Got the frame today and set it up and it is now showing images from one of my Smugmug galleries. It all works! It took my about two hours to figure it all out (get it on my WiFi network, configure it to display photos from an RSS feed, then enter the feed URL right, then limit my gallery to XL). I don't think it should have taken two hours, but it did. Anyway, once I got all the correct config info in and limited my gallery to XL display size, it all started working.
I think the frame may have been choking on my large 12MP images when it tried to download originals via the feed. When I changed the max display size to XL (which changes the feed to use the XL size too), then it started working. That took a little troubleshooting since there's not much in the way of diagnostic info from the frame.
OK, I've done as complete a survey as I can of all the wireless digital photo frames without actually buying anything (to try to figure out what to buy). Here's my brief run-down and I'd like to know if anyone is successfully using a Digital Spectrum wifi frame with a Smugmug RSS feed?
Right now, it looks like this market space is very immature. Photovu owns the high end, has a great web-site, seems like they provide good support and you can talk to someone if you need to. But, the Photovu products are very expensive (as someone pointed out, they cost more than a typical laptop).
The only other player with something larger than a 10" display is Digital Spectrum. It sounds like they are a bit hit or miss. Some folks have had decent experiences and others have had problems and had trouble getting support and getting a person to talk to. It sounds like they have the right RSS support to pull photos from Smugmug, but I'd love to hear confirmation of that.
For a smaller screen, I trust that the Kokak products are probably decent, but I can't tell if they only work with Kodak gallery or if they have good, generic RSS feed support.
eStarling looks promising on paper, but the Amazon reviews are really not favorable. It does specifically mention Smugmug RSS support. The largest frame they make is 8" which is smaller than I was looking for.
I would avoid Momento and Samsung at the moment. There's just no detailed product info on the web for Momento that it feels just like a marketing company. Samsung only has one frame and the only reports I could find on it said it had serious bugs.
Here's my run-down:
Clearly the high-end producer of frames
Only make large sizes with expensive prices
17" widescreen ($699)
19" widescreen ($899)
19" standard screen ($999)
22" widescreen ($1,199)
Supports RSS feeds for automatically pulling photos into the frame and specifically names a bunch of photo sites including Smugmug
Designed to go on a wall, have to buy a separate stand for desk/counter display
You can specify the frame type/color when ordering
Not available at retail (that I could find)
Very high-res screens
Most people I read about who had these were businesses (probably because of the cost)
Has three sizes of wireless frames
Available on Amazon and other retailers
Claims general support of RSS feeds
Reviews on Amazon are both good and bad, hard to tell
I sent product questions to their support address and nobody responded
Should work with Smugmug RSS, but I'm not sure it does
Supports framechannel.com for pushing images to the frame
Has two sizes:
The web-site feels like a marketing company that buys the frames somewhere. Hard to find a lot of detailed product info
Some user reports of serious bugs
Has two sizes in wireless frames
Integrates with Kodak Gallery
Can't tell if it works with other photo site RSS feeds
A You-Tube video on unboxing this product
Has two sizes:
Integrates with SeeFrame.com for RSS feeds
Does support Smugmug RSS feeds
Supports multiple feeds
Amazon reviews not very favorable
Anyone have anything to add to this?
Any recent developments in this space?
What do you mean? looking for new/other frames?
Here's a promising wifi photoframe called the D-Link DSM-210:
The frame is configured through dlink.framechannel.com
They claim you can configure everything remotely via framechannel if you give it as a gift. But framechannel does not support smugmug by default. You have to set up a custom RSS feed, which sounds kind of painful after reading this thread.
It has both wifi and ethernet connectivity and supports WPA2.
It has a sensor to turn itself on and off when no one is in the room.
If someone has one and could let me know whether the framechannel method of accessing smugmug galleries is workable, I'll buy one <g>.
Art Scott wrote:
SmartParts has introduced a 32inch frame but I cannot find any real details on it .......
edit: after a lot of search finally found this at AMAZON....,,
SmartParts 32" Digital Photo Frame.......$749.99.....unfortunately it doesn't seem to be wifi enabled.....will of course read off most of the cards out there.........
Adlerson wrote: »
I came here looking for that too.
I was checking out the Kodak Pulse, but it doesn't appear to be RSS capable, so I don't think it would work with SmugMug.
Anyone else who have any good recommendations for a 10"+ WiFi capable digital frame that can do RSS?
schmooo wrote: »
Also looking for the same type of frame. The pix star fotoconnect is wi-fi capable and works with smugmug. I am considering getting it as it's ranked number one here: http://wireless-digital-frames-review.toptenreviews.com/
Does anyone here have experience with it? Or recommend a good frame with wifi? Screen size isn't really a problem as long as it works with smugmug.
This thread's been around for a long time. I'm wondering about the current RSS photo frame options.
I come from Phanfare, where I've used connected photo frames for several years:
Frame #1 (died in 2011)
Kodak EasyShare. I bought this back when FrameChannel was around. Several frames at the time had FrameChannel built in. It was a great service, but they couldn't make money, so they went out of business. I used Phanfare with FrameChannel. When FrameChannel shut down, I was fortunate that the Kodak EasyShare also supported PhotoRSS, so I could keep using it after FrameChannel went under. I don't think Kodak makes frames anymore.
Frame #2 (died in 2017)
I currently have a Pix-Star frame that died a few weeks ago.
When I got the Pix-Star, I used it with Phanfare RSS feeds. It used to work relatively well. Sometimes it wouldn't update the RSS feed and I had to contact support. In the last few years, Pix-Star changed the RSS implementation and it didn't work as well. Originally, their website connected with the RSS feed and the photo frame connected to the Pix-Star website to get the pictures. They changed it so that the frame can connect directly to the RSS feed now (it kind of makes business sense: you're not paying for the service, just the frame, but they're providing free hosting to their customers. If your frame can get it directly, it's less problem for them. If you put an RSS feed on the Pix-Star website, it just grabs a one-time snapshot; it doesn't update.
Anyway, I found that Pix-Star wasn't working well with my Phanfare RSS feeds and had several discussions with support about it. Basically, they said that Phanfare isn't providing a good feed. Well, I read the PhotoRSS spec and compared Phanfare's output with the spec, and found that Phanfare conformed just fine with the spec. It was Pix-Star that was expecting some information that the spec didn't contain (they wanted a .jpg at the end of every photo). Support never would respond to my facts about the spec; they blamed Phanfare. Apps like John's Background Switcher also worked just find with the Phanfare RSS feed. Therefore, my Phanfare RSS stopped working I could still use my frame by connecting to my Phanfare account (via the Pix-Star website) and selecting specific albums to show. It wasn't perfect, but it worked.
Then Carbonite decided to kill of Phanfare and sent us to SmugMug. I haven't had success with Pix-Star on SmugMug:
Anyway, I'm starting to look for a new frame that works with SmugMug. If anyone has success with one, that would be good to know. I have several thousand galleries, which is a problem with Pix-Star.
If you can get Pix-Star to work with SmugMug: it's been a nice frame, but I'm not thrilled with their support. I don't know why it died on me, as it's been pretty reliable.
I know it's not a picture frame, but yesterday evening I was messing around between program streamings on my Amazon Fire TV Stick and streamed stuff from my SmugMug site using the SM app for Amazon Fire. It was astonishingly fast and boy, did the pictures ever look good on the big-screen tv! Letting those photos stream during a party would really be an eye-catcher.
Thanks for your thoughts on the Amazon Fire TV stick. It's not a bad idea. They're not too expensive, so maybe I should pick up one and play with it. I could just have a bigger picture frame.
And maybe if the SmugMug app works well, I could pick up a tablet, put the SmugMug app on it, and set it on a plate holder. I'm not sure if the screen would stay illuminated, though.