Originally Posted by RushM3
So I downloaded a trial of EyeConnect and it was incredibly simple and trouble-free. I didn't need to tinker with any settings to get my iMac and BDP-83 to communicate, which is great 'cause I wasn't inspired to get in touch with El Gato's customer support team after my last experience.
For those familiar with EyeConnect, are there video transcoding plug-ins that I can install? I noticed transcoding plug-ins for audio & photos pre-installed.
I've had about a week to play around with EyeConnect and I already have some mixed feelings about it. I'm running OS X 10.5 on an iMac, which is why I didn't go with iSedora (it requires 10.6), hard-wired to a router. The BDP-83 is hard-wired to the same router.
Pros: The user interface is very clean, was easy to figure out, and was really everything I hoped it would be in terms of simplicity. The BDP-83 hasn't had a problem recognizing the server immediately. Has plug-ins for audio and image transcoding.
Cons: Occasionally freezes Finder & Finder-related apps (more on this below). Some supported video files do not fully load and others do not play smoothly - hard to say whether EyeConnect is to blame for this (at least until I try it with other DLNA software). Has a section for plug-ins, yet there are no video transcoding plug-ins. Customer service is responsive but seems to be less than reassuring about their knowledge based on two separate correspondences. To my knowledge, only acts as a server and does not pick up media from other computers/devices on the DLNA network. Please let me know if anyone knows otherwise on this last point.
Immediately after I installed EyeConnect, I started having issues with all Finder-related apps (e.g. Finder, System Preferences) freezing. It happened pretty inconsistently, that is to say, I couldn't really find a rhyme or reason for what caused the freeze - it typically happened somewhere between a 10-30 minute window after restarting the computer - but sure enough, my Finder would freeze up and I would have to restart. It wouldn't happen if EyeConnect was "Stopped."
I called Apple about this, and after a suggestion to repair the disk from both inside the OS and outside using the OS installation disk, they gave up and said that I would need to reinstall the software, and if that didn't work, find a different DLNA software.
Long story short is I'm not impressed, and a shade below satisfied with my experiences so far. Next week, I'd like to give another DLNA server app a try for contrast. Any suggestions?