Originally Posted by bluestinger
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
A layer of what ?.
I've posted links to test files in the WDTV Live thread months ago and will repost the result here.
WDTV Live ethernet wired to a switch, NAS that host files (old synology DS107+) ethernet wired to the same switch.
I can play test files up to 50mbit/s (constant bitrate) using samba but not more.
I can play test files up to 70mbits (constant bitrate) using DLNA.
The test files provider didn't post files with more than 70mbit/s constant bitrate so perhaps it can play upper than that number.
Needless to say that CPU of the old NAS is completly unable to perform any kind of transcoding or things like that (even current high end synology atoms processors NAS are unable to do that).
I would suspect that using network shares is adding a good layer of bs... Think as well that it is on the WDTV Live thread that someone has explained differences between the two protocols and why DLNA was quicker (from a protocol point of view).