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post #2131 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

I just got my A-400... figured I'd give it a 2nd try after being an early (disappointed) adopter. I'm using a Synology 1812+ NAS; what network setting should I use for best results? SMB or NFS? Use the 'advanced settings' app? If so, which setting?

So far, just installed the latest official firmware. I like the new UI; simple yet elegant. Doing a scan of my movie and TV shares now. Planning to use NMJToolbox2 to fine tune afterwards. I assume this is the preferred tool for jukebox management?

 

Save yourself a ton of time by stopping the NMJ scan and using NMJT2 to finish the library.  Of couse, this greatly depends on your library size and content mix (if it's a lot of BDMV folders then definitely cancel the NMJ scan).

 

As for your network settings, I would start with SMB and not load any advance profile configurations unless you immediately have issues.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, the NMT's just do not seem to play nice with the Synology NAS.  Of course there are exceptions but whether it's the NMT or Synology, there seems to be a lot more troubleshooting involved to get streaming of high bitrate content working satisfactorily.  Good luck!

post #2132 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

I just got my A-400... figured I'd give it a 2nd try after being an early (disappointed) adopter. I'm using a Synology 1812+ NAS; what network setting should I use for best results? SMB or NFS? Use the 'advanced settings' app? If so, which setting?

So far, just installed the latest official firmware. I like the new UI; simple yet elegant. Doing a scan of my movie and TV shares now. Planning to use NMJToolbox2 to fine tune afterwards. I assume this is the preferred tool for jukebox management?

The Advanced setting App is trial & error. First stick with the default & run it through your testing procedure, if it doesn't play or stream, I would start with profile 6, then 4, then 3. Those were the most successful for me & from what I can tell the majority of the forum adapters. However don't rule out any of the other ones. I would just try those first. Be sure to do restart on your network devices(router/switch) so that it can renegotiate.

That is how I handle my Jukebox as well. Works great. PITA to get everything going, but once set, good to go.
Really looking forward to how you like now compared to the MED8ER. I had both & rolled the dice with the PCH & sold my MED8ER to a friend. I'm happy now, about a year to iron the major stuff out.
post #2133 of 2280
Thanks guys. Hoping to compare to Mede8er as well, which has become my default home media streamer.
post #2134 of 2280
So, I did several tests and overall I'm disappointed in lack of improvement where it really counts for a 3D media streamer: stutter-free playback of high bitrate 3D BD-ISO's. My NAS is Synology 1812+. Tried default SMB first, then the advanced settings suggested by cadett above. Finally NFS. I still got stutters in 'The Avengers' final battle scene and in 'Titanic' outside ship sailing scene just before Kathy Bates' character first appears. Didn't bother trying other high bitrate rips like 'The Immortals' and others (can't remember what I originally tested on my Mede8er and PCH A-400 at launch).

I'm sticking with Mede8er. The A-400's new UI is nice, as is the addition of Plex, but those aren't enough to overcome 3D ISO playback shortcomings (at least in my case). Also, having to fiddle with various advanced network settings isn't fun. On Mede8er, just use NFS with their preset settings and be done with it. PCH has NMJ, YAMJ/Eversion and Plex as jukebox options, but I like the Mede8er jukebox just fine.
post #2135 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

So, I did several tests and overall I'm disappointed in lack of improvement where it really counts for a 3D media streamer: stutter-free playback of high bitrate 3D BD-ISO's. My NAS is Synology 1812+. Tried default SMB first, then the advanced settings suggested by cadett above. Finally NFS. I still got stutters in 'The Avengers' final battle scene and in 'Titanic' outside ship sailing scene just before Kathy Bates' character first appears. Didn't bother trying other high bitrate rips like 'The Immortals' and others (can't remember what I originally tested on my Mede8er and PCH A-400 at launch).

I'm sticking with Mede8er. The A-400's new UI is nice, as is the addition of Plex, but those aren't enough to overcome 3D ISO playback shortcomings (at least in my case). Also, having to fiddle with various advanced network settings isn't fun. On Mede8er, just use NFS with their preset settings and be done with it. PCH has NMJ, YAMJ/Eversion and Plex as jukebox options, but I like the Mede8er jukebox just fine.

USing SMB from my Unraid setups it is stutter free for me with the Avengers BD ISO and other high bitrate BD ISOs. Whether playing the 2D ISO or the 3D ISO there are zero issues from both of my A400's. I think some people have had problems for some reason with the A400 streaming from Synology NAS devices. But it's worked great with my three unRAID setups and my WHS. As well as streaming from my desktop PCs.
post #2136 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

So, I did several tests and overall I'm disappointed in lack of improvement where it really counts for a 3D media streamer: stutter-free playback of high bitrate 3D BD-ISO's. My NAS is Synology 1812+. Tried default SMB first, then the advanced settings suggested by cadett above. Finally NFS. I still got stutters in 'The Avengers' final battle scene and in 'Titanic' outside ship sailing scene just before Kathy Bates' character first appears. Didn't bother trying other high bitrate rips like 'The Immortals' and others (can't remember what I originally tested on my Mede8er and PCH A-400 at launch).

I'm sticking with Mede8er. The A-400's new UI is nice, as is the addition of Plex, but those aren't enough to overcome 3D ISO playback shortcomings (at least in my case). Also, having to fiddle with various advanced network settings isn't fun. On Mede8er, just use NFS with their preset settings and be done with it. PCH has NMJ, YAMJ/Eversion and Plex as jukebox options, but I like the Mede8er jukebox just fine.

seems to be something with pch and synology mostly its the number one NAS people usually have problems with. I have noticed that most people that dont have issues run custom NAS units usually. I have had zero problems with 3d iso files. and never touched the advanced network app. Most likely some sort of setting colliding with each other. But at least you gave it another shot.
post #2137 of 2280
I may do some more experimenting. I really want to like the A-400 (have owned practically every PCH since A-110), but I'm not about to change my NAS for it wink.gif.
post #2138 of 2280
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Originally Posted by jkasanic View Post
 
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the NMT's just do not seem to play nice with the Synology NAS.  Of course there are exceptions but whether it's the NMT or Synology, there seems to be a lot more troubleshooting involved to get streaming of high bitrate content working satisfactorily.  Good luck!

 

 

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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post
 
seems to be something with pch and synology mostly its the number one NAS people usually have problems with. I have noticed that most people that dont have issues run custom NAS units usually. I have had zero problems with 3d iso files. and never touched the advanced network app. Most likely some sort of setting colliding with each other. But at least you gave it another shot.

 

I swear at least 80% of the complaints I read on the NMT forum about streaming high bitrate files is linked to a Synology NAS.  I'm not saying it's the NAS's fault, just that these two do not play nice together for some reason.  I also feel this is one of the reasons that people complain about the NMT's gigabit Ethernet not truly being gigabit.  As it turns out, plenty of people are streaming some of the highest commercially available content with 100mbit Ethernet connections...go figure.

post #2139 of 2280

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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

I may do some more experimenting. I really want to like the A-400 (have owned practically every PCH since A-110), but I'm not about to change my NAS for it wink.gif.

 

Have you checked the Synology or NMT forums for any other users experiencing similar issues?  I don't remember which version of Synology NAS it was but I do recall there being some FW/SW update from Synology to address a streaming issue specifically related to the NMT's.  This was detailed in the NMT forum...could be unrelated to your issue but thought I would mention it.  It does suck for those that have this issue as the player is fantastic otherwise and I can't imagine the frustration of having one player work and the other not without any changes to your network configuration?! :confused:

post #2140 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

I may do some more experimenting. I really want to like the A-400 (have owned practically every PCH since A-110), but I'm not about to change my NAS for it wink.gif.

Why not that is the most funniest thing to change of all. Then again im strange and like building storage units.
post #2141 of 2280
My A110 plays 'perfect' except it doesn't support 3D. So over a year ago I got the A400 and I'm at the 'end' of it. It constantly crashes trying to play 3D BD ISO files (from the internal drive, usb connected or from one networked drive) and last night the audio went out on a DTS-MA movie if I jumped ahead or back using the 30 second skip.


I've had it. Going to sell it cheap cheep cheeeeeep.
post #2142 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Wryker View Post

My A110 plays 'perfect' except it doesn't support 3D. So over a year ago I got the A400 and I'm at the 'end' of it. It constantly crashes trying to play 3D BD ISO files (from the internal drive, usb connected or from one networked drive) and last night the audio went out on a DTS-MA movie if I jumped ahead or back using the 30 second skip.


I've had it. Going to sell it cheap cheep cheeeeeep.

For your dtsma you are not on the forum release are you? Also for your 3d maybe contact support for an exchange maybe the box is faulty
post #2143 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

For your dtsma you are not on the forum release are you? Also for your 3d maybe contact support for an exchange maybe the box is faulty

I'm running the last 'full' release (not the forum version) to ensure it's not due to using the forum releases.

Perhaps I will contact their support to get it replaced since I'm at my wits end yet many others report no issues watching 3D BD ISO's!
post #2144 of 2280
What happened to the Network Media Tank forum?! It hasn't been up all week.
post #2145 of 2280
Is the A400 a worth while upgrade to the Netgear NeoTV 550?

I've been rocking my NTV550 for 3-4 years. Its been out of support for over a year and I'm starting to think I'm out of date.

I'm also the proud owner now of a Panasonic P65VT60 and a Yamaha RX-A2020 so I'm thinking its time to upgrade the actual player/source!

The P65VT60 was a huuuuge upgrade in PQ for me and I'm getting greedy and starting to think an A400 would further my PQ!



Do you guys think an A400 is worth it if I currently run an issue free NTV 550?
post #2146 of 2280
^^ there might be a slight PQ upgrade but if you mostly play 1080p stuff it will make a huge difference. If you still play some 720/sd material then yes the a400 would have better PQ.


Now is it worth it to upgrade, is all based on yourself you have a working solution you are happy with so if you want to burn the money go for it. Is it actually needed most likely not
post #2147 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

^^ there might be a slight PQ upgrade but if you mostly play 1080p stuff it will make a huge difference. If you still play some 720/sd material then yes the a400 would have better PQ.


Now is it worth it to upgrade, is all based on yourself you have a working solution you are happy with so if you want to burn the money go for it. Is it actually needed most likely not

I appreciate the reply. One thing I see is that the capabilities of my new plasma are ahead of the NTV 550.

For example, the P65vt60 has a direct 4:4:4 mode. The TV appears to let me choose it when playing content from my NTV 550, but the NTV 550 lacks in documentation on whether its output is truly compatible and I don't see a menu option for it as i would on say an Oppo player...



Another question:
As far as Blu-ray menu support, does anyone who uses the A400 truly miss it?
post #2148 of 2280
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Originally Posted by MeatHead88 View Post


Another question:
As far as Blu-ray menu support, does anyone who uses the A400 truly miss it?

I would think that anyone who actually uses Blu Ray menus would say yes. Also, keep in mind, along with Blu Ray menu support you would also get forced sub and seamless branch support
post #2149 of 2280
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Do you guys think an A400 is worth it if I currently run an issue free NTV 550?
Nope, unless you need 3D.
post #2150 of 2280
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

Nope, unless you need 3D.

I would say if you want the option of quickly playing a BD ISO then yes. The one thing I do not like about my NTV550 is that it has no option for simple BD menus. So it will always show the full menus from a BD ISO. So that takes of alot of extra time. I mostly want the movie to just start, and with the A400 this is what occurs from a BD ISO.
post #2151 of 2280
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Originally Posted by halfelite View Post

Code:
<settings>
<fullmounts>false</fullmounts>
</settings>

make sure that is in your eversion settings file. It needs to be there for any of the flashed based players

Also make sure your paths for network mounts are the same are you mounting a direct share on the popcorn box or letting eversion mount player paths with smb:// ?

Which file exactly need this to go into? Thanks much!
post #2152 of 2280
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Originally Posted by starcat View Post

Which file exactly need this to go into? Thanks much!

Its in the evers-settings.conf file. Been awhile since I looked at eversion but i think it was in skins/eversion/interface/eversion/settings/esettings.conf or something like that
post #2153 of 2280
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I would say if you want the option of quickly playing a BD ISO then yes. The one thing I do not like about my NTV550 is that it has no option for simple BD menus. So it will always show the full menus from a BD ISO. So that takes of alot of extra time. I mostly want the movie to just start, and with the A400 this is what occurs from a BD ISO.

Ah... I like the sound of that!
post #2154 of 2280
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

I would think that anyone who actually uses Blu Ray menus would say yes. Also, keep in mind, along with Blu Ray menu support you would also get forced sub and seamless branch support

So are you saying that i could set forced subs to always display and not have to select them every time as I do on my NTV 550?
post #2155 of 2280
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Originally Posted by MeatHead88 View Post

So are you saying that i could set forced subs to always display and not have to select them every time as I do on my NTV 550?

I don't have an NTV550 so I cannot confirm. However, for the Dunes and PCHs that support full BD Menus the forced subs should appear automatically, you should not have to manually select the subtitle track (defeats the purpose IMO if you need to actually locate and manually select the track)
post #2156 of 2280
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

I don't have an NTV550 so I cannot confirm. However, for the Dunes and PCHs that support full BD Menus the forced subs should appear automatically, you should not have to manually select the subtitle track (defeats the purpose IMO if you need to actually locate and manually select the track)

Cool, thanks! My NTV 550 makes me turn on forced subs for each movie. frown.gif
post #2157 of 2280
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Originally Posted by MeatHead88 View Post

Cool, thanks! My NTV 550 makes me turn on forced subs for each movie. frown.gif

Yeah, that kinda defeats the point. You typically have no idea when watching a movie if forced subs are supposed to be present, and if so how can you tell what the appropriate forced sub track is.
post #2158 of 2280
Hi all:

Well I finally finished my 20 TB cpu with flex raid and I'm having an issue re-establishing my jukebox- I keep getting a "cannot write error" even though I have the privileges established in both windows and flex raid.

I've rebooted the pch and now I'm trying my cpu...any other ideas?

Thanks
James
post #2159 of 2280
Tried restarting both, no dice.

James
post #2160 of 2280
I would guess the PCH is coming over as guest and not getting write access to the share. This seems more like a flexraid issue then pch issue. so might try flexraid forum
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