i can’t see my MEDIA SERVERS on my WDTV?
when i hit VIDEO>MEDIA SERVERS>BRUCE-PC it says “No Media in the current folder”. i do NOT have a USB or HD plugged into it, i only stream (via hardwire cable) to my router.
but when i go to VIDEO>NETWORK SHARES>BRUCE-PC, my media shows up (but not always)
i have my WDTV up-to-date on the firmware, and running W7 Pro and connect my WDTV LIVE to my router with an ethernet cable.
anyone know how to fix this? it works fine, but it’s a couple extra clicks and was just wondering if this is normal or do i have something set up wrong? although, sometimes when i hit “network shares, bruce-pc” it can’t find my network. usually just turn the WDTV off and back on and it recognizes it, but i should have to do this when my PC is up and running all the time. it’s very annoying when i’m trying to start a movie for my wife or kids and it won’t work, i have to reboot the PC, unplug the WDTV LIVE and then sometimes it works, but not always.
is it too much to ask for a device like this to correctly ALL the time? i shouldn’t have to reboot, unplug or fart around with stuff, when it’s set up it should work the way it is supposed to all the time.
The following steps should help with your problem
I assume you enabled sharing of the folder you want shared.
I think you have Win 7 right? But those that do have Win XP, make sure you have Network DDE DSDM and Network DDE set to automatic and started.
Make sure you DISABLE your firewall SERVICE in Windows. Not the check box in Windows that disables the firewall. That won’t do it. You have to disable the actual firewall SERVICE in SERVICES. Don’t worry about your security. That windows firewall is only good for LOCAL traffic. It doesn’t do much for the internet. Having this SERVICE on could give you a headache.
Turn Guest account or a user account you created to ON
In your router, do not use the DMZ. Use application support (port forwarding) instead. If you don’t know how to do that, don’t worry. Here is a website that will guide you for your exact router or modem/router on what exactly to do. Pictures included of inside your router or modem/router settings. This website is at www.portforward.com. Scroll down, select your modem and the rest you can do with your eyes closed. Also at that website goto “port List” and the same tutorials w/ pictures will guide you on opening up ports in your modem/router setting for your addon like Tversity, and Crackle, a Playon plugin and other things you may have connected to your network.
- If there is a setting in Win 7 like Win XP where you have a setting for simple file sharing, make sure simple file sharing is OFF. You may have to reboot, can’t remember. Next step is go to your PERMISSIONS for each folder that you have as shared. I don’t know how you do that in Win 7. So for those with WIN XP, I’ll explain. For WIn7, you’ll have to find that out on your own, But the same principle applies.
In XP, right click your shared folder. Click on sharing and security. Then click on PERMISSIONS. If you just see “everyone”, you will need to add more user permissions but just having permissions for just “everyone” will not cut it. Its too long to explain why “Everyone” really doesn’t mean everyone. So to ADD, click on ADD. Then click on ADVANCED. Then click on FIND NOW. What will happen is all your USER Accounts wilol pop up. Because most wouldn’t know which user or users to select, just to be sure you get the right one you will do the following to each USER…From the beginning…
1 - Right click your shared folder (do steps for each folder you want shared)
2 - Click on “sharing and security”
3 - Make sure Sharing is enabled
4 - In same window click on PERMISSIONS
5 - Click on ADD
6 - Click ADVANCED
7 - Click FIND NOW
8 - Highlight first USER
9 - Click OK
10 - Click OK again
11 - In PERMISSIONS window, select your new USER added and ALLOW all the permissions by placing checkmarks in the ALLOW boxes.
12 - DO step 4-11 to add the next user and keep going back and doing 4-11 until all users are added.
Then reboot the modem/router first because of the changes made, then the PC or PCs, the WDTV LIVE in that order. After that it won’t matter which order you boot up unless you make drastic changes as indicated above.
Doing all these steps should resolve just about every network issue you may have with WDTV LIVE.