created using the eConsole software suite on your PC. Once created, they can be accessed and played on your TV or audio system using your MG3001-p console and the remote unit. Creating and editing a playlist To create a playlist, click on the Add to playlist icon at the top left-hand corner of the eConsole onscreen menu.
  • Page 34: Deleting Folders, Files, Playlists, And Favorites

    This will create a new folder in the right-hand field. The folder or album will be indicated with a heart icon and a single song will show a musical note. Your favorites can now be easily accessed and played on your TV using the MG3001-p player.
  • Page 35: Managing Picture Files

    Sharing folders with eConsole enables you to access them using the Acer MG3001-p via your television. With the MG3001-p, each family member or user can share different folders or files. This means that each user can choose to view only their preferred pictures and keep content separate from each other.
  • Page 36: Creating A New Picture Folder

    Creating a new picture folder MG3001-p lets you create new folders for storing picture files. To create a new folder in the shared picture field, click on Create folder on the left- hand side of the eConsole onscreen menu.
  • Page 37: Editing Picture Information

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Editing picture information Each image in your picture library has information that eConsole uses to categorize and store the file. When you highlight a particular image the information available for that picture will appear in the Picture information window at the bottom of the onscreen menu.
  • Page 38: Favorites

    Favorites are created using the eConsole software suite on your PC. Once created, they can be accessed and viewed on your TV using your MG3001-p console and the remote control. Creating and editing favorites To create favorites, click on the Add to favorite icon at the top left-hand corner of the eConsole onscreen menu.
  • Page 39: Managing Video Files

    Sharing folders and video clips with eConsole enables you to access them using the Acer MG3001-p for viewing via your television. With the MG3001-p each family member or user can share different video folders or files. This means that each user can choose to view only their preferred film clips and keep content separate from other users.
  • Page 40: Creating A New Video Folder

    Creating a new video folder MG3001-p lets you create new folders for storing video files. To create a new folder in the shared video field, click on Create folder on the left- hand side of the eConsole onscreen menu.
  • Page 41 Favorites are a convenient way to organize your video clips and make particular clips easier to find as your digital video library grows. Favorites are created using the eConsole software suite on your PC. Once created, they can be accessed and viewed on your TV using your MG3001-p console and the remote control.
  • Page 42: Creating And Editing Favorites

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Creating and editing favorites To create favorites, click on the Add to favorite icon at the top left-hand corner of the eConsole onscreen menu. This brings up the favorite management screen. You can then browse though your shared files by clicking on the icons to select the folder or clip that you want to add to the favorite folder.
  • Page 43: Copying An Audio Cd

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Copying an audio CD eConsole allows users to rip music files from a CD and store them in the hard drive either as MP3 or WMA files. To copy a CD, select Rip CD from the left hand menu.
  • Page 44: Searching For Media

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Searching for Media To search for a particular media file, whether a song, picture, or video clip, click on the search (magnifying glass) icon located at the bottom right hand of the file window. The search window will appear.
  • Page 45: Settings Menu

    Select the option you require. Account manager The Acer MG3001-p allows each family member or user to create a personal account. Each user can then store their personal music, video, and pictures in this account. This feature makes it easy for a family to organize their files and keep all their media in separate user accounts.
  • Page 46: Device Manager

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Device manager The Settings menu also lets you enter the Device manager page. His page allows you to enable and disable media servers, check advanced settings, and also delete unwanted servers. To enable or disable a server, highlight the server name and select Enable or Disable, depending on the server's current status.
  • Page 47: Advanced Settings

    Advanced Settings Choosing the Advanced Settings will bring up the Advanced Settings Menu. This menu will let you adjust many of the advanced functions for the MG3001-p. Click on the corresponding tab to bring up the function you want to modify.
  • Page 48 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Directories Click on Directories and you can set the location for storing files when you rip songs from a CD, or copy pictures, music, and video from removable USB 2.0 storage devices. To change the location, click on the box located next to the address and select a different destination folder.
  • Page 49 OK to exit. Miscellaneous Click on Miscellaneous and you can choose whether to enable the Acer launcher upon start up of your system. Click the check box, followed by Apply to save your settings. Click OK to exit.
  • Page 50 Using this menu you can turn the service on and off, change the server, and change the advanced functions of the server. Note: Acer recommends that you do not alter these settings.
  • Page 51: Getting Help

    If after referring to the Help section your query has not been resolved then please contact your local Acer dealer for further assistance. Information can also be found on the Acer website: http://global.acer.com...
  • Page 52: Using Your Acer Mg3001-p

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide 5 Using your Acer MG3001-p This section shows you how to set up your MG3001-p the first time you turn it on. In addition it will also show you how to navigate between the menus and operate the different functions of your MG3001-p console.
  • Page 53 Use the UP and DOWN buttons to select the type of network you wish your MG3001- p to connect to. If your MG3001-p is connected using a wireless LAN configuration then please follow the instructions below. If your MG3001-p is connected using a wired Ethernet configuration then please skip...
  • Page 54 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Wireless networks If you have a wireless network environment you need to choose between Wireless (Ad Hoc) or Wireless (Access Point) modes. The Ad Hoc setting is used for a peer-to-peer (PC to PC) wireless network that does not include a router or an access point.
  • Page 55 Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Network Settings > Wireless Encryption Select the type of encryption and press OK. Key in the encryption codes for your network, then select Save before pressing OK to confirm. Please turn to the Available Server selection screen in the Connecting a Wired Network section.
  • Page 56 If unsuccessful, you will be asked to check the access point and try again. Once your access point has been detected correctly, select the one that you wish to connect to and press OK. The MG3001-P will then begin to search for media servers that use the selected access point.
  • Page 57: Network Settings >server Selection

    Unsuccessful Successful The completion screen will appear. Press OK to begin using your MG3001-p The MG3001-p media gateway home page will appear and you are ready to begin enjoying your media. Congratulations! Your setup is complete. Note: If you have any problems with the setup process please refer to the Technical Glossary and Troubleshooting sections of this User's Guide.
  • Page 58: Network Settings >server Selection

    If trouble persists, please refer to the 'Troubleshooting' section. Successful Unsuccessful You will be directed to the completion screen. Press OK again to exit. The MG3001-p media gateway home page will then appear and you are ready to begin enjoying your media. Congratulations! Your setup is complete.
  • Page 59: Firmware Updates

    You may need to update the firmware of your Acer MG3001-p from time to time. To update the firmware open the Firmware Update menu via the Settings menu. The screen will display your current firmware version.
  • Page 60 Press OK to reboot your MG3001-p and return to the main menu. Reset to factory settings Should you experience any problems with your MG3001-p it may be necessary to reset the console. To do this, insert a paper clip into the reset slot located on the back of the console and hold for 3 seconds (see rear view for details.) This will reset the...
  • Page 61: Operating The Acer Mg3001-p

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Operating the Acer MG3001-p There are several ways to operate and navigate your way around the MG3001-p's user interface. The following section provides details and tips on how to effectively operate your console. Navigation tips The remote control is used to navigate between the different modes and features of the Acer MG3001-p.
  • Page 62: Navigation Using The Console Buttons

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Navigation using the console buttons It is also possible to operate your Acer MG3001-p by using control keys located under the display panel and behind the flip down lid of the console. The arrow, OK, and Back buttons directly beneath the display unit perform the same function as the corresponding buttons on the remote unit.
  • Page 63: The Acer Mg3001-p Main Menu

    From this menu it is easy to enter each mode. Using your Acer MG3001- During use of your MG3001-p you will come across a range of icons that are used to indicate certain commands and the current status of the system.
  • Page 64 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Program: Indicates a song has been added to a current ad-hoc playlist Play: Indicates the song currently playing. Function not available: Indicates selected function is currently not available. Loading: Appears in the center of the screen whenever a new...
  • Page 65: Music Mode

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Music mode The Acer MG3001-p enables you to play music files that have been organized on your Acer computer with eConsole software, using your TV's sound system or a digital sound system connected to your MG3001-p.
  • Page 66: Song Details

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Song details When a song is playing, the name of the song, along with the time information will show up on the top of the screen. To view the song details (or meta data) press the INFO button. Press again to return to the song list.
  • Page 67: Viewing Mode

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Viewing mode The left hand menu gives you options of how you want to display the music files, the options include displaying by Favorites, Playlists, Artist, Album, Song, and Genre. Highlight the way you would like to display your music files and press OK.
  • Page 68: Programming Songs

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Programming songs To create an ad hoc program list, highlight the song you desire and press the PROGRAM button. The program icon will appear next to the music file (see song 6 below.) To add another song to the program list use the arrow buttons to select another song and press PROGRAM.
  • Page 69: Picture Mode

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Picture mode The Acer MG3001-p enables you to view picture files on your Acer computer with eConsole software, via your TV. Viewing picture content From the main menu use the left or right buttons on the remote to highlight Picture and press OK.
  • Page 70: Viewing Pictures

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Viewing pictures To view a picture, highlight it using the arrow buttons on the remote and press OK. The picture will appear as a full screen image. To access the picture file information at any time press the INFO button on your remote.
  • Page 71: Slideshows

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Slideshows Slideshows are a great way to view collections of your favorite pictures. They can also be viewed while listening to your favorite music to further enhance the experience. Viewing a slideshow To watch a slideshow, use the arrow buttons to navigate to the folder you wish to view.
  • Page 72 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Video mode The Acer MG3001-p enables you to watch video files on your Acer computer with eConsole software, using your TV. Watching video content From the main menu use the left or right buttons on the remote to highlight Video and press OK.
  • Page 73: Viewing Video Clips

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Viewing video clips To view a video clip, highlight it using the arrow buttons on the remote and press the OK or PLAY button. The clip will begin to play. To stop the clip playback press either the STOP or BACK buttons.
  • Page 74: Picture-in-picture Mode (pip)

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Picture-in-Picture mode (PIP) With the Acer MG3001-p it is possible to preview or watch one video clip in a small window while you scroll through your library looking for another clip. While you are watching a video clip press the DISPLAY button, this will take you back to the six screen video menu, but the video clip will continue playing in a small window at the bottom left hand corner of the screen.
  • Page 75: General Commands

    This will bring up a pop-up window that asks you to choose a destination folder. Select your desired folder from the list and press OK. The MG3001-p will then copy the selected file to your chosen destination.
  • Page 76: Accessing Media From A Usb 2.0 Drive

    To access media files from a USB 2.0 handydrive you first need to insert the drive into the USB 2.0 slot located on the front of the the MG3001-p. When you enter one of the three media modes from the main menu you will see the USB device as an item in the list of available media.
  • Page 77 Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Enter the name of the file you are searching for using the arrow keys to select each letter and OK to enter. Use the color buttons to select different alpahabet styles. Press OK while highlighting the ENTER button to begin the search.
  • Page 78: Settings Menu

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Settings menu The Setting menu is used to change the settings and details of your Acer MG3001-p. To access the Settings page at any time highlight Settings on the main menu and press the OK button.
  • Page 79 Highlight Date/Time Settings and press OK or press 2 on the remote unit to open the Date/Time Settings page. This allows you to change the date and time setting of your MG3001-p, using the same process as the initial setup. For details on how to set the time and date, please refer to the Set Up Wizard section.
  • Page 80 Highlight Network Settings and press OK or press 4 on the remote unit to open the Network Settings page. This allows you to change the type of network your Acer MG3001-p is currently using (e.g. from wired to wireless.) For details about changing the network settings, please refer to the Set Up Wizard section.
  • Page 81 Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Firmware Update (Option 6) Highlight Firmware Update and press OK or press 6 on the remote unit to open the Firmware Update page. This allows you to scan the Internet for any available firmware updates.
  • Page 82 Video Output pages. These pages allow you to choose which output you use from your Acer MG3001-p. You need to select the kind of output that you are using to connect your MG3001-p to your TV or audio equipment. Highlight the type of output you require using the arrow buttons and press OK to confirm.
  • Page 83: Troubleshooting

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Troubleshooting I cannot see the eConsole Set Up Wizard when I turn on my MG3001-p for the first time. Ensure that your television is set to receive the correct input source. This can usually be changed using your TV remote control. See your TV instruction booklet for further details on how to change the input source.
  • Page 84 You must make sure that the playlist is contained in a shared folder that the MG3001-p has access to. How do I reset my MG3001-p? To reset the MG3001-p, insert a paper clip into the reset hole located on the rear of the MG3001-p console and hold for 3 seconds.
  • Page 85: Technical Glossary

    ISP server. If your network does not have a DHCP enabled device then you will need to assign an IP address for your MG3001-p. DNS (Domain Name System): A system used by DNS servers to translate computer names into IP addresses.
  • Page 86 Acer MG3001-p User's Guide WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy): A security protocol that provides the equivalent level of wired security for wireless local area networks (WLAN). WEP encrypts data sent through WLANs. The MG3001-p supports 64-bit and 128-bit encryption.
  • Page 87: Encryption

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Encryption WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy): is an industry standard wireless device encryption technology. When using WEP, it is important to determine the level of encryption. The type of encryption determines the key length. 128-bit encryption uses a longer key than 64-bit encryption.
  • Page 88: Product Specification

    Acer MG3001-p User's Guide Product specification Processor: Sigma-design EM8620L /166MHz Operating System: ucLinux Memory: 8 MB of Flash ROM for program 64 MB DDR SDRAM LED indicators: Power status Networking status External Storage: USB 2.0 (supports mass storage devices such as...
  • Page 89: Supported File Formats

    Acer MG 3001-P User's Guide Supported file formats The Acer MG3001-p supports most industry standard file formats. A list of supported formats is contained below. File formats The Acer MG3001-p supports the following file formats: Music files: LPCM, MP3, WMA 7/8/9, WAV...
  • Page 91: Warranty Information

    Warranty information Date submitted: Company name: Contact name: Email address: Product:...

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