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post #2941 of 4686
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Originally Posted by cc_in_oh View Post

Hi all,

My NAS devices are filling up fast - anyone have a recommendation for a Win7 utility to monitor network storage space?

Thanks,
CC
On Win-7, map your networked NAS units to a drive letters. Then when you open up the File Explorer and click on "Computer" you can see a graphic display of all your assigned drives and the amount of space used and free on each (you must select "Tiles" or "Content" as the view).
post #2942 of 4686
^^^

to do this open your NETWORK in windows explorer (or whatever file manager you use). Right click the drive you want to monitor and choose, "Map Network Drive." There are many 'gadgets' you can use that will keep the info on your desktop at all times. For example, I use this one. But there are lots, just search google for windows 7 gadgets.
post #2943 of 4686
I'm ALMOST about to buy this amazing device, except for one issue...

Background
- initially was about to buy the AppleTV 3, but the WDTV SMP would be phenomenally more value for money
- i live in Thailand, but will be getting UK VPN
- I'll be connecting the device via LAN
- the router is the ASUS RT-N66U with HDD attached to it
- DLNA will be set up

My situation is that I'm looking for a device to main play local content and one which will play literally any video formats I throw at it (and it seems like the WDTV is the best options for this), as well as having access to 4-OD (TV streaming service from the UK). The problem is with the latter.

There are 4-OD apps available for some streaming devices but are ALL buggy. So i can access in two ways:
- through my macbook and mirror / extend my display to the TV via the media streaming device
- through the streaming device's own web browser.


I'm pretty sure the WDTV Live SMP doesn't have a web browser; which had me looking into a Google TV device. But Google TV video formats handling capabilities are dire compared to the WDTV Live.

Which leaves only one option... Can I mirror / extend my macbook to my TV using the WDTV Live SMP + DLNA + Additional apps for the mac?

I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanna buy this, but this is the only barrier to purchase for me. I could always buy it exclusively for playing local content and buy a cheap 40 dollars Google TV USB Dongle to stream 4-OD through its web browser.

What do you guys think? I need a device which can play almost any formats (like the WDTV SMP) and can extend / mirror my mac to the TV OR have its own web browser.
post #2944 of 4686
great.I haven't seen any links that actually give specs! thanks 10.gif
post #2945 of 4686
great.I haven't seen any links that actually give specs! thanks
post #2946 of 4686
Greetings,
New user of the WDTV live moving from a Neotv. Setup very easy but have have an IR repeater question.
Is anyone using an IR repeater system with the WDTV live?

I use a Xantech block IR repeater that has worked with almost all components over the years....except, my Neotv and now the WDTV live. Perhaps they use the same IR chip or something.

The WDTV is very inconsistent in responding to IR commands. Not unlike my Neotv was.
I even tried a device that varies the strength of the IR signal and at least it works a little. Like the Neotv, I am left with using the ios or android app which is fine if no one is using those devices.

So if somone is using a repeater system that could shed some light on this I'd appreciate it.
I don't think it is my system because every other device still responds flawlessly.

Thanks!
BJBBJB
post #2947 of 4686
I use a IR repeater. It has a little tab that sticks right on the front of the WDTV. No issues at all. Don't know the brand name -- got it of ebay cheap.
post #2948 of 4686
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Originally Posted by BJBBJB View Post

Greetings,
New user of the WDTV live moving from a Neotv. Setup very easy but have have an IR repeater question.
Is anyone using an IR repeater system with the WDTV live?

I use a Xantech block IR repeater that has worked with almost all components over the years....except, my Neotv and now the WDTV live. Perhaps they use the same IR chip or something.

The WDTV is very inconsistent in responding to IR commands. Not unlike my Neotv was.
I even tried a device that varies the strength of the IR signal and at least it works a little. Like the Neotv, I am left with using the ios or android app which is fine if no one is using those devices.

So if somone is using a repeater system that could shed some light on this I'd appreciate it.
I don't think it is my system because every other device still responds flawlessly.

Thanks!
BJBBJB

 

Do you have a plasma HD-TV? They cause problems with some IR.

 

Try moving the WD-SMP or repeater receiver back (into cabinet) or behind the plane of plasma light.

 

When attaching IR piece to WD-SMP, be sure it right in from if IR sensor (I'm not sure where it is exactly).

post #2949 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Tesla1856 View Post

Do you have a plasma HD-TV? They cause problems with some IR.

Try moving the WD-SMP or repeater receiver back (into cabinet) or behind the plane of plasma light.

When attaching IR piece to WD-SMP, be sure it right in from if IR sensor (I'm not sure where it is exactly).


Thanks but nope, no plasma TV. Long-time IR repeater user, tried the re-placement. Only thing I can think of it is outside the frequency of my receiver or something. Works fine direct so not the unit. Really kind of strange. Tried a few different blasters too with no joy.


BJBBJB
post #2950 of 4686
What are the capabilities of the android app? Can I launch and control music playlists without turning on my tv with it? Can the wd tv live or live hub handle FLAC format? Which is the best model?
post #2951 of 4686
Well I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about networking but can't seem to get my WDTV live to see my new readynas. First is it better for my NAS share to share via windows (SMB) or linux(NFS) or just leave both file sharing protocols on?

I cannot get the WDTV to see the windows share on the NAS. I searched the thread and here are the common steps. My windows PC can see the NAS. And I reserved the IP address for the NAS and made sure the workgroup name was the same on both the NAS and the WDTV, but the WDTV just sees my windows PC's, not the windows share on the NAS. Any ideas?

I also turned on NFS sharing on the NAS and the folders then showed up on the WDTV file menu on the linux share and I thought I was there. At least I THINK it is via a linux share. The NAS is listed with its IP address. However the WDTV says the folders are empty...."there is no media in the current folder" but they are not empty. It seems to list folders I can't see on the NAS on my PC but that is probably because it is a linux box. I even put a small video file in the root of the shared folder to see if it would see that and it woudn't.
So I have the little video file in the root and 2 ISO's in folders and no joy.

Thanks for any help you can provide,

BJBBJB
post #2952 of 4686
I recently added a WD TV Live to my home network, which includes a Synology DS411+II NAS, and I've been having problems playing selected DVD-ISO files from the NAS. The NAS has been configured on the WD unit as a Windows Network Share.

So far, out of the 25 or so DVD-ISO images I've tried, approximately 20% will either not play at all, or simply freeze during playback, while the others play perfectly fine.

For example, Spider-Man 1 and Spider-Man 2 will not load at all (blank screen). And when I try loading the Disney / Studio Ghibli title Castle In The Sky, it freezes somewhere in the trailers prior to the loading of the main menu..

I've tried playing these images from other PCs on my network (Windows 7, Windows XP) using VLC, and they all play fine.

Hmmmm...
post #2953 of 4686
^^
Wired or wireless
post #2954 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

^^
Wired or wireless

Wireless. The behavior has been consistent with these same titles many times, whereas everything else has been fine.

I should also mention that the unit is not 'freezing' as such when these problems occur, as pressing the 'Back' button immediately returns to the NAS folder. The playback just seems to stop or pause abruptly.
post #2955 of 4686
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Originally Posted by integriscdp View Post

Wireless. The behavior has been consistent with these same titles many times, whereas everything else has been fine.
Try running a wired connection to the WD Live -- even if it means just stretching a wire temporarily -- and seeing if you still see the same problems with those files.
post #2956 of 4686
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Originally Posted by BJBBJB View Post

Well I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about networking but can't seem to get my WDTV live to see my new readynas. First is it better for my NAS share to share via windows (SMB) or linux(NFS) or just leave both file sharing protocols on?
BJBBJB

Well in typical windows fashion after I made no changes, the windows shares magically showed up and worked! My remaining question is this. Is it really that much better performance to get the linux shares to also work? Is it noticeable? As noted above the folders show up but although the ISO's are in there (and valid as they play under the windows share) when in the linux folder browse it says there is "no media".

Thanks,
BJBBJB
post #2957 of 4686
the last 30 pages of postings helped me get my wdtvsmp up and running. thank you.

but the handful of dvd iso's i have played so far all stutter to varying degrees over windows share. any ideas what's going wrong?

Casino Royale stutters at the same point each time i play it, and goes back to normal play at the same point too. The Trouble With Harry plays fine from local, but stutters from the NAS. all play fine using VLC on my pc to access the shared files.

my NaS is a HP ProLiant NL36, running WHS2011. it has 1.2 ghz dual core and 5gb of ram. i have two netgear gs108 switches,and cat 5e cabling.

the wdtv smp is firmware 1.15.10. User interface is not at all slow.

i transfer my dvds to hdd using dvdfab and make isos with imgburn.

any suggestions much appreciated!
post #2958 of 4686
Match video framerate seto to on?

Setup > Audio/Video Output > Video Output > HDMI > Auto > Auto > On
post #2959 of 4686
Thanks for your response, techflaws. I am away from the unit at present, but should have mentioned that I am using composite cable, not hdmi. I've not changed any video output settings to reflect this... could that be the problem?
post #2960 of 4686
Is there anyway to get the "video", "photos", and "music" sections to just display those folders that contain that media? I have a NAS share that has the corresponding folders (among others) but each of those menu items display the entire share with all the folders as choices (such as "backup") vs. looking inside the folders and just displaying file types or folders that match the menu selection.

Although media manager is "on", I don't think it has run yet because I have not "gone into" the shares via options or whatever it considers the right manner.

I've looked throught the owners manual (which is quite a bit more detailed than most these days!) and didn't see anything but perhaps there is a way.

I don't think I want to setup a separate share for each media type. That seems like it should not be necessary.

Thanks. Getting close to having this unit setup and useable.

BJBBJB
post #2961 of 4686
My optical stays on even when the wd player is powered off. All is ok but my bose sr1 is connected to my directv receiver and will not switch to other audio source until I take optical out of wd player...is there an option im missing to turn optical off? I know it's staying on because I pulled sr1 optical out and was red indicating still had power to it even though wd was completely powered off???
post #2962 of 4686
Hi i'm interested in buying this player and have a few questions.

Does anyone know if the WDTV SMP natively has a view/browse mode (i.e., a "wall mode" in gallery view) that shows rows of movies like when you browse Netflix? A continous line after line of movie covers. When you hover over one, a nice tall section to the right describes the movie. all this without having to d/l and mess with custom made themes.

here are a few photos of what I'm referring to, the first photo is of Netflix, the second photo is found on another page at WD, the thrid one is found on wdlxtv wiki. They show the video covers on the left and the video info on the right.







Can someone by any chance upload a screen shot? I've googled for pictures of it but can't find it and I would like to just see what it looks like and finally if it is able to scrape from themoviedb and thetvdb?

finally, can i insert my own music in each folder for it to be played automatically upon browsing?
Edited by Stealth3si - 7/6/13 at 5:32pm
post #2963 of 4686
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Originally Posted by LFNfan View Post

I am using composite cable, not hdmi. I've not changed any video output settings to reflect this... could that be the problem?
Doubtful. Are those files that stutter mkvs? What happens when you remux to m2ts?
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Originally Posted by dropdead777 View Post

My optical stays on even when the wd player is powered off.
Even when you go to deep standby by pressing off > 5 secs?
post #2964 of 4686
quick verdict; what's better? the WD TV LIVE vs Dune 303d vs Mede8er 1000x3d? Based on functionality alone and disregard the price...
post #2965 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Tekayu View Post

quick verdict; what's better? the WD TV LIVE vs Dune 303d vs Mede8er 1000x3d? Based on functionality alone and disregard the price...

Dune Smart Series. For 3d Mede8er. For 2D I would with the Dune just because it has a better, more functional and easier jukeboxes.
post #2966 of 4686
i feel i should have been more specific: in terms of playing a MASSIVE range of files?

also, i dont really understand 3d playback capabilities. i already have a 3D TV, is it essential i have a media player that has great 3d playing capabilities? Or can that be overlooked since my TV is 3D?
post #2967 of 4686
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Originally Posted by BJBBJB View Post

Is there anyway to get the "video", "photos", and "music" sections to just display those folders that contain that media?

BJBBJB

Once you set up your Media LIbrary (via the Media Library Manager) and set the content source to "My Media Library," it'll do that. It will only show folders that contain the media you've selected. No need for separate shares.

Note: If you're using JPGs for thumbnails / coverart instead of metathumbs, they'll show up as photos. If you use metathumbs only, they won't.
post #2968 of 4686
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Originally Posted by And3ers5on View Post

Looks like a cheaper version of the Hub, but with HDMI 1.4, built-in wireless and Flash-lite support?5.jpg
Well, yeah, given that it lacks an internal HD (and all the features that go along with that, like Twonky, WD Photos and iTunes servers), no surprise it would be less expensive.

HDMI 1.4 is a meaningless term anymore. In fact, the HDMI Licensing group doesn't allow the use of version numbers anymore on consumer products.

What's Flash-Lite?
post #2969 of 4686
I have the WD LIVE TV PLUS GEN 2 I just got rid of my cable tv and I am wondering is there a way you can get the wd live tv plus to play live internet tv via some sort of program I can put on my computer?
post #2970 of 4686
I switched the unit's Cat5e patch cable to a second RJ45 port and the stutters vanished. Playback is beautiful. Maybe I have a problem with the cabling on the first port, or network switch. Anyway, I can troubleshoot that another time...

The Video Output was already set to 'composite', btw, so either I already set the unit to composite and forgot that I had, or it self-selected composite.

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