Hope I am in the right spot with my question/problem.
Appreciate any feedback whatsoever, thanks.
TV: Samsung PN51D6500 (Smart & Allshare) vers. 17 update.
Laptop: Running Windows 7 pro 64 bit
Router: Linksys WiFi N750
Networked Hardrive USB connected to above router. Its a WD 1TB with movie library
All device access is wireless.
Also using Chromecast on a hdmi port on tv.
I am using the latest version of Allshare Ver. 188.8.131.5231_10 recently downloaded (2 wks ago).
I have no seeming problems using Allshare with all desired connectivity and viewing...except...that the router attached drive is not recognized(**) by Allshare nor the TV.
The drive is mapped and access to the contents are accessible by the Windows network and other devices on it (except the tv). The TV is recognized as a device by Windows and AllShare.
** caveat here...a drop down window clicking on “My Computers Shared Folders” within Allshare does show such folders on the laptop including those on the network drive (but no contents). If I attempt to access/copy a folder off the drive, Allshare crashes.
Is AllShare shy about router attached drives? Or have I missed a setting.
Thanks for reading.
Thanks for the reply fmed. Yes, the UpNp is/was activated on the router. I took up your suggestion and uninstalled AllShare off the laptop. There is still no recognition of the router attached drive as a "source" on the TV dropdown menu of sources, unfortunately. The TV however does recognize shared music, video, photos on my laptop. I assume this is being picked up by the TV's AllShare setup.
According to this guide there is a media server tab on the USB storage control panel in the linksys, thats what you turn on.
However be aware Samsung use a custom version of DLNA, third party DLNA servers require compatibility profiles to work properly with Samsung TV's if the linksys server does not have these then it may work but some functions may not work right e.g. pause or may not work at all.
Allshare is pretty terrible if you want a good DLNA server for the PC use Mezzmo or Serviio.
Thank you both for your responses...I may have found the problem...my router (n750/EA3500) though on website and packaging makes specific reference to DLNA support and Smart tv compatibility...I now find is NOT. Incredible. I had a chat with Linksys whose agent referring to his knowledge base is adamant that my router does NOT support DLNA and provided me with models (4500 & 6500) that do.
Your clue re the Dlna tab for the storage got me going...thanks..there wasnt one...but I figured it may have been built- in since their website mentioned it's availability. There should be compensation for time wasted and angst thru incorrect spec posting for products!! :)
An update to my issues. I spent quite a bit of time with the Linksys people to have them clarify/admit to the DLNA availability issue. While I actually have a copy of the chat I had where the "analyst" wrote that dlna was NOT available on my unit, the next individual disagreed and indicated it in fact did. Terribly disappointed with this co. I decided to download Mezzmo and behold, it actually recognized the router attached drive, the TV in turn recognized the same ...so all is well it seems for the time being. I shall continue to play around with it to get a feel for how to arrange my collection and buy it. Rather spend the $30 here than on another possibly more expensive router and for dlna to still be an issue either with the router or Allshare or indeed the TV. Mezzmo seems to have cut thru the clutter.
Again, thanks for the feedback.
Mezzmo is not a bad intermediate step, I used it when I tried to use my Samsung TV media stuff. Limited at best. I'd opt for another $20 and get a recertified WD SMP -- a real media streamer. it will do things your samsung never will.
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