Originally Posted by JoeKustra
Jon, I'm only beginning to learn how to integrate everything but I can state a few things. On the USB drive: I copied some .MP3 files created by Nero 9 to a drive, and some pictures. On the S570, it showed the USB device as soon as I plugged it in. Both the music and pictures worked as expected. That's the good news. On my XP system with media player 11 could not play music I had ripped from disks but could play an .MP3 I had downloaded from Amazon. On my Toshiba Windows 7 laptop I could not get the S570 to even find it on the network. It did before (before the latest update?) and now it fails to show in the server list. The XP system with media player 11 is ok but the Win7 with media center 12 can not be found. It could just be a network issue. They all run though the same router. If I find out anything I let you know.
Just checked my Sony 32EX700 and it finds & plays music & pictures from both computers via its WiFi dongle.
Well I think I've finally cracked it - and as I promised to pass it on - so here goes.
First off my original problem was due to me having a BDP-S560 and not the 570. The 560 just won't do anything more than pass pictures (JPEG's) over the wireless - picture great - but wireless is virtually irrelevant.
So I gave up on that and bought a new 570 (I'm a glutton for punishment!). You can imagine how I fealt when I unpacked it, plugged it in, and couldn't even get it to see my home network.
First thing I established was that the Sony and my new wonder router (Thomson) wouldn't talk using anything other than using manually entered WEP settings. They would sync using the magic red button on the router and then tell me they hadn't. Amazingly though it did do a firmware upgrade off the web - go figure!!!! I tried just about every combination of security settings on the Sony and the Router to the point when the signal strenth as shown on the Sony pretty much disapeared (from two adjacent rooms!!).
I was on the point of taking the Sony back when I decided to swap out my new wonder router with the old D-Link. Suddenly I could see Internet sites on the Sony and play them from the router to the Sony and on to the rest of my home audio.
But I still couldn't see any files from my home Network. Actually couldn't even see the home network - although the home network could see the Sony. I tried MS Media Player and TVersity - still no go. Couldn't see any servers under the Server section of the home Network setup.
Since then it's been a slow hard slog of changing settings - with each one being largely unsuccessful.
Until this morning when I made a serious attempt to get to the bottom of the problem. ie instead of just playing I decided to have a good think first.
And the final key in the lock was to look closely at the settings in my Zone Alarm Free Firewall and allow IP filtering above port 1394. That seemed to immediately do the trick and now I can see (and play) my home network music files. I'm sure that I will still have issues with better integrating the software Media Server Software - but that's going to be easy compared with the sort of things I've had to wade through with, it has to be said, the only real useful help coming from this forum.
So finally a few observations from a guy (now retired to New Zealand - where Sony kit cost twice what is does anywhere else!!!) who spent most of his 30 year career working with various computers and finally operating as an IT Consultant in the City of London. So, with some kind of pedigree, I can say that what happened to me can't really be what the electronics industry wants? can it????.
1. First off being naive enough to trust the salesman who assured me that the 560 could network. He was correct to a degree - but not to any useful extent.
2. I'm still waiting for Sony Network Specialist Support to call me back. The main phone helpdesk guy I spoke to should have pointed out my error with the 560 - the Sony Centre guy in Wellington was excellent later on that point I have to admit.
3. The Thomson Router (main one supplied by Telecom NZ) I got wouldn't won't work properly with the Sony and it's going back. Again something that I would have thought should have appeared on the warning list from Sony - the Thomson is the current wireless router of choice from Telecom NZ - but like I say it's going back...
4. Useful documentation from Sony is almost non-existent. Nothing that came in the box was any use and while there is information on the Sony-Europe site it didn't help me in any significant way except of course to give me the confidence to keep on going.
5. There are a lot more settings in Vista and Zone Alarm to consider. It is entirely possible that my final fix of the IP filtering in the Firewall only worked because of some of the others I had changed earlier.
6. So it is possible - I always knew it would be. But if Sony et al in the industry expect "streaming" to take off they had better look a lot harder it the user experience - I reckon 90% plus of people in my position would have given up long ago...... or been a pain in the butt for the various helpdesks.
7. It shouldn't be this hard. It takes me a few seconds to connect my Smartphone to the internet and that includes security, browsing and multiple email accounts. Streaming audio with Sony - days and wasted phone calls!!! It shouldn't be this hard.
So that's it from me. I'll continue to look at the forum of course but my particular issue seems to be solved. So, sorry for the length of this, but it really grates when people use forums to get info and then don't bother to mention later when the issue they started with gets fixed.
And Joe, thanks again.