Originally Posted by Josh92
Thanks, ah so files can be transfered across the network from the PC to the drive? That'll work nicely, hows the speeds on that? It'd need to be wireless via a Homehub unless I could somehow connect the PC to the WDTV directly via Ethernet and do it that way without the router.
When you briefly push the power button on the Live-SMP you are not turning it off but putting it in standby. This allows it to "power up" quickly when you want to use it. In the standby state it stays active on the network and can be located and accessed by a PC. If you enable it on the Live-SMP, any attached USB drive will appear on the network as a shared drive and allow remote file management (read/write/delete/rename/move). You can also initiate and perform file management functions from the Live-SMP menus, so you have the best of both worlds -- i.e. you want to copy a file from a network NAS unit to the USB drive on the Live-SMP.
If you push and hold the power button on the Live-SMP, after 5 sec the unit will actually power down and shut off. After a power-down it is no longer visible on the network and a power-up will entail a full reboot which takes a couple minutes. Sometimes the unit needs to be rebooted and this is a handy way of doing it without having to get up and pull the plug on the Live-SMP.
What I am not sure of is how the Live-SMP handles power management of attached USB drives when in standby. Some external HDD, like WD drives, automatically spin down after some minutes of inactivity, but other HDD arrays do not. I don't know if the Live-SMP manages power and shuts them down after an idle period or just keeps them spinning. The previous Live+ did not have a standby mode and so when it shut down it also powered down an attached USB HDD array. I've never bothered to connect that array to the Live-SMP (it's on a media-PC, now) so I don't know what it does in standby. Perhaps someone else can provide that information.