Media Servers - Functionality Question


#1

Before I buy, I’m trying to understand what level(s) of functionality the WD Live passes thru from a DLNA/UPNP media server (like J River Media Center or Twonkyvision)…  I have an old Netgear media player and while it’s troublesome, I can get access to the multiple “views” from my media server – such as by Artist, by Year, Playlists, Genre, etc.  

I’ve also got a blue-ray player that lets me access USB drives, but it’s simply a means of browsing folders, and things like album track order is over-ridden by filename order.

I really want to upgrade, but am not sure if I’ll be satisfied with the functionality.

Can anyone provide more details about that?

Thanks.


#2

WDTV Live is a DLNA 1.5 comliance device. Mostly all media servers supported. Twonky is tested already and Ok.


#3

If you are buying it for its DLNA features don’t bother.

They claim compliance but there is a lot of stuff that does not work . Things like setting volume from the server is ignored.  It also failed the compliance test when I set the testing software to check that the command was actually executed. Normally for certification all they have to do is send a command and if the device replies OK it passes. This is changing in the next revision to required the command actually do something :slight_smile:

It will do the basics of play, stop, ff, rew, pause is iffy, but that is about it.


#4

Here is the DNLA certificate for the WDTV LIve

http://certification.dlna.org/certs/REG73326800.pdf