Seriously, this device has been on the market for HOW LONG, and you can’t even have a freaking @ symbol in your network share login password? Steps to reproduce: Apply an @ symbol to your computer’s account password. Attempt to login to the network share on the WDTV, using said at-containing password. Get VERY DESCRIPTIVE AND HELPFUL error message saying “This network shere cannot be accessed.” Chuck the WDTV Live Plus HD at the [deleted] wall. Remove @ symbol from your computer’s account password. Attempt to login to the network share on the WDTV, using said at-missing password. Succeed. Fix.
The fact that Samba can not properly use special characters in passwords appears to have been known since at least 2002.
Oddly enough, since they also use Samba, things like DLINK NAS units also still can’t seem to connect to shares that have special characters in their passwords – it’s almost as if the issue has remained unresolved for 10 years.
This sure seems like something the Samba folks would have to deal with, not WD.
For that matter, I believe Samba has issues with special characters in folder and file names too, and not just the passwords.