I have a D-Link ShareCenter Quattro DNS 345 NAS. It provides 2 RAID Type 1 Volumes as Windows shares and no servers are set up. The shares are mapped on my pc with their own drive letter. They store my music and movie files. To miminise drive wear, the NAS is set to turn on and off at specific times each day (when I’m likely to be at home).
They are accessed for movies by two WD TV Live units each attached to a separate TV. The main WD TV Live is the latest version (1 USB port on the front and 1 on the back, fully-featured remote) and the second unit is the older version (1 USB port on the side and 1 on the back, basic remote). They are set with different device names and assigned correctly to my home network Workgroup. Both are connected to my home network via NetGear Powerline units delivering around 200 Mps. My method of access on both WD TV Live units is to “Network Shares”.
It can take up to a few minutes for the units to find network shares after power on and sometimes the wait is so long it seems as though they will never find the shares. The difficulty is that the behaviour is unpredictable. Sometimes the units find the shares within a few seconds, sometimes they take 10 minutes or so. Sometimes, it’s the new unit which “misbehaves”, sometimes the old. I’ve even powered up both unts more or less simultaneously and found one unit finding the shares right away and the other, apparently, never finding them. It seems from other posts that the whole business of seeing shares is pretty unreliable. Is there anything that can be done to improve things?