This is my first post, although I've read much of this thread over the past couple weeks and have to thank you all for the information I've gleened. I picked this receiver up through Amazon's Black Friday deal of the day for $299.
My issue is with playing networked music off my desktop PC. I've searched and read through this thread, but no solutions I saw fixed my issue.
My home network setup is typical, with a basic netgear wifi router which has my desktop PC and a netgear 5 port switch connected via cables. The switch is at my entertainment center and has the AVR, xbox, TV and Bluray attached.
My PC is home-built, running Win7 Home Premium, and it does have two hard drives. One is a 64gig SSD with the OS and programs, the other is a 320gig standard HDD with the typical music and pictures stored on it. The music locations on the 2nd drive are included in the PC's Music Library.
My laptop is an HP with Win8 Pro, with a single 750gig HDD. It began life as a Win7 home premium machine also, but I "upgraded" to Win8 Pro for $15 in late Oct.
I can see my desktop PC from the AVR, but when i navigate into the Music folder, it says "No Content." Interestingly enough, if I go to the "My Playlists" folder, it will play the one playlist I have on the desktop PC. I cabled my laptop (not my desktop PC) into the router, and the AVR sees its music and plays it just fine.
Here's what I've tried, all to no avail:
- I disabled homegroup. (then re-enabled)
- I've triple-checked sharing permissions and options on WMP settings menus, including noting the AVR is specifically allowed streaming access to network media.
- I tried moving a folder of music to the SSD under the My Music and Public Music folders.
- Even though it's cabled, I added the AVR to the MAC filter on the router.
- I disabled MAC filtering altogether on the router. (then re-enabled)
Other items which may or may not be relevant:
- My xbox sees both my PC and my laptop's (when cabled) music.
- Neither my AVR nor my xbox can see my laptop when it's on wifi.(this is where I tried the MAC filtering on/of above)
- My PC and laptop (cabled or wifi) both see the AVR, and can access its "home page."
Any suggestions are appreciated. I know I have several options for playing music through this AVR, such as playing from my laptop, or from my desktop via the xbox, or, apparently, creating playlists on the desktop, or even loading my music files directly onto my xbox, but just for principle of it all, I would like this AVR to be able to see my desktop's music. Hopefully I'm missing something simple and obvious.
Thanks in advance!