“I can. It is so because this model is buggy. It would be great if WD would solve the networking issues of this model.”
Boy, you’re not kidding; I’m surprised WD hasn’t been sued over this disaster. I own 2 WDTVLives, used one for over a year with firmware 5xx and it seemed pretty reliable, at least I could access the network computers to play files.
After the first issues started showing up with Windows Live login assistant, it’s been all downhill. First they say you’ve got to uninstall Windows Live, yet all the computers and my Patriot Box office and a Samsung BD player can access each other just fine, playing files etc. I finally quit using my 2 WD boxes because I never knew how much time I was going to have to waste trying to connect just to play a file.
Kindly explain why I have to tweak browser master settings, plug in and unplug units, and jump through a dozen hoops so the WD can access a file that every other machine accesses without a hitch. One day it connects and I play a movie from a network share, later that day it tells me it’s not accessible, or else there is no media in the folder (what folder, there are a dozen shared folders full of media).
Kindly explain why I can right-click a file in Win7 and play it to the WDTV without a hitch, yet over that very same network it tells me the network share cannot be accessed, or there’s no media. On second thought, never mind. I have two Win7 media server boxes now set up, and the faithful and reliable Patriot Box office if I ever need it, so I’ll stick these in a drawer and wait until I need a simple player to play something from a USB drive. For anything else, they’re worthless.
They need to epoxy over the network plug and advertise these things as media players for USB-connected drives, because these things are the most frustrating devices to connect and share on a network; they make the old days of setting up a network in Windows 3 or DOS look like a picnic.
Look at this forum…multiple and repetitive posts for the same problems with networking, and if someone does get theirs fixed, a month later it’s not working again. I don’t want to tinker with this blasted thing every time I want to watch something, why would anyone want something like that? WD, you should be ashamed of yourselves, not being able to make something so simple as a networkable device that stays networkable without a full-time IT person babysitting it.
Those of you struggling with this, do yourselves a favor; set up a Windows Media center machine to your TV; you’ll be able to access ALL network machines, watch and record live tv, play every format of movie, photo, music, then add XBMC to it for a beautiful interface to access and organize your files, smash your WDTVLive, and mail it back to WD…it will work almost as good as it ever did, and be much less frustrating.