I have owned all three WD streamers (WDTV, Live & Plus). Currently I use the plus. I have a wired 10/100 network with 5 connected devices: Actiontech (FIOS) router, SMC 105DT 10/100 switch, Computer 1: XP, Computer 2: Win7 & WD Live Plus. I’m using FW 1.03.49 since 1.04.xx causes extreme stuttering and audio problems when streaming HD .mkv files via network shares.
I am considering upgrading to a gB Network by adding a D-Link DIR-655 gB router and a gB switch but don’t know if that would help when streaming hi-bitrate files. Most (not all) of my HD files (mkv and TS) play fine with an occassional hiccup. I’m wondering if the people here using 1.04.xx firmware with no issues have gB networks.
I’m not a network guru, so here’s my second question. I’m assuming your computer’s activity affects network performance when it comes to streaming HD files, so would using NAS (network attached storage) alleviate any issues due to your computer hoging network resources ? Sorry if it’s a stupid question but I really want to learn.