Well, I will tell you what I see regarding my DL2100 on my Win 8.1 and Win 7 laptops and WDTV media players, as well as on mobile devices I have, and you can draw your own conclusions.
The EX/DL series NAS can be both a Media Server (with DLNA setting ON) and a Network Share. The best place to see this right away is on a WDTV, which can show it as both, depending upon menu viewed. Under the WDTV’s Media Servers, I can see my computers (which act as servers) and the DL2100. I see Media folders/files such as music, photos and video folder categories. Under the Network Shares I see a file structure as I do on a PC Both are handled differently by the WDTV, since the same file is served (pushed) from the NAS to the WDTV, whereas the Shares are pulled from the server for playing. Same file either way, but handled differently.
Now, how does this play out on a PC? In the the Win8’s File Explorer, under Computer, I see the NAS and the display shows folders for Music, Photos and Video – no other file structure, so this is where the NAS is seen as a server. Under Network I see the nice and familiar folder and file structure and can see anything on NAS. In this case the NAS is seen as a share.
On my Win 7 PC, the NAS is only seen as a share for some reason. No matter, all works fine this way. I don’t see this as a problem, since as shares is my preferred way to see things, because I can see it all.
On my iGadgets (phone and Pad) I have apps that see it either way, and most of them only see it one way, but not both. Same with my Kindle tablets’ – apps see it one way or the other. Very few apps see it both ways. The Infuse video app is one that sees it (and other devices) both ways.
OK, that’s the gist of this, so based upon what you are seeing on your PCs and other devices, draw your conclusions,