Network Shares Not Working

WDTV Live Hub shows up on my network and I’m able to drag and drop items to it.  Even though this is working, when I look for Network Shares on the WDTV Live Hub, my computer doesn’t show up at all.

The weird thing is it was working earlier today, and has decided to stop working now.

I have this router and it seems to be working fine.

FIle Sharing Options are set to share to everyone from my PC.

Any ideas where the conflict is?

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This is how to find possible problems with the Master Browser on your network, which will affect when and what servers appear on your WDTV Network Shares.

On one of your PCs, open up a “Command” window.

(In Win Vista and Win7, click the Orb, and in the search box, type CMD. An icon will appear above the box that says cmd.exe. Click it, and a Command window will open.)

(In WinXP, Click START, then RUN…, and in the box, type CMD. A Command Window will open.)

In the command window, enter the command “net view,” like this:

C:\Users\Tony>net view
Server Name Remark

\BIGNAS1 Big Freakin’ NAS Server 1
The command completed successfully.

In my example, there are four active devices that Windows has discovered.

Now, for EACH of those, issue the command “nbtstat -a (name)” for example:

C:\Users\Tony>nbtstat -a bignas1

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

Name Type Status

BIGNAS1 <00> UNIQUE Registered
BIGNAS1 <03> UNIQUE Registered
BIGNAS1 <20> UNIQUE Registered
…__MSBROWSE__.<01> GROUP Registered
WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered

So, we got lucky here, the FIRST system, BIGNAS1, indicates that it is the master browser, since it lists the name …__MSBROWSE__.

You need to find out WHICH system is your master browser.

Well I typed in the command Net View and this is what I got

Server Name                              Remark


\WDTVLIVEHUB                         WDTV LIVE

The command completed successfully.

Then I typed in “nbtstat -a CAWL-PC” and recieved

Local Area Connection:

Node IpAddress: [] Scope Id: []

    The IP addresss is not in the correct format. 

    It needs to be a dotted decimal, for example

   You entered “CAWL-PC”

so now what?

In your first list it shows “CAWL PC”    and your nbstat syas “CAWL-PC,” with a hyphen.

I’m assuming that the top one is somehow wrong?

Correct, that was a typo on my part.

Did you use a LOWER-CASE “-a” ?

That error message should only appear if you do “nbtstat -A [name],” not “nbtstat -a [name]”

This problem has been solved. For some reason all I had to do was disconnect/reconnect my computer from the network.  A different issue now is that when I add folders to the network share folder, the newer folders don’t appear.

For example I just created a new folder, but looking on WDTV LIve Hub, it doesn’t show up

Unfortunately, if you make just about ANY change to the folders or files, you have to re-build the media library.

Yes, it’s a pain, and we all consider it a BUG, but here’s the workaround:


It will reboot and then re-build the library as soon as you select the VIDEO tab.

If you don’t care about the Media Library function, you can just turn it off COMPLETELY and not have that problem.

if u guys dont mind me jumping in…I have similar problems…

my computer recognizes the wdtv drive fine, both as a Computer as well as a Media device. (2 actually: Twonky and WDTV)

Through the twonky servcie i can see the files on the local drive WDTV as well as my attached MyBook.

Through the WDTV Media Device icon i acces the web interface with the online remote etc.

HOWEVER, when i click on the WDTV in the Computer section it says "Windows cannot access \WDTV. Check the spelling of the name…etc, etc.

I downloaded the WD discovery software and it is unable to locate the drive also…

I read through this topic and used the CMD as instructed, here is my return:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright © 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Simon>net view
Server Name            Remark

\WDTV                 WDTV LIVE
The command completed successfully.

C:\Users\Simon>nbtstat -a wdtv

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [] Scope Id: []

    Host not found.

C:\Users\Simon>nbtstat -a alien1

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [] Scope Id: []

           NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

       Name               Type         Status
    ALIEN1         <20>  UNIQUE      Registered
    ALIEN1         <00>  UNIQUE      Registered
    SIMON          <00>  GROUP       Registered
    SIMON          <1E>  GROUP       Registered
    SIMON          <1D>  UNIQUE      Registered
    …__MSBROWSE__.<01>  GROUP       Registered

    MAC Address = 00-23-54-45-2F-81


So, now what??? This problem just started recently. i was able to drag and drop files from my pc onto the WDV, but now it wont access it anymore…i am about the return the darn thing, i’m so frustrated…

please help!


It appears as though the Netbios Name Service isn’t running on your PC.

To verify this, instead of connecting to it by NAME, try this command:

nbtstat -A [ip address of your wdtv]

Note that the -A is CAPITALIZED

Make sure NETBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled on your adapter.

It could also be a firewall rule.