I got this device because my Media Center Extender just couldn’t handle streaming my DVD and BD conversions (although it works fine with recorded HDTV programs, go figure). I read up on the device and it looked like the right solution. My desktop PC (Windows 7-64) has several hard drives in it, one of which I use for all my converted discs. I connected up the WD Live Plus and after putting its Mac address into my router it connected to the network fine. I can see it on the PC and I can also see my network shares on it. The are several problems.
I can’t see all my files in My Movies folder on my E: drive and it doesn’t update (newly added files don’t show up and some old ones don’t show up). Depending on how I navigate, sometimes I can see the folders, but when I select them I get the “No Media in Current Folder” warning or only half of what’s in there shows up. This mostly happens when using the Network Shares browser. When using the Media Servers browser I can usually see the folders, but not all the contents are displayed. Some of the missing files are mpg, mkv and mp4 files, which I know are supported.
Many of the files that do show up play without audio regardless of whether I am using the digital out to my 5.1 receiver or the HDMI audio into my HDTV. I encode my files with AAC and AC3 5.1 soundtracks and I’ve gotten some to play with both types, so it isn’t a codec issue. I did make some tests using .ts format and they play and sound great, but when I tried to add a few more to try different encoding settings and formats, they won’t show up in the library on the device.
When I play recorded programs from Media Center on the device they stutter and stall. Not a big issue as I don’t think the format is supported and I still have my extender for those, but it would be nice to eliminate the extender if I could.
I really want to keep this device, but it is driving me crazy not being able to figure this out. I do not have the logon problem so many others have and stuff on my C: drive is readily accessible. I’ve tried resetting the device twice, but nothing changes. I have the latest update and my network works fine on the other 2 computers connected to it. Any ideas? Thanks.