I just purchased and received the HD720 from Amazon based on some pretty darn good reviews and the appearance that it would meet my needs, which are:
Transferring gopro video from my computer/network to the player to play into my Samsung TV (networked ethernet which won't play files from my USB drive). I have to transfer the files to my C drive to play to TV. So my work around was to get this player with Seagate 3TB hard drive and stash all my archived videos there and add new ones via ethernet. In the future, I will add to the HD720 library one file at a time from my network.
That being said, I'm having a heck of a time connecting the HD720 to my network. I've tried wired and wireless and I keep getting test connection failed. I know there could be a zillion reasons why I can't connect. But I can say that auto DHCP won't work. So in my linksys e4200 dual band router, I set up a DHCP reservation for WIFI. I used the MAC address that is displayed in the "Network status" screen of the HD720. There is no MAC address listed for wired and in fact, the only field that is populated is the wireless MAC address. So I go through the painful process of entering all the IP addresses, and the unit just sits there for about a minute and goes back to the screen that lets you select auto or manual setup. I am seeing my wireless network 2X on the wireless screen. They are both the same. I know they are 2.4 since the 5.8 band has an "_5" trailing the network ID. If I pick the second wifi network, it will not auto DHCP (test failed) and I repeat the process for manual setup. Same results. If I go back to the first wireless network to try again, all the IP addresses are set back to the defaults and I got to go through the painful process all over again.
I did read over many of the posts in here and it seems like you guys are already advanced enough that connections don't really get discussed. My home network has quite a few devices connected including a weather station, cameras, Rokus, TV's. I have been successful in the past getting things connected, but I'm still kinda dumb when it comes to setting up router connections.
So I set up a reserved DHCP....only because this is how I set up my cameras, weather station, etc. I used an available IP address and typed in the wireless MAC address on the player and saved the settings. I entered these values in the HD720:
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
default gateway 192.168.1.1 (my router address?)
DNS 126.96.36.199 (I got this off the router setup page and entered it not really knowing if I had to or not)
Under wireless tab, I see the 2 bands listed with ID of ******318 for 2.4 and ******318_5 for 5.8. The passphrases are visible and these are what I enter on the HD720.
So if my memory serves me correctly, I set up port forwarding for my other devices. But I did this with the understanding that I was going to want accesss to my devices remotely. Do I need to set up port forawarding with the HD720? I know I'm missing something or doing something wrong here but I don't have enough savvy to figure it out.
I really prefer a wired connection as in my mind, transferring files would be faster. But my research is saying that the file transfer speeds are slow because of the chipset. I also saw something in this thread that I may have to correct. When I formatted the HD720 hard drive, I'm pretty sure I quick formatted and didn't select NTFS. The files I have on the drive now are playing, but most of them are missing thumbnails.
I also noticed that when I tried the firmware upgrade with a USB 3.0 stick, the HD720 just sat there and waited. It wasn't unti I stuck the upgrad on a USB 2.0 stick that it upgraded. This kinda stuff makes a nagging connection issue even that much worse. Not to mention a remote that needs to be pointed DIRECTLY at the unti. I just want to connect to my network
Any help will be appreciated.
I was in contact with Eric last night about this, but he seemed to vanish during the troubleshooting process. Sure would be nice to get on the phone with somebody.