Before I fire away questions though, a brief of my current setup:
Full HD TV connected to both a PS3 and WDTV Live Media 1TB Hub Center using HDMI cables.
Internet is connected to broadband router (with 4 gigabit Ethernet and Wireless N availability).
Laptop and PS3 is wi-fi connected to router.
Hub is wired into broadband router.
All three devices can search/find media servers.
Laptop has 4-port USB Hub, connected to external drives (Almost 8TB worth of media).
1 of those external drives is a Vantec NexStar MX Dual-Bay with jbod switch as an option (but is set to dual drive instead of jbod), the other 3 slots are filled with 2TB drives in single enclosures.
Laptop is running PS3 Media Server which the PS3 and the HUB can both connect and browse just fine. (except for the #transcode# listings, but I think I can hide them in the media server settings).
Now, with the above stated; i have it set up this way atm, because I know the HUB doesn’t play nice with USB hubs (except for the 1 drive limitation, can also use the remaining ports of the USB hub to also connect keyboard and wifi). And, I _really_ don’t like this setup. As I have to keep my laptop plugged in and On all the time just to have “media on demand” with the HUB or PS3. I also plan on phasing out the PS3 for video content since I do love the fact that the HUB plays everything I’ve thrown at it, except for the odd .flvs
The Nexstar MX is set to dual drive instead of jbod, because for some reason, when used and formatted, it won’t allow me to fill a 4TB jbod (stalls at 2.3TB), so using it as a dual drive is my only option atm. Which also means, the HUB can’t see that second drive, only the first. And yes; I understand this was phased out of firmware for some reason or another.
Oh, and the HUB’s fw is the one just before this latest update. I’ve always used a USB keyring to update the fw, with never a glitch or loop to be seen. However, i have had to recompile my media info each freaking time which is okay, but not perfect because I lose which episodes have been marked as watched or not visual display. (haven’t used get info yet so I don’t know about that feature)
All of my media is set up as:
–Movie Title Folder
—Season ## Folder
Drives 3 and 4:
So, questions at last; let’s see, where to start?
I’ll start with, what i hope is easy…
Since the HUB can see and display JPG for folder thumbnails, no matter their names as long as it is in the folder itself, is it recommended or of any use to rename each JPG to match? If yes, please explain. My hunch is yes, but only if working with themes other than the default, in which case I might as well start renaming my anime JPGs before I even attempt to play with user generated themes. Am I correct in that line of thinking? If no, then it’ll save me a heck of a lot of time renaming the anime JPGs since all of the photos are grabbed from anidb.net and are all named as to their database series ID #.
As I’ve not played around with themes other than the default, please point me to a step-by step process to learn this or various methods.
I think I saw somewhere that there is a windows program that allows to create default themes for certain movies and/or tv series/seasons. Please point this out to me if it exists.
If the above exists, is it possible to add anidb.net to a “get info” and generate/populate its information, as well as grab their corresponding JPGs automatically? (probably not lol but worth a try). I know anidb.net already has a program.exe that will scour your collection and give correct names to the episode files, including which fan-sub group did it, which source it was made from, its resolution/ dimensions and quality etc, while also adding it to your database “collection” as “has on HD” or some such. So I know it is possible to already find episode information perfile, based on their CRC.
USB hub support: The Live Plus has it with an alternative fw, and its developer won’t touch the HUB fw because it’ll disable permanently the service features of the HUB. All well and good. So, part A) Is USB hub support around the corner (next few fw updates) or has it been blackballed or put on the back burner? Is it a problem with power-supply? Can’t WD make a disclaimer that says, Must use a USB hub that is powered (plugged in) or your HD will [Deleted] your data? And just allow us as a consumer to accept the risk because we’re smarter than homer Simpson and have our data backed up before we try this? Maybe even put in a quick accept this warning as an “i understand” once the hub detects a new drive has been connected, before it even fully connects?
What is the best media server for the HUB? As i said i use PS3 media sever, since it doesn’ or hasn’t needed to trans-code much and its free. I think there’s one called tversity? Are there any others which are well matched with the HUB?
Someone else wanted to know if they could remote control their HUB for their music, with their laptop. I want to know that too, but also for videos. And yes maybe even photos and slideshows too. I’ll look into playlist feature myself as well, as a quick search of my music collection in the mean time. Eventually I want all the media filled HDDs I have connected to the hub (however long that takes to happen is up to the DEVs), but once that happens, it’d be a nice feature to have the option to remote control the HUB over the network with pc based app; regardless of where the media files are located, be it network or internal or attached as an external HD to the HUB. So for now, is it possible atm?
I have a feeling that NAS maybe the only way to get what I want done at the moment, but ffs I’m broke after buy the WD HUB and the HDDs and the Enclosures lol I’ll do my own googling soon enough on which NAS to buy sometime down the line. But for the moment, please throw some names at me. Also, I know about the compatible list on the WD site for the HUB, but that tells me a yes or no only. Not the features of said devices for what I’ll eventually end up doing down the line if I go NAS. The names I’d like thrown at me are NAS that not only have internal bays (singular or multiple) but are verified to allow USB hub connections. Like said product NAS Box has 1 or 2 USB ports to add external HDDs, can those ports be extended to 4 ports each with a USB HUB, for future addition of external USB HDD enclosures? And be accessed by the WD HUB? Anyone done that yet with a NAS product? I ask, because when I do go shopping, I want to do it once and get it right.
9-100. Will wait for another time