Does anyone have any experience using more than one WDTV Live Plus on their home network? I am using an UnRaid server to share my Blu-ray rips and DVD rips. All are in MKV format. I am wondering about how well the videos will play back on my 100 Meg network. Anyone doing this? Are you streaming fine?
Yep… All the time. I have four on my network.
2 Plus’s here with a Synology NAS.
They work great! (Gigabit router & switches)
I have three Live+ on mine. All mine are on WiFi. No WD issues. My G WiFi does stress a bit when all three are on, I can see it on my laptop downloads.
At first, I put a 2tb drive on the WD box and share it to the other WD devices - that doesn’t work well. The WD box is not that swift for sharing particularly over WiFi. Over hardwire, the WD sharing with just one other works ok (stutter a bit but not much at all). When I move ISO onto the 2tb, playing is not feasible until the copy is done. When I have three WD boxes, the WD has a very hard time keeping up.
If you are planning on having many WD Live Plus (2 to 4), you should plan on having the files on a PC based server. You don’t need a fancy PC. I use a 3.2ghz multi-thread with merely 2gb PC2700 ram running XP and it works very nice.
The PC is using GB lan (3com addon card, a bit slow - about 3x the built-in RealTek 100mb). The three WD Live Plus are on WiFi. They can all play nicely.
At 4 and up, you should consider using a server OS. Even the older Server2000/Server2003 should work much better than XP. I upgraded my XP-PC to an old server OS. Now I can back things up or cross copy between drives without WD even having a hiccup. With the XP, my wife notices when I am copying a new ISO into the drive while she is watching a stored ISO on the same drive. Now she doesn’t.