Ok, I'm really getting frustrated with the network streaming on the BD player. I have 2 PCs both with Win7 (one Pro, the other Enterprise). The one with Pro is my every-day work PC and it has a few video files on it in the default (C:\\Users\\UserName\\Videos) Video folder (as opposed to be referenced via the Video "Library") and the BD player can see those just fine.
My entire house is wired with Ethernet. The entertainment center has a switch/hub (honestly don't remember which) so that the Samsung BD Player, Samsung TV, and DISH Network 922 DVR can all access the network. Only one device at a time ever access the network so a priority/collision shouldn't be of issue.
The Enterprise version is my HTPC and it has a Media Drive (130GB SATA HDD for the OS and a 2TB SATA HDD for the Media Drive) that has it's folders (manually created) indexed in the Video Library.
The videos on my work PC are seen over the network just fine, the Videos on my Media Drive (the 2TB one) on my HTPC are *NOT* being seen at all. Does the BD Player not know how to recognize "Libraries" from Win7?
I even used the Share Manager software to just load the folders from the Media Drive (not libraries) but I can't see any devices to add the BD Player's Device Policy.
There's really got to be a better way to view my HTPC over my network if all this BS with the Samsung BD player isn't going to work properly.
Is my only option to add the video to the folder called "Videos" (under My Docs) itself? Doesn't seem that it should have to be done that way considering Microsoft specifically built Libraries for the purpose. The only thing I can think of is to reconfigure Windows to see my Media Drive's videos folder as the default "Video" folder for the OS.
Below are 3 pics I took.
First one is the screen I get when I go into "Video" when viewing my wife's Netbook PC on the network, this PC is NOT setup for any kind of sharing really and is also on Win7 Enterprise.Attachment 205888
The second is what I get after choosing my HTPC and selecting "Video" from the BD player (also Win7 Enterprise)Attachment 205889
The third is a quick shot of the BD firmware version.Attachment 205890
So I am totally lost as to why a PC that's not specifically setup for network sharing shows the directories and folders just fine but the one built for this specific function will not.UPDATE #1
Additional info from above:
I copied a few video files to the default "Video" (C:\\Users\\HTPC\\Videos) and they are still not viewable.
I edited the Sharing permissions for the user "HTPC" and added "Everyone" and set to full "Read" abilities, still nothing.
At this point I am totally lost and not sure what else to try... I just want to get rid of DISH Network for cable and rely on the Internet, this shouldn't be that hard!UPDATE #2
Ok, it seems one of the two things I just did may have solved my issue.
1) Booted Windows Media Center for the first time on this PC (it's a new Win7 install as of last night).
2) Opened Media Player and choose "Stream" --> "Automatically allow devices to play my media..."
Not sure which (I think #2) really did it but now I can see everything in the Libraries.
Now for a BD Player specific question, is there a way to eliminate or reduce the number of folders you see when you go into "Videos"? There are SO many sorting options (that's what the folders actually do) I just want to eliminate most of them to make that a lot more simple.
Is there a way to interface with the Media Center interface without an extender directly from the BD Player (I don't assume there is) or even XBMC? The built in UI for streaming over the network on the BD Player is just very UN-user friendly.