ReQuest Adds 3D Server and Improved Web-Based Controller
ReQuest’s “Maestro” controller for mobile devices has been updated to display a grid of movie and TV show cover art. Maestro is not an app. Instead it is accessed by the arqlink.com website. Because the website is created using HTML5 (rather than Flash), it can be accessed from any device with a web browser—iPhones, iPads, Android Devices, Windows Phones, Kindle Fire, etc. The arqlink.com displays a dashboard to control playback within the home, or you can stream directly to the web page on a mobile device or computer. Because you can stream to any web browser, including chrome, it is possible to use a Chromecast dongle to play the ReQuest media on TVs around the home without buying additional ReQuest media players.
The F3 Request server runs $3,200 (without storage). The new MP 3D media player runs $1,500 and has no drive for ripping movies. The MP Plus can rip Blu-ray discs and runs $2,000.