WDTV use without internet

So heres my situation… Im in the navy and onboard a ship. We have a wdtv live that will have about 10-12 terabytes of movies and shows attached to it via usb hub. We have another wdtv in a separate room. We are not authorized to connect these devices to our shipboard network (not sure it could handle the bandwidth requirement anyhow). We are also not permitted to establish a wireless network onboard.

Is there any way to connect the two wdtv together (hardwired) that would allow us to stream the movies to both wdtvs. Can it be as simple and using a cat5 cable and merely ugging the two together??

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Try using a crossover cable and assign static IP info, example on and .11 on the other unit, subnet on both units. If that doesn’t work try using a straight cat5 cable on both ends and use a non-wifi router and let dhcp take care of the ip addressing info, regardless give them both different host names.

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Pretty much all current nics don’t rely on crossover cables anymore since they use auto-sensing so probably a straight cable betwenn the two WDs should work already. In any case, you should first name them differently and put them in the same workgroup.

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Thanks for the information… I’m going to run a couple tests tomorrow at the house… I’ll let you all know how it goes.

@Slimey, thanks for the info. I connected them straight together with a standard cat-5 cable and assigned them static IPs as mentioned. Worked like a charm. I was even able to access videos through a usb hub through both wdtv’s.

Hi Navy

So, from what you describe you have 2 WDTV boxes and some external storage of about 12 TB.  I am going to guess that your external storage has ethernet also or is inside something that does.  So, unless your external storage is more that one box that would be 3 devices.  The “no wireless network” issue rules out using the usual 4 port router as they all have wireless built into them these days.  What you can to is get an ethernet switch.  Switches don’t have wireless built into them and they are cheaper.  I just picked up a Netgear 8-port 1GB switch from Best Buy in the past week for my setup for $65.  The Netgear 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch GS608.

I am also going to guess that you have a laptop or workstation to connect into the network.  For what you are doing it probably isn’t worth it to try and create a DHCP server so what you can to is make the IP addresses in each box static by manually entering them into each boxes configuration settings. like for one WDTV, for the other WDTV, for what has your 12TB, for your computer, etc.  Just let the netmask entries be and you don’t really care about the gateway since your network isn’t really going anywhere.  You could just set them all to something like   If you do that then you will also need to use the IP addresses when you try to go to one of them such as selecting the WDTV by the IP address you give it when you stream to it.  The WDTV’s are 1GB, make sure the switch is all 1GB also.  AND, make sure that you run either Cat5E cables or Cat6, regular Cat5 doesn’t support 1GB and you don’t want that.  These cables can go up to 300 feet, depending upon your budget.

There is also a way to manually set up your network so that you can type a name instead of IP addresses.  By entering an IP mapping into your “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” file your computer will know what IP address a name is associated with.  For instance, an entry in that file like: “    wdtv.forward.deck”   would tell your computer that if I say to go to “wdtv.forward.deck” I really mean

Hope this helps a little, and thank you for what you do.