I just bought a new WD TV Live and it works just fine with YouTube and my external HDDs, but it cannot find the shared folders on my PC (WinXP). I have my WDTV connected via wifi to my router (Buffalo AirStation) and computer connected to the same router via an ethernet cable. The workgroups on both devices are exactly the same, the folders are shared correctly on my PC. I have my firewall settings correct (F-Secure 2011), but I had the FW off for a test and it still didn’t work. I have all my media shared in the Windows Media Player settings and it recognizes my WDTV in the network, however, for some reason I can’t “ping” the WDTV correctly on my command prompt. (This is the part where I am not exactly sure if I’m using the right terms so bare with me. ) I was told to go Start>Run> type cmd>type net view, to see the devices that I can currently connect to ( I guess). For some weird reason it sometimes ONLY finds my WDTV, sometimes ONLY my PC, but only once has it seen both devices. And as I typed in net view 5 seconds later in only saw my PC again. Could this have something to do with the problem. Is the network connection too weak? ( I can play HD quality videos on my WDTV YouTube with no problems whatsoever). So this here is what I see from my PC. I don’t have another PC to check if I can access the shared folders from it, but I expect that I have shared them correctly as I have read about a hundred ‘how to share folders’-tutorials today.
What I see on my WDTV: when I go to Videos>Network Shares I only see Windows Shares. I select that and it will animate that ‘thinking’ icon there for about 7-10 minutes and the screen will go black and I have to hard reboot the unit. My files are on a hard drive connected via USB to my PC but that shouldn’t be a problem? I have about 800 GBs of media on that HDD, could the large amount of data cause a problem? ( I also tried a 1GB shared folder on my desktop, but the WDTV still couldn’t find anything.) Any advice would be helpful, has someone had similar problems? Should I have something like SMB/CIFS onmy WDTV screen instead of Windows Shares?