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Planning ahead for WD TV ethernet connectivity and wireless transmission...

post #1 of 12
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A few practical/useage questions regarding the WD TV 2 , which suppposedly will have an ethernet port and ways to set things up .....Devices I have to achieve wireless connectivity:

2Wire modem with built in wireless capability attached to pc
wireless bridge adaptor, currently in use for ethernet connectivity to dish network's 722p ethernet port


Ideally, I'd like to have my WD MyBook USB drive connected to where I can add music and video files to it as I accumulate them, and my pc is one room, tv in another...so is it better to have the USB drive attached to my pc and then access files from it wirelessly by using my wireless bridge ( a device with a simple, single ethernet output) connected to the WD TV2's ethernet port (which will be in the TV room), if that will even work, not sure.....OR....have the MyBook USB drive attached to the WD TV2 via USB, and the WD TV2's ethernet port connected to the wireless bridge, with the hope that I could STILL update/add media to it from my pc in the other room. One drawback I stewed on by having the USB drive attached to the pc, is I'd have to leave it on continuously to access media , because I don't think it will stay on when I shut the pc off for the day, which I prefer to do...a third option, which I doubt will work is to connect the USB drive to my 2wire wireless DSL modem's USB port, so hopefully whether the pc is on or not, as long as the modem and USB drive were powered on, I could access them thru the wireless bridge>WD TV 2 in the TV room.....
post #2 of 12
Well it's like this:

1) it is still unclear whether you'll be able to share anything connected to the WDTV2's USB port, so sharing a USB disk from the PC is a better solution...

2) don't expect any HD files to play smoothly over wireless...
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by mytbyte View Post

Well it's like this:

1) it is still unclear whether you'll be able to share anything connected to the WDTV2's USB port, so sharing a USB disk from the PC is a better solution...

2) don't expect any HD files to play smoothly over wireless...


1 makes sense.....2 I'm far less concerned with HD video than music, but would still be a bummer I suppose.
post #4 of 12
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1 makes sense.....2 I'm far less concerned with HD video than music, but would still be a bummer I suppose.

SD video and music should stream fine over wireless.
post #5 of 12
You'd be better off buying a powerline network kit instead of trying to use wireless. You'll get much better bandwidth. Newegg carries a bunch of them, but you can find units real cheap on ebay. Also, if you're ready to upgrade your router, take a look for one that has a USB port for NAS. That should (theoretically) allow you to share your HDD with no issues.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by zerozed View Post

You'd be better off buying a powerline network kit instead of trying to use wireless. You'll get much better bandwidth. Newegg carries a bunch of them, but you can find units real cheap on ebay. Also, if you're ready to upgrade your router, take a look for one that has a USB port for NAS. That should (theoretically) allow you to share your HDD with no issues.


Actually, wirelessly transmitting for playback wouldn't be necessary...just to get stuff TO the drive would work, which also means the USB drive could sit in the TV room, next to the WD TV2......so.....

What about if I got one of those routers with a USB port for NAS you mentioned, with built in wireless capability, but used it as a 'receiver' of sorts to send music and video files to the USB drive attached to it from the pc ? So the path would pc > wirelessly thru 2 wire modem > wireless router with NAS USB port > to the USB drive......

if that would work, then the question is, would the WD TV2 recognize and playback files , if the USB drive is not directly connected to it ?
post #7 of 12
What are you guys doing to organize TV shows. I have to many Episodes with no poster pictures...with more then 150+ EP's it is making my main menu to messy
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by bigweezy911 View Post

What are you guys doing to organize TV shows. I have to many Episodes with no poster pictures...with more then 150+ EP's it is making my main menu to messy

Strange place to ask but you need to separate them in folders.

Mines like this
Heroes>>
Season1>>
S01E01.avi

And in a wdtv if you want images for every episode you need to have a jpeg for every single episode. As far as I know.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by mytbyte View Post

Well it's like this:

1) it is still unclear whether you'll be able to share anything connected to the WDTV2's USB port, so sharing a USB disk from the PC is a better solution...

2) don't expect any HD files to play smoothly over wireless...

if buffering was utilized, why wouldnt wireless playback run smooth?
post #10 of 12
I agree been streaming 720HD with my Apple TV over wireless N for a year now
works great.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by zerozed View Post

You'd be better off buying a powerline network kit instead of trying to use wireless. You'll get much better bandwidth. Newegg carries a bunch of them, but you can find units real cheap on ebay. Also, if you're ready to upgrade your router, take a look for one that has a USB port for NAS. That should (theoretically) allow you to share your HDD with no issues.

I guess my apple wireless n network adapter should work then?
post #12 of 12
I concur that you will get higher data transfer rates with a powerline networking kit. With my Linksys powerline A/V kit I am getting sustained 100Mbps

I have a wireless "N" dongle, and 12 ft thru one wall to the router, I am only getting 60Mbps transfer rates. With a powerline kit, if you have a gigbit router, you will get 200Mbps rates, otherwise it is 100.
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