Originally Posted by thevolumnus
I'm going to refrain from calling him out again.
I still do not believe it's a network or bandwidth issue. That's just a WD copout perpetuated by those with a vested interest in promoting the product. The fact is, both AVI audio and Dolby Digital worked over wifi through network shares before the firmware update. Also, if it was merely a bandwidth issue, why can we stream 1080p over wifi through network shares but not a five second, standard definition AVI? Why does DTS work but not AC3? No, though the WD lackeys may wish it was a network issue so they can blame the consumer, it's clearly a WD development issue, and a ton of us will be returning the product if it isn't fixed.
Hmmm.. This is perplexing. Your post prompted me to try out the wifi capabilities of the WDTV SMP for the very first time. I detached my wired connection to the router and set the WDTV up using the wireless N facility instead.
I then set up a SAMBA share to my Acer Revo which is running a 64 bit build of Windows 7. I had the usual preamble where the WDTV would not initially see my share but this was again remedied by turning off, and then back on again, the share server function on the WDTV.
I then selected an AVI file for playback. After a couple of seconds pause it played back fine. VLC tells me this file had an MPEG-4 XVID video stream with an MPEG audio layer1/2/3 (mpga). This lit the PCM indicator on my Pioneer VSX-920 AV amp which is fed audio and video via HDMI. Video resolution for the file was 624 x 352.
I tried a second AVI file. Which also played back without any visible or audible issues. VLC says this file also had an MPEG-4 XVID video stream again at 624 x 352 with a frame rate of 23.976023. This time the audio layer was A52 Audio (aka AC3), Channels 3F2R/LFE. As you would expect this lit the Dolby Digital flag on my AV amp.
I then finished with an mpg file which VLC reported as MPEG 1/2 Video (mpgv) with a resolution of 720 x 576 at a framerate of 50fps. The audio was again A52 Audio (aka AC3), Channels 3F2R/LFE. As you would expect this again lit the Dolby Digital flag on my AV amp. It also played back without any problems.
Can you please confirm for me exactly which type of files aren't playing back properly for you via wireless and let me know the content of the video and audio streams?
I am currently running on version 1.05.18 of the firmware which I believe is the latest?
I understand this last issue of the firmware contained a fix for playback of video files containing Dolby Digital audio. Is your issue related to or addressed by this?