Media Server over Network
I've searched this thread for "Media Server" and read all 19 hits. So I have done my homework. Many posts were from Jan of 14. I just got my DVR+ for xmas December 2014, so I'm checking if anything has changed over the last year.
What I want to do:
Since the DVR+ connects to the home network (mine is via wired ethernet) I was hoping the device would be discoverable over the network. Then I could add the drive library to my Plex/TVersity/Windows Media Servers. Either or all. My goal is not to access when away from home. I know I can just get the Slingbox for that. My goal is to watch saved shows from the other 2 TVs in the house. Since the DVR+ does not encrypt the video, I figured this could be doable. One TV is equipped with a Roku, the other an Amazon Fire TV.
I can see that the device is not discoverable. I have found nothing in the menus to "share" the device over the network. From what I've read if I try to type the DVR's IP address in a web browser, I wont get anything. Is that still true today? I've read lots of posts of people pointing out how easy it would be for CM to update software to allow this, but it doesn't seem they have. It's not worth my time to unplug my hard drive attached to the DVR+, take it to my PC and copy files. I might as well just get out of bed, go to the living room, and watch there. If any of my assumptions are wrong, please update me.
Now that I have the DVR and I know it's not discoverable, I was thinking about getting an external hard drive with both USB and ethernet ports. (Something like the Seagate Business Storage NAS 1-Bay 2TB Network Attached Storage STBM2000100 for example) I'm thinking the USB will allow the DVR+ to record to it, the ethernet port would allow me to view the drive on the network and do exactly what I'm trying to do. The HDDs with both ports are much more expensive, so I'd like to know if my assumption is correct? I'm not sure what the CM DVR does to the drive when it formats it. Would the formatting erase the software (if any) that allows network connectivity of the drive?
Any help, updated info is greatly appreciated. Just for reference, I like to think I'm fairly good with technology and gadgets, short of having any formal training. If there is a way to configure the setup I'm looking for, without having to be a programer or alter the CM DVR+ software, I can probably handle it.