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post #2011 of 2280
How does the H400 handle HD audio formats, like DTS-MA and DolbyTrueHD, if connect it to a TV? Does it decode them anyway or I will get no sound on the TV?
Thanks.
post #2012 of 2280
you will get them downmixed to stereo to output on the TV
post #2013 of 2280
That´s great news for me. Tks!
post #2014 of 2280
Would someone be kind enough to capture a video of Disney's Brave 3D Bluray ISO playing the first 10 minutes of the movie on their A-400 with the latest firmware and post it on youtube so I can see an actual seamless branching working example? I want to see the delay the picture has or doesnt have goinng from the next m2ts file in the seamsless branching that it does with the small hiccup it shows in the picture, and the audio. TIA!
post #2015 of 2280
I have brave i will try to capture it tomorrow.
post #2016 of 2280
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

So, I'm a little bit upset that my ebay app didn't warn me that the bidding for a PCH-A400 I was looking at it was ending. So, it sold for $162. Anyway, does anyone have a video or pictures of how the Plex UI looks like? This is probably the only reason why I am considering the A400. I've been looking at other Google TV android devices like the Sony GS7 / GS8 and the Vizio Co-Star, but I am not 100% sure I want to go with either of them.

The PCH-A400 Plex is very similar to the Mac and PC clients. It is actually very nice. It is also very stable.

The Sony GS7 Plex client is also very good, though not quite as stable as the PCH one in my opinion. That will change when the GS7 OS is updated to Android 4.2. You can now get the GS7 at very reasonable prices which makes it well worth it, and probably better than the Co-Star as the GS7 supports more codes and Direct Plays/Streams more (as does the A400 Plex).

I have the GS7, A400 and the ATV3 hooked up to our main TV and the A400 seems to be the Plex player of choice for most here, except for me.

Philip

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post #2017 of 2280
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Originally Posted by pmcd View Post

The PCH-A400 Plex is very similar to the Mac and PC clients. It is actually very nice. It is also very stable.

The Sony GS7 Plex client is also very good, though not quite as stable as the PCH one in my opinion. That will change when the GS7 OS is updated to Android 4.2. You can now get the GS7 at very reasonable prices which makes it well worth it, and probably better than the Co-Star as the GS7 supports more codes and Direct Plays/Streams more (as does the A400 Plex).

I have the GS7, A400 and the ATV3 hooked up to our main TV and the A400 seems to be the Plex player of choice for most here, except for me.

Philip

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I bought an opened box GS7 at Best Buy for $72 dollars just to test it out, and I am pretty surprise with this little device. I installed the Plex app, signed in and it automatically found my UnRaid Plex server. I did had to change the video settings since it was at 480i, and I set it to 12 mbps 1080p, and the picture quality is excellent. I tried doing the Plex Connect hack with an ATV3, and wow I returned that thing after messing around with it for 6 hours. The GS7 took about 5 min. to update, and another 3 min. to set up the Plex app. The Netflix UI is similar to the PS3 UI, which is good since my wife and kids are use to that too. The only thing it doesn't have is Hulu, but I've been hearing that Hulu and possibly XBMC are coming to android.

Now, on my days off, I am going to take the GS7 to my parents house, and access my UnRaid Plex from their house and see if the picture quality is good. If it is, I am going to get rid of the WDTV Live I bought for them, and get them the other open box GS7 that Best Buy has.biggrin.gif
post #2018 of 2280
I'm back...

and beginning to think I may have a different issue going on than the standard network drop issue...key word being: "may".

Now I haven't tracked this terribly closely, but, I can say pretty confidently that when I get home from work (and the PCH hasn't been run since the night before) most times I start it up I CAN select a movie from the jukebox and it fires right up.

BUT, when I exit the jukebox to make an adjustment in the "settings" area (like I have to do every time I want to watch a movie in my garage- I have to adjust the audio to "downmix") there is absolutely no way I can get back to my library through the "networked media" icon. Every time I'll get the "share does not exist" or "unable to connect to server". Again, a restart always remedies the issue- the jukebox loads up and I can select a film.

Now, is this different from the network issue?

thanks

James
post #2019 of 2280
Mastermaybe for the very short time I had the a-400 if I made any changes to network setting I would not be able to connect to my Nas(Synology). I would have to go thru the whole network setup(I wouldn't change anything but had to go thru the setup) to be able to connect to my server. If I didn't change anything it was fine. Changing settings i would get the same problem so i set it and left it alone.
post #2020 of 2280
^ cool, well, not really cool lol, but thanks for the tip.

James
post #2021 of 2280
just updated to the newest f-ware (with the new GUI) and so far, so good. GUI def looks better. I was able to visit "Settings" and get back to my jukebox so that is a HUGE step in the right direction. We'll see if things stick this time.

James
post #2022 of 2280
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I bought an opened box GS7 at Best Buy for $72 dollars just to test it out, and I am pretty surprise with this little device. I installed the Plex app, signed in and it automatically found my UnRaid Plex server. I did had to change the video settings since it was at 480i, and I set it to 12 mbps 1080p, and the picture quality is excellent. I tried doing the Plex Connect hack with an ATV3, and wow I returned that thing after messing around with it for 6 hours. The GS7 took about 5 min. to update, and another 3 min. to set up the Plex app. The Netflix UI is similar to the PS3 UI, which is good since my wife and kids are use to that too. The only thing it doesn't have is Hulu, but I've been hearing that Hulu and possibly XBMC are coming to android.Now, on my days off, I am going to take the GS7 to my parents house, and access my UnRaid Plex from their house and see if the picture quality is good. If it is, I am going to get rid of the WDTV Live I bought for them, and get them the other open box GS7 that Best Buy has.:D

Excellent choice in my opinion. Once the Sony is upgraded to OS4.X it will have Chromecast capabilities and so any missing streaming sites should be taken care of.

I wouldn't bank on XBMC given the way it runs under Android on a Pivos player (mind you that was months ago). Plex, Mizuu, etc... and many other options make it unnecessary. I really like XBMC but it does seem to require a lot of resources compared to other options.

Odd that Plex Connect was so hard to set up. Maybe the UnRaid server? Mine took no longer than setting up the Sony.

In any case at the price you paid for the GS7 you really couldn't go wrong. I'd get the other one.

Philip

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post #2023 of 2280
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Originally Posted by pmcd View Post

Excellent choice in my opinion. Once the Sony is upgraded to OS4.X it will have Chromecast capabilities and so any missing streaming sites should be taken care of.

I wouldn't bank on XBMC given the way it runs under Android on a Pivos player (mind you that was months ago). Plex, Mizuu, etc... and many other options make it unnecessary. I really like XBMC but it does seem to require a lot of resources compared to other options.

Odd that Plex Connect was so hard to set up. Maybe the UnRaid server? Mine took no longer than setting up the Sony.

In any case at the price you paid for the GS7 you really couldn't go wrong. I'd get the other one.

Philip

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I apologize for going off topic. I just wanted to add that I tried running Plex Media Server from my Win 7 PC, and ATV 3 still didn't work with the hack. I think the GS7 is better than the ATV 3 though. I like the Netflix UI better.
post #2024 of 2280
Ok...

1. Newest firmware successfully loaded?

Check.

2. Static IP address set up (whether I need it)?

Check.

Same "cannot connect to server" and "share no longer exist" message upon trying to access network content?

Check.

I simply do not know what to do at this point. It's completely flabbergasting to me that I'm still dealing with this. I appreciate all of the help- I'm pretty sure I have now tried every tip supplied to me. I'm still convinced this has something to do (obviously, I guess) with how I have my Synology/Network set up, but with no expertise I feel like I'm baling the ocean with a thimble at this point.

mad.gifconfused.giffrown.gif !!!

James
post #2025 of 2280

Have you tried taking your issue over to the Synology forum?

post #2026 of 2280
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Originally Posted by mastermaybe View Post

Ok...

1. Newest firmware successfully loaded?

Check.

2. Static IP address set up (whether I need it)?

Check.

Same "cannot connect to server" and "share no longer exist" message upon trying to access network content?

Check.

I simply do not know what to do at this point. It's completely flabbergasting to me that I'm still dealing with this. I appreciate all of the help- I'm pretty sure I have now tried every tip supplied to me. I'm still convinced this has something to do (obviously, I guess) with how I have my Synology/Network set up, but with no expertise I feel like I'm baling the ocean with a thimble at this point.

mad.gifconfused.giffrown.gif !!!

James

See this tutorial i made for mede8er players the principle is the same for A400 players (how to share samba and NFS in network with synology )

hope that helps
http://www.mede8erforum.com/index.php/topic,12432.0.html
post #2027 of 2280
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Originally Posted by jkasanic View Post

Have you tried taking your issue over to the Synology forum?

in process of...


thanks

James
post #2028 of 2280
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Originally Posted by canton160 View Post

See this tutorial i made for mede8er players the principle is the same for A400 players (how to share samba and NFS in network with synology )

hope that helps
http://www.mede8erforum.com/index.php/topic,12432.0.html

Will definitely try, thanks a lot guys.

Between my router, NAS, and 400 (never mind switches, cables, etc) it just seems like there's an INFINITE number of variables that can go wrong. Combine that with relative IT ignorance and this stuff can get very close to overwhelming very quickly.

EDIT: I just perused your very straightforward instructions for SAMBA use and although I'm not 100% certain, I'm pretty darn sure that's what I have going on. I'll check when I get home this afternoon.

THIS is precisely why people pay for expertise, lmao. I am SO confident that there's a number of people on this thread alone that could have this problem solved within 20 minutes if they were sitting in my living room. mad.gifbiggrin.gif

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 10/17/13 at 7:27am
post #2029 of 2280
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastermaybe View Post

THIS is precisely why people pay for expertise, lmao. I am SO confident that there's a number of people on this thread alone that could have this problem solved within 20 minutes if they were sitting in my living room. mad.gifbiggrin.gif

James

Possibly tongue.gif

Bill
post #2030 of 2280
Called synology, being at work (me), they suggested I simply directly connect the NAS to the 400 when I get home and make sure both are set to "DHCP" to eliminate either device as the problem. Sound reasonable?

Then, if this corrects the issue, can I simply use the other ethernet port to connect the 412 to my router and effectively "network" it, or will this start the problem all over again?

thanks

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 10/17/13 at 7:57am
post #2031 of 2280
Have you tried using NFS on the synology to see if it still happens.

Also explain when and what you do to make it happen. is it random do you push something? explain the full setup and we will start from square one and try to figure it out. without jumping all around
post #2032 of 2280
^ Ok. I'm going to be purposely deliberate and thorough here just to save posts...especially seeing my personal issue should not overwhelm this thread, but at least it can potentially help others...here goes:

Gear:

Synology 412+ NAS: http://www.amazon.com/Synology-DiskStation-Diskless-Attached-DS412/dp/B007JLE84C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382028175&sr=8-1&keywords=synology+412%2B

Netgear N 900 Router: http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Wireless-Router-Gigabit-WNDR4500/dp/B005KG44V0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382028090&sr=8-1&keywords=n900+router

D Link Gigabit Switch: http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-8-Port-Gigabit-Switch-DGS-1008G/dp/B003X7TRWO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382028042&sr=8-2&keywords=dlink+gig+switch

All Cat 6 cabling: Currently: the 400 is connected directly to the router as is the NAS. Swtich is out of the loop.

What I've done thus far:

Initially set up my movies to "share" on my Synology 412+ as closely to the instructions as possible. Created a "guest" user account that I utilize on the 400. Read privileges only.

Set up the PCH A400 and had no problems adding the share and accessing movies after running the jukebox set up.

Now, there MAY have been a time when I wasn't losing the connection, but I don't recall one.

SINCE DAY ONE: When I visit the "menu" or "settings" area, upon an attempt to return to my "networked media" I invariably get an "unable to connect to server" or "share no longer exist" error message. Have there been a FEW times when I am able to get to "WORKGROUP" and "re-access" the share? Yes. Why is this the case? I have NO idea. I have NOT CHANGED A THING, ANYWHERE. But again, this (the ability to return to networked media) never lasts and within seconds or a day, we're right back where we started.

Now, when I reboot, wholla, the jukebox pops up and I can play my files. Back to the menu ten seconds later? Guaranteed I will get one of those messages...usually the "unable to access server".

As I mentioned above, I've bypassed my gigabit switch and gone directly to my router. Problem still persisted.

I replaced the gigabit swtich with a 100MB switch. Problem still persisted...and I felt deeply stupid.

I assigned a static IP. Problem still persisted.

I ensured I had the very latest firmware loaded- that supposedly addressed the network drops (which I really DON'T have, by the way, according to a post on NMT today). Problem still persists.

Now, to add, while I cannot be 100% positive, I don't think I get what I feel many have/had, and that's this:

Say you watch a movie, turn off the PCH and go to bed. Upon returning the next day, I think they would need a reset, straightaway. I THINK that used to be an issue for me too, but now, as far as I can tell, upon re-powering, I'll just get the info screen for the last movie I played, and I CAN choose it or another selection and it will play back fine. That may change things. Again though, the second I leave that jukebox I may as well grab my ankles, cause I know I'm not watching another title wihout a re-boot.

Please let me know what I can add to help. Also understand that I'm running my router and NAS about as "stock" as I can fathom. Outside of adding the "guest" user on the NAS and assigning a static IP to the 400, there has been nary a change, elsewhere.


thanks a TON for the assistance!

James
post #2033 of 2280
Like I've said, you my friend have more patience that I do. It's time to put it for sale on eBay.
post #2034 of 2280
For better or worse, I am not beaten easily. I just do not want to start over and this damn thing does EVERYTHING else I want. Honestly, if I didn't need to change the settings a couple times a week to downmix audio so I can watch stuff in my garage, its use would be all-but transparent for me...as far as I can tell at this point anyway.

James
post #2035 of 2280
I thought some people had issues with the Synolgy stuff and the A400 for some reason?

For me with Samba, my unRAID servers and WHS have no issues with my A400. I don't even use NFS any more. Although I initially started using NFS for my Boxee Boxes. My C200 also worked grea with Samba.
post #2036 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

Have you tried using NFS on the synology to see if it still happens.

Also explain when and what you do to make it happen. is it random do you push something? explain the full setup and we will start from square one and try to figure it out. without jumping all around

By the way: I'm onboard for using NFS it that would help...this is a straighforward process, correct?

James
post #2037 of 2280
Also, the more I look into NFS the more it appears to be vastly superior to samba from a performance standpoint...any reason why it's not the defacto choice for our use? I read that it's less secure than samba, but in a closed network that shouldn't be an issue???


James
post #2038 of 2280
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Originally Posted by mastermaybe View Post

Also, the more I look into NFS the more it appears to be vastly superior to samba from a performance standpoint...any reason why it's not the defacto choice for our use? I read that it's less secure than samba, but in a closed network that shouldn't be an issue???


James

For playback, SMB works great with my A400s. The only difference I notice between NFS and SMB is if I am browsing files. I can go through them faster when accessing over NFS than I can over SMB.
post #2039 of 2280
Hi had the same trouble with my DS 1513+ and my Dune Players ..using. Yadis,,, MyMovies,,,,, and Zappiti. .I had all the database for all 3 software on my DS 1513+. Got the video wall but no video would play. Moved the database off the Synology DS 1513+ to a flash drive ,,plug that into the Dune clicked on the file got video wall and clicked on video and it played
post #2040 of 2280
Hi James,
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Originally Posted by mastermaybe View Post

Also, the more I look into NFS the more it appears to be vastly superior to samba from a performance standpoint...any reason why it's not the defacto choice for our use?
The reason it is not the defacto choice is Microsoft. NFS was created in the early '80s to share files on Unix workstations, and Microsoft never adapted it. Being older than SMB, it is lighter weight, and hence the better performance. For those of us using Linux-based NASes and Linux-based media-players, it probably should be the standard, but most media-player manufacturers make windows-compatibility a higher priority.

On to things for you to look at:
Since you are now using a static IP address, have you verified that all if you subnet masks are identical?
To maintain the Jukebox, does not the A400 need to write to your share? Have you tried giving the A400 write access to the share?
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