Hi All. First post and its a bit of a ramble.
First of, my new MyBookLive 2GB was purchased to replace my old MBWE 1GB (White Lights). The old one had worked really well. It was a new era for me. My first TV that accepted streaming, and the MBWE proved to be a revelation. It was a little slow getting my DVD collection on the drive, but once done, it streamed to my new TV perfectly , even on a “g” wifi connection. Not bad considering Panasonics codec support is not great, and all the movies were in vob format at 4-5 gb in size.
Fast forward 16 months and it was all change. I had run out of space on the MBWE, my telephone exchange had just been upgraded to 20meg, I had received a new “N” router, and my new MyBookLive was ready and waiting. Fortunately, I had been browsing these forums for a while, so I was at least aware that installation may not be straightforward.
Out of the box, installation went great and there is a massive improvement over the MBWE in terms of speed.
I had bought the missus and iPad for Christmas, so I knew the WD2GO app would come in useful. After reading all the advice on here, I enabled SSH.
First question. Can a safely leave SSH enabled.? I have not set any manual settings as such on my router. Is my drive exposed?
I then downloaded the new firmware after deciding to install from file rather than a web update. After much nail chewing, the update went without a hitch, and I was able to log back into the dashboard without fuss. Phew
I tried the WD2GO web access and this also works very well. Its not what I bought the drive for, but its already come in very, very useful.
Then I tried the WD2GO app on the iPad. This did not go so well. I will explain at this point that networking is not my thing. I am pretty good with anything on the PC side, but when it comes to port forwarding, MAC addresses etc. I really don’t have a clue. I left everything on the router at default (Netgear DGN1000)yet I could only get a relay connection, meaning that photos took ages to load on the iPad. I made sure uPNP was enabled, and at times would get a good connection, then it would drop back to relay. In the end I gave up, and decided to turn on my PS3 for a bit of late night gaming, only to be greeted with a network error and no internet connection. After a lot of messing about, checking settings etc etc, I had to restore my Router back to factory settings to get my PS3 back on the web. No idea what I did wrong, or whether the iPad app conflicts with something on the PS3 side. But something went belly up. I have not tried the app since.
To be fair, I now have a lot of devices that can access the router and MyBook wirelessly. Is it time to start giving each one a dedicated address? Would this help?
To my annoyance I also discovered that the Twonky side of things had also gone belly up. All my photos, videos and music were now all over the place. After eventually finding the 9000 Twonky address (Why move it from the Dashboard WD?) I found that despite setting up the media folders exactly as on the MBWE, media was all over the place and all mixed up. So I rebuilt/rescan the database, which had no effect. In my wisdom, I decided to restart the twonky server. After about half an hour, I got a “this page cannot be displayed” and twonky was gone. !!!
At this point I need to say a massive thank you to Myron.
After downloading putty and following his instructions for removing the corrupt database, I was able to get Twonky to restart. I actually had to do it 3 times as the media was still jumbled up and some of it missing from the database. At the 3rd time of asking, all my media was found, sorted correctly, and streams to my devices perfectly.
My drive seems to sleep OK as well. It does wake up a bit randomly, but when it sleeps, it does so for long periods.
Should I have had these problems? Who knows. The Mybook tries to be a lot of things to a lot of people. Its easy to be critical. But without this forum, and the knowledge I have gained from it, I would have had to send the drive back, and that would have been a shame.