I want a gigabit WD player with USB 3.0 ports, and I want it now.
It appears from my scanning the specs and manual and this forum that the latest streaming model is not a gigabit piece of hardware. Com’on WD, you make USB 3.0 hard drives and gigabit routers – so where is the matching media player!
I have a piece of equipment in the house that can stream media (like the WD player) that’s to be viewed on a wireless iPad, it’s gigabit speed and has USB 3 ports, and it wins the race with my WD Live Plus – it’s called a Pogoplug.
Not here to “plug” the Pogoplug, but to say it’s higher speed combinations of internal speed and USB 3 ports/drives, coupled through the gigabit router and using the 5GHz band, can stream a 1080p home mp4 video perfectly, and the same video from the Live Plus w/USB 2.0, 7200rpm drive attached has “issues” and stalls and stutters because the WD and it’s drive cannot pump out the video stream fast enough to the router like the Pogoplug can.
You can see this “graphically” on the iPad, because the iPad shows a gray line at top that moves right, indicating the data coming in, and a white line atop that line that shows the progress of the playing video. One can see the gray line get way ahead of the whilte line when playing from the Pogoplug. When played from the Live Plus, the two lines track almost together and when they catch up, (which is soon) the stalling and stuttering of the video begins.
I am not asking anyone here what it wrong with my system – there is nothing wrong – it basically works perfectly; all videos streamed to the TV are great. I just wanted folks to know what I have observed streaming these hi-def videos to the iPad. Speed matters. So much so, that when I switch from using the faster 5G band to the slower 2.4G band, even the Pogoplug-streamed video exhibits some slight stutter until it gets going well.
I am still waiting for the NEW gigabit/USB 3.0 WD media player to appear (in time for Xmas?)