I have two Windows 7 Pro 64 Desktops and a Win 7 64 pro laptop attached to my network. I have two WDTV boxes that have 1 gbs wired connections to the network.
For over 2 years I have been using my WDTV to connect to Windows Shares on these desktops to play video, display photos and music. I have been extremely happy with the product and am playing all sorts of video (avi, mkv, mp4), music (flac, mp3) and displaying photos.
All of these PCs and my WDTV boxes are in the Windows workgroup called “Workgroup”
They have been working very well over the last 2 years but in the last 12-24 hours I have noticed that I am losing Windows Network Shares every few hours.
The firmware is up to date on both WDTV boxes and I can see the WDTV boxes in my network from every PC.
I noticed today that when I logged in, I could see the three desktops on the Network Shares/Windows Share page. But then after some time (a few hours or so) the PC’s in the selection would suddenly disappear from the selection box of Windows Network Shares.
I rebooted the PC’s and laptop and restarted the WDTV’s and still no resolution.
Now I did find a temporary solution … but it only lasted a few hours
The only thing solution that would help would be to power down my router, wait for few minutes and power it back up. But then after a few hours I would see the shares physically start to disappear from the Network Shares/Windows Share selection box.
Is there anything you an suggest at this point. I don’t know if this is a router issue or port forwarding issue or WD setup issue or even something crazy like a DNS or DHCP issue.
Once again, I use a wired network connection (a 1 gigabit per second CAT 6 connection).
This is really baffling because I’ve had complete success with this product for 2 years now and then suddenly its acting up in the last day or so. And I’ve done no Windows updates during that time (I do all my Win 7 upgrades manually)