Buy another brand.
And, as I said, that won’t fix a problem that is not WDTV-related.
I did exactly what you asked, and did a quick online search…
I see thousands of things like:
“The second-generation Apple TV is now shipping, and a few owners who have received their units are having difficulties with sharing and streaming from their Macs. Even though iTunes is set up to share home folders or libraries, the Apple TV is not seeing them on the network”
“I’ve been banging my head against this issue for the past two days, so perhaps someone can help me out.
Does the Popcorn Hour support SMB shares?..”
“Hi, so i just got my boxee box in the mail today and its great! but i cant seem to connect to my mac via wireless network… i have file sharing turned on and i use to be able to share stuff with my xbox via connect 360 but now that wont work either… so… help? boxee doesnt even recognize that my mac is there… is there any special terminal commands i can do”
The fact that anyone has to come to their technical forums to get a basic feature working is testiment enough for the quality of this cheap product. This particular network issue isn’t just an anomoly by the way. Search the internet and make your own opinion of it.
That’s what I just did. MANY users can’t get sharing working easily no matter what device they’ve bought, no matter how much you pretend otherwise. People have to go to the forums and beg for assistance for all of them.
And before you accuse me of being disingenuous and cherry-picking results, I just searched “AppleTV sharing” “Popcorn Hour sharing” and “Boxee Box Sharing” and those were my top results – I didn’t even search for “problems” or “help”. Sharing is just an issue when there are network issues, regardless of the player.
You’re right in that it isn’t an anomaly – technophobes find setting up CFIS shares problematic.
So, between shares working fine for the majority of WDTV users when the network is working properly, and users of the other devices having the e_xact same problems_, and the fact that every resolved issue has been the fault of something else and not the WDTV, I’m not exactly sure how you can confidently stand by your opinion that it’s the WDTV and not your network that isn’t working right, and pretend the problems aren’t industry-wide and solely limited to people who try using WDTV’s.
But you weren’t trolling out of bitterness, no…