Thanks heavenlydmeonic. I found a review of that Addonics unit and tester said he read 4.35GB file in 4 min 48 secs which if my calculations are correct is about 15 megabytes/sec (tested on gigabit ethernet).
The only problem with Addonics unit is it only supports 1 USB drive (even though it has 2 USB ports).
Cirago supports 4 drives each up to 2 TB.
I think I will take a chance on Chirago unless I can find another review that supports poor performance.
Hey artsd! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I tested several movies and they all worked great, using both Wireless G and N, and a 100mbit connection directly to a router (no surprise that worked fine, though).
I tried three 1.x Gig MKV files ripped from DVDs using the standard “High Profile” setting in Handbrake. The WD Live reported (and my TV) reported that it was playing the files at 1080p, but who really knows for sure, ha ha! They looked great and everything stayed in sync. I let them play for about 45 minutes eat and just checked them every couple minutes while I was working at my desk.
I tried three 700meg MKV files I ripped from DVDs using Handbrake, with 2 Chan Audio as MP3, and a 700meg limit set on file size, with H.264 Video Codec. These also played awesome with no issues.
I also tried a DVD ripped to VOB and ISOs, and had a bit of stuttering, so not sure what that was all about =( Maybe just a hiccup on my end? Who knows…
The last test was the issue Tony brought up, so I streamed two movies to two seperate WD Lives and they played fine without stuttering.
Hope that helps!