I'm glad I found this thread, otherwise I was going to post one myself looking for experiences regarding PS3 with WHS, and in particular the HP MediaSmart.
FWIW, here is a very detailed posting regarding my first attempts to get the HPMS to stream audio to PS3 https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=971144
,and I've followed-up extensively in the 'Streaming with no TVersity or TWonky' thread here https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=969198&page=5
I'm a big fan of the HPMS. Before that I had an Infrant NAS NV+, and while it was a great unit I'm happy I traded out for the HP. But I'm still a little confused about what it will and won't do. Obviously, for streaming, which is all I really bought it to do, it's as easy as easy gets...especially with PS3; I mean, I just turn on media sharing and my PS3 sees its Windows Media Connect UPnP right out of the box (well, you know...with the standard network
tweaking). And I've had no problem streaming formats native to PS3. Problem is, of course, there are still a ton of codecs PS3 does not support, for me namely FLAC, that present challenges.
If you read the above threads you'll see my approach and struggles in regards to the highly touted TVersity. I'm not neccessarily interested in going the extra mile and getting that process to work, because for me, it's kind of like letting the tail wag the dog; the PS3 plays nicely with the HP, so I'm not interested in any kind of difficult "tricking-out" just to get it to stream the files that are not native yet. I fully suspect PS3 will
support FLAC and many others very soon and then I will have a very simple, very effective solution. However
, should the need arise, my questions are more in regard to the HPMS at this point.
My opinion of the HPMS thus far, has always been...based on what I have read about others doing with WHS...that it didn't act as a "true" WHS server; more like WHS was the OS "backbone", but that HP's GUI limited some of the functionality. However, if you read this excellent review of the HPMS http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/whs_hp.asp
,it seems as if the HP should do everything any other WHS server can do and more.
Let's just start with the common theme of streaming: if Windows Media Connect is the UPnP for WHS...like WHS's version of WMP server...how could you access the config, on the HPMS box, to make changes? When I was messing with TVersity and having my troubles...I was fully suspect that some of the issues had to do with streaming from
the HPMS, with WMP and TVersity on another
box. Were WMC and WMP servers "conflicting", was there a share or permission issue, did it have to do with my 'Remote Access' setting on WHS? If I had wanted to bypass all of that, which ultimately I would have, could
I have installed TVersity directly to the HP? How would you do such a thing, just copy the executible to the 'Software' share and run? Could I have installed the kind of codec pack that I needed to get WMP to play FLAC directly
to the HP in order to get WMC
to stream FLAC?
There aren't a whole lot of HPMS users out there yet, so I appreciate any feedback as to the experiences and discoveries others have had.