How to use the remote

Ok so I’m looking at these units, I get the network thing but my question is, if I connect this downstairs to the main network and want to watch something on that network, upstairs or in another room how do I select it ?

With the unit you get 1 remote so how can you use it in more than one room ?:neutral_face:

Interesting question.

Which bring another question. How do you plan to connect 2 televisions located in different area of your house to the WD Live hub?

You actually need another WD media player in the other room to watch it from the hub like a live plus

on the WD Live site it does say that you can and I do quote this off the top off my head ‘watch TV downstairs on one TV while looking at pictures upstairs on another’ thats why I asked the question

And thanks for this reply kind of does make sense, I actually already have a WD live upsstairs so I guess I could connect that

Is this the quote you refer to:  .“You can stream any file on the WD TV Live Hub media center to a WD TV Live media player or any DLNA/UPnP compatible TV, Blu-ray Disc player, or game console. The system is powerful enough to handle multiple streams so you can stream a movie to your Blu-ray Disc player, while viewing photos on your TV upstairs. .”

You CAN do that.  STREAMING means you have to have a STREAM RECEIVER.  In a technical term, it’s a “DMR” or “DMP”, which stands for Digital Media Renderer or Player according to the DLNA terms.   MANY televisions these days have that functionality built-in  (like on my LG 55LX6500), same with many Bluray players,  and of course, any of the WDTV Live line can be the stream receiver.

Yeah the HUB acts as its own kind of NAS (Network Attached Storage)/Media Server. When it says you can watch your stuff in another room, that means that you can take any of the other older or cheaper WDTV players (Live, Live Plus, etc), connect those to the TV in the other room you want to watch it in, and then those WDTV units that are in the other rooms, once connected to the same network as the HUB, will be able to watch/listen to all the media that is on the Hub. It DOES NOT mean that you can connect one hub to two TV’s. I mean, just think about it, how would that work? Run an HDMI cable or another video cable through the walls all the way to the other room? It’s just not possible, and that’s made perfectly clear, I don’t know how it can confuse someone, it defies logic. They say it in the same place and in the same way that they say it can stream to other locations, you just had to read past the bold font heading.

The whole purpose of this was because the last two WDTV players could stream over a network. Of course, they all had local USB ports to connect external hard drives with media in to the unit, but the main attraction was that you could have your media anywhere in the house and continue to update and refresh it without having to unplug the USB external drive from the WDTV, then plug it in to your computer, transfer the movies/music onto the drive, unplug it from the computer and plug it back into the WDTV. With the network functionality, you could have either a shared folder on your computer that would allow the media inside the shared folder to be accessed by other people and devices (specifically WDTV) on your network, but that method was secondary to the main reason for network capability on the Live and Live Plus. The downside to having a shared folder on your PC that is broadcast through the network is that your computer has to be on all the time, because the shared folder can only be accessed when the computer is on. The primary reason for network on the WDTV’s was that now you could use a NAS, Network Attached Storage also known as a server. Usually a NAS has huge capacity, like today’s minimum are around 2TB and they only go up, and they’re not prohibitively expensive. With a NAS, you could automatically rip or download all your media directly onto the NAS, which would be accessible by any computer or network device in the house. So you could have a WDTV Live in your TV/living room, one in your bedroom, guest room, office, whatever you want, and all your media would be accessible to every unit all the time.

The thing they did with the Hub, which is why it is stated as being able to stream media throughout the house and be its own server is that they installed a 1TB hard drive into the Hub, and set it up to act just like a NAS. If you don’t already have a NAS or don’t want to get one, you could just use the storage in the Hub to do the same exact thing the NAS would do. You’re limited to 1TB but you can access it like a hard drive over the network through a computer, and transfer all your media to the Hub’s internal hard drive through the network or by importing media on a USB hard drive plugged directly into the Hub. Now, the Hub is a network storage device with your media on it, along with being able to play the media on its own. Its hardware allows it to handle multiple sending out multiple HD streams of its content. That means that you can watch a movie on the Hub on the TV that it’s connected to, and simultaneously watch an HD movie or listen to music on another WDTV unit (doesn’t have to be the Hub) that is in another room with another TV, as long as it is connected to the network, where the WDTV units in the other rooms will be streaming their media directly from the Hub.

Does this help your understanding of the situation?