I just bought my WDTV Live and it is running plugged into my router. Also plugged into the same router is my PC. All of my files I want to view are on the PC or an HDD connected to it via USB. I do not have any NAS in operation. My PC is running Windows VISTA Home Premium.
I followed the standard set up, enabled the network sharing via control panel as per the user manual, flagged the folders containing the video/photos I want to view as public and the WDTV Live found my folders on network shares and everythign was fine.
Then a day later it just stopped. It cannot see the shared folders. The WDTV Live still has a network connection and it appears on my network devices list. The WDTV Live can see my computer as a media server, but does not see any of the files I want to view as they are not in Windows Media Player and I do not want them to be. I just want to view the files in the folders.
I saw the topic here http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Networking/Troubleshooting-Windows-File-Sharing/m-p/92642#U92642 and started to follow the advice but got a system error 6118, this is apparently to do with the devices being in different work groups. I tried changing the work group of my PC, and then changing the work group of the WDTV Live so they were the same. This just does not work, my PC only ever sees the WDTV Live in "unspecified" work groups. Ridiculously my own PC appears twice on my list of network devices, one in the workgroup I have created, and once in the "unsepecified" category in it's unwanted capacity as a media server.
I think if I can somehow get my PC to stop trying to act as a media server, or the WDTV Live to ignore it as one it should work, but despite many hours of reading and reseaching on the internet I cannot see how to do this.
I know this may be partially a PC issue and not a WDTV issue but it does seem to me that the WDTV device is very fragile and does not work well with netorks, which is a bit of a joke considering that is EXACTLY what it is sold as!
Anyway rant over and all help greatly appreciated.