Get used to it, WDTV is a fickle woman when it comes to networking. Either live with it or swap it for another device that is not so “network challenged”.
The WDTV is getting a little long in the tooth and I would not expect them to fix this rendition of WDTV. Whether they throw in the towel or take another stab at this market via a new product remains to be seen.
Here’s one thing that I’m wondering. Can these authentication errors or lost servers be due to DNS. I mean I use Samba shares on other platforms and I specify an exact IP address rather than a computer name.
Hey there is nothing better for codec Support than WDTV. I can play lossy music, lossless music (FLAC, AP3, ALAC), DVD VOB ISO, MKV, .TS, M2TS with DTS HD audio. Since I record HDTV in .TS, this is a great plus. And of course WDTV supports the more standard mp3 and AVI codecs. So its hard to give it up.
There are people on this list who have no problems using Windows Network Shares so there has got to be a low cost or a no cost solution.
As a backup solution, I use Plex as a Media Share with WDTV. but it has its own issues and media library refreshes are at best cumbersome.
I’ve considered retiring an old Desktop and making it a dedicated NAS server. But I’m going to wait on that because there has to be a reasonable solution.