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post #121 of 826
Can someone please post instructions on how to share drives in Win7 to the WDLive HD Plus??

I am not having any success, it keeps asking for a log-in and password.

I have tried mine and WDLIVE plus home group password but not success.

Need some help.

Thanks
Rew
post #122 of 826
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Originally Posted by Rew452 View Post

Can someone please post instructions on how to share drives in Win7 to the WDLive HD Plus??

I am not having any success, it keeps asking for a log-in and password.

I have tried mine and WDLIVE plus home group password but not success.

Need some help.

Thanks
Rew

First you have to tell us how you are connected to your network, WiFi or Ethernet, and do you have WEP security encoded key.

cheers
post #123 of 826
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Originally Posted by Ralarcon View Post

First you have to tell us how you are connected to your network, WiFi or Ethernet, and do you have WEP security encoded key.

cheers

I am on a wired ethernet so wep is not the issue.

Wd does connect for music, photo's etc..

Just have not been able to setup drive sharing in Win7 to WD

Thanks
Rew
post #124 of 826
I bought the first one "on sale" at the time for $99. Worked just fine, gave it to a relative when the Live version came out. Paid $119 for that one. I have no problem paying $119 from newegg for Netflix support in one box.
post #125 of 826
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Originally Posted by Sarcoptic View Post

Seriously netflix is more important than support for TrueHD and DTS-MA? I still think the best buy for a budget player is the refurbished A110...

If you're at least semi tech saavy, then I totally agree. For the "moms and pops" who just want a friendly device, the WD's are a very good choice. I don't own one (A100 and A110 here).. but they are nice for the money.
post #126 of 826
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Originally Posted by bluestinger View Post

Anything other than a direct share is a complete FAILURE. Stop using "media servers" they do nothing but introduce a level of absolute **** into the process. No tversity, no twonky, no anything. Share a damn folder. Its maddening that no matter how much this has been preached in the past people refuse to learn.

AMEN! I can't fathom why people mess with media servers either. Network shares is simple and then you actually use the decoding capabilities of the WD TV instead of using your server to decode the video and pass the video stream on to WD TV. If you insist on using a media server, then you wasted money on the WD TV as you could have bought a long ass HDMI cable to hook your PC up to your TV and achieved the same freakin result.

Media servers = bad
Network shares = good
post #127 of 826
I am currently using a xbmc and I am considering picking up one of these which can handle HD content and stream TP files. At this time, I mainly use my xbmc to stream recorded and compressed tv in either h264 or divx. Because of the recorded TV, the ability to skip commercials is important to me, ideally skipping in 30 second increments. If I want 30 second skipping, does that mean I will need to use some sort of homebrew; and will homebrew be developed for the Plus model? I already own a xbox 360 and Sony BD player which stream Netflix, so the addition of a third device which streams Netflix isn't really a big necessity for me.

With all of that said, would I be better off buying an older Live version and loading it with homebrew, or should I still get the newer Plus model?

Thanks.
post #128 of 826
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Originally Posted by arswhat View Post


Why don't you read the thread? It has been mentioned several times that the new beta firmware for the "old" live includes DVD navigation (including a link)

When we said "old", we mean the Gen 1 and 2 versions of wd tv, not the live version. Thanks.
post #129 of 826
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Originally Posted by Van Smack View Post

When we said "old", we mean the Gen 1 and 2 versions of wd tv, not the live version. Thanks.

In fact when you asked your question you did indeed quite correctly use the term "second generation unit".

It seems that it was someone else who in fact "did not read the thread"...

p.s. since the second generation WDTV uses essentially the same hardware as the WDTV Live I think it stands a good chance of getting the DVD Menu feature too.

Regards,

Lt. Dang
post #130 of 826
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Originally Posted by sinker442 View Post

You 're giving people WRONG ADVICE.

In the WD Live (and Plus) there is a "Media servers" option (works with tversity, windows media player etc.) and a "Network shares" option (shared folders in your pc).
Try them BOTH, and find out which one is faster in YOUR case.
(In my case only the "media servers" option can stream .m2ts bluray video without any hiccups - but external subtitles are not supported this way only internal ones)

A direct network connection is superior in every case. It's solid advice because you're adding a layer of bs between the file and the wdtv when using a media server.

Its simply inefficient, and often will reencode the material on the fly, THEN send it to the wdtv, introducing even more problems.

Like Nogib said:
Media servers = bad
Network shares = good
post #131 of 826
can you tell me if:
1) it plays dvds from folders
2) it has source direct mode
post #132 of 826
bickering removed, warnings sent.

If someone suspects a member has an undisclosed interest in a product being discussed, report the post and let us deal with it. Don't carry on these kindergarten-style finger-pointing attacks and rants.
post #133 of 826
I'm sure he was only trying to help.

Thanks for the info regarding the similarity of the hardware between the Gen2 and Live versions. The question though is the Live firmware compatible with the Gen2 because it doesn't look like the Gen2 will get any more software updates since it's such an "older" product.



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Originally Posted by Lt. Dang View Post

In fact when you asked your question you did indeed quite correctly use the term "second generation unit".

It seems that it was someone else who in fact "did not read the thread"...

p.s. since the second generation WDTV uses essentially the same hardware as the WDTV Live I think it stands a good chance of getting the DVD Menu feature too.

Regards,

Lt. Dang
post #134 of 826
Long time reader, first time question-asker.

I just recently upgraded from a WDTV (gen1) to a CinemaTube 5005HD but so far I'm not completely satisified with the CinemaTube (I won't threadjack by getting into the list of likes\\dislikes compared to the WDTV).

I noticed someone in this thread said the WDTV Live Plus does support Netflix HD, but someone else said it doesn't give you an indicator of the quality it's running at? It doesn't show you anywhere at any time? Usually I can tell when my 360 drops or increases the quality of a video, but with some older movies and TV shows it's nice to have verification that it's running at the highest quality it possibly can.
post #135 of 826
Kids,

Don't buy these gadgets based on promises of wonderful things coming in future firmware upgrades. It didn't happen with my first-gen WD player, it didn't happen with my BVCT, and it won't happen with this new WD. Buy it based on what it does out of the box, any improvement in firmware is gravy.

Also, don't get mad because of hardware upgrades obsoleting the one you only recently bought. That's a fact of life with gadgets. You can't keep up without constant $$$ outlays.
post #136 of 826
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post #137 of 826
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Originally Posted by NathanSang View Post

I'm sure he was only trying to help.

Thanks for the info regarding the similarity of the hardware between the Gen2 and Live versions. The question though is the Live firmware compatible with the Gen2 because it doesn't look like the Gen2 will get any more software updates since it's such an "older" product.

I don't think the Live firmware will operate directly on the Gen2 even though the only substantial difference is the networking functionality. Although, I can't be certain.

I would have thought though, that since the Gen2 has the same processor and RAM etc it would not be much of a job to adapt the Live firmware for the Gen2? So maybe WD might add DVD Menus for the Gen2?

Regards,

Lt. Dang
post #138 of 826
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Originally Posted by Rew452 View Post

Can someone please post instructions on how to share drives in Win7 to the WDLive HD Plus??
Rew

Just create separate standard (not administrator) password protected (non-blank password) user account. That's it. Login from Network Shares and you're done. Just remember that all media files must at least have Homegroup Read/Write flag set, otherwise they will be invisible to WDTV.
post #139 of 826
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Originally Posted by evancg View Post

Long time reader, first time question-asker.



I noticed someone in this thread said the WDTV Live Plus does support Netflix HD, but someone else said it doesn't give you an indicator of the quality it's running at? It doesn't show you anywhere at any time? Usually I can tell when my 360 drops or increases the quality of a video, but with some older movies and TV shows it's nice to have verification that it's running at the highest quality it possibly can.

I would also like to know the answer to this, my wife just signed us up for netflix.

If this does dvd menu, blue ray and hd netflix I'm getting one. If not then I'm going to keep on waiting for the new dune player to be released.
post #140 of 826
Regarding Netflix HD: I shot an @ message to WDTVLive's twitter account several days ago asking them to clarify whether the WDTVL+ supports HD or just SD netflix, but they've not responded back. I would suggest that anybody with a twitter account and curiosity towards the issue should message @WDTVLive and ask. Remember, HD is not a guarantee with devices that support netflix, as in the case with the Nintendo Wii.
post #141 of 826
I picked one of these up over the weekend and have been playing with it a bit, primarily for Netflix but I tried streaming a DVD rip over my network.

Impressions so far: this is the most half-baked pieces of software I've ever seen released on an unsuspecting public. They are going to get a lot of returns unless it is fixed.

In terms of major showstopper bugs I've seen:

Random reboots while navigating menus.
Halfway through a Netflix movie it started playing random garbage.
Several times the sound didn't start until 10 or 20 seconds into a movie.
Sometimes it randomly hangs when trying to start a movie.
Frame rate issues, sometimes it only displays every other frame of a movie.

That doesn't even include the numerous usability issues that make this thing pretty awful.

It is possible that my particular unit has a hardware problem that causes some of this (though the usability issues would remain), I'm going to replace this one and see.

On the good side, when Netflix streaming does work the image quality is pretty good. It certainly doesn't suffer from the frame rate jitter that the Netflix PC player exhibits.
post #142 of 826
I got mine on Saturday and was able to set it up quickly with a 2 TB ext HD and I am really loving this thing!

The DVD naviation works great and I love the ease of use. I have not messed with anything else yet, need to order a wireless bridge/access point to be able to connect it to the internet as my main router is about 20 feet away from the TV.

I am sure there may be some hurdles as I get in to the advanced features, but for what I really wanted - to be able to play DVD's from a HD with navigation - this is simply great.

Any suggestions for a reliable Wireless N bridge and a wireless N router as well?

I want something that I can setup and forget about it. I have been using my wireless b router for the last 4 years, never had the need to upgrade as I just have DSL - 3MBPS and it was sufficient. But with the Live plus having netflix, I want to make sure I get something that will work smoothly.
post #143 of 826
I also picked one up this weekend.

I have also noticed the ramdom reboots which worried me. This happened while in Netflix, and also in Live365 internet radio.

I also have a problem with Live365. It seems to have trouble connecting to the list of stations, including my Presets. The spinning wheel just keeps turning, and never seems to connect. It works fine on my PC.

I'm still experimenting with this, but having just returned a Live model, that worked perfectly, I'm a little nervous. I wanted the Netflix feature, so I went for the upgrade while I could. The firmware is beta, so I guess I have to be patient a bit.
post #144 of 826
The jury is out on how WD will handle bug fixes for the Live Plus. We're still waiting for fixes for the original & Live boxes.
post #145 of 826
yu know the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD has netflix and a lot of web content already.
post #146 of 826
In response to my own question yesterday regarding Netflix quality descriptor, it doesn't seem to exist. I picked one of these up yesterday and only played with it for about an hour but here are my impressions:

Netflix implementation falls somewhere between acceptable and unacceptable. There seemed to be a lot of pauses moving between menus within Netflix. I'm coming from a WDTV Gen1 box so slow menus are a way of life for me, but these were outright 20 second pauses. The box needs to display something to show it's thinking otherwise a lot of people are going to think it's locked up.

There are no options or information available when watching Netflix. It won't tell you what quality you're seeing (HD or SD) or how well it's streaming from the network (for example the Xbox 360 indicates HD or SD with up to four bars to indicate quality). As far as video quality on Netflix it was very good and played smoothly. Tonight I'll try comparing some 360 SD and HD Netflix to the WDTV Live Plus.

I picked mine up at Best Buy with a 10% off coupon so we'll see if it's worth $125 compared to $90 - $100 for a WDTV Live or another similar player. I will note it did play a few files my old WDTV couldn't (.ogm) and the CinemaTube couldn't (.mov).

Edit: Oh, and although I've never tried this so maybe it's widely available on most units and just new to me, but the ability to use my wireless USB keyboard for entering my network share username\\password may have only saved me a minute or two of trying to enter text with a darn remote, but it certainly was convenient and I'm going to try doing that with every media player I come across in the future!
post #147 of 826
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

The jury is out on how WD will handle bug fixes for the Live Plus. We're still waiting for fixes for the original & Live boxes.

Well, going back to my experiences with the original WD player, unless things have improved greatly, the jury is definitely IN. If they didn't do it well with the older boxes, they won't do it well with this one.
post #148 of 826
Uh, quick update to one of my earlier posts - I noted the WDTV Live+ played .mov files - well, uh, kind of - it WON'T play them off the local USB hard drive, but it will play them off of a network share? And no, not media drive or anything that might be transcoding it, but directly off a shared network drive. Is this common?
post #149 of 826
Works for me! I just sold my WDTV2 Live to a co-worker and use the WDTV1 all the time for the bedroom. I can see getting this and if it does not playback my mp4 files (WD Live is bad about this!) then I will give it to my Dad for Father's Day.

1.) The remote on WDTV2 was improved and works better for WDTV1
2.) WDTV1 Plays back MP4 files in 1080p smoother than WDTV Live
3.) WDTV1 Has a brighter menu, sharper font, higher jpg rez than WDLive

QUESTION?

Did anyone test their MP4 files on this updated player yet?
What bugs this time?? (Always bugs or problems with WD)
Did the menu go back to being as good as the WDTV1?
Did the remote change?
post #150 of 826
1.) The remote on WDTV2 was improved and works better for WDTV1

The WD TV also works faster if you use the remote form the WD TV live, crazy but somehow the remote itself that works faster.

WDTV1 also was the only WDTV to support TRUE NFS file sharing via B-rad Firmware.

The Frimware for WDTV live by B-rad is only a inceptor that wokrs with windows CIFF.

Thus you get the best and fastest movie network streaming with the org WDTV1
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