Have had my WDTV Live for a few months now. In most respects it work fine, but in all this time I’ve still not got the network to work - pretty much at all.
When I connect the WDTV Live with cable to my Linksys WAG54GS, I can’t get even basic network connection to work; the network LEDs on the back of the device blinks rapidly for a moment, then the network settings change from all zeros. Most of the time it change to
IP address: 169.254.57.205
Subnet mask: 255.255.0.0
Apparently 169.254.57.205 is a special IP address sometimes used if no real address can be obtained, to allow the creation of a small local Windows network with no Internet connection, so no internet access with this dummy IP.
Sometimes (rarely) it change to
IP address: 192.168.1.106
Subnet mask: 255.255.0.0
which looks about right for my network (my router is 192.168.1.1). Still no network connection. Sometimes the DNS is set to 22.214.171.124 which I think is my ISPs actual DNS. With this latter setting I did briefly have a working connection; I could ping the WDTV, view its content by browsing \192.168.1.106\ from my PC, and even view some YouTube videos, but it only lasted for a few minutes. With the DNS 192.168.1.1 I also briefly had a connection once; I could see the description of some YouTube videos, but no actual videos, and it only lasted for a minute. Configuring the network settings manually yields no better result.
The above is when I just plug the network cable in and view the network settings from the “Network setup” screen. When I press the “Automatic” button on that screen, most of the time I can’t get an IP address but sometimes it completes successfully, but still can’t access the network. When selecting “Check connection” it most often fail on the “DNS Server”, but even on the few occasions the connection checks out it still doesn’t actually work.
Looking at my router’s “ARP/RARP Table” page, the WDTV Live does not show up (while my PC, iPod, and IP-phone does). This makes me thing there’s something very wrong with the way the WDTV Live presents itself to my network, but I can’t figure out what, especially since most preople seems to have no problem obtaining an IP for the device.
Starting to get desperate now. Any ideas? Should I just try to get it replaced (can this really be a hardware problem with my particular device)? Or is it a problem with my routher (even though I’ve never had any problem connecting other deives)?