I have 3x WDTV SMP V3 boxes and I’m using a simple Win7 home premium PC as a media server. I use network shares to connect and this works great. Recently I had a problem where I would get “invalid username or password” errors even though I knew the username and password was correct. i had a look on this forum and it seems that a lot of people have this kind of issue. I found out why (sort of) and thought I would share this with others.
When I loaded new material onto the server this was when I had the problem (not so obvious at the time). When I rebooted the PC all was fine and the WDTV boxes could all connect simultanously and correctly. If I put so much as 1 new file onto the shares I had the problem again.
now for the speculation. I have setup a wdtv account with a simple “wd” password (doesn’t matter if you know this !) which all the WDTV boxes have. I have also setup the permissions and security on the root folder with full control (probably only needs read) and windows should propagate these permissions to all files and subfolders. When you add a new file perhaps this doesn’t happen efficiently or correctly. also, maybe win7 considers that if you don’t have permissions to 1 file then you don’t have permissions to any file as a safety net. a Win7 reboot might force the issue and cause the new files to be correctly tagged with the correct permissions. but what do I know…
I am no guru but I hope this helps someone. These boxes seem to work great with network sharing as far as I can see. The above might be specific to win7 as well. I know there are bugs with SMB version2 so it might be another issue with win7.